A Starfleet ship has a disaster in the largest black cloud ever observed, an astronomical phenomenon which gravely distorts gravity itself. Data is able to rescue a single survivor, the young boy Timothy, who lost both his parents on the starship and suppresses the unspeakable trauma, yet may have invaluable information about what happened and how the Enterprise is best to handle the black cloud itself. Troi encourages savior Data to spend time with Timothy, who decides to 'become' an android, physically and mentally superior to humans, like his mentor. When the Enterprise reaches the black cloud, the bridge officers prove unable to handle it in any known way like the other ship, Data and Timothy must make the difference... Written by
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A scene near the end of the episode shows the children in a room singing "Row Row Row Your Boat" along with an unseen adult. The voice of the adult singer is actually Brent Spiner
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Timothy tells the Data that the crew of the Vico were talking about increasing shield power before the ship was destroyed. This discussion took place on the bridge, which was exposed to space. It is unlikely Timothy would have heard this discussion unless her were on the bridge or in engineering. See more
Counselor Deanna Troi
The best thing we can do right now is let Timothy take us where he wants to go. We should support the process and even encourage it.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Data, I would like you to make Timothy the best android he can possibly be.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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