On Federation planet Atrea IV, Data encounters the former wife of his creator Noonian Soong who claims to be his "mother".



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Dr. Pran Tainer (as William Lithgow)


Helping Etria to deal with its volcanic core, cooling it down by phaser-beam, the Enterprise hosts its top geology doctors Pran Tainer and Juliana Tainer. She claims to have assisted Dr. Noonien Soong, as his secret wife, creating Data and his 'childhood' after which his memory was wiped. He has difficulties verifying her story and dealing with her 'maternal' emotions, actually not just for him, until an accident reveals her physiological secret -which he guessed already- and is faced with his designing dad's wishes. Written by KGF Vissers

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20 November 1993 (USA)  »

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Data says the line "his wishes are not necessarily *Paramount*," the studio that produces the show. See more »


When Data, Juliana and Pran are talking in the caves, the perspiration on Juliana's face diminishes and increases from shot to shot. See more »


Lt. Commander Data: [Data has just found out about his early years and - to his surprise - about his "mother"]
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: I can understand that this might all be a little disconcerting for ya Data... It came out of the blue, and it doesn't fit into your logical processors.
Lt. Commander Data: That is true.
Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: But that's life, Data. Part of being human is learning how to deal with the unexpected - to risk new experiences, even when they don't fit into your preconceptions.
Lt. Commander Data: I admit I am finding it difficult to accept the possibility of a past about ...
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Offspring (1990) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Data and his mommy issues...
2 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

On a visit to Altrea IV, the Enterprise encounters a scientist who tells them she is Dr. Soong's wife and, in effect, Data's mommy! Not surprisingly, most of the episode involves Data and Dr. Juliana Soong getting to know each other and Juliana filling in blanks that Data was missing regarding his creation and Dr. Soong. She also talks about Lore and mentions that there were other android projects. However, as they continue to get to know each other, Data notices some inconsistencies--making him wonder exactly WHO she really is.

This is a decent episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation"--as are most Data episodes. While it's not nearly as much fun or exciting as the Lore episodes, it is interesting and well worth seeing.

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