Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 7, Episode 10

Inheritance (20 Nov. 1993)

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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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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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This takes place in 2370. See more »

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It has been well established in the series that there were no survivors of the crystalline entity other than Noonian Soong (who slipped away unknown), yet the Dr. says she escaped with others on a shuttle craft. See more »

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[Dr. Soong's hologram has asked Data not to reveal to Dr. Tainer that she is an android]
Lt. Commander Data: Then you do not believe she should know the truth?
Dr. Noonien Soong: The truth? Truth is - in every way that matters - she *is* Juliana Soong. I programmed her to terminate after a long life. Let her live out her days - and die, believing she was human.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Descent: Part 2 (1993) See more »

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Written by George Frideric Handel
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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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