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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Fionnula Flanagan is an accomplished violinist in real life, and performed her own viola playing at the ship's concert. 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. Juliana Tainer: Deanna Troi - is that who you're going to visit?
Lt. Commander Data: Yes.
Dr. Juliana Tainer: Your father would be so pleased.
Lt. Commander Data: Pleased?
Dr. Juliana Tainer: Well, he was worried that the sexuality program he designed for you wouldn't work.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Datalore (1988) See more »

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More of Data's family history revealed.
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ST:TNG:162 - "Inheritance" (Stardate: 47410.2) - this is the 10th episode of the 7th and last season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

When the Enterprise travels to the planet Atrea to help two scientists who are trying to avert an upcoming natural disaster, it turns out one of them is Juliana Tainer, who was once married to Data's creator, Dr. Noonien Soong. This makes her in essence, Data's "mother".

However, Data soon wonders why he has no memory of her and why she would never attempt to contact him. Soon, Data notices stranger things about his "mother", things that are all too familiar for him.

Trivia note: we see Dr. Soong again, this time as a middle-aged man (he was a young man in "Birthright" and an old man in "Brothers"). Lore and the Crystalline Entity are mentioned again here too, and we also see a painting of Data's "daughter", Lal. We also find out that Data ages (he has an aging program).

AND, Juliana mentions that there were 3 android prototypes before Lore (perhaps B4 from Star Trek: Nemesis was one of them).


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