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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20 November 1993 (USA)  »

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Juliana Tainer was named after mountain bike racer Juli Furtado. See more »

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Dr Soong created his wife (Juliana ) before he created Data. Juliana has more advanced capabilities than Data has. She has the ability to sweat and feel emotions. In previous episodes it has been made clear that Dr Soong did not invented the emotion chip, in the episode Brothers for example he invented the emotion chip for Data. Lore had also an emotion-chip but that chip was a failure. See more »

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[Dr. Tainer has praised Data's violin play]
Dr. Juliana Tainer: And considering that giving you a creative aspect was my idea. Oh, your father didn't really see the point. He thought that since you didn't have emotions, there would be no real need for you to express yourself. Somehow, I had the feeling the opposite would be true.
Lt. Commander Data: I do not know for certain. But I believe it is during my creative endeavors that I come closest to experiencing what it must be like to be human.
Dr. Juliana Tainer: Well... I'm glad I insisted.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Descent: Part 2 (1993) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
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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