While the Enterprise makes an astronomical study of a 87 million year old rogue comet, it discovers a ship-like construction, possibly the nucleus, which contains alien artifacts constituting the 'archive' of an Ancient culture. From then on the aliens take over, 'possessing' Data's positronic network to give him several of their personalities, including the talkative Ehad and the feared queen Musaka. Alas they also transform matter and even genetics aboard, so as to turn the ship into a city their style. Picard resolves to stop that by understanding and playing the key alien characters. Written by
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Director Robert Wiemer
is also not fond of this episode. He said: "I always look to find a meaningful subtext of some kind in all the shows I do. More often than not they're little morality plays. I didn't find that here. It ended up an exotic adventure story but it didn't have any heart." See more
After Data and Picard's meeting around the fire, as the camera zooms out, Data's head mark, and the sign drawn in the sand 20 seconds previously, are no longer visible. See more
Lt. Cmdr. Data
[as the Old Man; describing and drawing the sign of Masaka's temple
A line, as the unending horizon. A curve, as the rolling hillside. A point, as a distant bird. A ray, as the rising sun.
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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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