When transporting a dangerous material to the Enterprise, Data is kidnapped and the crew is led to believe he is dead when the shuttlecraft he was piloting explodes enroute.



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Kivas Fajo


A presumed routine transport of material from a Federation-friendly planet to the Enterprise goes suddenly wrong as the shuttle craft explodes. Android Data is presumed killed in the accident but actually finds himself kept captive on a starship by Kivas Fajo and his assistant Varria, who have an impressive collection of contraband treasures, but refuses to be a valued capture and attempts to escape. On board Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge and Wesley champion the thesis that its doesn't fit with Data's android nature after careful examination of all recordings... Written by KGF Vissers

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5 May 1990 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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David Rappaport was to have played Kivas Fajo but attempted suicide a few days into filming. He was replaced by Saul Rubinek and Rappaport's scenes were refilmed. Rappaport committed suicide two months later. The footage featuring Rappaport can be seen on disc five of the season three blu-ray release under the episode menu. See more »


When Geordie wakes from the dream he is having about Data's accident, he picks up his visor, seems to look at it and turns it around then puts it on. Geordie is blind without his visor and would not be able to see it was the wrong way around. However, he can tell by touch that it is backwards without seeing it. See more »


Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [reading from 'Hamlet'] "He was a man, take him for all in all. I shall not look upon his like again."
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Time Squared (1989) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Data on Display!
18 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was totally taken in by Fajo's despicable character. In just a few minutes, he made me despise him. His whiny being, his mean spiritedness, his entitlement, all lead one to find him as bad as they get. When he kidnaps Data so he can display him as a prize, he gets more than he bargained for. The only way he can get the Android to obey his wishes is through threat to another crew member who has been loyal to him for most of her life. He has not regard for life or loyalty and may be the most self-centered character on record. I did love that his collection of artifacts included a 1962 Roger Maris Topps baseball card (the year after he broke Ruth's single season record). The one thing that Data doesn't do for him is to perform for his friends when they come one board. What good is this stuff if you can't impress someone with it? Kudos to Saul Rubinek whom we've seen in countless character roles over the years. The diminutive elf with the razor's edge is inscrutable to the bitter end.

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