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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In a scene present in the script but not the final episode, Fajo sends Varria to test Data's sexual abilities (in which Data references his only sexual encounter from TNG: "The Naked Now"), however, Data learns of Fajo's intent, leaving Varria utterly humiliated which would later fuel her desire to betray Fajo in the climax. 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 »


Lieutenant Worf: Data...!
[after Data's shuttle has exploded]
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References Star Trek: The Cage (1986) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Outstanding acting / great writing
29 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

At first, this episode seemed rather boring. Then, a few scenes later, Saul Rubinek took command. He plays the antagonist Kivas Fajo to perfection. As is the case with movies as well, a lot of these episodes are dependent on the screen writing and the acting. Whereas a lot of the acting by guest stars in the first two seasons of "Next Generation" was shaky, I find myself praising season three's acting quite often. Well, in my opinion, Rubinek takes the season three gold ring for his portrayal of a fat, ugly, psychopathic, lecherous nerd. And when his kidnapping of Data went from the addition of a rare piece to his collection to a possible solution to his twisted carnal desires, the writing went from great to spectacular.

This one is definitely in my top three for season three.

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