After a visit to a cybernetics conference on an asteroid belt, Data returns and presents the human crew to the android Lal, which he considers his- child. Captain Jean-Luc Picard is appalled, to Data's utter surprise, that life was created without prior permission of any kind. Meanwhile Lal is allowed to choose, advised by Data and Troi, its own gender and racial appearance- human female. Data and others find educating and refining her software fascinating, but she makes progress no-one anticipated. Admiral Anthony Haftel comes to investigate, is impressed but wants this unique specimen removed from her 'parent', which proves no lesser drama then in a human family... Written by
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The name "Lal" is explained by Picard in a supplemental log as coming from the Hindi for 'beloved'. While it is a term of endearment, it is more appropriately translated as 'dear' or 'darling', and used when addressing males, specifically children. The origin and the endearment context of the word arguably lies in Persian where it means Garnet or Ruby. See more
Data turns Lal off, but she is still blinking. See more
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Commander Data is completing his final neural transfers to the android he has named Lal, which, I have learned, in the language Hindi means 'beloved'.
Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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