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 painting Data shows to Lal in his quarters is Tableau I by Piet Mondrian. It can be seen on an easel in his quarters in the episodes "A Matter of Time", "Hero Worship" and Silicon Avatar. See more
Data teaches Lal how to blink, but earlier when Data and Wesley are discussing Lal she is already visibly blinking. See more
I watch them, and I can do the things they do, but I will never feel the emotions. I'll never know love.
Lt. Cmdr. Data
It is a limitation we must learn to accept, Lal.
Then why do you still try to emulate humans? What purpose does it serve except to remind you that you are incomplete?
Lt. Cmdr. Data
I have asked myself that many times, as I have struggled to be more human. Until I realized, it is the struggle itself that is most important. We must strive to be more than we are, Lal. It does not matter that we will never ...
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
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