After returning from a cybernetics conference to the Enterprise, Data creates his own "child," much to the chagrin of his captain, and without regards to the ramifications with Starfleet.

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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 KGF Vissers

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First Star Trek TV episode to be directed by an actor from the show (Jonathan Frakes/Commander Riker). Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner had both previously directed Star Trek movies. See more »

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Data teaches Lal how to blink, but earlier when Data and Wesley are discussing Lal she is already visibly blinking. See more »

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Counselor Deanna Troi: Congratulations, Data. It's a girl!
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References Star Trek: The Ultimate Computer (1968) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Another Jackass Starfleet Leader
17 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Data begins to realize his expertise and knowledge of positronics. After attending an educational session, he decides he needs a project. What he does is build an android to specifications based on his own being. At first it is kind of an amorphous thing that talks and absorbs information. Data, through his constant investigation of things human, believes that he needs to propagate his species, to leave a child in case he were to be killed or destroyed. He chooses a female designation and names her Lal. It is funny watching this fully grown being gaining information, childlike in her actions. She is a source of amusement for others on the crew, but she persists and Data considers her a daughter, although he can't really know love or affection. Picard is angry at first because he wasn't consulted and knows that Starfleet will not look kindly on this. This proves to be the case as an Admiral tells Picard that Lal is to be taken to a facility to be altered and made even more complex. It has already been determined that Androids have the same rights as the other indigenous species and Data refuses to give his permission to have Lal removed. The remainder of the episode has to do with a budding emotionalism and the clash between Picard and the Admiral. A very touching episode.


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