The Enterprise orbits Tyras 71 to assist the experimental mining project Tyrant Partical Fountain, which Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge must evaluate for Starfleet. Dr. Farallon demonstrates the Exocomp, a revolutionary power grid repair device needed to keep the fountain operational, which creates its own tools and learns from its obstacle experience. Picard allows 48 hours more for Data to help Farallon. After performing efficiently, it suddenly burns out, later self-repairs. Data realizes this only makes sense as a self-preservation move, and therefore hopes it's now a living machine, like himself; the theory is tested... Written by
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The original title was "The Underground Circuit" by L.J. Scott
. The final teleplay was credited to Naren Shankar
as his first script for the show. See more
Data states that he is considered "alive". Actually he is not. He is considered sentient and has human rights but he is not biologically alive. See more
[Data enters sickbay when Dr. Crusher is treating her arm after a fighting lesson with Worf
Lt. Commander Data
Doctor... Are you injured?
Doctor Beverly Crusher
Only my pride, Data.
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