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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was allowed to regrow his beard because he needed it for his wedding. But unlike Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Outcast
(1992), it didn't just appear and disappear, it was written into the episode. It's unknown whether or not he shaved the beard off in future episodes because he lost his bet with Doctor Crusher. See more
[Data has theorized that the exocomps might have a survival instinct
You're anthropomorphizing these units. Like any mechanical devices, they occasionally malfunction. One time I saw an exocomp enter a reaction chamber for no apparent reason and vaporize itself. Is that supposed to make me think it was depressed and suicidal?
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