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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One of the rare episodes where the vertical blinds behind Dr Crusher's office are open. A corridor can be seen through the window. See more
When Data meets Geordi and Dr. Farallon in the transporter room in the first scene after the opening credits, he clearly smiles as he welcomes Dr. Farallon aboard. Data doesn't experience emotions, but has been practicing on the human act of smiling on several other occasions and it is safe to presume he has learned to use it correctly in situations like these by now. See more
Lt. Commander Data
[to Dr. Crusher
You said earlier that I am unique. If so, then I am alone in the universe. When I began investigating the exocomps, I realized that I might be encountering a progenitor of myself. Suddenly the possibility existed that I am no longer alone.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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