The Enterprise responds to a request for medical assistance from Dr. Ira Graves, considered by many to be the greatest living mind in the universe. Graves didn't want any help and the ... See full summary »

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The Enterprise responds to a request for medical assistance from Dr. Ira Graves, considered by many to be the greatest living mind in the universe. Graves didn't want any help and the Enterprise was summoned by his assistant Kareen. He is a crotchety old man who doesn't really like people but is now in the terminal stages of his illness. He taught Data's creator, Dr. Soong, everything he knows and describes himself as the android's grandfather. Knowing that the end is near, he transfers all of his knowledge and intellect into Data. As a result, Data begins to act differently and becomes a cause of concern to Picard and others. Written by garykmcd

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Dr. Selar, a Vulcan officer on the Enterprise-D, is frequently mentioned throughout the series, but this is the only time she appears. See more »

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Lt. Selar plans to transfer Dr. Graves to the Enterprise "as soon as possible" even though his life expectancy is "a week". There is no explanation for the rush, let alone the transfer plan. See more »

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Lieutenant Geordi La Forge: Did you damage your face, Data?
Lt. Cmdr. Data: It is a beard, Geordi.
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Featured in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Shades of Gray (1989) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Data Stars Again!
5 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Our favorite Android finds a worthy companion in Dr. Graves, one of the most brilliant beings in the galaxy. He has a masterful scientist, actually being the mentor of Data's creator, Dr. Soong. Unfortunately, his great career is about to end. He has an incurable disease that is fatal. In a comic, but touching scene, the old man insists that date refer to him as "Grandpa." They talk for long periods of time. The acerbic old goat is condescending and sarcastic and will not go gentle into that good night. He refuses to recognize the illness but it has obviously taken a foothold in his body. Things get interesting when Graves dies and his demise is announced by Data. From this point forward, Data changes completely. He becomes an android Graves. A hilarious scene is when they have the burial service and Data delivers a eulogy that is hilarious. However, the new android/Graves begins to become dangerous and could also be compromising Data's programming. Violence begins to dominate, not the seeking for knowledge that Grave's imagined, particularly when it comes to a young woman that he has raised and loved his whole life (a May/September situation). This whole episode is played with aplomb and is very entertaining.


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