Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 2, Episode 6

The Schizoid Man (21 Jan. 1989)

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The Enterprise respond 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 respond 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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Dr. Pulaski goes to the bridge via turbolift without once uttering her destination to the computer. See more »

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Wesley Crusher: That was a great speech, Data. "To know him is to love him is to know him... "
Data-Graves: Verbal composition at its most sophisticated level. Your childlike mind cannot appreciate the time-worn wisdom of my words.
Wesley Crusher: "Childlike mind"?
Data-Graves: When you get to be my age, you will understand.
Wesley Crusher: Your age? Data, chronologically, you're not much older than I am.
Data-Graves: Well, you are only as old as you feel. Try to remember that, boy.
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References The Prisoner: The Schizoid Man (1967) See more »

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24th Century Schizoid Man!
4 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This excellent Episode has the great character actor W. Morgan Shepherd (Mostly known for his small role in Max Headroom and as the Klingon warden of Rura Pente Prison in Star Trek VI who spouts the "Bridge on the River Kwai" Speech to Kirk and McCoy) as Dr. Ira Graves, the Robotics specialist who had taught Data's Creator, Dr. Noonian Soong.

The Enterprise sends an Away Team to his planet while they warp out to a nearby emergency, this is the first (and only) time they use a "Near-Warp Transport." Data, Troi and the Vulcan "Dr Selar" (Played by Suzie Plakson before she appears as Key'lehr later in this season) are almost "Beamed into a Stone Wall." Graves won't let Selar use a medical tricorder on him, but he is distracted by Data, who gives him a sharp turn, in turn giving Selar the opportunity to sneak up from behind and scan him. Graves has a terminal degenerative disease and has not much time.

Graves has been snapping at his associate, Kareen (Barbara Alyn Woods from "One Tree Hill"), and she send the emergency broadcast because of it. Because Graves is considered the "Greatest Living Mind" by the Federation, they were compelled to respond.

While they wait for the Enterprise to return, Graves spends most of his remaining time with Data, and as he had taught Data's "Father" Dr Soong "All he knew," he tells Data "This makes me your Grandfather." He tells Data that all of his vast Knowledge will not be lost, he has found a way of scanning and digitizing his memories and transferring them to a Computer.

This gets Data talking about his "Off" switch, and that he does not look forward to having it flipped. Graves says, "Now where would Soong put such a thing - Don't tell me, let me Guess."

Graves dies before the Enterprise returns, Data says "He died in My arms" and insists to Picard that he be allowed to make the Funeral Speech for Graves. Ergo, "To Know him was to Love him, and to Love him was to Know him. Those who knew him, loved him, those who did not know him, loved him from Afar," — making Picard tell Data to shut up once more (Picard never does tell Data to actually "Shut Up" until "Nemesis").

But Data starts acting very strangely, and he takes an unwarranted interest in Kareen. Picard orders Data to be inspected by Crusher, and she diagnoses Data with Dissociative Disorder. At that time, Data/Graves tells Kareen that he had moved his memories into Data, but she reacts and he tries to grab her, injuring the woman he loves. At first, Graves does not want to Vacate Data.

But after several more injuries he causes, he moves his memories into the Enterprise Computer Core, and his consciousness leaves Data's Positronic Net.

It is a shame this was not pursued in later episodes, they could have recreated Graves in the Holodeck and moved the memories in there, that way, Moriarty would have had a friend to talk to in the years of his inaction.

All in All, great acting from both Shepherd and Spiner, and Plakson made a great Vulcan, it is a shame that they never had Selar come back, although the character was part of Crusher's medical staff until the end of the series.


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