Data is sent to follow a probe that has drifted off course and crashed on a primitive planet, only to crash on the planet, himself, with no memory of any event prior to crashing on the planet's surface.



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Kimberly Cullum ...
Skoran (as Michael G. Hagerty)
Andrew Benne ...
Apprentice (as Andy Kossin)
Rainer (as Richard Ortega-Miro)


During a mission to repair a probe which crashed on a planet with a Renaissance culture, an explosion damages Data bad enough to cause amnesia. He is taken in by villager Garvin and his arrogant wife, a teacher who puts him in her class. Before she's convinced of Data's scientific superiority by experiments, the nuclear material he carried has caused radiation sickness. Meanwhile Deanna decides to take her bridge officer exams, supervised by Riker, but keeps failing the engineering emergency test- or is it really something else? Written by KGF Vissers

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12 February 1994 (USA)  »

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The events of this episode resembles the Goiania accident in central Brazil where there was an incident of radioactive contamination. See more »


In the anvil scene, the smith is holding a long thin blade in his tongs which he works on. In the next cut - at the moment when the anvil breaks down - the blade has suddenly disappeared. See more »


Commander William T. Riker: [after Troi has performed the engineering qualification test] Congratulations - you just destroyed the Enterprise.
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References Frankenstein (1931) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Troi's Kobiyashi Maru
21 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an interesting episode. Data has lost his memories after going for some radioactive fragments on a pre-warp planet. He wanders into a town where the people have made some scientific progress, but still hold primitive scientific ideas.

There, the natives, who obviously can't read English (one townsman comments about the "strange language"), take the fragments and make jewelry, which makes them sick.

Meanwhile, Troi decides to try to become a commander. It really shows how the Holodeck makes these tests not destroy physical simulations as shown in "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan".

The thing that really strikes me as odd here is how the town's doctor seems both respectful and dismissive of Data at the same time.

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