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Birthright, Part I 

While visiting Deep Space 9, A Yridian tells Worf his father lives, and a discharge from an alien device puts Data in a dream state where he meets his own father.


Winrich Kolbe


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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lieutenant Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Commander Data / Dr. Noonien Soong
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
James Cromwell ... Jaglom Shrek
Cristine Rose ... Gi'ral
Jennifer Gatti ... Ba'el
Richard Herd ... L'Kor


While the Enterprise helps repair Cardassian damages to space station Deep Space Nine, an alien approaches Worf, claiming his father was not killed in the battle of Khitomer decades ago but is still alive and held in a Romulan prison camp. Initially, Worf rebuffs this, for the dishonor it would bring his family, but changes his mind and resolves himself after talking to Troi and Data. Worf forces the alien to take him to the predator-infested forest surrounding the Romulan camp but, on arrival, discovers it's not what he expects. Meanwhile, Geordi helps brilliant station scientist Dr. Julian Bashir conduct an experiment with unknown alien technology that unintentionally knocks out Data with a serious plasma shock. As a result, Data experiences a vision of his creator, Dr. Noonien Soong, which he is unable to understand. Written by KGF Vissers/edited by statmanjeff

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English | Klingon

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20 February 1993 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Data shows Geordi his paintings, there is a reproduction of Johannes Vermeer's "Woman Holding a Balance" on the wall of his quarters. See more »


Geordi La Forge plugs a cord into the side of Data's head before intentionally rendering Data unconscious to start his "dream." The cord is also in place when Data wakes up again. The cord disappears when he falls unconscious, but this moment is part of Data's fantasy POV, in which he would not visualize the cord. See more »


Dr. Julian Bashir: [to Data] I must admit, Commander, I didn't think you'd be so... personable.
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References Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Birthright parts I and II: A complete missed opportunity
18 May 2018 | by XweAponXSee all my reviews

This happened at DS9!

When I first saw Picard and Crusher walk into the Promenade, I was expecting more interaction with the DS9 cast.

It didn't happen.

Oh, we did get Alexander Siddig El Fadil onto the Enterprise, but there would have been:

Picard arguing with "The Sisko" about Aqueducts

Worf and Odo catching Quark in some crooked "enterprise"

Riker getting Fleeced by Quark and Rom the first time he ever plays Dabo...

And Howlin Mad Broccoli screwing up the Holosuites, he gets trapped in one with Geordi.

That's what could have happened.

I really don't know why there were not more Crossover eps like this, of course the first DS9 ep was a crossover, involving Picard, O'Brien, and The Sisko.

But there was a real opportunity here, to totally merge the casts of both shows. I have always wondered why it never happened. It could have even happened in the TNG Movies, while DS9 was still on the air.

But all we got was this meager episode.

As an episode, important things happen for Data and Worf and Data did get to spend time with Bashir. Even though Bashir forgot to put his shoes back on for his last walk down the Corridor.

Within the parallel Data/Worf stories there is an internal continuity. The Data story is rather interesting, but the Worf story, that's another missed opportunity.

And of course this is one of James Cromwell's 3 TNG Appearances, this time, well, see if you can guess who he is? It took me a few viewings for me to figure out who he was in this.

Look also for Tom Paris' "father" Richard Herd. And Harry Kim's fiance from "Non Sequitur".

It's not that this pair of episodes were not good, But a huge missed opportunity: TNG and DS9 were the most watched shows from this time period, they could have done so much with this.

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