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After an accident aboard the Enterprise leaves one of its children in grave danger, Data commandeers the Enterprise, driven to take the ship to an unknown origin, where an interesting figure awaits.

Director:

Rob Bowman

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (created by), Rick Berman
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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 ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data / Lore / Dr. Noonien Soong
Wil Wheaton ... Ensign Wesley Crusher
Cory Danziger ... Jake Potts
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Adam Ryen Adam Ryen ... Willie Potts
James Lashly ... Ensign Kopf
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Storyline

En route to the medical facility at Starbase 416 to obtain urgent treatment for a child who's been injured, Lt. Commander Data inexplicably hijacks the Enterprise. He transports himself to a planet and finds his creator, Dr. Noonien Soong, alive and well. Data has no recollection of events prior to arriving on the planet. The elderly doctor has activated a homing device in Data as a way of bringing him home. They are both surprised however when Data's brother, Lore, also appears. The Doctor had no idea Lore had been reactivated and the homing signal intended only for Data obviously called Lore home as well. The doctor tells them that he is dying but that doesn't stop the brothers from bickering. The reason the doctor called Data home was to provide him with a new chip to give him emotions. Lore has his own plans however. Written by garykmcd

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The song which Lore sings to Dr. Soong comes from the poem Abdul Abulbul Amir, written by William Percy French in 1877. That poem has been frequently misquoted and parodied, and Lore's excerpts are also not accurate to the original text. See more »

Goofs

As Dr. Soong asks Data for the reason why humans are so fascinated with old things, look closely at his right hand. You can see Brent Spiner's real skin shining through underneath the "old man" gloves. See more »

Quotes

Lore: [pretending to be Data] Often Wrong's got a broken heart - Can't even tell his boys apart.
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Crazy Credits

In addition to his regular credit for playing Data, Brent Spiner is listed in the end credits of this episode for his portrayals of Lore and Dr. Soong. See more »

Connections

References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Datalore (1988) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Daddy issues...
17 November 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This episode starts with a big shock. Without any warning or explanation, Data commandeers the Enterprise. The crew is helpless to stop him as he isolates them from control of the ship and they can only wait to see where he takes them. Eventually, Data lands on a distant planet--and finds his maker, Dr. Soong. Apparently, Dr. Soong had activated a homing mechanism which forces him to return-- and with all due haste. However, there's a bit of a surprise with this homecoming, as soon Lor also arrives! There, the three talk about old times and Data learns the truth about his creation.

All three major roles in the show are played by Brent Spiner--and they make up almost all the show. This is an interesting sort of experiment, though when I read the IMDb trivia, it indicated that they had considered Keye Luke for the role of Dr. Soong--and this would have been really interesting! Still, despite a teeny, tiny bit of overacting as Dr. Soong, Spiner did a nice job in this odd and demanding triple role. As for me, I am just happy that Lor returned, as he was a wonderful villain--and there's sure to be more of his evil shenanigans in upcoming episodes.


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6 October 1990 (USA) See more »

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