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The Enterprise visits the planet where Data was created and discovers another android like him, but when he's assembled, he's not exactly like him.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Geordi La Forge
Denise Crosby ... Lt. Tasha Yar
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi (credit only)
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data / Lore
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher
Biff Yeager ... Argyle


The Enterprise visits Data's planet, Omicron Theta, to see if they can learn more about his somewhat unknown beginnings. The entire population of the planet died of unknown reasons many years previously with Data being found just around that time. Although they find no one alive, they do find a huge underground complex and, surprisingly, a disassembled version of Data. They re-build him and once activated, he introduces himself as Lor, an earlier and, he claims, a superior version of Data. He claims he was disassembled because he was so human-like that he frightened the local population. In fact, he knows far more than he is letting on and has the ability to call upon a crystalline entity of great destructive power, the very power that destroyed the planet and killed all of its inhabitants. All he has to do is find a way to impersonate Data. Written by garykmcd

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Lore is a word which means "The body of knowledge". See more »


Towards the end of the show, Lore is in the cargo hanger and Data, Crusher and Wesley arrive. They do not wait for security nor communicate with security, which would be a breach of protocol. It also takes a convenient amount of time for security to arrive. See more »


[the Enterprise is attacked by the Crystalline Entity]
Lore: [acting as Data] Captain, let me talk to it.
Capt. Picard: You didn't say you could do that.
[the Crystalline Entity is hitting the ship again]
Capt. Picard: Affirmative, talk to it!
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Let's Call the Whole Thing Off (You Say 'Tomato', I say 'Tomato')
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Brent Spiner
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"Shut up Wesley"
5 May 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This episode of TNG brings us to the home planet where Dr. Sung created the Android entity Data. Way back when the entire population of the planet was wiped out and Data was the only one found and turned off as well.

The away team discovers Dr. Sung's laboratory and the makings of another prototype Android and when put together Data finds he has a brother named Lore.

This episode belongs to Brent Spiner who plays both Data and Lore. Lore was given human emotions and he's all too human. Like the Krells, Dr. Sung forgot about the ID. Lore has the brilliance of an exponential Einstein and the humanity of Adolph Hitler. He in fact is the reason the population is no more on his home planet.

When like in The Man In The Iron Mask the identities are switched only for the worst in this case. It is Wil Wheaton who is the first who spots behavioral anomalies, but when he brings it to Patrick Stewart who is dealing with a crisis on the bridge that never to be forgotten phrase of 'shut up Wesley' comes uncharacteristically from a usually unflappable Picard.

In fact it's Wesley Crusher and Data who save the Enterprise. Although in disposing of Lore, all I can say is good thing for him he's an Android because no carbon based life form would have survived to come back for several more episodes over the course of the series run.

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