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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 ... Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Commander William T. Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lieutenant Geordi La Forge
Denise Crosby ... Lieutenant Tasha Yar
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi (credit only)
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Commander 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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16 January 1988 (USA) See more »

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Data's quarters are seen for the first time in this episode. The design changes significantly in later episodes. See more »


When Data first discovers Lore's body components, he has a very emotional response to this, such as when real humans discover a long-lost relative. 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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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Silicon Avatar (1991) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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29 April 2016 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

'Datalore' is one of the few season one episodes I'd never seen and, aside from a few head-scratchers, it's definitely a highlight. Dr. Soong's underground lab is found, meaning we're in for some Data backstory. Cue the intro of Lore, about as close to a brother there can be. Except it turns out he's a bad guy. Brent Spiner owns in this; it's an opportunity for him to stretch his legs. He plays each one completely differently - one naive, the other conniving. There's even a brawl in the cargo bay, straight out of The Original Series. The doubles used while a sole actor has to be in two places at once is surprisingly effective.

And then - seemingly out of nowhere - everyone gangs up on Wesley. now on one hand, I finally get to see the origin of the "Shut up, Wesley!" meme, but everyone just sort of goes full-on dick toward him. It's a weird scene, especially since he has a very valid point.

And Lore's turn from curiosity to villain is just a tad forced, but overall, these are just a few bumps in an otherwise well-paved road.


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