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In Theory 

When a female crew member is infatuated with Lieutenant Commander Data, he decides to give a romantic relationship a try. Also, the Enterprise finds itself having to maneuver through a dangerous nebula.

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Patrick Stewart

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (created by), Joe Menosky | 5 more credits »
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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
Michele Scarabelli ... Lt. Jenna D'Sora
Rosalind Chao ... Keiko O'Brien
Colm Meaney ... Chief Miles O'Brien
Pamela Winslow Kashani Pamela Winslow Kashani ... Ensign McKnight (as Pamela Winslow)
Whoopi Goldberg ... Guinan
Majel Barrett ... Enterprise Computer (voice)
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When the Enterprise enters the unchartered Mare Obscura ('dark sea') dark matter nebula, Data is in charge of scientific observations, together with young Dr. Lieutenant Jenna D'Sora, who shows a romantic interest in him. The human crew is clearly unable and/or reluctant to give Data reliable advice, and Troi warns him against trusting in literature on the subject, but since Riker says nothing beats true love Data decides to try 'running' a romantic program with her, yet method is madness in a human lover's eyes... Arrived at an M class planet's coordinates, the Enterprise finds it gone, inexplicably, while Worf fears disappearances and unexplained entries aboard constitute a major security risk. Indeed next strikes make victims among machines and crew, but according to Data all can result from proximity of so much dark matter causing gaps of space, which the ship phases' in and out of. The plan is to send an observational shuttle ahead, Picard decides to pilot it himself... Written by KGF Vissers

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 1991 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Patrick Stewart directed several TNG episodes including "In Theory", "Hero Worship", "A Fistful of Datas", "Phantasms" and "Preemptive Strike". See more »

Goofs

In the opening pre-titles scene in the torpedo room, Data and the Lieutenant replace the access covers on the converted torpedo and there is an object resting on top of the casing. As they turn away and the camera view changes, the object has disappeared. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Jenna D'Sora: Why don't you go back to your painting? Oh, I really mean it this time!
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Features Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Data, in Love....Sort of
29 August 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This offering is really ludicrous. While Commander Data is a fascinating creation, for someone to want a romantic involvement has got to push the envelope. A young ensign, on the rebound from a relationship with a jerk, finds Data's byplay amusing and fun. She actually kisses him on the lips. He processes this and decides it would make an interesting investigation of human dating ritual. Of course, he now feels he needs to look into historical depictions of the process of couples getting along. In a priceless scene, he shows up at her quarters, announcing, "Honey, I'm home." He then dotes on her for a while and then creates a confrontation where he treats her badly. In his search, he has found that often relationships thrive after a fight. This episode also involves a kind of entity that is aboard the ship and part of an area of space where the Enterprise is vulnerable. Data continues to do what he does, ignoring his new experiences, and helping to save the Enterprise. A very odd episode.


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