Helping Atrea IV to deal with its volcanic core, cooling it down by phaser-beam, the Enterprise hosts its top geology doctors Pran Tainer and Juliana Tainer. She claims to have assisted Dr. Noonien Soong, as his secret wife, creating Data and his 'childhood' after which his memory was wiped. He has difficulties verifying her story and dealing with her 'maternal' emotions, actually not just for him, until an accident reveals her physiological secret -which he guessed already- and is faced with his designing dad's wishes.Written by
Picard only gets four minutes of screentime. Aside from two captain's logs which are done in voice-over, and his brief appearance at the concert, where he doesn't get any dialogue at all. See more »
When Dr. Tainer leaves Data at Deanna's door, the door opens automatically without Data pressing a button or otherwise announcing himself. See more »
Dr. Juliana Tainer:
[answering an earlier question from Data]
No, I wouldn't have left you behind if you'd been my biological child.
Lt. Commander Data:
Hm... Is that because you place more value on biological life than artificial life?
Dr. Juliana Tainer:
Absolutely not! I cherished every android your father and I created as if it *were* my child, even Lore - despite the fact that he turned on us, despite the dreadful things he did. Dismantling him was the most difficult thing I ever had to do. I was afraid that if you turned out like him, I would have to...
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I liked that this episode kept me engaged. It could have been maudlin, or it could have been the story of a couple of con-artists. As it is, Data begins to accept his "mother" as worthy of that name. It seems, on the surface, that this woman was married to Dr. Soong privately, away from her parents. This secrecy is necessary to the plot. She was there at Data's inception, and even had to make a harsh decision to leave him to his fate in a crisis. She has always regretted this. There is a subplot where his mother and her current mate are trying to stabilize underground links on the planet. She seems to be smarter than her son when it comes to this technology. She also has an outstanding musical talent and plays a really difficult piece with Data. This episode is nicely played out and quite acceptable in the canon. It appears that the producers of the show decided to make this season about personal turmoil and inner awareness. This is certainly a positive.
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