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On Federation planet Atrea IV, Data encounters the former wife of his creator Noonian Soong who claims to be his "mother".

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Robert Scheerer

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (created by), Dan Koeppel (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Episode cast overview:
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 / Dr. Noonien Soong
Fionnula Flanagan ... Dr. Juliana Tainer
Bill Lithgow ... Dr. Pran Tainer (as William Lithgow)
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Helping Etria 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 KGF Vissers

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TV-PG
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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 1993 (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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Juliana Tainer was named after mountain bike racer Juli Furtado. See more »

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It has been well established in previous installments that there were no survivors of the crystalline entity other than Noonian Soong (who slipped away unknown), yet Dr. Tainer says she escaped with others on a shuttle craft. See more »

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Lt. Commander Data: [to Dr. Tainer] There is something I think you should know. My father told me... that he had only one great love in his life; and that he regretted never telling her how much he cared for her. I am certain he was referring to you.
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References Star Trek: The Next Generation: Datalore (1988) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Mom's the Word
10 October 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

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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