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The Offspring 

After returning from a cybernetics conference to the Enterprise, Data creates his own "child," much to the chagrin of his captain, and without regards to the ramifications with Starfleet.

Director:

Jonathan Frakes

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (created by), René Echevarria (as Rene Echevarria)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher
Hallie Todd ... Lal
Nicolas Coster ... Admiral Anthony Haftel
Whoopi Goldberg ... Guinan
Judyann Elder ... Lt. Ballard
Diane Moser Diane Moser ... Ten Forward Crew
Hayne Bayle Hayne Bayle ... Ten Forward Crew
Maria Leone Maria Leone ... Ten Forward Crew
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Storyline

After a visit to a cybernetics conference on an asteroid belt, Data returns and presents the human crew to the android Lal, which he considers his child. Captain Jean-Luc Picard is appalled, to Data's utter surprise, that life was created without prior permission of any kind. Meanwhile Lal is allowed to choose, advised by Data and Troi, its own gender and racial appearance - human female. Data and others find educating and refining her software fascinating, but she makes progress no-one anticipated. Admiral Anthony Haftel comes to investigate, is impressed but wants this unique specimen removed from her 'parent', which proves no lesser drama than in a human family. Written by KGF Vissers

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TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 1990 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Jonathan Frakes' character appears only minimally (one short scene) in this episode as he was directing the episode. It was the first STTNG episode he directed. See more »

Goofs

Data teaches Lal how to blink, but earlier when Data and Wesley are discussing Lal she is already visibly blinking. See more »

Quotes

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [Data has created an android offspring] What you have done will have serious ramifications. I am truly dismayed that you told no-one of what you were doing.
Lt. Cmdr. Data: I am sorry, Captain. I did not anticipate your objections. Do you wish me to deactivate Lal?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [flabbergasted] Its a life Data! It can't be activated and deactivated simply.
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References Star Trek: The Ultimate Computer (1968) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Another Jackass Starfleet Leader
17 August 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Data begins to realize his expertise and knowledge of positronics. After attending an educational session, he decides he needs a project. What he does is build an android to specifications based on his own being. At first it is kind of an amorphous thing that talks and absorbs information. Data, through his constant investigation of things human, believes that he needs to propagate his species, to leave a child in case he were to be killed or destroyed. He chooses a female designation and names her Lal. It is funny watching this fully grown being gaining information, childlike in her actions. She is a source of amusement for others on the crew, but she persists and Data considers her a daughter, although he can't really know love or affection. Picard is angry at first because he wasn't consulted and knows that Starfleet will not look kindly on this. This proves to be the case as an Admiral tells Picard that Lal is to be taken to a facility to be altered and made even more complex. It has already been determined that Androids have the same rights as the other indigenous species and Data refuses to give his permission to have Lal removed. The remainder of the episode has to do with a budding emotionalism and the clash between Picard and the Admiral. A very touching episode.


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