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The Quality of Life 

When Geordi is assigned to survey a new mining development with Dr. Farallon, who invented an experimental mining technology, she uses a new sophisticated robot called an Exocomp to repair a power grid.


Jonathan Frakes


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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 ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data
Ellen Bry ... Dr. Farallon
J. Downing ... Chief Kelso
Majel Barrett ... Enterprise Computer (voice)


The Enterprise orbits Tyrus VIIa to assist the experimental mining project Tyrus Particle Fountain, which Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge must evaluate for Starfleet. Dr. Farallon demonstrates the Exocomp, a revolutionary power grid repair device needed to keep the fountain operational, which creates its own tools and learns from its experience. Picard allows 48 hours more for Data to help Farallon. After performing efficiently, it suddenly burns out, but later self-repairs. Data realizes this only makes sense as a self-preservation move, and therefore hopes it's now a living machine, like himself; the theory is tested. Written by KGF Vissers

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When Data explains to Captain Picard his decision on defending the life of the exocomps, he mentions that when his own life was on trial, Picard defended him. This is a reference to Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Measure of a Man (1989) in the second season. See more »


Data stated to Dr. Farallon that viruses are alive just as she is. Technically, viruses are not alive, even though they can be killed. Viruses are not made of cells, are incapable of homeostasis, and cannot reproduce on their own. They are essentially protein containers with either a DNA, or an RNA payload. See more »


[Data enters sickbay when Dr. Crusher is treating her arm after a fighting lesson with Worf]
Lt. Commander Data: Doctor... Are you injured?
Doctor Beverly Crusher: Only my pride, Data.
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Data sees a kindred spirit.
28 November 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Geordi is inspecting a mining operation being run by Dr. Farallon. She is particularly pleased with her exocomps--robots which can 'think' and adapt to various problems in order to fix them. However, over time, Data starts to believe that these simple looking machines actually might have many of the attributes of living, sentient beings. If if they ARE possessing these attributes, then it means that the Doctor should NOT be using them and exposing them to danger. Is Data right or is he simply looking for something in these exocomps that would make them kindred spirits?

This is a mildly interesting episode. And, it's worth seeing...I guess.

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