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"Star Trek: The Next Generation" The Schizoid Man (TV Episode 1989) Poster

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Dr. Selar, a Vulcan officer on the Enterprise-D, is frequently mentioned throughout the series, but this is the only time she appears.
Dr. Ira Graves is the first of many Star Trek roles for William Morgan Sheppard.
This is the only TNG episode where a multi-person landing party is not made up at least one member that is 100% human. The landing party consists of Lt. Commander Data (android), Lt. Commander Troi (half Betazoid), Lt. Selar (Vulcan), and Lt. Worf (Klingon).
In a scene removed from the script, Data was to have a bald head, mimicking Picard, after his Riker-like beard proved unpopular.
Images of Tasha Yar, Dexter Remmick, and Project Genesis are displayed during the test on Data.
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The role of Dr. Ira Graves was written with Patrick McGoohan in mind. McGoohan starred in The Prisoner: The Schizoid Man (1967).
The title describes Dr. Graves as "schizoid", referring to his lack of interest in social relationships, tendency towards a solitary lifestyle, secretiveness, emotional coldness and apathy.
When Data refers to Wesley Crusher's "child like mind" Wesley responds by saying "Data chronologically you're not much older than I am". It is established that Data was constructed in the year 2336. As this episode takes place in 2365, this would make Data 29, which is at least 12 years older than Wesley.
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Suzie Plakson who plays Lt. Selar also played K'Ehleyr the Klingon in The Next Generation, a Q in Star Trek: Voyager: The Q and the Grey (1996), and Tarah the Andorian in Star Trek: Enterprise: Cease Fire (2003).
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This takes place in 2365.
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The tune that Graves whistles (and first reveals to the viewer that he has taken over Data's body) is "If I Only Had a Heart", from the musical film The Wizard of Oz (1939).
This is the first time on TNG where a torpedo is seen as part of a funeral service.
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"Darnay's disease" from which Graves is suffering, is likely an allusion to a character in Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities, who exchanges his identity with someone else.
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The scene where Data sports a beard seems to foreshadow the development when Data becomes a "beard" to mask the fact that he is actually Dr. Graves.
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