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Datalore 

The Enterprise visits the planet where Data was created and discovers another android like him, but when he's assembled, he's not exactly like him.

Director:

Rob Bowman

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (created by), Robert Lewin (teleplay by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Geordi La Forge
Denise Crosby ... Lt. Tasha Yar
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi (credit only)
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data / Lore
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher
Biff Yeager ... Argyle
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Storyline

The Enterprise visits Data's planet, Omicron Theta, to see if they can learn more about his somewhat unknown beginnings. The entire population of the planet died of unknown reasons many years previously with Data being found just around that time. Although they find no one alive, they do find a huge underground complex and, surprisingly, a disassembled version of Data. They re-build him and once activated, he introduces himself as Lor, an earlier and, he claims, a superior version of Data. He claims he was disassembled because he was so human-like that he frightened the local population. In fact, he knows far more than he is letting on and has the ability to call upon a crystalline entity of great destructive power, the very power that destroyed the planet and killed all of its inhabitants. All he has to do is find a way to impersonate Data. Written by garykmcd

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1988 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Data's quarters are seen for the first time in this episode. The design changes significantly in later episodes. See more »

Goofs

Data shows Crusher his hidden on/off switch, located on his right rib cage. But when Lore re-activates him later, he pushes a button hidden on Data's left side. See more »

Quotes

Lore: Dr. Soong made me perfect in his first attempt. But he made me so completely human, the colonists became envious of me.
Lt. Commander Data: You lived with the colonists?
Lore: [nods] Until they petitioned Soong to make a more comfortable, less perfect android. In other words, you, Brother.
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Connections

Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Inheritance (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Let's Call the Whole Thing Off (You Say 'Tomato', I say 'Tomato')
(uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Brent Spiner
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The Other Side of Data
27 July 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is an intense episode. We find out about Dr. Soon (Data's creator), Lore (his evil "brother), and the crystalline entity which, like the Borg, will make its presence known again. In this one, a trip to a planet that was once a center of agricultural is explored. It has become dead and rocky. This is the birthplace of Commander Data and upon investigation, a nearly perfect copy of Data is found. Upon resurrecting this fellow, it turns out that it is Lore, who somehow has developed an evil streak. He is probably responsible for the destruction of an entire civilization. He has hooked up with a beautiful space traveler, the crystalline entity. This thing, when it comes in contact with living creatures, destroys them. Through deception, once back on his feet, Lore disables Data and begins his plan to feed the Enterprise to the entity. Wesley Crusher has suspicions, but no one will listen to him. While there are a lot of plot holes, it is a really important part of the oeuvre. Data is really featured here and it sets up some wonderful possibilities for the future.


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