Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 4 Episode 3

Brothers

6
Aired Unknown Oct 08, 1990 on CBS
8.5
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Stardate: 44085.7
While escorting a seriously ill boy to the closest Federation Starbase for treatment, Data mysteriously takes control of the Enterprise and takes it to a distant planet. He learns that his creator has summoned him for an important meeting that will change his life. However, Dr. Soong has inadvertently summoned Data's brother Lore to the encounter.moreless

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  • Don't you hate it when you're summoned to a planet and forced to meet your brother?

    8.0
    Brent Spiner shines in a triple role that allows him to flex his acting muscles even more than usual. There are some obvious camera tricks that wouldn't be necessary with today's technology, but as the layers of the Data/Soong/Lore story unfold, it becomes easier to forget them. The B story, a shipboard medical issue that's there only to create a sense of urgency and dovetail with the A story, falls a bit flat and is reminiscent of the problems the show had in the early seasons when it came to writing for children.moreless
  • The best Lore episode.

    8.5
    Because Data was the most rigidly ethical character on TNG, the idea of him turning to evil appealed to both audiences and the show's creators. And perhaps the most memorable such turn came in the form of Lore, Data's "evil twin".



    This episode adds an intermediary to that yin and yang – the androids' creator, Dr. Soong. Soong isn't a demented evildoer like Lore, but neither is he an upstanding goody too-shoes like Data. Instead, he is a completely amoral scientist, pursuing knowledge without thinking (or really, caring about) the consequences. The interplay between the three – and in particular, the twist near the end – makes the episode worthwhile.



    Of course, the most noteworthy thing about the episode is Brent Spiner's tour-de-force portrayal of three different (very different!) characters. The B-plot about a brotherly prank gone wrong was intentionally included as a foil for the main brotherly story, but it comes off as filler.moreless
  • Another great Data episode.

    9.0
    I love Data episodes, this one in particular because with three different roles we really get to see the range of Brent Spiner's acting abilities. I think he's the best actor on the show. The plot is fantastic from beginning to end, with one thing making this a 9 and not a 10: I thought the little boy plot was cheesy. I know we needed a reason for the Enterprise to be on a time constraint, but I'm not a big fan of parallel plots to drive home a point. It's very sitcom-style and Star Trek is too good for that. Luckily it didn't detract largely from the episode, because it was just a background plot behind a great main storyline. It's really cool how quickly and effortlessly Data is able to take over the ship, using Picard's voice and leaving the entire security staff powerless to stop him. Seeing Lore again is a nice surprise, as we learn a little more about his history and almost feel sorry for him but not quite. Lore is a great villian. I love how he makes Data look like a dweeby goody-two-shoes in need of a wedgie. Very effective.



    I didn't even realize it was Brent Spiner playing Dr. Soong until I looked it up on IMDB wondering why they chose to put old guy makeup on a young guy instead of just hiring an old guy to play the part. Bravo! That's what I call impressive. Now I have to watch it again.moreless
  • Data is summoned to a distant planet where his creator lives, only to run into his "evil" brother Lore.

    10
    Brothers is a great and well-written episode and a tour-de-force for Brent Spiner playing three roles. This episode truly shows what Data is capable of and also what Brent Spiner can do as an actor. It is also a turning point for Data's character in that he learns a lesson about how to treat his "evil" twin brother who takes an even further step into audacity. This episode has action, drama, suspense, and intense character development. It also gives us a glimpse of how dangerous an AWOL Data can be. Picard was frustrated that just one member of his crew can take over the entire ship at a moment's notice.moreless
  • The Enterprise is headed to a starbase to bring a sick child for treatment. while on route Data seems to be acting abnormally. It turns out he has been signaled to the planet in which Dr. Soong resides, and who else decides to show up but Data's brother Lmoreless

    9.8
    And I thought my brothers had problems. What do you do when one has all the emotions that the other aspires to have.This episode has to teach us one of the most important lessons. No matter how your family is, you must always learn to forgive them. I'm not saure how far that forgiveness should go, but in the case of the other brothers Willy, and the older one. They seemed to have reconciled. It was sweet, and it left something to hold onto in the future.moreless
Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart

Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes

Cmdr. William T. Riker

Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner

Lt. Cmdr. Data

Gates McFadden

Gates McFadden

Dr. Beverly Crusher

Marina Sirtis

Marina Sirtis

Counsellor/Lt. Cmdr. Deanna Troi

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton

Lt. Cmdr. Geordi LaForge

Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner

Dr. Noonian Soong

Guest Star

Adam Ryen

Adam Ryen

Willie Potts

Guest Star

James Lashley

James Lashley

Ensign Kopf

Guest Star

Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner

Lore

Recurring Role

Colm Meaney

Colm Meaney

Miles O'Brien

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When the screen is showing the massive security code Data uses to lock command functions, the computer has both added and deleted numbers from the sequence.

    • How could Data gain full control of the bridge without Picard's personal authorization code? Impersonating his voice wouldn't be enough; the computer would still demand this.

    • When scanning the planet, the Enterprise should have been able to detect Data's positronic signal. Instead all the crew could detect was Dr. Soong.

    • Along the same lines as not getting readings of Data when scanning the planet, when Lore's ship arrives, Worf indicates there are no life forms aboard. Again, he should have been able to scan for Lore's positronic signal and confirm he was aboard.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Dr. Soong: I can answer your questions, questions to anything you'd ever want to know. You'll never get another chance, Lore, you see I'm dying. (Lore stops)
      Data: Dying from what, sir?
      Lore: What... what do you mean you're dying? You look fine. You're not that old... you look fine.

    • Lore: (singing) The sons of the prophet were valiant and bold, and quite unaccustomed to fear, but of all the most reckless, or so I am told, was Abdulla Bulbul Ameer!

    • Lore: Often-Wrong's got a broken heart, can't even tell his boys apart.

    • Lore: (after singing) I always loved that ditty. I could never quite get the cadence right. Thank you, Father.
      Dr. Soong: You called me Father.
      Lore: Well what would you prefer I call you? Often-Wrong?

    • Dr. Soong: I admit, I uh...I wouldn't have guessed I'd be running from a giant snowflake, but...

  • NOTES (1)

    • Brent Spiner appears in a remarkable triple-role, playing Dr Noonien Soong and Lore in addition to his regular role as Data. As such, body doubles were needed for the scenes in which all three appear, and extreme care was used to ensure that no camera shot featured the faces of more than one at a time.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Lore: (singing) The sons of the prophet...
      The song Lore sings is Abdulla Bulbul Ameer written by William Percy French in 1877.

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