Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 1 Episode 13


Aired Unknown Jan 18, 1988 on CBS

Episode Fan Reviews (12)

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  • Surpremely Excellent Villain Intro

    As quite emphatically stated by the other reviews, I really enjoyed this episode. Lore's introduction, a sort of separate twisted alter ego to Data's more rigid nature. By far the best villain in TNG's history makes his way into the show in an amusing, exciting, adventuring way. I think this was probably Wil Wheaton's best episode of the series, with possibly an exception for the episode "Last Mission" which saw him depart for Star Fleet Academy. Lore was vicious, he was truly evil by his own right and he enjoyed kicking the hell out of his more gentle natured brother. Data comes back with a more determined resolve reflecting so much emotion without... showing it really. (Sort of hard to explain). A lot of the particular details had me amused and you really can sit there and just gawk at how big Lore had become.

    The episode did reach its flatline though right at the end when they beamed Lore out... exactly where did Wes send him? The Crystaline Entity suddenly stopped its attack, turned its tendrils and ran supposedly because Lore was no longer there, but how would it have known that either?
  • Lore + Crystaline Entity = Superb

    One of the v best episodes from all seasons. Brent Spiner is great juggling his main role and acting out the alterego of Lore.

    In some respect this plot needed a double episode. Id like to have had more happen on the abandoned space station. Thats classic Star Trek, the arrive, discover, battle prevail scenario. As it is there is enough here to excite anyone who is returning to repeats of the show or newcomers.

    Theres just something about the way BS can pronounce 'Picard' and overload the sound of the name with so much distain. Even Wesley has a role in this that had me rooting for him. A definite series classic.
  • Data discovers his long lost brother - who has a twisted psyche.

    This episode is one of the more memorable episodes of the first season thanks to the double whammy of featuring Brent Spiner in a dual role and introducing a character who would return in later seasons. Spiner, not surprisingly, is brilliant and dazzles as both Data and Lore. It helps that the episode features one of the better scripts for the first season of TNG; it's the last one Gene Roddenberry wrote for the series, and he did a pretty good job – though the writing of the show would improve even more in later seasons. (The handling of the Wesley Crusher character, in particular, would improve in the second season, where they would learn ways of using him beyond making all the adults seem stupid and rude while Wesley saves the ship.)
  • An engaging re-make of 'The Enemy Within'

    'Datalore' puts Data firmly in the spotlight and helps establish him as perhaps the show's most accessible and engaging character. I don't remember immediately falling in love with Data when the series began, I think for me it was more of a gradual liking I took to him. But this episode I feel helps cement him as one of TNG's greatest triumphs. The actors are finally finding their feet by now and the viewers have a much greater feel for who these people are.

    In many ways, this strikes me as a re-make of TOS episode 'The Enemy Within'. It's not as good, but it's still effective and allows Brent Spiner to sink his teeth into a dual role as both Data and his evil twin, Lore. it's an engaging episode with plenty to sustain the viewer's interest and benefits from Rob Bowman's striking directorial debut. Bowman, who would later become renowned for his work on The X Files, has a fantastic visual aesthetic to everything he directs and keeps the pace running smoothly.

    The only thing that mars this episode is the obviousness of the plot. The fact that no one realises what Lore is doing except Wesley strains credibility to just about breaking point and makes 'the adults' all look exceptionally stupid. That niggle aside, it's still a very solid episode and well worth a watch.
  • Brotherly hate....

    "Datalore" is easily one of the best episodes of the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation - it is a gem amongst a pile of stones. The first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation is not bad, mind you, but it certainly is weak and not up to the high standard that the show would later reach. "Datalore" seems like an episode from the future that hid away in the first season: having good writing, tension, character development, good acting, and a great antagonist. The only difference between this episode and some of the better episodes of the later seasons is its lower production value.

    The episode basically comes down to a showdown between Data and his brother Lore, of whom the Enterprise has discovered on the planet that Data was discovered decades ago. The Enterprise crew has no idea what they are in for, however, because when they activate Lore they find that he is not an exact twin of Data but an evil version of him.

    Like I said before, the episode is well written and put together - its fun, exciting, and dramatic. Really the only problem with the episode, much like many episodes in the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, is that it decided to follow the formula of Wesley Crusher overcoming the stupidity of the adult crew and saving the day. Really, once was enough.... and that was one too many. The real highlight of the episode comes in the form of Brent Spiner (or should I say "forms?") who is in top form as both Data and Lore - the Data we all know and love and the evil swindling Lore. The final clashing of androids showdown at the episode's end is a great ending to all of the elments that make "Datalore" definitely worth watching.
  • One of the best episodes of the lackluster first season, as Data's evil twin is introduced.

    Along with "Conspiracy", this episode ranks at the top of the very weak first season of TNG. Having a real, dangerous villain aboard the Enterprise creates a level of tension and excitement that the show rarely had in its early days.

    Furthermore, I think that once you know what is going to happen, the early scenes (with the away crew beaming down to the planet) become even better, building up a nice combination of mystery and foreboding. The disturbing drawings by the colony's children were a very nice touch.

    That said, the episode flags a little near the end. That Lore could have tricked the Enterprise's crew -- very well. But if so, why would Wesley Crusher have been the only one to realize it? The final firefight between Data and Lore in the shuttle bay redeems things somewhat.
  • The “Enterprise” is investigating the disappearance of an Earth colony located in the Omicron Theta star system. Data’s home planet is located in the same star system. So Picard asks Data if he wants to visit his home world.

    The “Enterprise” is investigating the disappearance of an Earth colony located in the Omicron Theta star system. Data’s home planet is located in the same star system. So Picard asks Data if he wants to visit his home world. A away team beams down with Data. The planet is barren and has no life forms. Data discovers a secret lab where he finds an identical droid. The identical droid is in pieces. So Data recommends sending the droid to main engineering. The droid is now activated. The droid has a name. He is Lore, Data’s evil brother.
  • Great job, making Picard look like an idiot so early in the series in what might have been an otherwise good episode.

    Although the plot of this episode was actually fairly interesting, I absolutely could not stand how much of an idiot they portrayed Picard as.

    Okay, Data and Lore are together in a room. They come in and one is deactivated and the other, claming to be Data, says the other is Lore that attacked him. Now, it is obviously true that, had they not known that Data was the one deactivated by Lore, it is possible that was true. But Picard is not even the least bit suspicious? Even when Wesley tries to tell him (though in fairness he doesn't seem to do a great job of it) Picard flat-out ignores him and puts COMPLETE faith in Lore, believing him to be Data. You think it would have at least occurred to him that Lore might be masquerading as Data, especially after Lore calls out directly to the crystalline entity.

    Indeed, had Wesley not gone DIRECTLY AGAINST Picard's orders and stopped Lore, everyone on the Enterprise would have died. This wasn't a case of Picard somehow being under duress or being replaced by an alien duplicate or being under mind control or based on the information available it seemed like a good idea; Picard should have been suspicious that Lore was masquerading as Data and then ignores the obvious possibility when Wesley tries to convince him. So, in the first season, they suddenly pop up with an episode that you really have to ignore in order to have any respect for Captain Picard. How Wesley could have possibly had any respect for him after this episode (which he does) is mind-boggling.

    Now, this rant aside, I felt the story of the episode was interesting, and it did set up for some vastly better episodes when Lore reappeared. Strangely enough, though, that is in one way something bad, as you can't possibly dismiss Picard's imbecility with a possibility that the whole episode was some kind of hallucination or dream.

    Bottom line: Although the episode was fairly well done and interesting, and it did give Data some character development, the fact that Picard would be so stupid as to completely ignore the possibility that Lore was pretending to be Data makes it nearly impossible to take his character seriously unless you completely ignore this episode, and having these kinds of must-be-ignored-episodes is never a good thing for a series.
  • The Enterprise returns to Data's home planet and discovers that he has a twin brother....and hes evil. OH CRAP!

    Pretty sweet episode, we get to see a little bit about data's past, his home planet and his father and brother. Its interesting to learn that the villagers didnt want an android that was too much like a human because they felt inferior to it.

    So he was disassembled and Data was made to appease the villagers; however, the professor kept Lore around in hopes that he would again be discovered...except now he has learned to communicate with the crystaline entity and has a huge grudge against humans...whata douche.

    So basically Lore 'turns off' Data, and then Crusher and Wesley reactivate him. Data goes down to the bay and they find Lore communicating with the entity and Data procedes to open a can o' whoop-ass.

    Another interesting thing is the crystaline entity...and how Worf got his ass whooped in the turbolift. haha.
  • An exciting episode, introducing Lore.

    This is one of the most exciting episodes of the first season. Star Trek makes an evil twin episode, and it works great. This is the episode in which Lore, Data's brother is introduced. It is the beggining of the Lore storyline. Not only that, but it gives Brent Spiner, the actor who plays Data, a moment to shine. Brent Spiner does a wonderful job as Data's evil brother. This episode is exciting, action packed, and is full of tension. Lore is wonderfully diabolical, and one of Star Trek's best villians in my opinion. Thankfully we get to see Lore a lot more in the future.
  • Data gets his spotlight.

    Captain Picard decides to stop by the old earth colony in the Omicron Theta star system, where Data was found and activated. With the planet appearing to be completely dead, they find a secret entrance to a lab, supposedly where Dr. Noonien Soong worked in for awhile. While searching the lab they discover an android that has been disassembled, Lore, Data's brother.

    Great Data episode, finding out his origin and that he has an identical brother named Lore, played very charismatically by Brent Spiner. Lore becomes a recurring character Data and the crew will have to face again in the series.

    I recommend this episode and give it 5 stars out of 5. (10 on
  • Data's history... as well as Lore.

    Never mind how rewarding it was to see Spiner play Lore. Never mind that his was one of the few early histories that stayed stable throughout the show. This episode rocked.

    Other than that, there were some very serious plotholes. Data not being able to use contraction is just a stupid idea. Wesley was neglectful in reporting (straightforwardly) his suspicions. And how exactly can Data be drugged. So far we've seen him intoxicated and drugged, all human conditions.
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