Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 7 Episode 10


Aired Unknown Nov 22, 1993 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Stardate: 47410.2 Data is disturbed by the claims of a woman who says she is Noonien Soong's ex-wife.

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  • All children born from loving parents are good... except maybe Lore

    It's always dangerous for a series this far into its life to bring in a new long lost relative, because the natural reaction from viewers is "oh, come on!" However, this Data episode does it with care, and the new back-story fits in well with Data's established history and even unknowingly sets up a new character for TNG's last feature film.

    That said, the character-based story plods along somewhat slowly and is not helped by the generic sci fi problem in the background. The writers clearly figure that Brent Spiner and guest star Fionnula Flanagan are strong enough actors to sustain interest with just conversation and the two give it their best effort; but the episode lacks excitement until a twist is added late in the game.moreless
  • Data meets his mom

    This episode captures Star Trek TNG Writing at its best. No huge space battles or an attack by the Borg. This poignant story delves deeply into family members who become estranged & by some freak chance (or fate) they are able to reconcile. The acting all around was tremendous in this episode. Data meets the wife / partner of Dr. Soong (data's creator) with whom she helped build Data & Lore. Data learns that Juliana wanted Data deactivated because he might turn out evil like his brother Lore. She regrets her decision & realizes the wonderful person he is & i'm sure she equally felt guilty like a mother who has abondoned her child. What happens at the end of this episode regarding Data's mother is Trek writing at it's absolute best. This episode is probably my favorite of any of the Trek Series!moreless
  • Another long-lost relative arrives on the Enterprise's door.

    "The long-lost relative we've never heard about" is of course a huge cliche for human storytelling at this point, and I guess TNG was running out of ideas at this point as they used it at least four times during the 7th season - with Troi, Data, Worf, Picard.

    Out of those 4 this episode is clearly the best. As was unfortunately common at this point in the series, the story is saddled with a thoroughly banal scifi backdrop - the kind that makes you wonder if the Enterprise was the Federation's handyman.

    The story with Data's mom, though, is genuinely touching if somewhat slow. The last ten or so minutes in particular are the kind that show why Brent Spiner's ostensibly emotionless character is in fact one of the deepest emotionally on the show.moreless
  • The “Enterprise” travels to Atrea IV in order to prevent a natural disaster from occurring. Atrea scientists, Pran and Juliana Tainer reveal that the Atrea molten core is trying to solidify which will make their planet inhabital.moreless

    The “Enterprise” travels to Atrea IV in order to prevent a natural disaster from occurring. Atrea scientists, Pran and Juliana Tainer reveal that the Atrea molten core is trying to solidify which will make their planet inhabital. Juliana Tainer claims to be Data’s mother. Data has trouble believing, So he asks others for help. Juliana talks of Data’s past. Data is interested in hearing of his own past. Data find that his mother is much like him, but she is human. Could Data be human after all? Watch this episode I give it a 9.5 for family values.moreless
Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn

Lt./Lt. Cmdr. Worf

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton

Lt. Cmdr. Geordi LaForge

Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes

Cmdr. William T. Riker

Marina Sirtis

Marina Sirtis

Counsellor/Lt. Cmdr. Deanna Troi

Gates McFadden

Gates McFadden

Dr. Beverly Crusher

Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner

Lt. Cmdr. Data

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • As Julianna and Data are talking in Ten Forward, the drinks keep changing sides. When the focus is on Julianna, she has a pink beverage and Data has a yellow one. When the camera shifts to Data, he has the pink beverage and Juliana has the yellow one.

    • Trivia: Juliana mentions a modesty subroutine to get Data to keep his clothes on. It was probably this program that overrode his passive resistance agenda in "The Most Toys."

    • Juliana beams down to the planet with Data in two-inch black-heeled boots, but when she materializes she's wearing flats.

    • Geordi says that Juliana has an aging program "just like Data," which contradicts several previous episodes when they've stated Data will never age and his appearance won't change.

    • Data with his perfect memory claims that no one has ever described his violin playing as "beautiful," but Picard described it as such in "The Ensigns of Command."

    • In Juliana's memory chip, Soong talks about how he felt about her leaving.'d he record his reaction to her leaving into her chip after she left him?

    • It's been previously established in previous episodes that both Deanna and Geordi can detect someone who is an android, but neither of them detect Juliana's true nature.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Dr. Tainer: Some of the colonists objected to having an anatomically correct android running around without any clothes on

    • Dr. Tainer: Deanna Troi, is that who you're going to visit?
      Data: Yes.
      Dr. Tainer: Your father would be so pleased.
      Data: Pleased?
      Dr. Tainer: He was worried that the sexuality program he designed for you wouldn't work.
      Data: You misunderstand. Counsellor Troi is a therapist.
      Dr. Tainer: Goodnight. (leaving)

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