Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 2 Episode 15

Pen Pals

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Aired Unknown May 01, 1989 on CBS
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  • Data answers a distress call from a girl who lives on a planet in peril.

    8.5
    Melissa Snodgras deserves an award for lifting the second season of this show up, delivering the season's best episode in "The Measure of a Man" and the heart tugger of the season, "Pen Pals". Starring an eleven year old Nikki Cox and featuring Data (with Wesley in the tied-in B story,) this episode is full of great moments. The main drama involves Data, in true "Leave it to Beaver" style, getting deeper and deeper into trouble, and taking Picard down with him. The subplot with Wesley (in command of a team) is especially interesting, because instead of dealing with it in a cliche way, having team members not take orders or needing someone else to step in and kick ass for him, the story has Wesley learn that the true conflicts are internalized within himself.
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