Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 2 Episode 15

Pen Pals

Aired Unknown May 01, 1989 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • Picard says that Bedouin sleep in tents with their horses. But Bedouin don't sleep in tents - they sleep under the stars.

    • In the episode "The Child", Data was put in charge of Wesley's education. In this episode, Riker said he was put in charge of his education.

    • After Data has laid down Sarjenka and taken a final look at the planet, the shadows on the door do not match with Data's stance.

    • When the crew has their discussion about Wesley being in charge of the survey, watch the background window. The stars vary between moving right-to-left, moving left-to-right, and not moving at all depending on who is in the shot.

  • Quotes

    • Sarjenka: You have many different kinds of people here.
      Data: Yes.
      Sarjenka: When I'm bigger, can I be on your ship?
      Data: I am certain that you could.
      Sarjenka: I wish I could come with you now.
      Data: I am afraid that is not possible.
      Sarjenka: I know, but I can still wish for it.

  • Notes

    • It's possible that Sarjenka does remember Data. When Dr. Crusher attempts the same memory erasure technique in "Who Watches the Watchers?" the procedure doesn't work.

    • The "oscillation overthruster" from the cult hit The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai reappears here as a "spectral analyzer."

  • Allusions

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