Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 2 Episode 9

The Measure Of A Man

Aired Unknown Feb 13, 1989 on CBS

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  • The episode that legally declares Data as an independent individual, setting a precedent for all artifical lifeforms to come...

    I love this episode because every character undergoes a significant amount of development. When Commander Maddox visits from Starfleet and announces his intention to conduct experiments on Data\'s brain in an effort to duplicate the technology and create more androids, all characters are forced to consider whether or not an artifical lifeform has inalienable rights. When Data first voices his objection to the procedure, even Picard tries to convince him to go through with it. But when a trial begins to determine whether Data is a person or property, the situation gets complicated quickly. Against his will, Riker is appointed to represent Starfleet, and he makes a convincing argument that Data should not have any rights at all. But ultimately, Picard proves that Data has his own opinions, desires... dare I say feelings? This episode marks the day when Data takes a significant step toward his ultimate dream... being treated as a human.