Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 3 Episode 22

The Most Toys

8
Aired Unknown May 07, 1990 on CBS
8.0
out of 10
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209 votes
4

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Stardate: 43872.2 The crew is shattered by the apparent death of Data in a shuttle explosion, and they're prevented from carrying out a detailed investigation when Starfleet gives them orders for a new mission. However, the crew doesn't realize that he was actually abducted and placed on display as part of a collection of rare and valuable items held by a disreputable character.moreless

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  • Where no android has gone before.

    6.5
    This dark Data episode that doesn't live up to its promise, perhaps due in some part to the original guest star (David Rappaport) attempting suicide and having to be replaced. Saul Rubinek's performance as Fajo is uninspired and flat. And while it is interesting to see the crew of the Enterprise deal (again) with losing one of their own, much of the episode is stagnant and dreary, devoid of any kind of fun or energy. Brent Spiner, however, does give a nice performance, taking Data where no android has gone before, and it's interesting to see the darker side of the character.moreless
  • Little creepy guy knows how to steal, connive, and deceive. Par for the course when he goes for the biggest treasure yet: Commander Data.

    9.8
    This is a wonderful story, featuring a galactic trader who loves to collect rare or unique treasures. He wants to collect Data as his latest, and biggest prize.



    He succeeds, leaving virtually no obvious clues to suggest Data was kidnapped rather than destroyed -- but whose comeuppance was being too clumsy in setting up the environmental trap. So Geordi and Picard figure it out.



    Another wonderful, well acted piece, the highlights include three scenes:

    * Data not cooperating with Fajo

    * Data attempting to imitate the Mona Lisa

    * Data transported to the Enterprise at the end, having just pressed home the switch on a confiscated cell disruptor weapon



    For latter-end season 3, before the terrific season finale, this one is a diamond in the rough.moreless
  • A seemingly silly episode turns dark and shows glimmers of death.

    8.0
    Saul Rubinek's villain in "The Most Toys" is so clownish that we don't immediately realize how demented and evil he is. But that's just one element which makes this episode a lot deeper then it seems at first.



    Brent Spiner and the writers should take most of the credit. Spiner gives a fine, somewhat stoic performance as Data. And the writers, while seriously ignoring aspects of Data's character (kill another person in a calculated manner? Lie?), nevertheless do it in such a manner that boosts the episode. The psychological battle between the villain and his captive is terrific.



    And of course... One can't forget Data and the Mona Lisa.moreless
  • Data is aboard the Shuttlecraft Pike. He contacts "The Enterprise" acknowledging he is ready to return. From the viewscreen of "The Enterprise" we see Shuttlecraft Pike explode. The crew is in shock of what they just saw. Lt Worf fills in at ops station.moreless

    7.9
    Data is aboard the Shuttlecraft Pike. He contacts "The Enterprise" acknowledging he is ready to return. From the viewscreen of "The Enterprise" we see Shuttlecraft Pike explode. The crew is in shock of what they just saw. Lt Worf fills in at ops station. Geordi refuses to believe that Data is dead. He is right data is not dead , but being held captive. I find some sarcastic humour with Data feeding a rare animal. Lu-lu-lou is the sound Data makes while he is doing this. I could not quit laughing. I rate this one a 7.9moreless
Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart

Captain Jean-Luc Picard

Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes

Cmdr. William T. Riker

Brent Spiner

Brent Spiner

Lt. Cmdr. Data

Gates McFadden

Gates McFadden

Dr. Beverly Crusher

Marina Sirtis

Marina Sirtis

Counsellor/Lt. Cmdr. Deanna Troi

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton

Lt. Cmdr. Geordi LaForge

Saul Rubinek

Saul Rubinek

Kivas Fajo

Guest Star

Nehemiah Persoff

Nehemiah Persoff

Palor Toff

Guest Star

Jane Daly

Jane Daly

Varria

Guest Star

Colm Meaney

Colm Meaney

Miles O'Brien

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • The USS Grissom is mentioned for the first time since Star Trek III. This one is an Excelsior-class starship. Sadly, it faced the same fate as the original as it was destroyed (offscreen) on Star Trek: Deep Space 9.

    • Fajo spills liquid on Data to dissolve his uniform - the patch on his chest dissolves the material but the spots on Data's right sleeve do nothing.

    • Data sees Fajo hit the first few buttons of the safe, but when he tries to randomly guess the sequence later, he doesn't hit the same first few buttons that he actually saw and randomly guesses the whole sequence.

    • When Fajo opens his safe he ends by hitting the bottom button, but when Varria opens it later she ends by hitting the second button from the top.

    • What Data says when he is taking the shuttlecraft across the third time ("Level 1 precautions for incoming material remain in effect") is different when Geordi replays the recording later "(Level 1 precautions remain in effect").

    • When discussing Data's death, Riker incorrectly refers to Geordi as "Lieutenant" - the correct form of address and the one they always use is "Commander."

  • QUOTES (0)

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode features a very brief appearance of Tasha Yar. Going through Data's things, Geordi comes across a holographic image Data kept of Tasha, created from stock footage.

    • This episode was partially shot with another actor, little person David Rappaport, in the role of Kivas Fajo, but after two days of filming he was hospitalized (after attempting suicide) and later passed away. The part had to be re-cast, the previous shot footage unusable. Some very early publicity for the episode still promotes Rappaport in the role.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

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