Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 3 Episode 16

The Offspring

Aired Unknown Mar 12, 1990 on CBS

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  • Apparently cybernetic females are just as complex to figure out as real ones.


    This bottle episode is superbly directed by Jonathan Frakes, and features four especially strong performances: Brent Spiner (Data) teams with guest star Hallie Todd (Lal), and Patrick Stewart (Picard) shares most of his scenes with Nicolas Coster (Admiral Haftel). Each twosome has chemistry and brings something unique to the table, making this "parenthood" story fresh, funny, and bitter sweet. Spiner, in particular, shines in a role that demands he be unemotional on the outside while going through a rollercoaster of emotions on the inside. Frakes, in his directorial debut, is only seen briefly as Riker, but he sets up the funniest line of the episode: "Commander, I must ask what your intentions are towards my daughter."