Star Trek: The Next Generation

Season 6 Episode 9

The Quality Of Life

Aired Unknown Nov 16, 1992 on CBS

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  • "The Measure of a Man" and "The Offspring" both did this already. And with far more integrity too.

    First came "The Measure of a Man", to define Data as a life form.

    Then came "The Offspring", where Data replicates himself and, in effect, makes a child. Everybody debates the legitimacy of his offspring too.

    Now comes "Quality of Life", where Data fights on the behalf of the Exocomps. Little floating dodecahedron-shaped boxes that make cute, chirping noises to help us feel their plight when not replicating any tool needed to fix any task. Given the number of times the creators have used the "when does a computer become sentient" gimmick, each time with diminishing results may I add, how long before replicators would be deemed sentient, demanding fair wages and letting the crew starve to death?! Or would Geordi's VISOR develop a conscience? Hmmm, maybe that was an unused script for season 8, if not the original premise of feature film, "Star Trek First Contact"...