Series: Star Trek: The Next Generation
Season 4, Episode 3
Original Air Date: October 8, 1990
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Data gets called home by his "father," cyberneticist Noonian Soong. Soong finally has Data's emotion chip ready. There are a few complications:
- In order to get home, Data - essentially unaware of what he's doing - must hijack the Enterprise.
- This disruption interferes with a desperate need for medical attention. Young Willie Potts is suffering from parasites accidentally ingested on shore leave with his brother Jake. There was an unfortunate practical joke involved. This becomes an important parallel story with the primary narrative because...
- Lore unexpectedly responds to the homing command as well.
"Brothers" tends to do well on best episode lists but it doesn't do much for me. It involves children and it includes Lore. Those tend to be non-starters for me with Star Trek. I've noticed patterns regarding the episodes other people seem to like that I don't: they tend to be either Data- or Q-focused stories. We'll talk about Q again when he comes back so let's focus on Data for now.
I've addressed the basic problem before: Data doesn't grow. It's an obvious shortcoming of the character parameters, I realize. As such, Data stories tend to be more about philosophy than character. Star Trek is often like that (more on that soon) but especially after such meaningful development for both Picard and Riker over the past three episodes, this feels like a let down. Yes, we get more Data background and that's fun. But Data doesn't change. Apart from the revelation that Lore isn't dead (great...), the broader narrative hasn't moved forward at all.
There are exceptions to my bias, of course. After all, The Offspring remains my favorite episode for the entire series. But it's worth noting, Data himself is not the reason why.
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Cory Danziger (Jake Potts) was born February 7, 1977 in Los Angeles County, California. He was a well-regarded child actor, achieving Young Actor Award nominations for his work in The 'Burbs, Married to the Mob and the Beauty and the Beast television series. As an adult, he has been an entrepreneur within the visual and performing arts realms. His projects:
- Co-owner of SceneFour, focused on the release of collections of visual art created by professional musicians
- Co-founder of Original Lefty's, a clothing line
- Co-founder of Guitar Dojo
- Partner in Bootsy Collins's Funk University, an online bass guitar school