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Star trek: The next generation 1.07a - Datalore

Stardate 41242.4
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Episode propaganda

The Enterprise travels to the Omicron Theta system where Data was discovered 26 years ago, finding that all life on the planet has disappeared.

In a hidden cave the away team finds a disassembled second android (Brent Spiner), identical to Data! Both were constructed by the famous roboticist Doctor Noonian Soong, who left Earth after being humiliated by his failure to bring to create Asimov's positronic brain.

The parts are beamed up for assembly, then all await the first signs of consciousness. When Picard wonders aloud which of them was constructed first, the other android wakes and says, "He was, but they found him to be imperfect and I was made to replace him". His name is Lore.

Persons of interest

  • Patrick Stewart .... Captain Jean-Luc Picard
  • Jonathan Frakes .... Commander Will Riker
  • Michael Dorn .... Lieutenant Worf
  • Brent Spiner .... Lieutenant Commander Data, Lore
  • Gates McFadden .... Commander Doctor Beverly Crusher
  • Marina Sirtis .... Lieutenant Commander Counsellor Deanna Troi
  • LeVar Burton .... Commander Geordi La Forge
  • Wil Wheaton .... Wesley Crusher
  • Denise Crosby .... Lieutenant Natasha "Tasha" Yar
  • Majel Barrett .... USS Enterprise-D computer voice
  • Biff Yeager .... Lieutenant Commander Argyle
  • Maurice Hurley .... Storywriter
  • Robert Lewin .... Screenwriter
  • Gene Roddenberry .... Screenwriter
  • Robert Bowman .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

The good, old "Evil Twin" trick.

As the movie cliche rule states: At least one of a pair of identical twins is born evil. Lore is evil. So evil, in fact, that it is hard to believe that he and Data are twins at all, let alone that he is a positronic robot. Obviously, when Noonian Soong set out to create Isaac Asimov's most famous thought-project, he decided that the Three Rules of Robotics were not necessary (See also Bicentennial man). The rules are:

  • First Law: A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  • Second Law: A robot must obey orders given it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  • Third Law: A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

Lore, despite the homage, is not true positronic robot. He could never have destroyed the Omicron Theta colony if he was.

Which brings us neatly to the next problem: why did the Tripoli away team not find the cave? Surely tricorders weren't that useless 26 years before?

And the next problem: crazy people don't have facial tics. It's a Hollywood cliché. It's also insulting to people who have facial tics.

And who let Wesley Crusher on this ship? There are a thousand people on the Enterprise-D and this little brat is the only one who notices that Lore is evil? Gimmie a break.

Oh well, at least you get to see Picard (and Beverley) telling him to shut up.

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

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