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Data rescues an orphaned boy named Timothy from a damaged ship. As a way to repress his own pain, Timothy begins to mimic Data's personality.

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Patrick Stewart

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (created by), Joe Menosky (teleplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Cmdr. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Commander Data
Joshua Harris Joshua Harris ... Timothy
Harley Venton Harley Venton ... Chief Hutchinson
Sheila Franklin Sheila Franklin ... Ensign Felton
Steven Einspahr Steven Einspahr ... Teacher
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A Starfleet ship has a disaster in the largest black cloud ever observed, an astronomical phenomenon which gravely distorts gravity itself. Data is able to rescue a single survivor, the young boy Timothy, who lost both his parents on the starship and suppresses the unspeakable trauma, yet may have invaluable information about what happened and how the Enterprise is best to handle the black cloud itself. Troi encourages savior Data to spend time with Timothy, who decides to 'become' an android, physically and mentally superior to humans, like his mentor. When the Enterprise reaches the black cloud, the bridge officers prove unable to handle it in any known way like the other ship, Data and Timothy must make the difference... Written by KGF Vissers

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 1992 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Patrick Stewart directed several TNG episodes including "In Theory", "Hero Worship", "A Fistful of Datas", "Phantasms" and "Preemptive Strike". See more »

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After Data yanks Timothy out from under the rubble where he's trapped and carries him out to the open corridor, he calls out "Energize!" before touching his communicator pin. See more »

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Counselor Deanna Troi: [referring to Timothy] His world is gone, Data. We're gonna have to help him build a new one.
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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Two Kid Episodes in a Row
1 September 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

A ship is severely damaged. There is only one survivor, a boy of about ten years old. He is trapped under some heavy supports. Data rescues him by using superior strength, then has them beamed on board the Enterprise. This is another episode where a child has lost his mother and father and must try to cope. He becomes distant and won't listen to his teachers. He becomes attached to Data and wants to emulate, pretending to be an android himself. This, of course, is a survival method, but Data is given the task of trying to draw out of the young fellow what happened to him. The Enterprise has entered a field that is destroying the ship, acting similarly to the Vigo, the ship the boy was on. They are at a loss and want badly to draw information from the boy to see what was going on on the ship when it died. Data and the boy are quite humorous when they match each other's quirks, but this only goes a bit of the way. The episode depends too much on a tight little ending that is just too pat.


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