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Birthright, Part I 

While visiting Deep Space 9, A Yridian tells Worf his father lives, and a discharge from an alien device puts Data in a dream state where he meets his own father.

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Winrich Kolbe

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (created by), Brannon Braga | 2 more credits »
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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 ... Lieutenant Worf
Gates McFadden ... Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Commander Data / Dr. Noonien Soong
Alexander Siddig ... Doctor Bashir (as Siddig El Fadil)
James Cromwell ... Jaglom Shrek
Cristine Rose ... Gi'ral
Jennifer Gatti ... Ba'el
Richard Herd ... L'Kor
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While the Enterprise helps repair Cardassian damages to space station Deep Space Nine, an alien approaches Worf, claiming his father was not killed in the battle of Khitomer decades ago but is still alive and held in a Romulan prison camp. Initially, Worf rebuffs this, for the dishonor it would bring his family, but changes his mind and resolves himself after talking to Troi and Data. Worf forces the alien to take him to the predator-infested forest surrounding the Romulan camp but, on arrival, discovers it's not what he expects. Meanwhile, Geordi helps brilliant station scientist Dr. Julian Bashir conduct an experiment with unknown alien technology that unintentionally knocks out Data with a serious plasma shock. As a result, Data experiences a vision of his creator, Dr. Noonien Soong, which he is unable to understand. Written by KGF Vissers/edited by statmanjeff

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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USA

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English | Klingon

Release Date:

20 February 1993 (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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Trivia

47-reference: after his temporary shutdown, Data says that he has been inactive for 47 seconds. See more »

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When Worf grabs the rail at his station in frustration, it clearly wobbles. See more »

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Lt. Commander Data: I do not understand.
Dr. Noonien Soong: You're not supposed to. No man should know where his dreams come from. It spoils the mystery - the fun.
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Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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an unusual experience..
20 March 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Roddenberry's second creation of an elite group exploring space through humanity is a remarkable milestone for not only television but the sci-fi genre itself. As it quips repetitively, it dares go where no one has been before, and analyzes the good and bad of the nature. And it's that wide range of nature that is touched down, in all its hokum that it calls for, the answers are overwhelming to all the questions thrown out to it. Unlike the previous series, it has much more characters to handle which is a double edge sword. On the pro section, it helps writers jump in on diverse categories through them and swoop in as much as material possible through their individual perspective and still keep it all inside a definite and familiar circle.

On the other hand, it also is challenging to fiddle around these many characters on screen, especially the amount of new contents and eerie ideas each episode comes up with, it increases the possibility to lean towards flaws. And yes, it has its own limitation, but in its own gullible range and potential, it just simply works. Plus, what's fascinating is despite of being brimmed with these many personas floating about in the space, they haven't allotted any stereotypical specific characteristics to the characters, their species and nature may definitely vary, but a cheesy note is strictly prohibited in Enterprise-D.

The infamous Capt. Jean-Luc Picard played by Stewart who is mostly known by this role from his career, is exceptionally well crafted character that is simply nothing but a good leader and add Stewart's performance to that, the outcome is your iconic character that survives decades easily. Sirtis as the consciously enhanced counselor fits perfectly in the ship and the makers makes sure either they keep her up front to notify the shady part of the plot or distracts her wisely to advance the plot.

Frakes, once again, a competent leader and warrior that is more explored into love affairs while Dorn as a hot head and Burton as the most adapting and willful learner on the ship helps make the environment more engaging and realistic. Spiner as the android, Lt. Commander Data, who means nothing but business, unfortunately, is the guy that means the least amount of business, often relied upon for the humor, he might be explored thoroughly but is rarely projected with sincerity.

Personally, I prefer Stewart's mellow equation with Wheaten who looks up to him as a father figure and adds the right amount of emotion to it, McFadden's friendly relation too helps on spicing up this dish. The guest cast coming in- often playing the antagonist- invests equally and perpetually to this scoreboard. Advancing further than the previous series did, this journey also brings in rich traditional rituals and their own quirky references to the table. Star Trek: The Next Generation is your typical space ride, floating without any control it grabs everything like a child, and in its innocence and honesty it is one breathtaking ride.

Season 06

This sixth somehow seems to have hold down the train of enthralling compartments, the concepts are still fresh and comes in with new perspective but unfortunately the storytelling isn't as engaging as the previous seasons.

Birthright Part I

This time we are focusing a self exploration journey of a hot head fellow but surprisingly that is not the bit that steals the show, this is Data's day and he makes sure that he lets every second count in this fast cold world.


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