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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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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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Directed by Patrick Stewart who plays Captain Picard. See more »

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Data refers to Lieutenant Commander La Forge as "Lieutenant La Forge". Lieutenant Commander may be shortened to Commander, but not Lieutenant. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Commander Data: Timothy - androids do not lie.
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Row, Row, Row Your Boat
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Performed by Brent Spiner, Joshua Harris and other Kids
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Data daddy.
22 November 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

There is some sort of huge black cloud in space (and I HATE episodes involving clouds as they are a DULL enemy indeed). Somehow a Federation ship was destroyed in it and they find a lone survivor--a child named Timothy. However, the kid is naturally traumatized and the kid cannot talk about what happened in order to help them understand what happened. In fact, the boy has adopted an interesting coping mechanism--he's decided to be an android like Data, as Data does not experience pain. So, to avoid the pain of his parents' death, the boy lives in denial and spends a lot of time with Data. Can they eventually learn what destroyed the ship so that the Enterprise, too, doesn't suffer the same fate?

It's kind of cute seeing the boy interacting with Data--and Data acting like a surrogate dad. But, the whole cloud thing is pretty dull and the overall episode is middle of the road at best.


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