The Rewatch 147: The Most Toys

Series: Star Trek: TNG
Episode: 3.22 The Most Toys 04-30-1990)
Rating: 4/5
Redshirt Status: 0/.5/22

Notable Guest Stars:

 Saul Rebinek (Kivas Fajo) He is probably most recently known for his role as Artie Nielsen in Warehouse 13. He was also in the HIV docudrama And the Band Played On (1993).  He also appeared in my other favorite franchise Stargate (in one of the more heartbreaking episodes).
Nehemiah Persof
(Toff ) An Israeli-American actor who appeared in over 200 TV series over 52 years. Also a veteran of WWII, and one of the first class of the Actor’s Studio.

Review:

This episode is Data centric, which I feel Season 3 has been overall.  Once again, Data must argue his personhood versus the idea that he is simply a made object.

The episode starts with the Enterprise picking up some much-needed materials from Kivas Fajo.  During the last shipment of materials, Fajo and his people fake Data’s death so that Fajo can add him to his collection of artifacts. 

Obviously, the Enterprise crew are devastated and Worf finds himself replacing Data as Second officer.  Deanna is concerned about the crew, and Worf in particular since this is the second time he has had to replace a fallen comrade.  However it is not long before the senior officers start ruminating and realizing that something just doesn’t quite make it.

Data meanwhile has to find out how to rebel against Fajo without putting other people’s lives at risk.

This episode is basically a character study in part A about Data and his ability to determine how to handle his will to survive and gain freedom and his desire to keep everyone safe.  It shows how human he is.  If you are a Data fan, it’s a really good episode.  If he’s not your favorite, its still a good episode, but probably forgettable in the long run of things.

Interesting Notes:

  • Written by Shari Goodhartz
  • Directed by Tim Bond
  •  The title references “He who dies with the most toys, wins.”  Malcolm Forbes is often given credit for it, but when I looked it up it looked like no one was 100 percent sure it was him.
  • The Blu-ray set of this episode includes scenes filmed with David Rappaport, the original casting for Kivas Fajo.  He had severe depression and struggled with suicide, attempting it while filming.  He ended up dying shortly before the episode aired in 1990.

Pros:

  •  Data character development and screen time

Cons:

  •  This season seems to have been a little heavy on the Data development and less so on some other characters.
  • This episode I found a little uncomfortable to watch

Screencap via CygnusX1.net

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