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The Rewatch 208: Quality of Life

Series: Star Trek: TNG
Episode: 6.09 Quality of Life (11/16/1992)
Rating: 4/5
Redshirt Status: 0/3/38

Notable Guest Stars:
Ellen Bry (Farallon) – Her more recurrent roles include The Amazing Spider-Man, and St. Elsewhere.

Review:

This episode is interesting, though not the ones I would watch over again.  In it, Data discovers that the Exocomps, a computerized tool created by Dr. Farallon to help assist her in repairs and upgrades to her mining technology, has shown possible signs of life.

From a characterization perspective, its important for Data.  In this episode he seeks to find others like him who started life out as a mechanical yet have life. They never state in the episode whether they officially decide the exocomps are living, but at least he changes Farallon’s mind about treatment.

I honestly don’t have much comments to make on this one, so it’s a very short review.

Interesting Notes:

  • Written by Naren Shankar
  • Directed by Jonathan Frakes
  • LeVar Burton’s beard was being grown for his wedding so Geordi was able to have one for several episodes.  Apparently the production team figured Geordi was better cleanshaven, but I don’t think it matters either way.

Pros

  • Data characterization
  • The idea of AI developing out of super-learning computers.

Cons:

  • While I love Data, this season has been fairly Data heavy. Could we have some characterization development for another character?

Screencap via CygnusX1.net

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