Series: Star Trek: TNG Episode: 4.10 Data’s Day (12/31/1990) Rating: 4/5 Redshirt Status: 0/1/34
Notable Guest Stars: Rosalind Chao (Keiko O’Brien nee Ishikawa) – Keiko will become a regular minor character in both this series, and more so in DS9 when she and Miles move to the station with their daughter Molly. Rosalind Chao is always pleasant to watch on screen. Seirra Pecheur (T’Pel/Selok)- Pecheur is a long-time character actor who continues to add to her credit list today. Her next release comes out next year. Alan Scarfe (Mendak)- Scarfe has many credits to his name, including two other Star Trek credits. He has won numorours awards for his acting and has a successful writing career as Clanash Farjeon (Although recently reprinted under his actual name). Shelly Desai (V’Sal)- Desai has done various voice work, and if you are around my age, you may recognize his voice from Where on Earth is Carmen Santiago or Archer. He has also worked on several TV shows, including ER, Men of a Certain Age, Friends, and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Beth Toussaint (Ishara Yar) – She started off her career with modeling work and appeared in a few music videos, and a reoccurring role on Dallas. More recently she briefly held the role of Hope Wilson on The Young and the Restless in 2006. Don Mirault (Hayne) – While this may be his most known TV credit, he has also done a lot behind the scenes. He is a skilled choreographer and owns his own publishing company. Christopher Michael (Coalition Lieutenant)- His largest role appears to be Sergeant Michaels from 7th Heaven. Vladimer Velasco (Tan Tsu) – Velasco has a relatively short credit list according to IMDB.com but he has appeared on several shows including JAG.
James Lashly (Ensign Kopf) – Lashly would appear as various characters on Deep Space Nine
Once again we are dealing with family – in this case Commander Data’s. The Bplot is that the Potts brothers have gotten in trouble after a prank went too far and now the youngest is in seclusion because of a parasite. Although why would they have such an infectious plant just handing around the common areas of the ship, I don’t know. But Alas, poor baby Potts has a parasite that only a Starbase can take care of.
Of course, Data’s family is not noted for their timing. Data’s homing beacon is activated, and he takes the ship on a joy ride to visit his ‘father’ Dr. Noonien Soong. Dr. Soong, long believed dead, is actually alive and well, maybe not well but he’s got some stuff to do.
Side note: This episode is perfect for reaction pics/gifs. Picard’s “I’m done with this” face was perfect.
Soong has brought Data to his lab because he is dying and his last wish is to give Data the chip that will allow him to process emotional input, something he failed at when it came to Lore. Who, as it turns out, also has a homing beacon and has arrived at Soong’s lab. Soong is surprised, thinking Lore to be stuck on a shelf still. Lore, as usual, is upset.
I feel this episode allowed Brent Spiner a lot of leeway as in how he could act. We have Data, who is emotionally disconnected (I still hold the belief he can hold some emotion), Lore who is emotionally unstable and prone to anger and Soong whose dying and has his two mechanical sons* to deal with. Technically I imagine was difficult to film since the actor had to basically act with nothing and then switch parts. They would have had to do some editing later to meld the scenes together. I think that’s why a lot of scenes have the three sitting apart enough from each other they won’t be in the same scene. They could use a stunt double for the back of heads, or arms, but there were a few scenes where the characters interacted on screen.
I’m giving this a 5/5 because I think everyone did an excellent job, even Rick Bergman who I’m a little iffy on his production choices.
Written by Rick Berman
Directed by Rob Bowman (his final episode)
From what I have read on Picard, Soong had a biological son as well. All Soongs, of course, are played by Brent Spiner. Some very consistent genes in that family. Except for Juliana (Soong) Tainer who is, in fact, not Brent Spiner.
The ditty that Lore sings is Abdul Abulbul Amir. I found a full version sung by Frank Crumit (1927)
Definitely an acting showcase for Brent Spiner
Shows more of the activities on the ship then just the bridge. Now we know they have a arcade area.
It seems at the end they are pushing Data to try to forgive Lore because he’s Data’s brother, but honestly the guy has done more then a bad prank.
I find it questionable that two children would be left onboard the starship while their parents are on sabattical. Especially where there is no evidence of guardianship.
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.
Series: Star Trek: TNG Episode: 3.16 The Offspring (03-12-1990) Rating: 5/5 Redshirt Status: 0/.5/22
Notable Guest Stars:
Halie Todd- Lal. She was Jo McGuire on Lizzie McGuire, but she also writes, directs and teaches. She also happens to be the daughter of Ann Gilbert. Nicolas Coster – Admiral Anthony Haflel. He was on several soap operas but might be most known for being in The Facts of Life