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Philosophy takes center stage in this exploration of what constitutes a life form. Everybody knows that Data is an amazing machine, but is he more than that? Is he a sentient being? These questions, perfect for idle speculation, are put on trial on a brand-new starbase when Commander Bruce Maddox (Brian Brophy) decides he wants to disassemble Data in order to learn "its" secrets, so that he can build many more Datas in the future. Data, however, doesn't think his science ability is up to snuff. Maddox forces a transfer so that Data must undergo the experiments, which in turn leads to Data's resignation from Starfleet. But can he resign, or is he the property of Starfleet? Is he a person, or more like a toaster? A trial is set up in front of Judge Advocate General Philipa Louvois (Amanda McBroom); Riker is called on to argue that Data is the property of Starfleet, while Picard must defend Data as a new form of life. Excellent arguments are given for both sides.--Andy Spletzer
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Genre:  Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio:  Paramount
CastLeVar Burton, Gates McFadden
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Quick Tip by . May 03, 2011
Commander Data is to be 'retrieved' by famed Starfleet scientist Commander Bruce Maddux for ... disassembly? This exceptional morality play about the nature of existence has wonderful depth for being a mere forty-plus minutes. In record time, it manages to deal with such titillating sci-fi subjects as the man vs. machine controversy, a person's right to choose, and even slavery. Brent Spiner, as Commander Data, is at top form in this episode, given perhaps the greatest story possible: …
review by . November 05, 2004
There is no question that as technology continues to advance and humans move out beyond our solar locality, some of the truths that we currently hold self-evident will be severely questioned or proven false. Science fiction in general and the many incarnations of Star Trek are areas where many of those truths are questioned. In episode three (The Naked Now) of Star Trek, The Next Generation, the android Data has a sexual encounter with the human Tasha Yar. I have always considered that episode weaker …
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