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Old January 17 2009, 12:05 AM   #1
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Data's Day

Plot Summary: Data records a letter to cyberneticist Bruce Maddox describing a typical day. The android had been looking forward to the wedding of his friends Keiko Ishikawa and Miles O'Brien, but the bride calls off the wedding, saying marriage won't make her happy. Data's android logic cannot fathom the emotions of the couple, particularly when LaForge tells him that the wedding will probably take place anyway. Data asks for Worf's help selecting a gift and recruits Dr. Crusher - a onetime tap champion - to teach him to dance. Meanwhile, the Enterprise is escorting Vulcan ambassador T'Pel to the Neutral Zone to negotiate a volatile treaty with the Romulans. The ambassador asks Data to share information about the ship's tactics and defensive information, but withdraws the request when he says he must inform the captain of her inquiry, claiming she only wished to test his security protocols. T'Pel orders the Enterprise to rendezvous with a Romulan warbird, but during an attempt to transport her over, the signal fails and T'Pel is presumed dead. Because Data has been studying Sherlock Holmes, he approaches the investigation as a detective and helps Crusher determine that T'Pel's DNA left on the transporter pad was replicated. Picard challenges the Romulans, believing they have kidnapped T'Pel and tried to trick the Federation into believing she died in an accident, but T'Pel appears to reveal an even larger ruse: she is in fact a Romulan spy, Subcommander Selok, and the "accident" was a ploy to get her home. Data apologizes to Keiko for trying to persuade her to go ahead with the wedding, but she assures him that he was right, she does want to marry O'Brien, and she wants Data to walk her down the aisle. As Picard performs the ceremony, Data realizes that although much of human behavior mystifies him, he understands the desire to be loved.


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Old January 17 2009, 01:57 AM   #2
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What I liked about this episode was that, just this once, our guys unequivocably lost, which doesn't happen often on TNG.
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Old January 17 2009, 11:46 AM   #3
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FredH wrote: View Post
What I liked about this episode was that, just this once, our guys unequivocably lost, which doesn't happen often on TNG.
That's a good point; I didn't pick up on that when I watched the ep.

What I liked about it: it was almost completely focused on characters and their arc/backstories. If they had left out the T'Pel storyline, it could perhaps have been even better (since there is a little flaw in the logic of her fake death anyway).

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Old January 17 2009, 04:39 PM   #4
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That's one of my favorite episodes, alongside "Family" and "Measure of a Man." I love the character-driven episodes.
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Old January 17 2009, 04:45 PM   #5
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That's one of my favorite episodes, alongside "Family" and "Measure of a Man." I love the character-driven episodes.
For some reason, Family never grabbed me. Maybe any ep was going to be a letdown after Best of Both Worlds.

On the other hand, Measure of a Man is brilliant, one of my favorites. I think the opposite occured here - it stood out like a rose amid some of the dandelions of season 2.
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Old January 19 2009, 02:24 PM   #6
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While I liked the story overall (not a fave, but not horrible), the Picard line about the historical precedence of ship's captain's getting to serve as officials at weddings just perpetuates another myth (and the TNG writers who didn't bother to check out the facts further gall me). Ship's captains do not have (and never have, at least as far as can be historically determined) the authority to serve in that role - unless they also happen to be legally appointed as a justice of the peace, or have been duly ordained.

Cecil Adams of The Straight Dope wrote on this some time ago, theorizing that someone dreamt up the idea once so that they could talk some young thing into bed under the pretense that it had been legally sanctified.

I'll concede that in the future, that may change, given the nature of long duration space missions, but citing the history of that right?

Next thing you know, people will be thinking that the thumbs down gesture in gladiatorial fights means "kill the loser."
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Old January 19 2009, 04:03 PM   #7
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I love this episode. One of the highlights of season 4.

As for the history of ship captains performing weddings - Kirk performed a wedding in TOS a century before. ("Balance of Terror") So, even if this isn't a tradition in our day, there was at least a century of history for it in the 24th century.
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