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Old October 1 2014, 12:32 AM   #1
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TNG Rewatch: 5x11 - Hero Worship



The Enterprise is investigating the disappearance of the starship Vico that has been missing for some time and discover it severely damaged inside a nebula.

The entire compliment of the ship is dead, save a young boy named Timothy -the son of the ship's second officer- who's understandably very shaken up over the ordeal he's lived through.

The boy's rescue is aided in large party by Data, immediately giving the boy an attachment to the android. On the ship Timothy recounts the tale of how his ship came to be damage, claiming they were attacked by aliens inside of the nebula.

As the investigation continues this seems to be less and less likely the case as sensors, weapons, and cloaking technology wouldn't work inside the nebula and that Timothy is clearly hiding something more.

Due to his encounters with Data and in the wake of the trauma he's experienced Timothy adopts an android persona and takes on Data's appearance, manner of speaking and various quirks. A behavior that is encouraged by Troi in order to see the boy through his emotional trauma and allowing him to cope.

As it explores more of the area of space they're in the Enterprise begins to experience more and more turbulence from the energy/matter fields inside the nebula. being more desperate for answers the crew pushed Timothy to tell the truth which he does. he confesses to be responsible for the destruction of the Vico.

Timothy says that after one of the shocks the ship experienced he fell and hit a computer console which triggered the explosion. Picard, Troi and Data assure Timothy this isn't possible given the safeguards on the computer system that would have prevented him from being able input any commands into it.

The shockwaves experienced by the ship grow more and more intense prompting the crew to continue to dump more and more power into the shields, this triggers a memory into Timothy of the events that occurred on the Vico bridge. Data realizes there's a correlation between the power they dump into the shields and the intensity of the shockwaves. In essence, the more power they dump into the shields the stronger the shockwave. At the present powerlevels the next shockwave will be intense enough to destroy the ship. Data convinces Picard to lower the shields, after doing so the shockwave reduces its intensity and harmlessly washes over the Enterprise. Timothy seems to come to terms with the idea he had nothing to do with the death of the Vico crew, including his parents, and drops the android persona. Though he still visibly emotional about it. Although he's "no longer an android" Timothy is happy to see Data still sees him as a friend.

This episode isn't *too* terribly painful, there's just elements of it that hard sort of goofy. Mostly all in the child adopting the Data personality and how quick the medical professionals on the ship are willing to indulge Timothy in his fantasy and encourage it. As silly as that is, the relationship between Data and Timothy actually plays off nicely -a credit to both the young actor and Brent Spiner- during their encounters. Including painting and enjoying a dessert in Ten Forward.

In the end, a pretty meh episode. It's not *too* terrible, but I wouldn't consider it good either.
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Old October 1 2014, 12:45 AM   #2
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Re: TNG Rewatch: 5x11 - Hero Worship

There are times when I felt like Season 5 was the year of the children. I still enjoy it though, but this is not one of Season 5's better efforts.
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Old October 1 2014, 01:08 PM   #3
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There are times when I felt like Season 5 was the year of the children. I still enjoy it though, but this is not one of Season 5's better efforts.
This is what Piller (or was it Taylor?) dubbed season 5.

I liked this episode, it was a solid effort. I do worry that - just like Jeremy Aster - a vulnerable young child who has just lost his parents is so frequently left alone in his guest/unfamiliar quarters. I know Roddenberry always thought that humans would've got over "grieving" by the 24th century, but this is just neglect!

To this end, I also sometimes wonder whether Deanna should have (or did?) had staff working for her. One Counselor per 1000 people seems quite low, given the breadth of her duties (from advising the captain, to helping grieving people, to couple advice etc)
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Old October 1 2014, 02:42 PM   #4
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I really didn't like this episode. Some/most may not remember the "Happy Days" episode where Richie enters a Howdy Doody contest to be able to take a picture of Clarabell the Clown but Timothy's impersonation of Data reminded me of Richie for some strange reason.

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Old October 1 2014, 05:27 PM   #5
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The only notable thing about it for me is it was Patrick Stewart's second episode directing assignment, so it's understandably a bit uneven. He probably had more experience directing theatre at the time.

Also, they were in the middle of filming this when they learned Roddenberry had died, so that must have put some gloom over the set.
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Old October 1 2014, 06:08 PM   #6
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I sort of like this episode, it falls kind of short of being a classic Data episode to me. I like the main plot so I'm not sure why I don't rank this episode higher. Maybe it focused too much on the kid rather than Data, or maybe if it had come earlier in the show like a season 1 or 2 episode I might have liked it more.

I liked the part where the kid stops acting like Data and he says he has no emotional reference or something like that.
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Old October 1 2014, 06:19 PM   #7
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Just a dreadful episode.
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Old October 15 2014, 03:10 AM   #8
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I just watched this last night. Boy looks up to Data wants to be like him.He realizes he can't be Data.
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Old October 15 2014, 03:18 AM   #9
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I don't think he wanted to "be like Data" just that at the time he realized that Data couldn't feel emotions so in that respect he wanted to be like Data. But once he realized he didn't cause the death of his parents he came to terms with the death of his parents, embraced his emotions, and dropped the act but he didn't drop because he realized he couldn't be like Data.

The kid still realized he needed things like food and sleep so he wasn't completely delusional just sort of in a play-acting phase. He didn't "want to be Data" anymore than I wanted to be a mutant, teenaged, turtle. I just liked pretending to be one for fun.

This kid knew he wasn't, and couldn't be, an android. It was just an excuse for him to suppress his emotions.
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