So, I just watched The Offspring for the first time in probably ten years. Huge TNG fan, just managed to skip it repeatedly in viewings. The first time I saw it I was younger, and taken with the "hey neat, he made an android!" sci-fi factor. This time, I was able to watch it as a morality play. And I have to say, I'm absolutely disgusted. I'm a SUPER liberal fella, and it takes a lot to get my ire up, but this one really just rubbed me the wrong way, so much so that I felt compelled to post here and see what you all think. Specifically, the Admiral's intention of, "hey, an officer who we've granted sentience under Federation law has had a child - I'ma take it, and Starfleet Research is behind me!" See, I understand the basic morality play at work here, and the dramatic/production need to create a foil and a danger for the heroes, namely one presenting a threat to the continued family unit of the Datas (is that right? I guess it's his last name too). But the Admiral's position just struck me as so incredibly offensive, pigheaded, inflexible, and borderline racist that I have to wonder how an asshole like that MAKES Admiral. Take even his reaction to Picard asking for an escalation, taking the matter to Starfleet (which is his RIGHTFUL action in any chain of command!), the Admiral yells "I AM Starfleet!" ...Seriously?! I guess this one just bothered me more than I expected. With all the talk about "evolved humanity" (which, dramatic deathknell aside, I've always subscribed to fully - humanity CAN get better!), I don't understand how such a system can create and sustain petty, hateful asshats like Admiral McBroken Home and still function as a society. Thoughts?