The Great Star Trek TNG Rewatch: Data’s Day

As part of his ongoing communications with cyberneticist Bruce Maddox, Data decides to record the events of a typical day on the Enterprise. Of course, this being the Enterprise, a typical day involves a birth, a wedding, a visit from a Vulcan ambassador, and even a encounter with the Romulans.

Objectively speaking, this isn’t a massively good episode, and yet somehow it still manages to be entertaining – just because we get a good dose of everyone’s favourite android. We get a flavour of everyday life aboard the Enterprise, and the chance to see what the crew do when there isn’t a major crisis or a trip to the holodeck on the cards.

Life aboard the Enterprise

  • This episode marks the first appearance of both Keiko Ishikawa (who becomes Keiko O’Brien in this episode) and Data’s cat, Spot. Spot will change appearance and sex over the course of the series.
  • Even though they never seem to encrypt anything, there is restricted information in the Enterprise computer that not everyone can access.
  • Crusher is an accomplished dancer, but she doesn’t like to advertise that fact.
  • If Data can learn by imitation, why doesn’t Crusher run program Fred Astaire 1 for him to watch? She could provide commentary.
  • For some reason, no other doctor can handle a childbirth event whilst Crusher is off duty.
  • Even though he hates children, Picard visits sickbay to see the newborn baby. Maybe he feels differently about babies since he doesn’t have to talk to them or entertain them like he would with an older child.
  • Keiko and Miles don’t seem to have a wedding list, forcing Worf and Data to select gifts themselves.

Is O’Brien a Romulan spy?

Did T’Pel fake her own death in the transporter room with only the remote help of the Romulans, or was there someone on the inside? Who better than Miles O’Brien, transporter chief? What’s more, here he’s marrying a human in order to better assimilate into human society.

Summary – Data’s Day: Keiko was quite calm and rational when she informed me of her decision this morning. Therefore, I can predict that she will respond to an objective analysis of the situation based on the available facts.”

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