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TNG 2-06

TNG 2x06
"The Schizoid Man"

Original airdate: 1/23/1989
Rewatch date: 9/3/2011

Data's mind is taken over by the computerized consciousness of Ira Graves, a brilliant but unstable scientist who wants to live forever.

Spoiler-free notes:

Data with a beard looks like an English professor.

"Women aren't people." A charmer, that one is.

Why does Data keep telling people about his off button?

Doesn't beaming him out in a torpedo tube defeat the purpose of putting him in a torpedo tube?

Picard quotes Shakespeare. I'm not sure which play or sonnet it's from, but it's definitely familiar to me.

I like this episode because it showcases Brent Spiner's acting ability (far better than in "Datalore," where he just plays an evil twin) and it has a neat little sci-fi idea in it. Granted, the concept of transfering your consciousness is hardly a unique idea, and the ramifications of it aren't explored very far, but it's still a cool idea to delve into.

Number of episodes in which a member of the crew is subverted by an alien lifeforce: 4. Technically, Ira Graves is a human, but he's "alien" in that he's a foreign invader in Data's consciousness.

Spoiler section:

This is the only episode in which you actually see Lt. Selar, but she gets referred to several times in subsequent episodes.

Ira considers himself Data's grandfather because he taught Dr. Soong "everything he knows," but as we learn later, in "Brothers," Dr. Soong is a heck of a lot older than Dr. Graves.

When Picard and Graves discuss the value of Data and whether or not his life is as valuable as a human's, it is more foreshadowing for the upcoming "The Measure of a Man."

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