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TNG 3-22

TNG 3x22
"The Most Toys"

Original airdate: 5/7/1990
Rewatch date: 10/13/2011

Data is abducted by a collector of rare and valuable objects.

Spoiler-free notes:

You've gotta love a long con.

Data talks to himself. "What am I doing here?" That's an interesting bit of programming.

If I were in Data's position, I'd just start breaking Fajo's stuff. I can see how this wouldn't really help matters--it would escalate them--and I guess if Data assumes that Fajo's collection is made up of stolen items, he doesn't want to ruin the belongings of others.

After "Who Watches the Watchers," "The Enemy," "The Hunted," "The High Ground," and "Allegiance," captivity seems to be a running theme this season.

I love Data trying to imitate Mona Lisa's smile.

Number of episodes in which a member of the crew is subverted by an alien lifeforce: 7.

The last scene, where Data has one last chat with a captive Fajo, really makes the episode. The story raises more questions about Data's character than it answers, but there's nothing wrong with that. Like with "Allegiance," it explores Data from two sides, from the point of view of his friends who are coping without him and from the point of view of Data divorced from his shipmates.

Spoiler section:

Geordi: "I always thought he'd outlive us... by centuries." There's two layers of irony to this line. The first, of course, is that Data is still alive when Geordi says it. The second is that Data still doesn't outlive his friends, as he dies at the end of Star Trek: Nemesis.

I am again reminded of the episode "Clues." The only flaw in Fajo's scheme is that he leaves too many dangling clues that entice the Enterprise crew to figure out what's going on.

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