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Star Trek TNG - Season 6 - Episode 16

Star Trek TNG - 6x16 - Birthright, Part I

Originally Aired: 1993-2-22

Worf and Data set out on journeys to find their fathers. [DVD]

My Rating - 5

Fan Rating Average - 6.17

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- Watch Data's final scene with Bashir and look closely at his feet. Notice the little pink slippers? They didn't mean that actually to be visible, but according to Siddig El Fadil, who plays Bashir, they wear those slippers to silience the sound of footsteps when walking about and he simply forgot to switch them with his shoes for that scene. ;)


Remarkable Scenes
- Seeing the Enterprise docked at DS9 again.
- I like Geordi's reference to O'Brien being on the station.
- Bashir's meeting with Data.
- Worf freaking out at people.
- Troi regarding Worf's broken furniture: "Did the table do somethiing wrong?"
- Bashir's fascination with Data's peculiarities.
- Data seeking advice from Worf about the vision of his father, inadvertently causing Worf to realize what he must do.
- Worf "negociating" with the information seller by threatening his life.
- Picard to Data: "You are a culture of one. Which is no less valid than a culture of one billion."
- Data's complete "dream."
- Morn appearances; 1. On the promenade when Worf is walking around looking for the information seller.

My Review
This episode is both annoying and cool at the same time. I love learning about the details of Worf's past and the attack on Khitomer which made Klingon relations with the Romulans go sour. But this episode also is the only crossover with DS9 which in my opinion is totally wasted. This episode just screams "I'm a TNG episode, not a DS9 episode!" DS9 sets and characters are used at only minimal amounts. In fact, mostly used as plot devices to advance Data and Worf's stories! The device Bashir wanted to examine is largely forgotten (it may be interpreted as a literal plot device!), the meeting Picard has at Bajor is not shown, and DS9's sets are only shown so that Worf may meet his information dealer. That said, the plot is interesting, even if slightly annoying. Worf finds the truth about what happened to his father, but at the cost of being captured himself...

The following are comments submitted by my readers.

  • From Pete Miller on 2006-05-14 at 11:31pm:
    Factoid: Is it just me, or does Troi start wearing her official starfleet uniform more often after being criticized by Captain Jellico in "Chain of Command"?

    Data was tripping BALLS in this episode. That was the most ridiculously psychotropic experience I've ever seen.

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