We venture back to the neutral zone and boldly go where no man has before to discuss another episode of Star Trek: the Next Generation with Pat MacFarlane of Liberty Weekly. This is our continuing mission to cover a few key episodes of this thought-provoking series for this summer.
Picking up decades after Gene Roddenberry’s original Star Trek series, The Next Generation follows the intergalactic adventures of Capt. Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and his loyal crew aboard the all-new USS Enterprise NCC-1701D, as they explore new worlds.
Hoping to further his creator’s work and perpetuate his species, Data creates an android named Lal, who identifies as female.
Is she a creation or an offspring? Do the rights afforded the father extend to his creation? There are some administrative fireworks between Picard and Admiral Haftel that are unfortunately defused by the plot convenience of Lal’s cascade failure, but this is still a fun episode that explores the concepts and situations around parenting, social interactions, and education.
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