Tuesday, June 18, 2019


TNG Season 7 Episode 10
Air Date: November 22nd, 1993

The Enterprise is working with the scientists Pran and Juliana Tainer to restore the core of the planet Altrea IV to a molten state. We quickly learn that Juliana was married to Dr. Noonien Soong and she was there for Lt. Cmdr. Data's creation. Through the episode Juliana spends time to get to know Data treating him as a long lost son. They even play a concert together.

What we don't know until the end, though Data discovered this much earlier is that Juliana is actually an android herself. She gets into an accident on the planet which causes her arm to fall off confirming his suspicions. They are unable to turn her on after the accident but discover a data chip in her head. The chip contains a holographic problem from Soong who tells Data that she was his last creation. The real Juliana had died and he succeeded in transferring her consciousness into a positronic net. Note that this was referenced in the episode The Schizoid Man where Soong's friend had used the technique to transfer his consciousness into Data. She was programmed to shutdown when it is revealed that she is an Android. She is the most advanced android yet with skin that looks real and ages, hair that turns grey. It even has technology that simulates human life signs to sensors and transporters.

The episode also talks about how Dr. Soong made many androids that completely failed before succeeding with Lore. This is a precursor to Star Trek Insurrection where they find another android they call Before that looks like Data but with a malfunctioning positronic net.


"Truth is, in every way that matters she is Juliana Soong. I programmed her to terminate after a long life. Let her live out her days and die, believing she was human." - Dr. Noonien Soong

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