Data explores the concept of romance with a fellow crew person, and the Enterprise travels through an unusual nebula in this strange but amusing tale.
Jenna D’Sora is working closely with Data and they seem to be very friendly. Data knows who her ex-boyfriend is, and why they broke up. Jenna seems to rely on Data to listen to her and to help her resist the pull of her old relationship. We learn that her father died when she was young, and that she tends to gravitate towards unresponsive, emotionally unavailable men. Huh, sounds like she should be talking to Counselor Troi, not Data.
Jenna does seem a little off, and her constant flirting with Data is pretty weird. Data does form attachments; he is very good friends with Geordi, for instance, so we know that Data can be a very reliable and often entertaining android to have as a pal, but romance? That might be just too much for him at this point in time. Jenna needs to get away from the type of men that she’s been chasing, and Data is going to be no exception.
I did love the scenes where Data was asking everyone he knew for romantic advice, and it was very nice to see Guinan. She is such a lovely character to have aboard. She’s probably better at counseling people than Troi is, but anyway; Data talks to her and assorted crew members. I probably liked the moment with Picard the most; that man is direct and to the point.
I enjoyed Data’s romantic program and the way that it goes spectacularly wrong. We all know that this romance was doomed from the start, and that Jenna is looking for something that Data just cannot give her. Now, my husband and I are both introverts and we would go crazy with a partner who wanted to have our attention all the time, so we are very well suited. Data and Jenna…not so much. After lots and lots of therapy, maybe she can find out why she goes for men who don’t pay her enough attention. She’s looking in all the wrong places, obviously.
There is also a subplot about a nebula that has dark matter clusters, and it is causing havoc aboard ship. Objects are falling off tables and a crew lady person is dead and stuck halfway into a floor. That’s not a good thing, so someone must pilot a shuttle to lead the Enterprise to safety. Who is going to do this, you ask? It’s going to be piloted by the most experienced shuttle pilot they have — that would make sense. But no. Instead, Captain Picard says that he must do it. I thought that his place was on the bridge, but whatever; he almost gets himself killed and destroys the shuttle, but does manage to lead the Enterprise to safety. Good job, I guess. This part of the episode was alright, but not that dramatic.
Bits and Pieces:
This episode was directed by Patrick Stewart and it was the first one that he did for this series.
I loved the part where Data was cleaning up Jenna’s quarters, and he asked her if he could organize her closet. She said no, but she’s crazy. He can come to my house and organize my closets whenever he wants. The garage needs his help, too.
I love Guinan, but that hat makes it look like she has a flying saucer on her head.
I think the good part about dating Data would be that you would always know what he was thinking because he would always tell you, if you asked. That much honesty could be a good thing, maybe. Maybe?
Jenna: “The cat’s out of the bag.”
Jenna: “No, I mean I... you've caught me in the act.”
Jenna: “Those times were really special…I wish we were back there now, you and I.”
Data: “The unidirectional nature of the time continuum makes that an unlikely possibility.”
Geordi: “This can be a… a little complicated. Listen, my advice is…ask somebody else for advice, at least someone who’s… got more experience at… giving advice.”
Data: “Captain, I am seeking advice in how to…”
Picard: “Yes, I’ve heard, Data. I’d be delighted to offer any advice I have on understanding women. When I have some, I’ll let you know.”
Jenna: “What were you just thinking?”
Data: “In that particular moment, I was reconfiguring the warp field parameters, analyzing the collected works of Charles Dickens, calculating the maximum pressure I could safely apply to your lips, considering a new food supplement for Spot...”
Jenna: “I'm glad I was in there somewhere.”
Data: “Jenna, are we no longer… a couple?”
Jenna: “No, we’re not.”
Data: “Then I will delete the appropriate program.”
I think that Data is lovable, but being “in love” with him is just a step too far, for now. Maybe that’s why Jenna’s behavior seems so bizarre at times; it just doesn’t feel right somehow to see someone be so affectionate with Data. Oh well, it is still a good episode and it has some laughs and inspires some deep thoughts about android love. It’s better than Muskrat Love. I hate that song.
Three and a half android romances out of five.
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