Wednesday, January 16, 2013

ST:TNG 4.11 Data's Day ~ Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch

It's a day in the life of Data in 4.11 Data's Day.


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Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch continues with ...

Data's Day
Season 4, Episode 11

Story:
  • Data maintains a day-in-his-life correspondence to Commander Maddox (from 2.09 The Measure of a Man), detailing his friendships and relationships and how he maintains and values them; plus daily to do's and happenings The Enterprise which on this day include a Vulcan ambassador rendez-vous with Romulan ship and the marriage of Keiko and O'Brien.
What it's really about:
  • The audience gets to see a day in the life of Data, but also the everyday goings on of the ship from normal procedure, to ambassadors coming aboard to even a wedding!
    Character Focus:
    • Data is the obvious focus here as we following throughout the ship, hear his musings on his relationships as well as the crews interactions with each other as well as getting to see his day to day dealings on the ship. It's also the first time we see his cat, Spot.
    • Keiko appears for the first time as she has asked Data to be step into the Father-of-the-Bride role in her upcoming marriage to Chief O'Brien; which goes on an on-again/off-again journey throughout the episode
    • We learn that Beverly knows how to dance, and doesn't want to be known as The Dancing Doctor again.
    • We also get to see all of the characters through Data's eyes, and I found it most interesting to see he feels most akin to Worf as they are both orphans and the only one of their kind on the ship; and then on the flip side we find out he least understand Troi and assumes she must find him as perplexing as he does.
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  • What I remembered about this episode:
    • Oddly, I think the thing I remember the most about this episode was Data learning to dance from Beverly, as specifically that Data found slow dancing way harder than learning how to tap dance. That always stuck with me, the idea of technical proficiency in a singular performance being 'easier' than working together and leading (or following) with a partner. Oh wow, that could hold true to the theme of the entire episode!
    • This is the first time I remember that they noted a night watch, and day watch, and the every day goings-on that are relayed between the two shifts.
    What I noticed now, that I didn't notice then:
    • In a weird way, this episode has a lot of similarities to 4.10 The Loss as it shows Data approaching his friendships and interactions from a purely logical perspective and in The Lost we saw Troi working through situations she'd normally approach empathically but now with logic, reasoning, and human intuition. In both cases, they can be a bit off the mark.
    Images Source: TrekCore What feels different now, than then:
    • How on earth did the manage to fit all of this into one episode... Keiko and O'Brien, Spot, the vulcan ambassador/Romulan spy, ... it's amazing.
    What remained the same:
    • I was so shocked, and remembered I was before, that Data says he has considered marriage!
    • I LOVE the dance scene, it's so rare to see people tap dance and I love it. what a treat.
    What I see differently:
    • I wonder if this came out around the same time as the 'Day in the Life of' books, I remember pouring over them at a friends house, in particular the A Day in the Life of Canada edition and finding it compelling, yet odd how so few of the images felt anything like what I was familiar with.
    • Watching the series chronologically has been really interesting from the perspective of character introductions, because they aren't overt at all. From this episode along you would have no idea that it's the first time we see Keiko, she just naturally fits into the show. I love the scene between her and Data where he says that he idea to call off the wedding was based on that it would make her happy, and as that's not the result she should consider changing her actions. So logical, and so hilarious.
    • I love the scene where Data and Worf look at wedding gifts to select for Miles and Keiko, so funny to hear them discussing the traditions and their involvements in things outside their own experience.
    • I'm shocked the whole Romulan-posing-as-Vulcan-and-returned-to-Romulan-ship subplot is freaking HUGE. That's not an every day occurance, not even on The Enterprise.
    Great Quotes:
    • "I could be chasing an untamed ornithoid without cause." - Data
    • "Human bonding rituals often involve a great deal of talking and dancing and crying." - Worf
    • "There are many ways to help a friend, and sometimes the best way is to leave them alone."- Troi
    • "Some days you get the bear and some days the bear gets you." - Riker
    Left off at:
  • It's proven that the Vulcan ambassador T'Pel wasn't killed in a transporter accident, The Enterprise contacts the Romulans who reveal she is actually one of them and therefore a spy. Captain Picard performs the marriage ceremony of Keiko and Miles, and Data is able to dance Keiko as father-of-the-bride.
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