ST:TNG 5.11 Hero Worship ~ Star Trek: The Next Generation Re-Watch

The sole survivor of a destroyed ship starts to emulate Data in 5.11 Hero Worship.

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Hero Worship
Season 5, Episode 11

  • When The Enterprise investigates a ship that went out of communications when entering a black cluster, they discover the ship is nearly destroyed. The only survivor is a boy, Timothy, who in an attempt to bury the emotional turmoil of the experience pretends to be an android like Data, who saved him.
    Character Focus:
    • Timothy is the focus here, being the survivor of the disaster on the Vico and a lot hinges on the crew getting information from him over what happens, but often the information he shares isn't accurate. He starts to emulate Data, a process that is encouraged by Troi and supported by both Data and Beverly.
    • Data is very important here, and we get to see him through the eyes of Timothy, ticks and all. We also see how he reacts to being emotionally needed, which is pretty rare but did happen back in 4.25 In Theory with Jenna.
    • We also see Troi flexing her counselling muscles here, working with and observing Data as well as advising Picard. It's interesting to see in both this episode and 5.10 New Ground often the approach is very gentle and to let things unravel and take the time it needs.
    What I remembered about this episode:
    • I remember this ones as the 'kid pretends to be Data' one, as well as the kid making the sculpture of the Greek structure.
    What I noticed now, that I didn't notice then:
    • It's a little weird that this episode involving a kid that has trouble adjusting, lies, goes to the ship's school and works through forming a bond with one of the members of the crew comes directly after 5.10 New Ground where all of that happened with Worf and Alexander.
    What feels different now, than then:
    • It was interesting to see Data say that he can not feel hate, I wouldn't initially thought of that as an emotion. It's also strange because this certainly is a vibe we get from Lore, both before and after The Emotion Chip.
    • It's actually pretty cool to see Data share so many of the things with Timothy about why he would want to be a human, a subject that often comes up on the show but for some reason here it was more ...all encompassing.
    What remained the same:
    • I remembered the story of Timothy strongly and barely the scientific issue with black cluster that The Vico, and eventually The Enterprise goes through.
    What I see differently:
    • Oddly, I they call the model Timothy is working to create a sculpture...but, if it's a recreation of an existing place I would consider it a model and not a sculpture. I didn't know I would make such a differentiation.
    Great Quotes:
    • "We're stronger and smarter than humans. We can do more than they can." - Timothy
    • "The best thing we can do right now is let Timothy take us where he wants to go. We should support the process and even encourage it." - Troi
    • "The servo-mechanisms in my neck are designed to approximate human movements. I did not realize the effect was so distracting." - Data
    Left off at:
    When The Enterprise starts to experience the same symptoms as The Vico, Timothy begins to remember what happened to his ship and tells Data as it happens. Data is then able to determine an alternate, and rather radical, course of action that pulls The Enterprise away from danger. Timothy sheds the android persona and starts to express his feelings over the loss of his family.

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