Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Offspring (2 of 2)
Work Title: Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Offspring (2 of 2) Medium: TV Episode Episode Title: The Offspring Year: 1990 Writer(s): Gene Roddenberry "Original" Writer: Yes Writer(s): Rene Echevarria "Original" Writer:Own work?: No Summary:
from imdb.com After returning from a cybernetics conference to the Enterprise, Data creates his own "child," much to the chagrin of his captain, and without regards to the ramifications with Starfleet.
Source Name: IMDB
Era/Year of Portrayal: distant_future Distinctive characteristics of the world in portrayal:
space travel is common.
Name of portrayed presence-evoking technology: Lal
Description of the technology: Lal is an android created by the character Data, also an android. She greatly resembles a human woman, or teenager. Her skin is a normal color, caucasion. She learns from all of her interactions with people; her capabilities for learning are greater than Data's, whom she calls Father. She was created in a lab, which is where she rests, or is turned off. She has a positronic brain. She acts friendly and docile - all she wants to do is learn and be accepted.
Nature of task or activity: conversation, working on the ship.
Performance of the Technology: works well, until actaully experiences emotion - then she has a system failure and cannot survive.
Description of creator(s): Data - the only other android in existence. He is a member of the Starship Enterprise, very intelligent, and a free being.
Major goal(s) of creator(s): To create a family.
Description of users of technology: Members and officers of the ship.
Type(s) of presence experience in the portrayal: social_presence
Description of presence experience: It is as if interacting with a precocious and intelligent child.
User awareness of technology during experience: at first, not aware. After speaking with her or interacting, they realize.
Valence of experience: enjoy it - she is friendly and polite.
Specific responses: enjoyment, involvement, intense parasocial relationships
She experiences emotion, but it seems to be too much for her - her systems fail and she dies. Data, not bearing to lose her, incorporates her memories into his, so she will live on in his mind.