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The Schizoid Man 

A dying anti-social scientist unintentionally comes upon the perfect vessel in which to preserve his intellect and arrogant personality - Data.

Director:

Les Landau

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Gene Roddenberry (created by), Tracy Tormé (teleplay by) | 4 more credits »
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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Stewart ... Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes ... Cmdr. William Riker
LeVar Burton ... Lt. Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn ... Lt. Worf
Marina Sirtis ... Counselor Deanna Troi
Brent Spiner ... Lt. Cmdr. Data / Dr. Ira Graves
Wil Wheaton ... Wesley Crusher
Diana Muldaur ... Doctor Pulaski
William Morgan Sheppard ... Dr. Ira Graves (as W. Morgan Sheppard)
Suzie Plakson ... Lt. Selar, M.D.
Barbara Alyn Woods ... Kareen Brianon
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Storyline

The Enterprise responds to a request for medical assistance from Dr. Ira Graves, considered by many to be the greatest living mind in the universe. Graves didn't want any help. The Enterprise was summoned by his assistant, Kareen. Graves, a crotchety old man who doesn't really like people, is now in the terminal stage of an illness. Having taught Data's creator, Dr. Soong, everything he knows, he fancies himself Data's grandfather. Knowing his end is near, he transfers all of his knowledge and intellect into Data. As a result, Data begins to act irrationally, becoming a cause of concern to Picard and others. Written by garykmcd/edited by statmanjeff

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

21 January 1989 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Images of Tasha Yar, Dexter Remmick, and Project Genesis are displayed during the test on Data. See more »

Goofs

Flipped shot: When the Enterprise returns to Gravesworld, the registry number NCC-1701-D is mirrored. See more »

Quotes

Commander William T. Riker: You're not turning into a philosopher, are you, Mr. Data?
Data-Graves: I am many things - scholar, artist, philosopher... lover, genius...
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References The Prisoner: The Schizoid Man (1967) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Brent Spiner gets to have some fun with this episode.
12 November 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The Enterprise landing party meets Dr. Ira Graves after his assistant sent out a call for help. She thinks he's dying and he refuses to have any help in his final days. It turns out that he is dying--and he knows there is no hope. You'd think he'd have regrets or fears about death, but instead he's STILL a crotchety old guy who has an ego nearly as big as a planet!

Of the landing party, Dr. Graves has little interest in the doctor or the other humans. Instead, he's drawn to Data for many reasons. The obvious one is that Graves' work contributed to Dr. Soong's building Data. So, in a way, he's like Data's granddad! As for his other reason for being happy to see Data,...well, you'll just have to see what's next!

This is an amusing episode with Data--and not forced like in "The Outrageous Okona". This time, the humor worked and the script allowed Brent Spiner (Data) to have some fun and expand his character. Well worth seeing to see the 'new Data'!

If you really care, the title, "The Schizoid Man", might be misunderstood by some. Despite the root 'schiz', this is NOT a reference to schizophrenia but to a schizoid personality. Such a personality is typified by an individual who has no desire for the company of others. Some, while acting gruff and distant, actually secretly long for friendships and intimacy. A true schizoid personality is perfectly happy being alone and might consider others to be a bother! This is a reasonable description of the main character in this episode, Dr. Graves. Although Graves is a gifted genius, he has no desire to live among people but on his own little planet in the middle of no where. His only companion is a pretty young assistant--a woman with which he has a distant and somewhat cantankerous relationship. She is there to help him in his work...not be his lover or friend. However, although a good argument could be made that Graves has a schizoid personality, the fact that he had deep hidden thoughts about his pretty assistant and secretly wants her would indicate that he's most likely an avoidant personality--a person who PRETENDS to hate people but who, very down deep, wants them or at least one person.

It is also possible that the 'schiz' is referring to the literal interpretation--a split mind. However, this is NOT the same as Multiple Personality Disorder and could refer to Data's mind becoming fragmented. Okay...psyc 101 lecture over for today!


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