History Recap / StarTrekTheNextGenerationS2E9TheMeasureOfAMan

21st Jul '17 6:33:33 PM HeraldAlberich
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* CallBack: In "Encounter at Farpoint," when he first met Data, Riker called him "Pinocchio" after he said his dream was to be human. Here, he calls him that again after turning Data off.
-->"Pinocchio is broken. His strings have been cut."

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* CallBack: In "Encounter "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS1E1EncounterAtFarpoint Encounter at Farpoint," Farpoint]]," when he first met Data, Riker called him "Pinocchio" after he said his dream was to be human. Here, he calls him that again after turning Data off.
-->"Pinocchio -->'''Riker:''' Pinocchio is broken. His Its strings have been cut."



* CruelToBeKind: Thanks to a shorthanded staff at the starbase, Riker ''had'' to be the prosecutor and ''had'' to give a strong argument, so that Data and Picard can have a platform to defend themselves. Riker hates himself for it, but Data understood exactly why Riker did what he did, and forgives him.

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* CruelToBeKind: Thanks to a shorthanded staff at the starbase, Riker ''had'' ''has'' to be the prosecutor and ''had'' ''has'' to give a strong argument, so that Data and Picard can have a platform to defend themselves. Riker hates himself for it, but Data understood understands exactly why Riker did what he did, and forgives him.
20th Jul '17 2:09:11 PM Sheepeditor
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** Note, also, that Data is an emotionless android, and is therefore incapable of an emotional response such as holding a grudge.
6th Jul '17 11:10:14 AM LtFedora
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* CallBack: In "Encounter at Farpoint," when he first met Data, Riker called him "Pinocchio" after he said his dream was to be human. Here, he calls him that again after turning Data off.
-->"Pinocchio is broken. His strings have been cut."
29th May '17 10:38:03 AM wyattte
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[[caption-width-right:350:"It is a collection of neural nets and heuristic algorithms. Its responses are dictated by an elaborate software program written by a man. The hardware was built by a man. And now a man will shut it off."]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:"It [[caption-width-right:350:''"It is a collection of neural nets and heuristic algorithms. Its responses are dictated by an elaborate software program written by a man. The hardware was built by a man. \\
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And now a man will shut it off."]]
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* CruelToBeKind: Thanks to a shorthanded staff at the starbase, Riker ''had'' to be the prosecutor and ''had'' to give a strong argument, so that Data and Picard can have a platform to defend themselves. Riker hates himself for it, but Data understood exactly why Riker did what he did, and forgives him.
24th Feb '17 9:03:51 PM katrinahood
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[floatboxright:
Series: ''Series/{{Star Trek The Next Generation}}''\\
Episode: Season 2, Episode 9\\
Title: "The Measure of a Man"\\
Previous: "A Matter of Honor"\\
Next: "The Dauphin"\\
Recapper: Synjo Deonecros]

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[floatboxright:
Series: ''Series/{{Star Trek The Next Generation}}''\\
Episode: Season 2, Episode 9\\
Title: "The Measure of a Man"\\
Previous: "A Matter of Honor"\\
Next: "The Dauphin"\\
Recapper: Synjo Deonecros]
22nd Jan '17 8:36:37 AM HeraldAlberich
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-->"That action injured you, and saved me. I will not forget it."

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-->"That -->'''Data:''' That action injured you, and saved me. I will not forget it."
30th Nov '16 7:27:00 AM fruitstripegum
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* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: The plot theme, as reflected by its title.



* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: The plot theme, as reflected by its title.
16th Oct '16 9:41:16 PM eowynjedi
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-->"That action injured you, and saved me. I will not forget it."
3rd Oct '16 8:21:07 PM Fireblood
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Apparently, they have some bad blood between them as well; the commander, named Maddox, was the only one on the Starfleet council to reject Data's admission to Starfleet, out of [[JustAMachine his insistence that robots aren't alive]]. However, now he's interested in learning Data's secrets, determined to use him as a template to build more androids like him for manual labor and use in dangerous situations. Interestingly, both Picard and Data are actively interested in this proposal--until they determine that Maddox doesn't have a lick of the mechanical ingenuity needed to avoid harming Data during his dissection. They refuse, but Maddox, being the dick that he is, anticipated their refusal and whipped up transfer orders forcing Data into his negligent care.

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Apparently, they have some bad blood between them as well; the commander, named Maddox, was the only one on the Starfleet council board to reject oppose Data's admission to Starfleet, out of [[JustAMachine his insistence that robots aren't alive]]. However, now he's interested in learning Data's secrets, determined to use him as a template to build more androids like him for manual labor and use in dangerous situations. Interestingly, both Picard and Data are actively interested in this proposal--until they determine that Maddox doesn't have a lick of the mechanical ingenuity needed to avoid harming Data during his dissection. They refuse, but Maddox, being the dick that he is, anticipated their refusal and whipped up transfer orders forcing Data into his negligent care.



** Data breaks Picard's first view that perhaps the needs of the many could benefit from this procedure and Data should volunteer with one simple question:

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** Data breaks Picard's first view that perhaps the {{the needs of the many many}} could benefit from be served with this procedure and Data should volunteer with one simple question:



-->'''Louvois:''' We've all been dancing around the basic issue: "Does Data have a soul?" I don't know that he has. I don't know that I have! But I have got to give him the freedom to explore that question himself.

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-->'''Louvois:''' We've all been dancing around the basic issue: "Does Data have a soul?" I don't know that he has. I don't know that I ''I'' have! But I have got to give him the freedom to explore that question himself.



* LargeHam: Both Riker and Picard have their moments when speaking before the Court.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: Riker vs Picard in a courtroom case with Data's freedom as the stakes.

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* LargeHam: Both Riker and Picard have their moments when speaking before the Court.
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* LetsYouAndHimFight: Riker vs vs. Picard in a courtroom case with Data's freedom as the stakes.



* MoralDissonance: It is not just Data's career with Starfleet that is at issue here, but rather his rights as a sentient being! Yet this matter is not being decided by a Federation civilian court, but rather by a Starfleet JAG officer. Most civilized societies in the real world would hold that there is a legal conflict of interest in Starfleet being asked to decide whether or not something is its own property, especially when that something is sentient.

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* MoralDissonance: It is not just Data's career with Starfleet that is at issue here, but rather his rights as a sentient being! Yet this matter is not being decided by a Federation civilian court, but rather by a Starfleet JAG officer. Most civilized societies in the real world would hold that there is a legal conflict of interest in Starfleet being asked to decide whether or not something is its own property, especially when that something is sentient. This kind of issue usually isn't under the jurisdiction of military courts either, as they generally only hear criminal cases involving service members, which clearly doesn't apply here.
27th Sep '16 8:31:39 PM wyattte
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