The Next Generation
Disc No :
First Aired :
7 Jan 1991
Although Spiner does a good imitation of McFadden's tap dancing, there are a few steps that she does which he can't manage to duplicate. As an android, of course, Data should be able to replicate Crusher's dancing pretty much perfectly.
Great Moment :
Data's dance lesson. I especially like his enthusiastic tap dancing, and the smile that could be used to frighten small children.
Body Count :
Tons of stuff in this one:
Picard's intro to the wedding is based on the one Kirk used in "Balance of Terror".
This episode is the first to feature Data's pet cat, Spot.
This episode marks the 1,550th day of the Enterprise-D's service life. If we apply the TNG formula of 1000 Stardate units = exactly 1 calendar years, then the episode Stardate of 44390.1 means it is set on Tuesday 23rd May, 2367. Subtracting exactly 1,550 days from this we find that the Enterprise-D entered service on Saturday 23rd February, 2363. We know from All Good Things that Picard boarded the ship on Stardate 41148, which is Monday 24th February 2364 - just two days before he made his first log entry in Encounter at Farpoint. So the ship was actually in service for one year before Picard took command, which is rather an interesting proposition! Presumably this period represented a 'working up' during which systems were tested and crew trained, etc. One wonders if there was a previous Captain on board for this...
It's also the first in which we see the Arboretum.
More seriously, Picard was originally suggested as the one who was going to be married in this episode. That changed to O'Brien, who was going to marry a female conn officer there to replace Wesley Crusher. Finally, the character of Keiko was created for him to marry instead.
Data agrees to record the activities of a typical day for Commander Maddox. Apparently a typical day for Data involves dancing lessons, treachery, weddings, transporter accidents, births, and the prospect of certain death.