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It is postulated in this answer that the Crystalline Entity must have visited the colony twice for Lore to have known about and been able to contact it. However, we know that Lore was disassembled long enough for Data to be constructed, which presumably takes some time, and interact with the colonists for a time before he was put into his hibernation state and left on that pedestal where he was found by the crew of the USS Tripoli. So, how was the deactivated, and disassembled Lore able to contact the entity at all? The timeline for that isn't quite adding up for me.

  • Dupe of What did Lore get from collaborating with the Crystalline Entity? which basically says that we don't know. – Valorum Feb 6 '18 at 18:38
  • @Valorum I am not asking about his motives in summoning the Entity, but am wondering about the timeline. As I recall it was able to travel rather fast when the Enterprise is trying to catch it the last time we see it, so how was Lore able to summon it, then have all the time required to build Data before it arrived? – Daishozen Feb 6 '18 at 18:56
  • As I said, we don't know. There's no confirmation in the episode. He could have set up a beacon that activated once he'd been shut down (a kind of dead-man's switch) or the Entity could have just been traveling at low warp, giving him time to be deactivated and stored before its arrival. – Valorum Feb 6 '18 at 18:57
  • @Valorum Both of those make sense to me. I guess I was just hoping that it was mentioned somewhere, like a book or something. – Daishozen Feb 6 '18 at 19:01

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