Spot - Orange tabby cat seen on the
sci-fi series STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION/SYN/1987-94. Debuting
on episode No. 85 "Data's Day," Spot lived with android Lt. Cmdr.
Data (Brent Spiner) serving onboard the 24th century starship USS
Enterprise-D. He was originally cast as a Somali cat, but in later
appearances became a common house cat. It wasn't until episode No.
99 "In Theory" that Spot actually got her name.
The following is a poem called "Ode to Spot" written by Data:
"Felis Catus is your taxonomic nomenclature, an endothermic
quadruped carnivorous by nature. Your visual, olfactory and
auditory senses contribute to your hunting skills, and natural
defenses. I find myself intrigued by your subvocal oscillations, a
singular development of cat communications that obviates your basic
hedonistic predilection for a rhythmic stroking of your fur, to
demonstrate affection. A tail is quite essential for your acrobatic
talents, you would not be so agile if you lacked its
counterbalance. And when not being utilized to aide in locomotion,
it often serves to illustrate the state of your emotion. O, Spot,
the complex levels of behavior you display connote a fairly
well-developed cognitive array. And though you are not sentient,
Spot, and do not comprehend, I nonetheless consider you a true and
Once, in an attempt to find
just the right food for his "Terran Felis Domesticus," Spot's
master, Data, created some seventy-four different foods for her.
TRIVIA NOTE: Spot was played by two cats, Monster and Brandy. Brandy did most
of the lying-around scenes, and Monster did most of the jumping and
running. Both cats were owned and trained by Rob Bloch.
On the sitcom CAPTAIN
NICE/NBC/1967, the forgetful father of police chemist Carter Nash (a.k.a.
superhero "Captain Nice") called his son "Spot."
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