Data - Lt. Cmdr. Data, (Brent Spiner)
is a talkative android Starfleet officer with yellow eyes and
pasty-colored skin assigned to the 24th century starship, USS
Enterprise-D the sci-fi series STAR TREK: THE NEXT
A robotic Pinocchio in search of humanity,
Data spent much of his time analyzing why humans act the way they
do. He even went to the trouble of finding out why humans sneezed
and laughed and emulated these peculiar human traits. He once said
"If being human is not simply a matter of being born
flesh and blood, if it is instead a way of thinking, acting and
feeling, then I am hopeful that one day I will discover my own
humanity. Until then I will continue learning, changing, growing and
trying to become more than what I am."
Data's original memory banks contained the core memory of 411
personnel assigned to the Omicron Theta space colony outpost where
he was originally discovered by the landing crew of the USS Tripoli.
His programming was so precise that he could not use contractions
(can't, won't, etc.) when communicating.
On a trip to the same planet some 26 years later, a secret
laboratory revealed that Data was created by Dr. Noonian Soong,
Earth's foremost robotic scientist who experimented with Asimov's
theory of the positronic brain.
Also found was Data's devilish duplicate twin android named Lore
whose amplified human ego with dangerous megalomaniac tendencies
soon endangered the crew. Before he could harm the crew Lore was put
out of commission. (Episode No.114 "Datalore")
Data and his android brother, Lore
In a later episode (No. 177 "Brothers"), Data and Lore visited their
"father" (thought dead) and a "dad liked you best" sibling arguing
began. Dr. Soong wanted to give Data a sophisticated emotional
micro-chip that would theoretically make his programming human, but
Lore tricked Dr. Soong into placing the new circuitry into himself
which left Data still in search of his humanity and Lore
supercharged emotionally, and still unstable. With the final death
of Dr. Soong, Data and Lore were the only remnants left of their
On episode No.164 "Offspring" Data created a synthetic daughter,
named Lal (Hallie Todd) who later died when her neural network could
not stand the strain of emotional relationships. Data downloaded the
remnants of her personality and programming into his own circuitry.
The word "Lal" means "Beloved" in Hindu.
Data and his offspring, Lal
Data also courted the idea of getting married to a female crew
member Ensign Jenna D'Sora (Michele Scarabelli) on episode No. 99
On episode No. 153 "Descent, Part II" Data deactivated his rouge
brother, Lore. In the motion picture Star Trek: Generations (1996)
Data activated an emotion chip that enabled him to experience 261
emotional states including tears of joy when he found his cat Spot
alive after the saucer section of the Enterprise-D crash-landed on
planet Veridian 3.
At the conclusion of the film Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) Data dies as
he fires a phaser into the engine of the killing machine. His last
word to Captain Jean-Luc Picard as he transported off the enemy ship
Scimitar was "Goodbye."
Data may have sacrificed his life in the line of duty, but he left
behind a replica of himself known as B-4 ("Be-fore" - Dr. Soong's
penchant for whimsical names). B-4 was apparently created by Noonien
Soong and later torn into six pieces and used as bait to lure
Captain Jean-Luc Picard into a nefarious web of deceit spun by a
ruthless Romulan called Shinzon.
Before Data died, he downloaded his own personality and memory files
into his android brother B-4. And before that, Data attended the
wedding celebration of Commander Riker and Deanna Troi where he sang
the Irving Berlin favorite "Blue Skies." B-4 was heard singing the
lyrics after Data's demise as he analyzed a piece of circuitry lying
on Picard's desk.
This was a hint that Data was truly not gone, but only transferred
into an other unit which one day would also aspire to reach its own
TRIVIA NOTE: In 1991, Brent Spiner produced a record album with such
classic tunes as "Embraceable You" and "More Than You Know." The
album's name was titled "Ol'
Yellow Eyes Is Back". His backup
singers, The Sunspots, were in reality Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, and Michael Dorn, Spiner's colleagues from the
STAR TREK series.
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