In 1987; Star Trek: The Next Generation debut in the month of September, this is when I have become immersed in the world of artificial intelligence and cybernetics. Before I have been fascinated by both of these technological advances and I was much an outside observer.
When I began watching Star Trek: The Next Generation, I became drawn to Data who is played by Brent Spiner. Data is the apex of both artificial intelligence and cybernetics. So I began watching every episode when it was available or I have access to the TV channel.
Brent Spiner as Data
So CBS began to re-run the Star Trek: The Next Generation series in the afternoons and that was when I managed to watch almost every episode. Now I have seen every one of the episodes.
Star Trek: The Next Generation was a very well-directed, well-written, and well acted series that I have ever seen.
I have even began reading the books on the series and collecting anything to do with this Star Trek series that features, Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn, Levar Burton, Wil Wheaton, Denise Crosby (of first season), and Michelle Forbes (of fifth season).
As I have watched this series; I mainly focused on Data who was an android that strives to attain the form of Humanity by surpassing the programming that his creator, Dr. Noomien Soong, had developed in his positronic brain.
I like Data since he was the only character that was able to grow past his original programming by learning new things and/or that he gets an epiphany on certain subjects.
Data has his ups and downs like everyone else. He has dealt with his short-comings, prejudices, and with his being literal.
Data is much stronger than human strength, and he is far intelligent.
Anyway; I do have many favorite Data episodes that I have watched more than once.
They are as follows;
DataLore, Brothers, Data’s Day, Masks, Phantasms, Inheritance, Descent, The Schizoid Man, The Measure Of A Man, The Offspring, The Most Toys, Silicon Avatar, Hero Worship, Thine Own Self, and Fistful Of Data.
So that’s the total of sixteen episodes that I have liked watching more than once either on syndicated TV or on VHS video tapes, I have later bought the DVDs of the entire series.
Being more human-like.
Then, there are four feature-length movies with Picard and company in it. They are Star Trek: Generation, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection, and Star Trek: Nemesis. Out of the four movies, I like the first three films. They are all very well-written, directed, and well-acted films. I did not like the last film due to the fact that both Stewart and Spiner have expressed that they no longer wished to be in further Star Trek films after Nemesis so it was decided that they would kill off Data thus ending the prime Star Trek films.
When I saw the ending where Data was sent to sacrifice his life to save the Enterprise and the Alpha Quadrant; I was so angry and bitter. I just left the theature not happy with the way the movie had ended. So I have not forgiven Spiner for coming up with such a very unacceptable ending to the film.
I didn’t (and I still don’t) understand why they couldn’t find another actor who has the similar features and mannerism as Spiner. Why? Was it out of budgetary reasons? Was it out of laziness to even bother to find an alternative actor who would closely match Spiner? Come on… All I saw was nothing short of pure blatant excuses.
So moving forward; yes, I began to thaw out and I forgave Spiner and others for their decisions to do what they had to do. I know that I have to forgive them before I move on.
So it was time for me to find another character that I can immortalized as long as they don’t kill him or her off.
It was from 1994 to 2003 that I have fantasized and dreamed about Data. I’ve collected anything pertaining to Data whether it’s a clock, or a post-card. I have watched all the episodes that featured him. Then, it was time to move on to another character that was very worthy of my adoration and immortalization.
I am thankful that Data was the character who has not inspired me to be fascinated by the world of artificial intelligence, and cybernetics, but also immerse me into it in order to embrace them, and to broaden my imagination about them.
Now we believe this is about it for 7 of 77 to write concerning the amazing character that allowed her to broaden her mind to something unique concerning the nature of cybernetics.
Until the next entry; we will present another entry at a later time. So be efficient.