Lieutenant Commander Data is a character in the fictional Star Trek universe portrayed by actor Brent Spiner. Designed and built by Doctor Noonien Soong, Data is a sentient android who serves as the second officer and chief operations officer aboard the starships USS Enterprise-D and USS ...

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Could Q make Data human?

I remember an episode of The Next Generation where at the end Q gave Data a gift, which was experiencing laughter. But before Q gave the laughter to him, Data thought Q wanted to make him human. Is it ...
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Does Skoran survive?

At the end of "Thine Own Self," Skoran impales Data with a metal rod. This causes Data to shut down, and Skoran to be electrocuted. The latter screams in pain. Does anything speak to Skoran's fate? ...
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Star Trek TNG episode where the Enterprise accelerates to the end of space in a short time

A long time ago, I watched some Star Trek episode (Mr. Data was in it) when the Enterprise suddenly accelerates to the huge speed, faster than warp 9, and came to the end of space in short time (maybe ...
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Can Data pronounce Spock's true name?

Apparently, Spock's true name cannot be pronounced by humans (humanoids?). The same has been said of the Traveler's name. Since Data is artificial, I wonder if he wouldn't be so limited. Though he ...
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Why doesn't Data go into super speed more often?

Data is capable of moving much faster than anyone else onboard, and he can do complicated math calculations in his head as easily as Picard or Riker can read a children's book. Why, then, doesn't Data ...
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Was Commander Data's potential wasted on the Enterprise?

Commander Data was a terrific character and Star Trek: The Next Generation would not have been the same show without him. I know that. But, in-universe, wasn't Data's potential and overall ...
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Did Data murder Lore?

In TNG "Measure of a Man", it is established that Data is a sentient being who enjoys all the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Federation, and this presumably includes the right to a fair trial. ...
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Why is Data so awkward on the Enterprise?

Having seen most episodes in TNG, and being an all around big fan, I am constantly surprised that Data is so awkward. Yeah I know, he's "not a human but is trying to become human". But he already has ...
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Could Data filter the CO2 out of the air

In Act 1 of Episode 5x04 (Silicon Avatar) Back on the planet, the colonists have taken shelter underground. Data believes that the refractory metals in the rock strata will protect them. Crusher ...
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What happened to Data's eye?

Reading this question, I came across the below image: If you look closely, you can see that Data's eye is blue! Now, out of universe, Brent Spiner's eyes are blue, so that's the out of universe ...
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Why does Data want to be human?

If Data cannot be happy or sad, why does he try to be more human and is wanting an emotion?
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What was the original description and backstory for the character of Data?

I've seen a video about the original wardrobe and makeup for Brent Spiner in the character of Data. One of the pictures I have found is this: You will note how, well, human Data looks in this ...
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Does anyone perform routine maintenance on Data?

On the Enterprise-D, the Engineering department try to make sure that most (if not all) machinery are working efficiently by conducting routine checks and maintenance. Data is also technically a ...
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How can Troi outrank Data?

In the 7th TNG season episode 16 Thine Own Self, Deanna Troi gets promoted to the rank of Commander after passing the "bridge test". When Data hears of this, Troi tells him he can now call her "sir", ...
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Who wrote “Ode to Spot” and Data's other poem?

Who wrote the rather clever poems for the script of "Schisms"? (Title and start unknown) ... Then we sat on the sand for some time and observed How the oceans that cover the world were ...
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How were Doctor Arik Soong and Noonien Soong related?

I see Noonien listed as a descendant of Arik, but I'm not exactly sure how they are related. Is there a Soong family tree of some sort that shows who married who, the name of the offspring, etc. that ...
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Why didn't Data's head give off a detectable positronic signature in Time's Arrow?

As established in Positronic signature in Nemesis, positronic signatures are detectable at a considerable distance by Starfleet equipment, and Starfleet vessels seem to regularly scan for such ...
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When did Data speed time up really fast? [duplicate]

There was a Star Trek episode where the ship was being attacked with a laser directed at the warp core. The ship had no defense against the laser and was going to get destroyed. Data somehow did ...
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How is Data able to program in or have availability of the landscape on Romulus but not Romulan Ale?

In the TNG episode "The Defector" Data indicates (to a Romulan visitor) that Romulan Ale is not available to be replicated: SETAL: I thought it would bring me some comfort. But these are not my ...
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Why would Data say that a cloaking device on the surface of a planet would have visible distortion?

In the Star Trek:TNG episode "The Defector" Data States: RIKER: A cloaking device of some sort, to hide the entire base? DATA: A cloaking device operating on the surface would be given away ...
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How does Data know what Bingo is but not what perfume is?

In the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" Episode "Angel One" how is it that Data doesn't know what an aphrodisiac or perfume is, but in the same episode knows of 'Bingo', an obscure ancient human game? ...
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Data states that the Prime Directive only applies to starships, is that correct?

In the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" Episode "Angel One" Data states that the prime directive only applies to starships, is that correct? And if the prime directive is in place why didn't they go ...
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How can Data know nothing about the Orient Express?

In the beginning of "Emergence" (Star Trek The Next Generation's season 7) Data is relaying some information about the Orient Express train to captain Picard. Data is clearing reading that information ...
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What happened to Commander Shelby after TNG episode Best of Both Worlds part II?

This is the final dialogue of the episode as well as being Shelby's last time on TNG show: RIKER: And Earth Station McKinley has advised they're ready to begin refitting the Enterprise. ...
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Why is Worf always called by one name?

Members of the crew are either called formally by their rank and last name, ie; Captain Picard, Commander Riker, or called by their first name informally, Jean Luc, Will, etc. Although there are ...
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Did the Selay & Antican delegations ever get to the peace process?

In "TNG : Lonely Among Us" the purpose of the Enterprise's mission was to deliver the Selay and Antican delegations to a peace process. They get side tracked by an energy species from an energy cloud. ...
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In season 1 episode 7 “justice” of Star Trek TNG do we ever learn what the entities that the Edo call god really are?

Is there anything in canon that teaches us what the entities orbiting the planet are, their capabilities, where they come from, etc.? I am happy to accept responses based on the expanded universe ...
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is it possible for Data to eventually gain emotions without a chip?

It is my personal opinion that the more the Android learns human knowledge, the more human he becomes. The very yearning to be so is human in its own right. If I understand, the emotion chip causes ...
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Positronic signature in Nemesis

In Nemesis, the Enterprise E is lured to Kolarin III by a positronic signature, which ends up being B-4, another Soongian android. Would starships of that time period (circa 2379) normally monitor ...
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Does Data have Bluetooth or similar radio? [duplicate]

Every time I see Data interacting with a computer or network he is using a terminal or communicator just like everyone else. Surely a bluetooth or communicator device could easily be incorporated ...
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Did Data murder B4?

Since Data overrode B4's personality, would it be fair to say that Data murdered B4 to ensure his own survival?
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Is there any information about Data after Nemesis?

In the last movie of TNG's generation, "Nemesis", near the end in the Scimitar (Shinzon's ship)... spoilers ahead... Earlier in the movie the team discovers B-4, a prototype android constructed by ...
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How does Data's computation ability compare to the Enterprise's?

Can the ship perform more calculations per second since it is much larger and is not confined to the size of an average human? Or is the ship actually a distributed network of many computers ...
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Do the Borg ever focus on assimilating Data in particular?

Do the Borg believe that Data is inferior to them somehow? Data's technology is demonstrated to be somewhat compatible (and perhaps superior) with the Borg in The Best of Both Worlds, and in Descent ...
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Why didn't Data subdue Worf?

Toward the end of Genesis, de-evolved Worf is pounding on a door, trying to get to Deanna Troi. Data and Picard are also behind the door. Picard then decides to take Deanna's pheromones with him in a ...
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Why is Data so surprised that he's mortal?

In "Time's Arrow," the discovery of Data's head in a cave is evidence that Data is to die at some point. During a conversation with Geordi in Ten Forward, Data tells him that such a revelation doesn't ...
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Could Data have floored Khan with a single punch?

In Star Trek Into Darkness, Khan invites Captain Kirk to punch him. Kirk does, repeatedly, and Khan is totally unaffected. Suppose that Data were on the scene instead of Kirk, and Khan, thinking ...
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What languages is Data fluent in?

Data can speak French, apparently fluently, and surely can speak other ancient languagues equally well. I would imagine that he can also speak Klingon well. I recall that in Nemesis, Data struggles ...
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Does Geordi consider Data to be his best friend?

On various occasions, Data remarks that Geordi is his best friend onboard the Enterprise. Does Geordi think the same of Data? Somehow I think that Geordi would consider a fellow human to be his best ...
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Was Data safe from the Crystalline Entity?

In "Silicon Avatar," after discovering the Crystalline Entity hovering in the planet's orbit, several colonists, Dr. Crusher, Riker, and Data start to run for their lives. Certain episodes seem to ...
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Why didn't Data stay onboard the Enterprise during the Baryon Sweep?

I believe that the Baryon Sweep only affects organic matter, so I'm not sure why Data wasn't asked to stay onboard during this time ("Starship Mine"). True, there was a reception being held by ...
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Why is Data so “unique”, anyway?

Can you explain me why is Data supposed to be so "unique", with this concept being repeated several times in TNG episodes? Even in TNG, Data seems to me quite an outdated piece of technology for his ...
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Why does Data have to ask the computer for directions?

In "Brothers," Data's father activates a sort of homing signal in the android's positronic net, in order that the two are reunited. While on the bridge, and before creating a security code, Data ...
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Does Data truly care about anything whatsoever?

In "Redemption part II" the former captain of the USS Sutherland (Lt. Cdr. Hobson) accuses Data of not caring about any of the individuals onboard, after the latter proposes a maneuver which would ...
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Could Data or Odo be knocked out with a hypospray?

(I don't know if it's okay to ask about two different characters in the same question. I doubt it, but someone please let me know.) We know that Data's systems can be affected on occasion (see "The ...
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Why does Data not notice the intruder?

In "Timescape," Troi, Data, and LaForge beam over to the frozen Romulan ship to try and figure out what has gone wrong. While in the engine room, Geordi asks Data (with the Romulan imposter standing ...
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Why does Data have to use a computer in Star Trek?

In the earlier episodes of The Next Generation is where I noticed it, and I realise he could be inputting commands into the command terminal, but why isn't his positronic brain interfaced with the ...
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Isn't Data a better shuttlecraft pilot than Riker?

In "Chain of Command II," Captain Jellico tries to recruit pilots for a dangerous mission against the Cardassians. Geordi tells him that Commander Riker is the best shuttle pilot onboard. What about ...
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Why would Data believe in an afterlife?

In "Thine Own Self," Data converses with a little girl whose mother has died. The girl states that her father believes that "Mother" has gone to a place where there is no sickness, no death, etc. I ...
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Why did Data lie? Why didn't he swear Captain Picard to secrecy?

In "Clues," the Enterprise apparently goes through a wormhole, which knocks out the entire ship, with the exception of Commander Data. In actuality, though, the wormhole is a ruse, a trick designed by ...