Questions tagged [star-trek-data]

For questions about Lieutenant Commander Data, a character in the fictional Star Trek universe. Designed and built by Doctor Noonien Soong, Data is a sentient android who serves as the second officer and chief operations officer aboard both the USS Enterprise-D and USS Enterprise-E. Data is in many ways a successor to the original Star Trek's Spock, offering an "outsider's" perspective on humanity. Always use in conjunctionwith the [star-trek] tag.

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How does Data know about his off switch?

In ST:TNG season 1 episode 12 "Datalore," Data reveals to Beverly Crusher the location & operation of his "off switch" (which is on his back). How did he come to know about its function? Although ...
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How much does Commander Data weigh?

I'm referring to his "typical" weight, as in how much he weighs during his day-to-day activities aboard the Enterprise (minus the pipe).
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Was Lore on the Borg renegade ship or on the planet where he was doing his business?

Something I'm curious about. When the renegade Borg were causing havoc with their attacks on the Enterprise and the brutal fight in the outpost, was Lore heading that ship or was he on the planet ...
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What exactly caused Data to get angry in “Descent” before the emotion chip?

Talking the opening scene where they fight the renegade Borg on the outpost. Something all of a sudden causes Data to be angry. I take the hint to be the guy who says every biological organism. As ...
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How is this ageless Data realized?

Bent Spiner is known to have commented that he couldn't play Data anymore due to his age. Yet in the recently released trailer for Star Trek: Picard, there he is! ...
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In the alternate timeline of “Yesterday's Enterprise”, had Data and Tasha Yar “done it”?

In the first season episode "The Naked Now", Tahsa Yar and Data have an (ahem) intimate moment. Although Tahsa expresses her desire to forget it at the end of that episode, other episodes refer to ...
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What's the source for this claim that Data ages?

This Screenrant article (sorry) claims that Data's physical appearance is programmed to age at the same rate as a human being. This element of his body was likely written in to allow Brent Spiner ...
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How could Data possibly think that he's alone in the universe?

In "Quality of Life," Data seems "unhappy" about the Exocomp failing the test. The test was supposed to determine whether the Exocomps were alive. If the Exocomps were alive, Data tells Dr. Crusher, ...
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How does Geordi not recognize a beard?

In "The Schizoid Man," Data invites Geordi and Deanna to his quarters to ask their opinions of his beard. Geordi asks Data if he has damaged his face. How can Geordi not recognize what a beard looks ...
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Why does Data repeat his words?

In "Conundrum," Satarran Kieran MacDuff, while aboard another vessel, is able to wipe the short-term memories of all Enterprise personnel. After making Counselor Troi a Samarian sunset (in the ...
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Who played iguana Spot in Genesis?

Memory Alpha is quite helpful when learning about all the background actors on Star Trek, even including all of the cats that played Spot on The Next Generation. However, I can't seem to find the ...
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How does Data have hair?

Since Data is an inorganic Android, how does he grow organic hair?
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Did Lore Know About B4?

Did Lore and B4 ever know each other? Lore knew Data as his younger brother but did he ever come to know his older brother?
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Why Build Data?

On TNG episode Brothers I'm kinda siding with Lore. Why did Noonien Soong create a whole other Android instead of just fixing the one he had? I don't know how that's the logical choice and I can see ...
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Does Lore have a penis?

I just finished watching TNG: Datalore. When they found Lore's body parts I saw no genitals. If Data was built after why would Soong put them on him but not B-4 and Lore? Lore is basically the same ...
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Is Lt. Commander Data from Star Trek TNG actually a living being? [closed]

Is Lt. Commander Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation alive? This has really been confusing me since Data is an android who sure as heck acts alive!
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Data's strength in “Star Trek: Insurrection”

When Artim fell and Data picked him up he looked like he was struggling carrying him. Afterwards, Data picked up a large boulder with no problem (like it wasn't heavy). Why was Artim heavier to carry ...
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Can Data Have Biological Children?

In TNG episode The Offspring Data has created his child Lal. My question is could he have a child with another android or human by having sex? Does he even have the baby making body part?
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Did Brent Spiner ad-lib this line from “Shades of Gray”?

I found this blooper reel, transcribed below: PICARD (gesturing to DATA): The admiral and I were worried about you. (beat, either TROI stifles a laugh or SIRTIS briefly corpses, unclear which*) ...
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Is Data implying that he will hurt Q?

In "Deja Q," the human Q tries to take charge in Engineering, an attempt which greatly annoys Geordi. After Geordi tells Q to shut up, Q angrily states that he will not be spoken to in that manner. ...
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Why are Data's quarters near Sickbay?

According to this wiki entry on the decks of Galaxy-Class ships, crew / officer quarters are mainly on decks 7-10, with some others on lower decks, namely 17 and 32. However, according to Data's ...
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Would the macroviruses attack Data?

In "Macrocosm," nearly all of Voyager is incapacitated by macroviruses. Even the EMH is attacked, since the macroviruses are also attracted to infrared light. I am curious if Data would be attacked, ...
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How quickly can Data grow out his hair?

It has been mentioned a couple of times in The New Generation that Data can control the growth of his hair follicles. In the episode "The Schizoid Man", he grows a beard as a social experiment. ...
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How did Data not know what Aldebaran Whiskey was?

In the TNG episode "Relics" where Scotty returns, Data serves Scotty a glass of a green liquid which he cannot identify. The drink is later identified by Picard as Aldebaran Whiskey, which seems to be ...
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Was Data in any danger on the holodeck or not?

In "Descent," Data wishes to explore emotions by fighting Borg Drones on the holodeck. With Geordi watching, he asks the computer to increase Borg strength by 30%. The computer refuses, stating that ...
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What causes Worf and Data to act strangely?

Towards the end of TNG: Future Imperfect, Commander Riker realizes that the "future" Enterprise that he's been a part of is actually a fiction. He sees this for certain when his wife in that reality ...
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What does Data's line at the end of “Ship in a Bottle” mean?

After Picard tricks Moriarty into giving up his control over the Enterprise, the latter continues to exist in a memory module. He and his companion continue to have adventures within this "mini-...
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What does it say on Data's suitcase? [duplicate]

In the TNG episode "Measure of a Man", we see Data's travel bag opened to show various items of relevance. On it, it appears that Data has some other titles, names, or honorifics. It reads as “Lt....
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Why did the crew treat Data this way?

Spoiler alert! In Time's Arrow, Part 1 everyone is concerned for Data's safety after they I thought it was a bit strange how everyone was sad because of this discovery. Geordi even said it's like ...
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Has Data attempted a romantic relationship AFTER getting his emotion chip?

I know of two instances of Data attempting a relationship before he got his emotion chip, first having sex with Tasha Yar early on in the series ("I'm programmed in multiple techniques"), and secondly ...
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Has any command structure officer ever given an order to a superior (in terms of rank) officer?

After reading this question, I started to think who will be superior in terms of giving orders: Lt. Commander Data (as the second officer of USS Enterprise D) or Dr Beverly Crusher (Commander and CMO),...
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Who painted Data's paintings?

Several times in ST:TNG, we see Data painting. While I don't rule out the possibility that these paintings were done by Brent Spiner, I suspect they were either created for the show by someone or ...
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What is the difference between Data's “neural net” and “positronic net/brain”?

Are they one and the same, or do they have different meanings?
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How much of Data's identity depends upon his hardware?

I recognize that this is likely not answered in TNG, but if any of the books/comics address it, that's fine too. We know that Data can interface with the ship's computer (numerous episodes with Data'...
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Do Data and Geordi ever refer to each other formally?

I know that Data refers to Geordi as "Lt. La Forge" in the episode "Hero Worship" (when talking to Timothy). This is in the third person, though. When speaking to each other, do Data and Geordi ever ...
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How can Data be property of Starfleet?

How is Data Starfleet property? Soong wasn't Starfleet as far as I know, so how can Starfleet declare someone else's property their own? In Measure of a Man Data resigns and will be ruled property of ...
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'Blown out' or 'sucked out', why would Data make such an error that's not an error [closed]

Data says this to Riker, which made me think Data might be wrong (wrong about correcting him, not that it wasn't true) RIKER: Their Bridge. If this thing works, be sure to record everything. (...
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Did Star Trek TNG's Mr. Data ever do a facepalm?

Did Data ever do a facepalm? I'm open to anything in the series, the bloopers, the movies, or even just Brent Spiner in costume in other contexts such as conventions. I've been researching this and ...
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Is Data from StarTrek dead? [duplicate]

At the end of Star Trek: Nemesis Data sacrifies himself by destructing Scimitar(year 2379). I thought he died. But then i searched for Enterprise F and there I saw written that: "Captain Data was ...
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How was the pronunciation of Data decided?

There are at least two ways to pronounce the word "data". How was the pronunciation of Data's name in TNG decided?
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Was Data's speed affected by the polywater intoxication?

At the end of the episode, "The Naked Now," Data moves quickly in order to replace the removed isolinear chips. The Enterprise is in the path of a stellar core fragment and needs to move to avoid ...
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How fast can Data run?

Data is an android, of course, so it stands to reason that he can run faster than the typical humanoids. Is there anything in canon (or otherwise) that speaks to this? The only time I can recall ...
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What was this character thinking in “Brothers”?

In "Brothers", Data takes over the ship, at the direction of Soong's signal. What always confused me about this was what the signal did to Data. On the one hand, it seems unlikely that Soong was ...
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Why does The EMH Doctor feel emotion, but Data does not?

Both The Enterprise-D/E's Data, and Voyager's Emergency Medical Hologram, are crew members who are artificial intelligences. In TNG, Data is depicted as being incapable of feeling emotion (at least ...
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Why does Data put on the purple clothes?

After Kivas hits Data with the acid in "The Most Toys" (http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/The_Most_Toys_(episode)), he presents the android with a choice: run around naked, or change into the purple ...
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Would the stun setting really incapacitate Data?

In "Brothers," after Data has commandeered the bridge, Captain Picard wonders if the computer would supply them with the exact stun setting required to incapacitate Data. It seems unlikely to me ...
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Does Data *smell*?

Throughout Star Trek, Data reminds people that he is, in fact, an android. While he doesn't sweat, his artificial skin and hair should have their own scent -- yet it's never remarked on, as far as I ...
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Does Data smell?

It's pretty clear Data can see, hear, and feel stimuli; in fact his sight is better than the average humanoid's. But what about his olfactory abilities? Can he smell or taste anything?
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Does Data “unlearn” things?

As we all know, Data has a photographic memory and can consume vast amounts of information. Assuming his capacity to retain knowledge is finite at some point, does Data purge some unneeded information ...
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Does Data need to cut his hair?

There have been various questions about the android Data, how human-like he really is in his needs and behaviour, but none of them address something I started wondering as soon as I first saw him. ...