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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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Who can see better: Geordi or Data?

I know that Geordi's blind, but with his VISOR, he has exceptional vision with a range for a wide subspace spectrum. How does this compare with Data's android vision: Does Data have a comparable ...
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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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What is Mr. Data's full name?

What is the full official name Doctor Noonien Soong gave to his android (known in ST: TNG as "Data")? Is the entire name simply Data, or is it an acronym?
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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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How did Picard send a binary message to Data in the future?

In the Star Trek TNG episode "Times Arrow", parts one and two, recall the following: Data's head was found in an excavation on Earth that dates from the 19th century (it actually is Data's head). ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How Can a Biological Virus Infect Data?

In The Naked Now, there's a virus spreading among the crew of the Enterprise. (Essentially the same virus as in The Naked Time: It forces characters to reveal their motivations and allows extreme ...
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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 did Data call the French language “obscure”?

In the video below, Data refers to the French language as "obscure". Picard objects to this and Data is about to make a remark as to why the French language was indeed obscure. Is there any ...
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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 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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Why didn't Starfleet recreate Data?

If Data's memory was stored multiple times with the ship's computer, and also backed up with B-4's brain, why didn't Starfleet just remake the android body and "revive" him? From what I understand ...
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Why could Data not use contractions?

I was wondering if there was an explanation for why Data from ST:TNG couldn't use contractions?
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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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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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How can Star Trek: Countdown ever be considered canon?

I've just read this on the Wikipedia article for spaceships named Enterprise: The main setting for the films Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Star Trek: Insurrection (1998), and Star Trek ...
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How is Data powered?

What powers Data from Star Trek The Next Generation? Did he generate his own internal power or did he have to plug into the Enterprise periodically to recharge? Or perhaps a combination of the two?
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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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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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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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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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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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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. ...
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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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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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Why is Data's uniform gold and not red?

I'm assuming the following for uniforms, Gold is operations (security, science, engineering, etc.), Red is command, Blue is medical. Data seems to have a lot of command responsibilities, and he is ...
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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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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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How did Data's cat “Spot” change colors/breed/gender mid-series?

After seeing a question regarding the acquisition of Data's cat Spot, the point was brought up that Data's cat changed colors midway through the series. My question is, how? I have thought up two ...
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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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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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How does Data have hair?

Since Data is an inorganic Android, how does he grow organic hair?
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Why does Data go to sick bay?

Been rewatching some of the show, and I noticed that on several occasions, when Data is feeling out of sorts, he reports to sick bay to be treated by Dr. Crusher. (Examples: Season 5's "The Game", ...
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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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Why does Data not notice the intruder?

In “Timescape,” Troi, Data, and La Forge beam over to the frozen Romulan ship to try to figure out what has gone wrong. While in the engine room, Geordi asks Data (with the Romulan imposter standing ...
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Does Data have free will?

Assuming that free will exists (for more on this fascinating metaphysical issue, look up determinism), can it be said that Data actually has free will? His actions are controlled by programming, ...
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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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How is Data alive in “All Good Things” when he died in Nemesis?

In the Star Trek TNG series finale, "All Good Things", Data is clearly alive and well while Picard is an old man. But Data is clearly destroyed in Star Trek: Nemesis, while Picard is still relatively ...
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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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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 ...