Star Trek’s Brent Spiner teases how Data gets involved in Picard spin-off
Star Trek: Picard shocked and delighted fans with the surprise appearance of Next Generation favourite Data in the first trailer of the new spin-off.
Launching at San Diego Comic Con, the Sir Patrick Stewart led series hinted at what lies ahead for the series, with most fans jumping at the sight of android Data being shown briefly.
Now, actor Brent Spiner, who plays the beloved character, has revealed what this could mean for the upcoming series going forward.
Speaking to Las Vegas Review Journal, and said: ‘Data makes appearances in the show, I can say that. And Data is a story point in this season as well.
‘But I’m not in every episode. I’m not a major character on the show.’
Most fans know that Data died back in 2002, after being blown up in Star Trek: Nemesis, after first becoming the character in 1987’s Star Trek: The Next Generation.
As speculation on what this means for the series, fans of the show reckons the secret to Picard’s storyline could be held in a deleted scene from Nemesis.
The scene saw the old friends Picard and Data drinking a glass of Château Picard – wine from Picard’s brother’s vineyard, which also appears in the new trailer.
When the two characters discuss their future and moving on in the deleted scene, Data states to Picard: ‘I believe my memory engrams would sense the absence of your proximity Sir. I would miss you.’
It appears that the loss of Data had a massive effect on Picard – with the trailer appearing to replicate those feelings from the former Starfleet captain.
‘Nearly two decades ago, Commander Data sacrificed his life for me,’ he’s heard saying.
‘These past few years I really tried to belong here. But it never truly felt like home.’
Maybe the return of Data will help him finally find a place to belong.
Star Trek: Picard is due to launch next year on CBS All Access.
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