Michael I. Wagner
Michael Wagner was an American television writer and producer who worked on several television shows between 1975 and 1992, won an Emmy Award in 1982 for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series for his work on the television show Hill Street Blues. He co-created and wrote several episodes for the one-season ABC series Probe. Wagner was a military brat, he was born in Ohio, but grew up on Air Force bases in New York, Japan, Germany and Texas. He graduated in 1965 from Randolph High School at Texas, he attended the University of Missouri and moved to California, holding various jobs in Los Angeles, while writing scripts and selling some of his paintings. In 1975 he sold his first television script to CBS for the series The Blue Knight, a crime drama based on the Joseph Wambaugh novel of the same name, he became an established television writer, scripting episodes of Jigsaw John, The Six Million Dollar Man, Man from Atlantis, Starsky & Hutch and The Rockford Files, among others. In 1982 a script he wrote for the TV crime drama series Hill Street Blues, "The World According to Freedom," was aired and he was hired as a regular staff writer for the series.
His story introduced the character "Captain Freedom," a street vigilante dressed absurdly as a superhero. His follow-up episode, "Freedom's Last Stand," won him the 1982 Emmy Award as co-writer for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series. In fact, three of the scripts he co-wrote for that season were nominated in the same category. Wagner went on to co-write 35 episodes of Hill Street Blues for the next two years, began a long association with Steven Bochco and several of his projects. Wagner was asked by ABC in 1987 to help develop a new science fiction series, Probe, a light-hearted series about a scientific crime fighter named Austin James. Isaac Asimov, the renowned science fiction writer, had created the basic idea of a young man who solved mysteries using scientific concepts, somewhat in the vein of Tom Swift or Rick Brant. Wagner wrote the two-hour pilot TV movie, "Computer Logic," and became Executive Producer for the series, which lasted one season. Parker Stevenson, who played the lead character, stated in a interview that he patterned his character after Wagner's mannerisms and physical behavior.
The series ran on Thursday nights in the Spring of 1988 during the same time slot as NBC's The Cosby Show, with that competition could not attract a sufficient audience to get renewed for the following season. The following TV season, Wagner wrote three scripts for the Gene Roddenberry series Star Trek: The Next Generation, served as Executive Producer for the series, he worked with Steven Bochco on Bochco's Hooperman. Wagner helped develop and write the Bochco animated series Capitol Critters, he wrote and served as supervising producer for the NBC series Mann & Machine in 1992. In 1992, Wagner died from brain cancer in California. Michael I. Wagner on IMDb Michael I. Wagner at Memory Alpha
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D)
USS Enterprise - NCC-1701-D is a 24th-century starship in the fictional Star Trek universe and the principal setting of the Star Trek: The Next Generation television series. The Enterprise-D appears in the pilot episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the series finale of Star Trek: Enterprise, the movie Star Trek Generations; the Enterprise-D is a Galaxy-class ship and the fifth Federation starship in the Star Trek universe to carry the name Enterprise. Enterprise-D is the flagship of Starfleet. For majority of the ship's service in the Star Trek universe, the commanding officer of Enterprise-D is Captain Jean-Luc Picard. In Star Trek Generations, after combat with the Duras sisters' ship, the ship's stardrive section was destroyed and the saucer section crash-landed on the surface of the planet Veridian III and had to be abandoned, resulting in its "destroyed" status. Andrew Probert, who helped update the original Enterprise for Star Trek: The Motion Picture, designed the Enterprise-D. Assigned to design the bridge, Probert had a "what if" sketch hanging on his wall that he had drawn after working on The Motion Picture.
Story editor David Gerrold saw the sketch and brought it to creator Gene Roddenberry's attention, who approved the sketch as a starting point for the Enterprise-D's design. Probert received a design patent on the Enterprise-D design in 1990. An Industrial Light & Magic team supervised by Ease Owyeung built two filming miniatures for "Encounter at Farpoint", the Star Trek: The Next Generation pilot, these models were used throughout the first two seasons. For the third season, model-maker Greg Jein built a four-foot miniature, which had an added layer of surface plating detail; the six-foot model was used whenever a saucer separation sequence needed to be filmed, it was updated by ILM for use in Star Trek Generations. Jonathan Frakes said, "When we negotiate our contracts, Paramount's company line is that the ship is in fact the star of the show!" In October 2006, the six-foot Enterprise shooting miniature was auctioned in New York City at Christie's auction house, along with other models, props and set pieces from the Star Trek franchise.
Its projected value was $20,000 to $30,000, but the final sale price was $576,000 – the most expensive item in the auction. ILM's John Knoll built a CGI Electric Image model of the Enterprise-D for the film Star Trek Generations; that model was transferred to LightWave and used to create various Galaxy-class starships in episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Timeless". Eden FX's Gabriel Köerner built a new CGI LightWave model for the Enterprise-D's appearance in Star Trek: Enterprise's series finale, "These Are the Voyages...". The proportions of the Galaxy-class Enterprise-D were different from the original Enterprise while retaining its familiar dual warp nacelles and saucer section appearance; the nacelles were made proportionally smaller than the saucer section, based on the idea that warp engines would have become more efficient over time. The Enterprise-D is first seen in the episode "Encounter at Farpoint" under the command of Captain Jean-Luc Picard.
Several episodes, as well as the ship's dedication plaque, establish that the Enterprise was built at the Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards in orbit around Mars. The Enterprise-D is the third Galaxy-class starship, after the pathfinder ship USS Galaxy and the USS Yamato; the dedication plaque gives its commissioning date as 40759.5, intended to represent October 4, 2363, which would be the 406th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik, humanity's first spacecraft. During the Star Trek: The Next Generation series, the ship's crew makes first contact with many species, including the Borg in "Q Who" and the Q Continuum in "Encounter at Farpoint"; the Enterprise-D is instrumental in the defeat of the Borg during their 2366 attempt to invade the Federation in "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II". In 2371, as depicted in Star Trek Generations, the Klingon Duras sisters obtain the phase modulation frequency of the Enterprise-D's shields, rendering them useless. Although the Enterprise-D destroys the sisters' ship, damage to the warp drive coolant system prompts an emergency saucer separation.
The warp core breaches moments after the saucer begins to move away, destroying the ship's stardrive section. The resulting shock wave disables the saucer's propulsion and other primary systems, sending it into Veridian III's atmosphere. Caught in the planet's gravity, the saucer section crash lands on the surface, damaged beyond repair, it was replaced by the Enterprise-E, introduced in the film Star Trek: First Contact. According to commentary on the Star Trek Generations DVD, one of the real world reasons for the Enterprise-D's destruction stems from a concept drawing of a saucer section landing, produced for the Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual. TNG writers Ronald D. Moore, Jeri Taylor and Brannon Braga saw the drawing and wanted to use a saucer crash as a sixth-season cliffhanger episode for the series, but were unable to do so because of a limited budget and resistance from producer Michael Piller. In the alternate future depicted in the TNG series finale "All Good Things...", the Enterprise-D is intact in 2395.
The personal flagship of Admiral William Riker, the ship has undergone major refits, including the addition of a third warp nacelle, new weapons, a cloaking device. This future timeline arises from a temporal anomaly that Picard, with Q's help, manages to eliminate. During the time of its service, the Enterprise-D was the pinnacle of the Federation Starfleet. A Galaxy-class starship, it was a large, long-range exploratory ship with
A mandarin collar, standing collar, band collar or choker collar is a short unfolded stand-up collar style on a shirt or jacket. The style derives its Western name from the mandarin bureaucrats in Qing-era China that employed it as part of their uniform; the length along a mandarin collar is straight, with either straight or rounded edges at top of the centre front. The edges of the collar either meet at the centre front or overlap slightly. Overlapping mandarin collars are a continuation of a shirt's placket and have a button on the collar to secure the two sides of the shirt together. A similar style known as the Nehru collar is found in some modern Indian men's clothing, such as the Nehru jacket. A band is a mandarin collar; this term is used for shirts that have only a flat finishing around the neckline. In contemporary Western dress, mandarin collars are found in minimalist clothing. Women's mandarin-collared jackets include other vaguely oriental elements, such as silk knots as closures instead of buttons.
Since mandarin collars are short and do not fold over, neckties are not worn with mandarin-collared dress shirts. This lack of ties may have led to the recent rising popularity of mandarin collars. Mandarin collars are utilised in modern-day military combat uniforms like the US Army's Army Combat Uniform; the presence of the mandarin collar on the ACU makes the wearing of body armor more comfortable by lifting the collar up to prevent chafing. Stand collars are common on based military dress uniforms, such as dress uniforms of the British Army, US Navy and US Marine Corps; the Russian Army uses a mandarin collar in their newer VKBO uniforms Mandarin collars are the proper shape for a single-breasted Greek cassock, or anterri, for Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic clergy. Russians and other Slavic Churches have a high, band-style collar, buttoning to the side or on the shoulder, while Greeks have the "notched" Mandarin pattern with a closing loop or hook at the bottom of the "V" in the collar.
The collar is used for the required sport fencing dress. Mandarin collars feature in costumes in some notable films, where they are employed either as a futuristic style fashion or to create a distinctive appearance for sinister characters; the title character in the 1962 James Bond film Dr. No, as well as Bond's nemesis, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, both parodied by Doctor Evil in the Austin Powers series of films are depicted wearing mandarin collared shirts; the mandarin collar can be found in the uniform of the Empire's officers in the Star Wars films. Changshan, magua, & tangzhuang
Shades of Gray (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
"Shades of Gray" is the 22nd episode of the second season of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, the 48th episode overall. It was broadcast on July 17, 1989, in broadcast syndication, it was the only clip show filmed during the series and was created due to a lack of funds left over from other episodes during the season. Set in the 24th century, the series follows the adventures of the crew of the Federation starship Enterprise. In this episode, Commander William Riker undergoes medical treatment by Dr. Katherine Pulaski for an alien infection and must relive numerous past events, it was the final episode written by Maurice Hurley, who originated the idea and wrote the first draft of the script, with Hans Beimler and Richard Manning conducting re-writes. It was directed by Rob Bowman and the framework sequences were filmed over the course of three days, it was watched by 9.8 million viewers on the first broadcast, the highest ratings for the series since "Samaritan Snare" two months earlier.
"Shades of Gray" is regarded as the worst episode of the series, with critics calling it "god-awful" and a "travesty". During a geological survey on Surata IV, Commander William Riker is struck by a thorn growing on a motile vine plant; the away team beams back to the Enterprise, where Dr. Katherine Pulaski finds out that the thorn has released a deadly virus into Riker's body. Within a matter of hours, the virus will reach Riker's brain, killing him. To try to save Riker's life, Pulaski puts him into a machine that will artificially stimulate his brain neurons, keeping them active and resisting the virus; this causes Riker to dream of his past adventures aboard the Enterprise. Riker's first dreams are of reasonably neutral occasions, such as his first meeting with Lieutenant Commander Data, he soon moves on to more passionate and erotic dreams, such as meeting the cheerful young Edo women on Rubicon III, the matriarch Beata on Angel One, or the computer-generated holodeck woman Minuet. However, while pleasing to Riker's mind, the passionate dreams only worsen Riker's condition, as the virus feeds on the positive endorphins his brain is creating.
Pulaski and Counselor Deanna Troi therefore agree to try to make the machine evoke negative dreams instead. Thus Riker dreams of the apparent death of Deanna Troi's child; this has the desired effect, as the negative endorphins drive the virus away, but the endorphins are not strong enough. As a last resort, Pulaski uses the machine to evoke dreams of raw, primitive feelings of fear and survival, thus Riker dreams of fighting the tar creature Armus, the alien-controlled Admiral Gregory Quinn, the Klingon officer Klag on board the warship Pagh. Seeing that the raw emotions work best, Pulaski intensifies the dreams to come at a more rapid pace; this kills the virus and Riker recovers. The episode was intended to save money at the end of the season by being a bottle episode which featured few additional characters; the only guest star was Colm Meaney as recurring character Chief Miles O'Brien. The reason was that the show had overspent on the episodes "Elementary, Dear Data" and "Q Who", Paramount Pictures was holding the series to their overall season budget.
It was the last episode. He turned in the idea of a cheap clip show to save money and wrote the first draft of the script, with Richard Manning and Hans Beimler conducting re-writes. Director Rob Bowman thought that the episode could be filmed in five days, two fewer than usual. However, it was filmed in three days after pressure from Paramount with two spent only on the sickbay set, he said that he shot the framework for the clips to be added in and never saw a final cut of the episode. Production assistant Eric A. Stillwell was responsible for selecting the clips that went into the episode, with 21 different clips included; the prop used on Riker to fight the infection was created from drawings by designer Rick Sternbach. Ron Jones created the music for the episode, including a three note motif to represent the virus which infects Riker. Themes build as the episode progresses, with elements from "Infection Spreads", played over the scene between Riker and Troi move into the pieces "Shades of Pleasure" and "Earth Boys Are Easy", played over the pleasurable memories.
String instructions and flutes are added to "Shades of Sadness" which played over the unhappy memories, before it built to a climax in the intense memories in the pieces "Critical Condition", "Shades of Conflict" and "Final Intensities". Several scenes retained the compositions from the episodes, including pieces by Dennis McCarthy, while others by McCarthy were re-composed by Jones. "Shades of Gray" was first shown on July 1989 in broadcast syndication. It was the final episode of the second season and was watched by 9.8 million viewers on the first broadcast. It was the highest number of viewers for an episode since "Samaritan Snare" some two months prior. Several reviewers re-watched the episode after the end of the series. Keith DeCandido watched "Shades of Gray" for Tor.com, admitted that he hadn't seen the episode since the original broadcast. He said that it was a "trainwreck" and worse than he remembered, because other shows such as Xena: Warrior Princess and Stargate SG-1 had since done much better clip shows.
DeCandido summed it up by saying that "In all honesty, they
Caryn Elaine Johnson, known professionally as Whoopi Goldberg, is an American actress, comedian and television personality. She has been nominated for 13 Emmy Awards and is one of the few entertainers to have won an Emmy Award, a Grammy Award, an Academy Award, a Tony Award, she is the second black woman to win an Academy Award for acting. Goldberg's breakthrough role was Celie, a mistreated woman in the Deep South, in the period drama film The Color Purple, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress and won her first Golden Globe Award. For her role in the romantic fantasy film Ghost as Oda Mae Brown, an eccentric psychic, Goldberg won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and a second Golden Globe, her first for Best Supporting Actress. In 1992, Goldberg starred in the comedy Sister Act, earning a third Golden Globe nomination, her first for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical, she reprised the role in Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, making her the highest-paid actress at the time.
Her other film roles include Made in America, Corrina, The Lion King, The Little Rascals, Boys on the Side, Ghosts of Mississippi, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Interrupted, For Colored Girls, Toy Story 3, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Nobody's Fool and Furlough. In television, Goldberg is known for her role as Guinan on Star Trek: The Next Generation, she has been the moderator of the talk show The View since 2007. Caryn Elaine Johnson was born in New York City's Manhattan borough on November 13, 1955, the daughter of Robert James Johnson Jr. a Baptist clergyman, Emma Johnson, a nurse and teacher. She was raised in the Chelsea-Elliot Houses. Goldberg has described her mother as a "stern and wise woman" who raised her as a single mother with her brother Clyde, who died of a brain aneurysm, she attended a local Catholic school, St Columba's. Her more recent forebears migrated north from Georgia, she dropped out of Washington Irving High School. She has stated. So if you get a little gassy, you've got to let it go.
So people used to say to me,'You're like a whoopee cushion.' And that's where the name came from." She said in 2011, "My mother did not name me Whoopi, but Goldberg is my name, it's part of my family, part of my heritage. Just like being black." Henry Louis Gates Jr. in his book In Search of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past, found that all of Goldberg's traceable ancestors were African Americans, that she has no known German or Jewish ancestry, that none of her ancestors were named Goldberg. Results of a DNA test, revealed in the 2006 PBS documentary African American Lives, traced part of her ancestry to the Papel and Bayote people of modern-day Guinea-Bissau, her admixture test indicates that she is of 92 percent sub-Saharan African origin and of 8 percent European origin. According to an anecdote told by Nichelle Nichols in Trekkies, a young Goldberg was watching Star Trek, upon seeing Nichols's character Uhura, exclaimed, "Momma! There's a black lady on television and she ain't no maid!"
This spawned lifelong fandom of Star Trek for Goldberg, who would ask for and receive a recurring guest-starring role on Star Trek: The Next Generation. In the 1970s, Goldberg relocated to Southern California before settling in Berkeley, where she worked various odd jobs, including as a bank teller, a waitress at vegetarian restaurant, a mortuary cosmetologist, a bricklayer. There, she joined the avant-garde theater troupe, the Blake Street Hawkeyes, taught comedy and acting classes which were attended by Courtney Love. Between 1979 and 1981, she lived in East Germany. Goldberg trained under acting teacher Uta Hagen at the HB Studio in New York City, she first appeared onscreen in Citizen: I'm Not Losing My Mind, I'm Giving It Away, an avant-garde ensemble feature by San Francisco filmmaker William Farley. Goldberg created The Spook Show, a one-woman show composed of different character monologues in 1983. Director Mike Nichols offered to take the show to Broadway; the show was retitled Whoopi Goldberg for its Broadway incarnation, ran from October 24, 1984, to March 10, 1985, for a total of 156 performances.
Goldberg's Broadway performance caught the eye of director Steven Spielberg, who cast her in the lead role of The Color Purple, based on the novel by Alice Walker. The Color Purple was a critical and commercial success, it was nominated including a nomination for Goldberg as Best Actress. Goldberg starred in Penny Marshall's directorial debut Jumpin' Jack Flash and began a relationship with David Claessen, a director of photography on the set; the film was a modest success, during the next two years, three additional motion pictures featured Goldberg: Burglar, Fatal Beauty and The Telephone. Though these were not as successful as her prior motion pictures, Goldberg still garnered awards from the NAACP Image Awards. Goldberg and Claessen divorced after the poor box office performance of The Telephone, which Goldberg was under contract to star in, she tried unsuccessfully to sue the producers of the film
Guinan (Star Trek)
Guinan is a recurring character that appeared in the American science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation as well as the films Star Trek Generations and Star Trek: Nemesis. Guinan is a recurring character, credited in 29 episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation and appearing in Star Trek Generations. Portrayed by Whoopi Goldberg, Guinan is a bartender in the Ten-Forward lounge aboard the starship USS Enterprise-D, she was played as a child by Isis Carmen Jones in the episode "Rascals". The character first appears in the second-season opening episode "The Child", she appears several times over the course of the next four seasons, she works in Ten-Forward, whose set was added in the second season when a lot of the sets were re-created after the rocky first season. The character is an alien, several hundred years old and is noted for her folk wisdom, which she uses to defuse difficult situations or comfort other characters aboard the ship as they struggle with something. Following the departure of Denise Crosby from the role of Tasha Yar during the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, well-known actress Whoopi Goldberg believed that there was a vacancy for a female actress on the series.
She had been a lifelong fan of Star Trek, having been inspired to become an actress by Nichelle Nichols' appearances as Uhura in The Original Series. Goldberg recalled that she first saw an episode of the series when she was nine years old, after Uhura appeared on-screen, she went running through her house shouting "Come here, everybody, come quick, come quick, there's a black lady on television and she ain't no maid!" Goldberg approached her friend, actor LeVar Burton, who played Geordi La Forge in The Next Generation, but the producers of the series ignored her, believing that they were being pranked until Goldberg telephoned the production office directly. However, executive producer Rick Berman recalled that it was Goldberg's manager who made the call, inviting him and series creator Gene Roddenberry out to lunch with Goldberg to discuss her appearing on the series. At the time, plans were underway to add a lounge set to the series. Named Ten-Forward, it was created to have a setting where the crew of the USS Enterprise-D could be shown interacting with each other as well as other aliens in a less formal, social setting.
At the lunch between Berman and Goldberg, she explained that Star Trek was the only futuristic science fiction series at the time she knew of that featured black people prominently. She enquired whether they had cast the new Doctor, following the firing of Gates McFadden from the role of Beverly Crusher, they decided this would not work, so Roddenberry and Berman suggested the creation of a new character for Goldberg. Goldberg was unable to commit to appearing as a permanent member of the cast, which fit in with plans for Ten-Forward as they were not expecting to have that appear in every episode; the character of Guinan was based on Mary Louise Cecilia "Texas" Guinan, a prohibition-era emcee and owner of the 300 Club in New York City. While the name was adopted, the characterization was changed to a worldly mystic, in line with Yoda from the Star Wars franchise. Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, had envisaged the character Guinan as old, leading Goldberg to suggest that she could be the ancestor of some of the other characters on the series.
Gene Roddenberry went as far to describe Star Trek: The Original Series as a Space Western. (see "A Fistful of Datas" When Goldberg made her first appearance as Guinan, in the episode "The Child", she was credited as a "Special Guest Star" alongside Diana Muldaur who appeared throughout the second season as Doctor Katherine Pulaski. Guinan-centric episodes would end up being scheduled throughout the rest of the run of The Next Generation to coincide with the future availability of Goldberg, who at the time was continuing to appear in films and other work. In one instance, for "Imaginary Friend", Guinan was written in at short notice taking lines intended for other characters after Goldberg became available at short notice unexpectedly. There were plans to introduce a son of Guinan at some point in The Next Generation, but this never occurred; the idea was resurrected during the writing process of the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Rivals", with the character of Martus Mazur intended to be Guinan's son.
After Goldberg was unable to make a guest appearance, the relationship between the two characters was written out. However, the first time that the El-Aurian species was mentioned by name was in this episode, but this may have been inspired by the scripts for Star Trek Generations which the writing team would have seen by that point in the production of the series. Goldberg would go on to become intrinsically linked to Star Trek, a personal friend of creator Gene Roddenberry, subsequently being one of the eulogists at his funeral in 1991. During the initial production of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, she met with director Nicholas Meyer to discuss appearing as a Klingon in the film; this was vetoed by actor Leonard Nimoy, who had taken the lead on arrangements for the film, as with Christian Slater set to appear in the film he did not want to be overwhelmed with celebrity cameos. She described Guinan as a combination of Yoda and Andrei Sakharov, adding that she was "more grateful for Star Trek now as a mother and grandmother."
And described the prospect of Star Trek, saying "We all need to believe there is a good, positive future for us." Goldberg stated at her first Star Trek convention in 2016, that she wishes to return to the franchise and appear on Star Trek: Discovery
Data (Star Trek)
Data is a character in the fictional Star Trek franchise. He appears in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and the feature films Star Trek Generations, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection, Star Trek: Nemesis. Data is portrayed by actor Brent Spiner. Data was found by Starfleet in 2338 as the sole survivor on Omicron Theta in the rubble of a colony left after an attack from the Crystalline Entity, he was a synthetic life form with artificial intelligence and designed and built by Doctor Noonien Soong in his own likeness. Data is a self-aware, sapient and anatomically functional android who serves as the second officer and chief operations officer aboard the Federation starship USS Enterprise-D and the USS Enterprise-E, his positronic brain allows him impressive computational capabilities. He experienced ongoing difficulties during the early years of his life with understanding various aspects of human behavior and was unable to feel emotion or understand certain human idiosyncrasies, inspiring him to strive for his own humanity.
This goal led to the addition of an "emotion chip" created by Soong, to Data's positronic net. Although Data's endeavor to increase his humanity and desire for human emotional experience is a significant plot point throughout the series, he shows a nuanced sense of wisdom and curiosity, garnering respect from his peers and colleagues. Data is in many ways a successor to the original Star Trek's Spock, in that the character offers an "outsider's" perspective on humanity. Gene Roddenberry told Brent Spiner that over the course of the series, Data was to become "more and more like a human until the end of the show, when he would be close, but still not quite there; that was the idea and that's the way that the writers took it." Spiner felt that Data exhibited the Chaplinesque characteristics of a tragic clown. To get into his role as Data, Spiner used the character of Robby the Robot from the film Forbidden Planet as a role model. Commenting on Data's perpetual albino-like appearance, he said: "I spent more hours of the day in make-up than out of make-up", so much so that he called it a way of method acting.
Spiner portrayed Data's manipulative and malignant brother Lore, Data's creator, Dr. Noonien Soong. Additionally, he portrayed another Soong-type android, B-4, in the film Star Trek: Nemesis, one of Soong's ancestors in three episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise. Spiner said his favorite Data scene takes place in "Descent", when Data plays poker on the holodeck with a re-creation of the famous physicist Stephen Hawking, played by Hawking himself. Spiner reprised his role of Data in the Star Trek: Enterprise series finale "These Are the Voyages..." in an off-screen speaking part. Spiner felt that he had visibly aged out of the role and that Data was best presented as a youthful figure. Dialog in "Datalore" establishes some of Data's backstory, it is stated that he was deactivated in 2336 on Omicron Theta before an attack by the Crystalline Entity, a spaceborne creature which converts life forms to energy for sustenance. He reactivated by Starfleet personnel two years later. Data went to Starfleet Academy from 2341–45 and served in Starfleet aboard the USS Trieste.
He was assigned to the Enterprise under Captain Jean-Luc Picard in 2364. In "Datalore", Data discovers his amoral brother and learns that he was created after Lore. Lore fails in an attempt to betray the Enterprise to the Crystalline Entity, Wesley Crusher beams Data's brother into space at the episode's conclusion. In "Brothers", Data reunites with Dr. Soong. There he meets again with Lore. Lore fatally wounds Soong. Lore returns in the two-part episode "Descent", using the emotion chip to control Data and make him help with Lore's attempt to make the Borg artificial lifeforms. Data deactivates Lore, recovers, but does not install the damaged emotion chip. In "The Measure of a Man", a Starfleet judge rules; the episode establishes that Data has a storage capacity of 800 quadrillion bits and a total linear computational speed of 60 trillion operations per second. Data's family is expanded in "The Offspring", which introduces Lal, a robot based on Data's neural interface and whom Data refers to as his daughter.
Lal “dies” shortly after activation. His mother Julianna appears in the episode "Inheritance" and reunites with Data, though the crew discovers she was an android duplicate built by Soong after the real Julianna's death, programmed to die after a long life, to believe she is the true Julianna, unaware of the fact she is an android. Faced with the decision, Data chooses not to disclose this to her and allow her the chance to continue on with her normal life. In "All Good Things...", the two-hour concluding episode of The Next Generation, Captain Picard travels between three different time periods. The Picard of 25 years into the future goes with La Forge to seek advice from Professor Data, a luminary physicist who holds the Lucasian Chair at Cambridge University. In "The Child" Data clarifies to the newly arrived ship's chief medical officer, Dr. Katherine Pulaski, that the correct pronunciation of his name is Day'ta, not Dah'ta. Although several androids and artificial intelligences were seen in the original