Majel Barrett-Roddenberry was an American actress and producer. She was best known for her roles as Nurse Christine Chapel in the original Star Trek series and Lwaxana Troi on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, as well as for being the voice of most onboard computer interfaces throughout the series, she became the second wife of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. As the wife of Roddenberry and given her ongoing relationship with Star Trek—participating in some way in every series during her lifetime—she was sometimes referred to as "the First Lady of Star Trek", she married Roddenberry in Japan on August 6, 1969, after the cancellation of the original Star Trek series. They had one son together, Eugene "Rod" Roddenberry, Jr. born in 1974. Barrett began taking acting classes as a child, she attended Shaker Heights High School, graduating in 1950 before going on to the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida had some stage roles and came to Hollywood. Her father, William Hudec, was a Cleveland police officer.
He was killed in the line of duty on August 30, 1955 while Barrett was touring with an off-Broadway road company. She was seen in Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? in an ad parody at the beginning of the film, had roles in a few movies, including Love in a Goldfish Bowl, Sylvia, A Guide for the Married Man, Track of Thunder. She worked at the Desilu Studios on several TV shows, including Bonanza, The Untouchables, The Lucy Show, The Lieutenant, she received training in comedy from Lucille Ball. In 1960, she played Gwen Rutherford on Leave It to Beaver. In various roles, Barrett participated in every incarnation of the popular science fiction Star Trek franchise produced during her lifetime, including live-action and animated versions and cinema, all of the time periods in which the various series have been set, she first appeared in Star Trek's initial pilot, "The Cage", as the USS Enterprise's brunette unnamed first officer, "Number One". Barrett was romantically involved with Roddenberry, whose marriage was on the verge of failing at the time, the idea of having an otherwise unknown woman in a leading role just because she was the producer's girlfriend is said to have infuriated NBC network executives who insisted that Roddenberry give the role to a man.
William Shatner corroborated this in Star Trek Memories, added that female viewers at test screenings hated the character, as well. Shatner noted that women viewers felt she was "pushy" and "annoying" and thought that "Number One shouldn't be trying so hard to fit in with the men." Barrett joked that Roddenberry, given the choice between keeping Mr. Spock or the woman character, "kept the Vulcan and married the woman,'cause he didn't think Leonard would have it the other way around."When Roddenberry was casting for the second Star Trek pilot, "Where No Man Has Gone Before", she changed her last name from Hudec to Barrett and wore a blonde wig for the role of nurse Christine Chapel, a recurring character, known for her unrequited affection for the dispassionate Spock. Her first appearance as Chapel in film dailies prompted NBC executive Jerry Stanley to yodel "Well, well—look who's back!". In an early scene in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, viewers are informed that she has now become Doctor Chapel, a role which she reprised in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
Barrett provided several voices for Star Trek: The Animated Series, including those of Nurse Chapel and a communications officer named M'Ress, an ailuroid officer who served alongside Uhura. Barrett returned years in Star Trek: The Next Generation, cast as the outrageously self-assertive, iconoclastic Betazoid ambassador Lwaxana Troi, who appeared as a recurring character in the series, her character vexed the captain of the Enterprise, Jean-Luc Picard, who spurned her amorous advances. She appeared as Ambassador Troi in several episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, where her character developed a strong relationship with Constable Odo, she provided the regular voice of the onboard computers of Federation starships for Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, most of the Star Trek movies. She reprised her role as a shipboard computer's voice in two episodes of the prequel series Star Trek: Enterprise, thus making her the only actor to have a role in all six televised Star Trek series produced up to that time.
She lent her voice to various computer games and software related to the franchise. The association of her voice with interactions with computers led to Google's Assistant project being codenamed Google Majel. Barrett had made a point of attending a major Star Trek convention each year in an effort to inspire fans and keep the franchise alive. Barrett is one of six actors to lend their voices to the CD-ROM Star Trek: Captain's Chair, reprising her role as the voice of the ships' computers. On December 9, 2008, less than ten days before her death, Roddenberry Productions announced that she would be providing the voice of the ship's computer once again, this time for the 2009 motion picture reboot of Star Trek. Sean Rossall, a Roddenberry family spokesman, stated that she had completed the voiceover work, around December 4, 2008; the film is dedicated to Barrett. Barrett and her husband were honored in 2002 by the Space Foundation with the Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award for their work creating awareness of and enthusiasm for space.
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Star Trek is an American space opera media franchise based on the science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry. The first television series called Star Trek and now referred to as "The Original Series", debuted in 1966 and aired for three seasons on NBC, it followed the interstellar adventures of Captain James T. Kirk and his crew aboard the starship USS Enterprise, a space exploration vessel built by the United Federation of Planets in the 23rd century; the Star Trek canon includes The Original Series, an animated series, five spin-off television series, the film franchise, further adaptations in several media. In creating Star Trek, Roddenberry was inspired by the Horatio Hornblower novels, the satirical book Gulliver's Travels, Westerns such as the television series Wagon Train; these adventures continued in the 22-episode Star Trek: The Animated Series and six feature films. Five other television series were produced: Star Trek: The Next Generation follows the crew of a new starship Enterprise, set a century after the original series.
The most recent Star Trek TV series, entitled Star Trek: Discovery, aired on the digital platform CBS All Access. The adventures of The Next Generation crew continued in four additional feature films. In 2009, the film franchise underwent a "reboot" set in an alternate timeline, or "Kelvin Timeline," entitled Star Trek; this film featured a new cast portraying younger versions of the crew from the original show. Its sequel, Star Trek Beyond, was released to coincide with the franchise's 50th anniversary. Star Trek has been a cult phenomenon for decades. Fans of the franchise are called Trekkers; the franchise spans a wide range of spin-offs including games, novels and comics. Star Trek had a themed attraction in Las Vegas that opened in 1998 and closed in September 2008. At least two museum exhibits of props travel the world; the series has Klingon. Several parodies have been made of Star Trek. In addition, viewers have produced several fan productions; as of July 2016, the franchise had generated $10 billion in revenue, making Star Trek one of the highest-grossing media franchises of all time.
Star Trek is noted for its cultural influence beyond works of science fiction. The franchise is noted for its progressive civil rights stances; the Original Series included. Star Trek references may be found throughout popular culture from movies such as the submarine thriller Crimson Tide to the animated series South Park; as early as 1964, Gene Roddenberry drafted a proposal for the science-fiction series that would become Star Trek. Although he publicly marketed it as a Western in outer space—a so-called "Wagon Train to the Stars"—he told friends that he was modeling it on Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, intending each episode to act on two levels: as a suspenseful adventure story and as a morality tale. Most Star Trek stories depict the adventures of humans and aliens who serve in Starfleet, the space-borne humanitarian and peacekeeping armada of the United Federation of Planets; the protagonists have altruistic values, must apply these ideals to difficult dilemmas. Many of the conflicts and political dimensions of Star Trek represent allegories of contemporary cultural realities.
Star Trek: The Original Series addressed issues of the 1960s, just as spin-offs have reflected issues of their respective decades. Issues depicted in the various series include war and peace, the value of personal loyalty, imperialism, class warfare, racism, human rights, sexism and the role of technology. Roddenberry stated: " a new world with new rules, I could make statements about sex, Vietnam and intercontinental missiles. Indeed, we did make them on Star Trek: we were sending messages and they all got by the network." "If you talked about purple people on a far off planet, they never caught on. They were more concerned about cleavage, they would send a censor down to the set to measure a woman's cleavage to make sure too much of her breast wasn't showing"Roddenberry intended the show to have a progressive political agenda reflective of the emerging counter-culture of the youth movement, though he was not forthcoming to the networks about this. He wanted Star Trek to show what humanity might develop into, if it would learn from the lessons of the past, most by ending violence.
An extreme example is the alien species, the Vulcans, who had a violent past but learned to control their emotions. Roddenberry gave Star Trek an anti-war message and depicted the United Federation of Planets as an ideal, optimistic version of the United Nations, his efforts were opposed by the network because of concerns over marketability, e.g. they opposed Roddenberry's insistence that Enterprise have a racially diverse crew. The central trio of Kirk, McCoy from Star Trek: The Original Series was modeled on classical mythological storytelling. There is a mythological component with science fiction. It's people looking for answers – and science fiction offers to explain the inexplicable, the same as religion tends to do... If we accept the premise that it has a mythological element all the stuff about going out into space and meeting new life – trying to explain it and put a human element to it – it's a hopeful visio
Keith Robert Andreassi DeCandido is an American science fiction and fantasy writer and musician, who works on comic books, role-playing games and video games, including numerous media tie-in books for properties such as Star Trek, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Doctor Who, Andromeda, Leverage, Spider-Man, X-Men, Sleepy Hollow, Stargate SG-1. DeCandido was born in the Bronx in New York City, the son of Robert L. DeCandido and GraceAnne Andreassi DeCandido, he claims to have been a Star Trek fan before his birth, as his parents were fans of Star Trek: The Original Series. DeCandido attended New Rochelle Academy, Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx before attending Fordham University. While attending Fordham University, DeCandido worked as an editor and writer of one of the college newspapers, called the paper. After graduation, DeCandido worked as editor at several publishing companies. Along with John Drew, in the 1990s he co-produced a public-access television cable TV show in Manhattan about science fiction called The Chronic Rift, which he co-hosted.
DeCandido and Drew and others revived the show as a podcast in 2008. DeCandido used to host his own monthly podcast, Dead Kitchen Radio, on hiatus as of February 2019. While DeCandido spent much of his career writing Star Trek fiction, he has written tie-ins for other popular sci-fi and fantasy series as well, such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Doctor Who, Stargate SG-1, Sleepy Hollow and Leverage as well as comic books, role-playing games, video games, he has written fiction in universes of his own creation, including that of the 2004 novel Dragon Precinct, a high-fantasy police procedural, a series of short stories about Cassie Zukav, a scuba diving tour guide in Key West who learns she is a Dís. Other worlds of DeCandido's own creation include The Adventures of Bram Gold and the Super City Cops series, he has edited various anthologies, including OtherWere, Urban Nightmares, the Doctor Who collection Short Trips: The Quality of Leadership, the Star Trek anthologies New Frontier: No Limits, Tales of the Dominion War, Tales from the Captain's Table.
In 2009, DeCandido was named Grandmaster by the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers. He has written rewatches for Tor.com since 2011, including Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: The Original Series, Batman 1966, "4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch," about every live-action superhero movie based on a comic book. DeCandido writes reviews and commentary for Tor.com, including reviews of many of the Marvel Netflix series and of each episode of Star Trek: Discovery and Short Treks as they are released. The Next Generation - Diplomatic Implausibility, ISBN 0-671-78554-0 Deep Space Nine - Gateways: Demons of Air and Darkness, ISBN 0-7434-1852-2 The Brave and the Bold, ISBN 0-7434-1922-7, ISBN 0-7434-1923-5 The Lost Era - The Art of the Impossible, ISBN 0-7434-6405-2 I. K. S. Gorkon - A Good Day to Die, ISBN 0-7434-5714-5 I. K. S. Gorkon - Honor Bound, ISBN 0-7434-5716-1 The Next Generation - A Time for War, A Time for Peace, ISBN 0-7434-9179-3 Ferenginar: Satisfaction Is Not Guaranteed in Worlds of Deep Space Nine Volume 3, ISBN 0-7434-8353-7 I.
K. S. Gorkon - Enemy Territory, ISBN 1-4165-0014-6 Articles of the Federation, ISBN 1-4165-0015-4 The Mirror-Scaled Serpent in Mirror Universe - Obsidian Alliances, ISBN 0-7434-9253-6 The Next Generation - Q&A, ISBN 1-4165-2741-9 Klingon Empire - A Burning House, ISBN 1-4165-5647-8 A Gutted World in Myriad Universes - Echoes and Refractions, ISBN 1-4165-7181-7 A Singular Destiny, ISBN 1-4165-9495-7 The Next Generation - Perchance to Dream -- collected in Enemy Unseen, ISBN 1-61377-131-2, alongside "The Killing Shadows" and "Embrace the Wolf" "Horn and Ivory" in Gateways: What Lay Beyond, ISBN 0-7434-5683-1 "Broken Oaths" in Deep Space Nine - Prophecy and Change, ISBN 0-7434-7073-7 "Revelations" in New Frontier - No Limits, ISBN 0-7434-7707-3 "The Ceremony of Innocence Is Drowned" in Tales of the Dominion War, ISBN 0-7434-9171-8 "loDnIpu' vavpu' je" in Tales from the Captain's Table, ISBN 1-4165-0520-2 "Letting Go" in Voyager - Distant Shores, ISBN 0-7434-9253-6 "Four Lights" in The Next Generation - The Sky's the Limit, ISBN 0-7434-9255-2 "Family Matters" in Mirror Universe - Shards and Shadows, ISBN 1-4165-5850-0 Alien Spotlight: Klingons: Four Thousand Throats... -- collected in Alien Spotlight Volume 2, ISBN 1-60010-612-9, alongside Q, Romulans and Cardassians.
"The Unhappy Ones" in Seven Deadly Sins Captain's Log: Jellico -- collected in Captain's Log, ISBN 1-60010-887-3, alongside Sulu and Harriman. The Klingon Art of War, ISBN 1-4767-5739-9 S. C. E. Series Fatal Error Cold Fusion Invincible Books 1-2 Gateways epilogue: Here There Be Monsters War Stories Books 1-2 Breakdowns Security What's Past Book 6: Many Splendors The Next Generation - Slings and Arrows Book 6: Ent
Geordi La Forge
Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge is a fictional character who appeared in all seven seasons of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and its four feature films. Portrayed by LeVar Burton, he served as helmsman of the USS Enterprise-D in the first season occupied the role of the chief engineer for the rest of the series and in the films. La Forge has been blind since birth and uses technological devices that allow him to see – a VISOR in the series and the first film, replaced by ocular prosthetic implants in the last three films. Gene Roddenberry created the character in honor of George La Forge, a quadriplegic fan of the original Star Trek series, who died in 1975, he was not the first to honor La Forge in the Star Trek franchise. A casting call was placed with agencies for the role, which described him as friends with Data, specified that La Forge should have "perfect diction and might have a Jamaican accent" and instructed those agencies not to submit "any'street' types."LeVar Burton auditioned for the role in 1986.
He had appeared in Roots and other major network shows. He stated that "years ago I was doing a TV movie called Emergency Room and it was a miserable experience, but there was a producer on that show, a man named Bob Justman.... Six, seven years I get this call from Bob Justman and he’s working at Paramount on this new Star Trek series and he said I remember your love of the show, we’ve got this character, would you be interested in coming in and seeing us? And I said was Gene Roddenberry involved? He said he is, and I said I’ll be right there." Roddenberry was pleased with Burton at his first audition. Among the other actors considered for the role were Wesley Snipes, Reggie Jackson, Kevin Peter Hall, Clarence Gilyard, Tim Russ, who would play Tuvok on Star Trek: Voyager. Burton commented that he was anxious about his role, because he feared that ST:TNG was going to flop: "At the beginning, you know, there was a lot of conversation in the press at what a bad idea this was I thought that since Gene was involved we had a real good shot of making a good show that would carry on in that tradition of Star Trek."Throughout the series, Burton was equipped with Geordi La Forge's trademark VISOR, which he found unpleasant to wear: "It's pretty much a living hell.
85 to 90 % of my vision is taken away. I bumped into everything the first season—light stands, overhead microphones, cables at my feet—I tripped over it all. So it's a sort of conundrum; the blind man, who puts on the VISOR and sees much more than everyone else around him, when the actor does that he's turned into a blind person. There was the pain. In the second season, we re-designed the VISOR and made it heavier and the way we affixed it was that we screwed it, we screwed it into my head and so there were screws that we would turn and there were flanges on the inside that would press into my temples and so after fifteen or twenty minutes of that I got headaches. So I had a daily headache for about six years. Which was no fun."During the series, Burton's character was Chief Engineering Officer, thus was portrayed repairing machines or discovering new scientific phenomena. Burton commented how hard it sometimes was to deliver the Treknobabble used by La Forge in these scenes with a straight face: "Technobabble brings with it its own challenge.
I'm not an engineer, I just played one on TV. The methodology that I found most successful was to spit it out as fast as I could. Giving the illusion that I knew what I was talking about when, in fact, I didn't."Asked about his favorite scenes, Burton answered that he liked holodeck adventures: "The Holmes and Watson episodes for Data and Geordi, the Robin Hood episode, you know, those were a lot of fun for us. I think the holodeck was a cool concept, you know. You can create a three dimensional reality. I mean, how cool is that?"Following the end of the series, Burton has stated how much he profited from The Next Generation. No matter what, we will always be family to each other. I mean in every respect. There have been times when there have been feuds within the family, when it hasn't been all hugs and kisses, but we have stuck together." In the Star Trek fictional universe, a VISOR is a device used by the blind to artificially provide them with a sense of sight. A thin, curved device worn over the face like a pair of sunglasses, the VISOR scans the electromagnetic spectrum, creating visual input, transmits it into the brain of the wearer via the optic nerves.
The sensors are located on the convex side, that covers the eyes and attaches at small input jacks implanted in the temples. The only VISOR seen on screen was used by Geordi La Forge, blind from birth. VISOR is an acronym for "Visual Instrument and Sight Organ Replacement", though the complete term appeared only in novelizations and other written tie-in products, never in the series; the VISOR caused him persistent pain, which could not be treated without interfering with the device. Beverly Crusher and Katherine Pulaski, the two high-ranking doctors who served on the ship, were unfamiliar with the device when first meeting La Forge; the device does not reproduce normal human vision, but does allow the character to "see" energy phenomena visible to the naked human eye while expanding the wea
Blu-ray or Blu-ray Disc is a digital optical disc data storage format. It was designed to supersede the DVD format, is capable of storing several hours of video in high-definition and ultra high-definition resolution; the main application of Blu-ray is as a medium for video material such as feature films and for the physical distribution of video games for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One. The name "Blu-ray" refers to the blue laser used to read the disc, which allows information to be stored at a greater density than is possible with the longer-wavelength red laser used for DVDs; the plastic disc is 120 millimetres in diameter and 1.2 millimetres thick, the same size as DVDs and CDs. Conventional or pre-BD-XL Blu-ray discs contain 25 GB per layer, with dual-layer discs being the industry standard for feature-length video discs. Triple-layer discs and quadruple-layer discs are available for BD-XL re-writer drives. High-definition video may be stored on Blu-ray discs with up to 2160p resolution and at up to 60 frames per second.
DVD-Video discs were limited to a maximum resolution of 576p. Besides these hardware specifications, Blu-ray is associated with a set of multimedia formats; the BD format was developed by the Blu-ray Disc Association, a group representing makers of consumer electronics, computer hardware, motion pictures. Sony unveiled the first Blu-ray disc prototypes in October 2000, the first prototype player was released in April 2003 in Japan. Afterwards, it continued to be developed until its official release on June 20, 2006, beginning the high-definition optical disc format war, where Blu-ray Disc competed with the HD DVD format. Toshiba, the main company supporting HD DVD, conceded in February 2008, released its own Blu-ray Disc player in late 2009. According to Media Research, high-definition software sales in the United States were slower in the first two years than DVD software sales. Blu-ray faces competition from the continued sale of DVDs. Notably, as of January 2016, 44% of U. S. broadband. The information density of the DVD format was limited by the wavelength of the laser diodes used.
Following protracted development, blue laser diodes operating at 405 nanometers became available on a production basis, allowing for development of a more-dense storage format that could hold higher-definition media. Sony started two projects in collaboration with Panasonic, TDK, applying the new diodes: UDO, DVR Blue, a format of rewritable discs that would become Blu-ray Disc; the core technologies of the formats are similar. The first DVR Blue prototypes were unveiled at the CEATEC exhibition in October 2000 by Sony. A trademark for the "Blue Disc" logo was filed February 9, 2001. On February 19, 2002, the project was announced as Blu-ray Disc, Blu-ray Disc Founders was founded by the nine initial members; the first consumer device arrived in stores on April 10, 2003: the Sony BDZ-S77, a US$3,800 BD-RE recorder, made available only in Japan. But there was no standard for prerecorded video, no movies were released for this player. Hollywood studios insisted that players be equipped with digital rights management before they would release movies for the new format, they wanted a new DRM system that would be more secure than the failed Content Scramble System used on DVDs.
On October 4, 2004, the name "Blu-ray Disc Founders" was changed to the Blu-ray Disc Association, 20th Century Fox joined the BDA's Board of Directors. The Blu-ray Disc physical specifications were completed in 2004. In January 2005, TDK announced that they had now developed an ultra-hard yet thin polymer coating for Blu-ray discs. Cartridges used for scratch protection, were no longer necessary and were scrapped; the BD-ROM specifications were finalized in early 2006. AACS LA, a consortium founded in 2004, had been developing the DRM platform that could be used to securely distribute movies to consumers. However, the final AACS standard was delayed, delayed again when an important member of the Blu-ray Disc group voiced concerns. At the request of the initial hardware manufacturers, including Toshiba and Samsung, an interim standard was published that did not include some features, such as managed copy; the first BD-ROM players were shipped in mid-June 2006, though HD DVD players beat them to market by a few months.
The first Blu-ray Disc titles were released on June 20, 2006: 50 First Dates, The Fifth Element, House of Flying Daggers, Underworld: Evolution, xXx, MGM's The Terminator. The earliest releases used the same method used on standard DVDs; the first releases using the newer VC-1 and AVC formats were introduced in September 2006. The first movies using 50 GB dual-layer discs were introduced in October 2006; the first audio-only albums were released in May 2008. The first mass-market Blu-ray Disc rewritable drive for the PC was the BWU-100A, released by Sony on July 18, 2006, it recorded both single and dual-layer BD-Rs as well as BD-REs and had a suggested retail price of US $699. As of June 2008, more than 2,500 Blu-ray Disc titles were available in Australia
Commander Deanna Troi is a main character in the science-fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and related TV series and films, portrayed by actress Marina Sirtis. Troi half-Betazoid and has the psionic ability to sense emotions, she serves as the ship's counselor on USS Enterprise-D. Throughout most of the series, she holds the rank of lieutenant commander. In the seventh season, Troi takes the bridge officer's examination and is promoted to the rank of commander, but continues as counselor. Deanna and Riker are the last Star Trek: The Next Generation main cast members to appear on television, in the 2005 finale of the Star Trek: Enterprise TV show. Deanna appears in all four TNG theatrical films, in three episodes of Star Trek: Voyager, her romantic interests and personal life are plot elements in many Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes over the course of the series. Deanna Troi was born on March 2336, near Lake El-Nar, Betazed. Deanna's parents are Betazoid Ambassador Lwaxana Troi, deceased human Starfleet officer Lt. Ian Andrew Troi.
An older sister, died in a drowning accident during Deanna's infancy. Although Deanna Troi has little exposure to Earth culture, she attended Starfleet Academy from 2355 to 2359, as well as the University on Betazed, earned an advanced degree in psychology. Deanna Troi serves as the ship's counselor aboard the Starfleet starships USS Enterprise and Enterprise-E under the command of Captain Jean-Luc Picard. In Star Trek: Nemesis, Troi leaves the Enterprise with her new husband William Riker, who has just been promoted to captain of the USS Titan, assuming the newly created position of Diplomatic Officer. Troi's empathic abilities prove key to main shows, another popular area is her relationships and sexuality. In "The Child", she gives birth to an alien child; the Betazoid race has telepathic abilities. Due to her half-human heritage, Troi has only partial telepathic abilities and as a result is more of an empath with clairsentience. In Star Trek: Nemesis, Troi has expanded her empathic abilities as she is able to connect to another psychic and follow that empathic bond to its source.
In this instance, her ability enables Enterprise-E to target and hit the Romulan vessel Scimitar, despite the fact that it is cloaked. She is able to communicate telepathically with her mother and other telepathic Betazoids or races with sufficient aptitude. There are several species who are resistant to the telepathy and empathy of Betazoids such as the Ferengi, the Breen and the Ulians. Early in the series, Troi finds herself working with a former lover, the newly assigned First Officer to USS Enterprise, Commander William Riker. In season 1 she meets a potential spouse in "Haven". In episodes, Troi has romantic involvements with several others, including a brief relationship with Klingon Starfleet officer Lieutenant Worf. A major exploration of their relationship begins with "Parallels", in which Worf encounters parallel universes where they are married with children. Another episode that explores a Troi-Worf relationship is "Eye of the Beholder". However, in both cases they are not revealed to be dating aboard the "real" ship, although both episodes are oriented towards exploring this concept.
In "All Good Things...", the beginnings of real-world relationship are explored, though this is abruptly dropped as Worf explores other love interests in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Troi's romantic relationship with Riker is rekindled through the Next Generation films. As a main cast member Troi appears in nearly every TNG episode, though particular episodes, starting with "The Child", feature her as the primary protagonist, her name is included in the show title "Ménage à Troi", oriented towards an adventure she and her mother have. Other episodes principally about Troi include: "Face of the Enemy", "Man of the People", "Violations", "Night Terrors", she is addressed in various ways by fellow officers. Captain Picard calls her "Counselor", but when he is concerned about her, or in emergencies, he calls her Deanna. Picard refers to her as "Commander" in the pilot episode Encounter at Farpoint, consistent with her uniform's rank pips. Riker addresses her as "Lieutenant" a single time in the pilot episode.
Doctor Crusher calls her "Troi". Data rarely calls her by her first name calling her "Counselor Troi". Depending on the situation, Commander Riker will call her "Deanna" or "Imzadi", which means "beloved" in the Betazoid language. In several episodes, Troi falls victim to aliens. In an episode of Season 4 the Enterprise’s crew lose a day's memory; as events unfold, Troi is taken over by an entity. She temporarily gains "super-human" strength and effortlessly tosses Worf across the bridge, breaking his wrist. In the season 5 episode "Violations", the Enterprise encounters an alien species who are telepathic and specialize in being able to bring back lost memories. One of the aliens mentally assaults Deanna and tries to physically assault her in her quarters, she is saved by one of his security teams. In the film Star Trek Nemesis, she is mentally violated by Shinzon's viceroy, telepathic; this occurs in her quarters. She is able to turn the tables on the
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