There's Good News And Bad News About Data In Star Trek: Picard

Data Star Trek: The Next Generation

The world recently learned that Star Trek: Picard will feature a lot more classic Trek characters than some expected would make an appearance, and that Patrick Stewart's Jean-Luc Picard will rub shoulders with former Star Trek: The Next Generation actors. This includes Marina Sirtis, frequent Star Trek director Jonathan Frakes, and Brent Spiner who played the lovable android Data. Data was spotted very briefly and in pieces during the trailer, but is that all fans will see of him?

Well Star Trek fans, Brent Spiner has some good and bad news regarding Data's role in Star Trek: Picard. Spiner appeared at the Las Vegas Star Trek convention not long after his character was seen in the trailer, and shared some information with media on just how much fans can expect to see him.

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.

Brett Spiner elaborated on how Data will appear in Star Trek: Picard, according to Las Vegas Review-Journal, saying Data is a story point in the season as well. In the trailer, Jean-Luc Picard was seen to be in the possession of a disassembled Data, and talked about the incident in which Data sacrificed his life to save Picard in Star Trek: Nemesis. Does Picard have some guilt over Data's sacrifice, and will that play a factor in this upcoming adventure?

Unfortunately, Brent Spiner didn't give a ton of detail beyond his first quote. His confirmation that "Data" appears feels worth mentioning, and is perhaps confirmation he may be rebuilt or have scenes in flashbacks throughout Season 1 of Star Trek: Picard. Spiner added that Data is not a major character of the series, however, so don't expect for him to get a ton of screen time.

Brent Spiner’s quote does give fans some answers they've wanted, but there are some lingering questions to address. For example, Data implanted his core memories into his “brother” B-4, who began to act more like Data after the actual Data was destroyed. We’re not sure if Star Trek: Picard will reference B-4, but with Data’s death in Star Trek: Nemesis already a part of the story, it wouldn’t be surprising to hear an update on the character.

Whatever will be seen in Star Trek: Picard Season 1, it seems to have Brent Spiner’s seal of approval. While he may not appear in every episode of the series, Spiner confirmed he has read the scripts, and liked what he saw.

I think people will be really, really excited about it, because it’s a great story.

Brent Spiner didn’t have anything to say on whether or not he’ll have a future on the show should it get another season. That’s something he may know considering Robert Picardo has confirmed people from Star Trek: Picard reached out to him for Season 2, which is not officially confirmed. Wouldn’t it be great to see Data get rebuilt and resume his role as one of Star Trek’s best characters?

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