Warning! The following contains spoilers for Star Trek: Picard Season 1. Read at your own risk!
Star Trek: Picard wasn't just an opportunity for fans to get more adventures with beloved characters they grew up with, it was also an opportunity for those actors to get back into roles they hadn't reprised in a long time. Such was the case with Brent Spiner, who played two characters in Season 1 and would be open to coming back in Season 2 for future episodes. That is, of course, unless the show wants him to play Data.
The actor recently spoke to TV Guide about his time reprising Data on Star Trek: Picard, as well as having to say goodbye to the character yet again. It turns out Spiner had no issue saying goodbye to the character (as he had done before in Star Trek: Nemesis), but mainly because he knew Data was only a role he could convincingly play for so long:
As much as Star Trek fans may have wanted Brent Spiner to play Data forever, people age and Synths (Jean-Luc Picard's Synth golem aside) don't. Spiner had no illusions that he would be able to play the character forever and mentioned he thought the reason he pulled it off in Star Trek: Picard was because Data had so little screen time.
If Brent Spiner is asked to return to Star Trek: Picard, it's assumed it won't be to play Data. Season 1 concluded the character's arc when the Commander had the last part of his consciousness erased from existence, giving him the true human experience of death. That being said, Spiner can still return to the CBS All Access original to play Dr. Alton Soong. With Soong being a character that can age naturally, Spiner has no qualms with appearing as that character again:
Playing multiple members of the Soong family is a dream Brent Spiner is already living. Spiner played Arik Soong in Star Trek: Enterprise, Dr. Noonian Soong in Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Noonian's androids and real son Data, Lore, B4, and Alton.
It's a badge Brent Spiner wears with pride, and he hopes he can continue to play more members of the Soong family as they come along. After all, for all the Soong's he's played, there are still mountains to climb in terms of showing his acting range:
There's a chance for that to happen in Star Trek: Picard Season 2, though I'm not entirely sure Alex Kurtzman or others will make it a priority. They still have other former Star Trek: The Next Generation cast to work into the story and hopefully will be able to before the end of the series.
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