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With Star Trek‘s 50th Anniversary year now upon us, we dug into the Anomaly Supplemental archives and pulled out our June 2012 character analysis of Lt Commander Data…

DataFor the month of June, Anomaly Supplemental turns its attention to Data of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” Following Jen and Angela’s discussion of season two’s “The Measure of a Man,” Sue and I recorded an in depth character analysis of one of the most popular creations of the Star Trek universe.

We conversed about the evolution of the character over seven seasons and four films worth of material and explore the nuances of Data’s journey to become human. Other subjects mentioned include focus on Brent Spiner’s performance, behind-the-scenes trivia, and other facts that were provided via Memory Alpha. Also included are fantastic audio comments sent in by friends and fellow podcasters Angela (Anomaly Podcast), Meds (Waffle On, The Tipple Cast), Jen (Anomaly Podcast), and Rick (Take Him With You).

Episodes & Films Referenced

Inheritance (s7e10)
Datalore (s1e13)
Measure of a Man (s2e9)
Encounter at Farpoint (s1e1)
Hide and Q (s1e10)
Datalore (s1e14)
Brothers (s4e3)

Masks (s7e17)
Unification II (s5e8)
Naked Now (s1e2)
Measure of a Man (s2e9)
The Offspring (s3e16)
Data’s Day (s4e11)
Redemption Part II (s5e1)

The Quality of Life (s6e1)
Voyager: Protoype (s2e13)
Voyager: Author, Author (s7e20)
Film: Insurrection
Film: First Contact
Film: Generations
Film: Nemesis
All Good Things (s7e25)

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The theme music for Anomaly Supplemental is the song “I’ll Still be a Geek After Nobody Thinks it’s Chic (The Nerd Anthem)” from the album “Got To Fly” and is used by permission of Marian Call. Visit her website for more information and music. 

Audio clips used in this episode are the property of the creators and producers of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” television show and films.

KCCo-Host/ Anomaly Supplemental
After misspellings of her first name and confusion with her middle name sounding like “Klingon,” she now uses her initials as her nom de plume.
SueCo-Host/ Anomaly Supplemental
Sue is a trekkie, a tap dancer, a juggler, a sports fan, an amateur photographer, a Henson fan, a blogger, a theatre nerd, a reader, a board-gamer…and therefore an “Anomaly”.