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Star Trek: Nemesis, Data (Brent Spiner)

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Film: Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)
Deceased Character: Data (Brent Spiner)
Archetype: Goody (Minor)
Killed with: Exploding space craft

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Written by Mr. Mouseburger 11th Jan 2007

Kindly submitted by Servo

Following a vicious battle with the Reman warship, Scimitar, the Enterprise-E is badly damaged; She has used up all her torpedoes, sustained major structural damage by ramming the Scimitar, her auto-destruct system is off line and, one would hazard a guess, her holodeck has malfunctioned, causing holograms of history's worst tyrants to become real and terrorise the crew* (again!).

The Scimitar is also badly damaged, but Shinzon - a clone of Jean-Luc Picard - is still determined to go to Earth and unleash the Reman weapon upon the people of Earth, wiping out humankind. Disabled, the Enterprise has no way of destroying the Scimitar now.

Jean-Luc Picard beams over to the Scimitar in order to complete his task of sacrificing himself for the good of his crew and the people of Earth. However, Data decides to board the Scimitar himself by floating across the gulf of space between the two vessels.

Data comes on board to find an exhausted Captain Picard having just killed his evil clone. Data plants a device on Picard that beams him back to the Enterprise. He then fires a phaser and the Reman weapon's core, detonating the ship and killing himself in the process.

Afterwards, Data's colleagues gather to remember their friend. Don't worry though Trek fans, before he died, the scriptwriters managed to introduce Data's identical twin brother, B4, thereby ensuring that the emotive self sacrifice was completely pointless, as everything will revert back to normal come the final credits.

Sure enough Picard tells Data's brother B4 that Data was special, because he sought to improve himself, and that someday (in other words, by the time of the release of the next film) he hopes B4 would understand and fashion himself on Data. As he walks out of the room, some of the memories Data earlier transferred to B4 begin to surface.

* this actually did not happen in the film at all, it is another of Mouseburger's rants!

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Data (Brent Spiner)

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Comment 1 by 'Mr Mouseburger' (reply to this comment)
Servo also added:

I thought about clicking on "Resurrection" as it's possible that Data's memories would reassert themselves in B4, but decided against it.

I think this is quite interesting as surely all Data was was a highly complex computer program?
Comment 2 by 'Matt' (reply to this comment)
Although that tyrant bit would have at least made this rubbish film a 1000 times better.

How about Unsatisfying, thanks to the Deus Ex Machina that is B4 (yuk, yuk! - get it?). (Servo seems to agree - see paragraph 5)

Maybe a Reincarnation if it's all the memories being loaded into a different machine?
Comment 3 by 'Mr Mouseburger' (reply to this comment)
hehe, well i would call it unsatisfying, but we will let this rabbit run for a little bit before adding it.....what do you all think?
Comment 4 by 'Matt' (reply to this comment)
I've heard many people slag off this death as a being a poor man's Spock (in fact, many regard the film as the recycled version of The Wrath of Khan). I think we should mark it as such.
Comment 5 by 'tom' (reply to this comment)
Did anyone actually see Data die? Yes we seen him fire a weapon at the Reman weapon and then the Reman ship exploded, but what happened in the few seconds before the explosion?

Could Data have been beamed away by lets say the Borg? Not the normal Borg, but the "free" borg. After all the battles and countless ships assimilated, I am sure the Borg learned how to use a cloaking device? Here is what I think happened....

1. Data fires his phaser.

2. The "free" Borg transport Data to their cloaked sphere and retreat through a transwarp conduit.

3. The ships explodes and everyone assumes Data was destroyed with it.


The "free" Borg, having separated from the collective have come to realise that Data is their saviour and that he can show them how to establish themselves as a separate species from the Borg collective.

What happens next?

The Borg collective launches an all-out attack on the "free" Borg destroying anything and anyone who gets in their way. The "free" Borg retreat to the alpha quadrant and seek help from the Federation. Picard sets of to meet the "free" Borg and is surprised to find Data alive and the apparant leader of the "free" Borg. Whats more interesting though, the "free" Borg have completed what the Borg Queen started in First Contact by giving Data skin to help him bridge the gap between cybernetic beings and humanoids.

Data has changed his goals from to becoming more human, to establishing a "free" Borg society to co-exsist with other species. The crew are glad to see him back, but hell breaks loose when the Borg collective shows up and attacks the Enterprise and the "free" Borg. Who should turn up to save the day? Captain Riker and a few other federation and Romulan ships show and the Borg collective are soon beat, I guess Janeways weapon mods still pack a punch.

It goes on from there, the Borg come and a full scale battle ensues across the quadrant. We see battles which include alot of species that include the Klingons, Romulans, the Breen and even the Dominion.

This next section is taken from a possible storyline I read before the release of First Contact. It sounded good so I think I'll use it.

The Borg have the alpha quadrant cornered and the only hope is for the Borg to be taken out once and for all. Data says he can get close to the Borg queen and destroy her, but at the cost of his own life and that of the "free" Borg. Leuxanna Troi, who has found out she is dying, says she could take the Borg Queens place and make all Borg "free".

ALL ships, all species attack the Borg with a large force attacking Unimatrix zero-1 through a transwarp conduit, to seize control of the Borg Queen. It is a battle to end all battles, but is not enough to breach the Borg defences, that is until Species 8472 turn up and prop up the attack on the Borg. The Enterprise makes its way to the Borg queens chamber, where the crew have to defend Leuxanna Troi while she Enters the Borg Queens mind to seize control from her.

Its done, and Troi is now the new Borg Queen and sets the Borg free. Data Leads the "free" Borg to a planet which they will claim as their own. Troi has sacrificed herself by freeing the Borg and dies in Deannas arms. A new peace is established throughout the galaxy, and everyone lives in peace, ahhhh thats nice.

Theres a helluva lot of details to fill in, but I'll think about them when someone approaches me to help make this film. last thing

STAR TREK : END OF DAYS (working title)
Comment 6 by 'Matt' (reply to this comment)
Err... no.

I think when your fire your laser gun into the "green weapon of doom", you're screwed.
Comment 7 by 'FKAJ' (reply to this comment)
Seriously, why so cynical about this one? The fact that B4 has some of Data's memories does not mean that he is ever going to be advanced enough to take Data's place in any sense of the word, so how is everything supposed to revert back to normal after the end credits?
I think in some ways this was better than Spock's sacrifice, because I don't believe B4 was technically designed as a plot device for Data's "resurrection" the way Spock melding with McCoy and being jettisoned into the Genesis Wave was.
Comment 8 by 'Matrim' (reply to this comment)
I concur with the "unsatisfying" category.
Comment 9 by 'ZPM' (reply to this comment)
When you say "free borg" do you mean unimatrix 0 from Voyager?
Comment 10 by 'Rossie' (reply to this comment)
Or Q saved him.
Comment 11 by 'Jake' (reply to this comment)
I couldn't agree more! That same thought was going through my mind during the entire film.
Comment 12 by 'skelit0re' (reply to this comment)
Anonymous User Wrote:
> I couldn't agree more! That same thought was going
> through my mind during the entire film.

see jake, that's how you do it, just like that. now everyone knows exactly which quote I am answering. Learn something new everyday!
Comment 13 by 'Conrad' (reply to this comment)
You guys are so heartless. Data's death was the most moving scene in the film. I thought it was really well done. Spoken like an extreme Trekkie, I suppose:rolleyes:, but...