Friday, February 10, 2012

Data's Greatest Moments in Love

Star Trek TNG's 'IN THEORY' unfolds around the Mar Obscura Nebula. Datas deduces the dark matter Nebula creates gaps affecting real space and causing the USS Enterprise NCC 1701-D to phase in and out of the space time continuum.

The question for the Enterprise crew is how do they navigate past time shifting pockets hitting the ship?

Mr Data agrees to reconfigure 'the sensors' to detect the anomalies at extremely close range with a shuttle craft 'steering' the bulk of the Enterprise through the tricky cloud. At last Picard wants an away mission sidelining Riker on the bridge! Jean Luc pilots the shuttle craft on its new course saving his crew and starship from danger.

The hilarious aspect of 'In Theory' is Jenna's and Data's relationship. Commander Data's mission to understand human intimacy proves to be one of the androids greatest tests when he pursues a romantic relationship. Security Officer Jenna D'Sora is seduced by the emotionless technology of the USS Enterprise-D's android. Data is Jenna's friend who decides to give her a chance. You can hardly blame him really.

As time passes Jenna, a fully fledged woman, wants to experience real love and passion... It gets even better when Mr Data runs a love programme. Jenna isn't amused when she realises the androids devotions are also totally focused on running the Enterprise instead of sweeping her off her feet!

The big moment arrives and the lovebirds kiss again. A strangely satisfied Jenna looks directly at Data fluttering her wide fluffy eyelashes and speaks.

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'What were you just thinking?' Pause for a moment and try to imagine Commander Data sparing his girlfriends heart! NO WAY, not Data, IMPOSSIBLE! In his rather androidly way, the guy feels compelled to blurt out the fatal and absolute truth.

'In that particular moment I was reconfiguring the warp field parameters, analysing the collective works of Charles Dickens, calculating the maximum pressure I could safely apply to your lips, considering a new food supplement for Spot...

'Oh well, I'm glad I was in there somewhere.'

Later on Jenna's need for affection reaches an impasse with tin man so she confronts the android head on. Parting is always such sweet sorrow especially at this critical hour for Jenna and Data but its not over, just yet. Tin man has a few more surprises up his sleeve.

Jenna: 'You were so kind and attentive, I thought that would be enough!'

Data: 'Is it not?'

Jenna: 'No, it's not. Because as close as we are, I don't really matter to you. Not really. Nothing I could do or say will ever make you happy, or hurt you, or touch you in any way.'

Data: 'That is... a valid projection.' Data has a moment of reflection. 'It is apparent that my reach has exceeded my grasp in this particular area. I am perhaps not nearly so human as I aspire to become...If you are ready to eat, I will bring our meal.

Data stands. Jenna just looks at him sadly.

Jenna: 'I'd better go, Data.

Data: 'If you wish. Jenna. Are we no longer... a couple?

Jenna is close to tears now. 'No... we're not.'

Data: 'Then I will delete the appropriate program.'

Michele Scarabelli and Brent Spiner awesome performances deserve a 10 out of 10. The depth of Star Trek's heroic characters have proven yet again how not to take life too seriously, overwhelming and enthralling us with priceless excitement.

Enjoy your Star Trekking, Trekkies.


Maurice Mitchell said...

My favorite part was where Spot jumped into his arms. Supposedly, he can't love, but it sure looked like he loves Spot.

Spacerguy said...

Good ol' spot. Aren't pets wonderful? Datas relationship with his cat, Spot is so much sweeter than it could ever have been with Jena.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I thought the most interesting aspect was how a woman could fall in love with a machine. Unfortunately, it wasn't a real relationship.

Spacerguy said...

I suppose their breakup was because nothing Jenna could do or say would ever affect the android and yet theres Spot. Spot was real to Data.

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