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LMFAOschwarz November 11 2013 02:26 AM

Data's access panels
Over the course of the series, we saw Data worked on pretty extensively. Chips inserted, plugged into computer interfaces, even an iron filing removed!

Trouble is, all the various openings show seem to contradict one another over time. Has anyone ever illustrated an image of his head, tracing all the portrayed openings? Seems his whole head would be criss-crossed with contradictory etch-a-sketch type lines! :shrug:

Unicron November 11 2013 02:41 AM

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I was under the impression that they often used only a small number of possible connections, to save on the FX budget, but I never paid close attention.

Tosk November 11 2013 03:24 AM

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There are definitely a few questionable overlaps, but you just gotta shrug and go with it. :)

(Also, he may alter or upgrade his ports over time.)

Melakon November 11 2013 05:08 AM

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Weren't most of the skull access panels hidden by his hair/wig? Perhaps a different wig is attached after or during modifications.

LMFAOschwarz November 11 2013 05:44 AM

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I remember not giving it much thought at all until (I think) the episode Brothers, when Dr. Soong opened a panel in either Data or Lore's face. Bear in mind I haven't seen it in years, and don't own any of the series and can't check, but I remember the face panel as being a (for lack of a better description) weird Texas-ey shaped thing that had to have contradicted earlier depictions. Seems like they could have used something in-stock, which would have been both consistent...and cheaper! :)

Mind you, I'm not a micro-continuity person, and I never lost sleep over this stuff, but for some reason it crossed my mind again.

Also, now I'm wondering if that kind of Data-stuff fell under the jurisdiction of makeup, or props? :shrug:

JarodRussell November 11 2013 01:54 PM

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It's the 24th century. His skin is made of some nano material. He has flexible access panels that are created and open up whereever they are currently needed.

JirinPanthosa November 13 2013 09:48 PM

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If you can overlook the fact that his access panels appear to be outside the contour of his head, you can overlook inconsistencies in the lines.

T'Girl November 14 2013 12:10 AM

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Data's head might be a mosaic of little plates, and you open as big an opening as you need to in order to access a section of his interior.

So the access panel seen in say Brothers, would be composed of dozens of the small plates, all swung open as one.


Melakon November 14 2013 12:41 AM

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Sort of like those old tailgate doors on station wagons, where the door can open either on a side hinge or downward.

Start Wreck November 14 2013 11:12 AM

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"Data's Access Panels" would be a great name for a band.

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