"I played that character for seven years," he explained. "One hundred and seventy-eight episodes week in, week out, four feature films. Those years were very productive, they were very important to me, and they changed my life in every aspect. I am proud of 'Star Trek: The Next Generation', I am proud of the work we did, and I am proud of the character I played, because I know for a fact he’s been an outstanding role model to people."
That's a bit different from I try not to feel they were seven wasted years
Anyone would think Patrick's after a role in another sci-fi franchise. Maybe he thinks Trek 10 will bomb and that Paramount will ask him and Spiner back for one last hurrah.
God, I've just about lost all respect for him now.