C.E. Evans wrote:
I think that on Data's previous assignments (which included a tour of duty aboard the Starship Trieste), Data was very much cold and robotic in demeanor and it took years for him to become as personable as he was by the time of "Encounter At Farpoint."
That might have made an interesting episode, via some kind of flashback-type thing, from some event early in Data's career. It would be interesting to see him behaving in a way like you say.