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Old October 6 2013, 07:05 PM   #1
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What was Data doing before the D?

So we know Data had a pretty lengthy career in Starfleet before arriving on the Enterprise-D. We saw that during his tenure on the D/E, he came pretty far in his goal of mastering human behavior. Are we to believe that this goal started when he showed up at the start of TNG? That he made slow progress ever since he was discovered?
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Old October 6 2013, 07:15 PM   #2
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Re: What was Data doing before the D?

he spent a gap-decade in space thailand
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Old October 6 2013, 07:33 PM   #3
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Re: What was Data doing before the D?

He may had an assignment where there was little social interaction. Remma the episode where Geordi fell for that woman who lived aboard some kind of relay station with only one other person. Perhaps Data had an assignment like that for some time.

He also may have been assigned to an area of a ship, outpost, starbase, facility where he didn't get to socialize much.

But again, he must have done something to catch Picard's eye.
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Old October 6 2013, 07:33 PM   #4
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Re: What was Data doing before the D?

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."
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Old October 6 2013, 07:37 PM   #5
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Re: What was Data doing before the D?

He'd been activated about 26 years before "Datalore", so he might have been trying to emulate humans as early as then. The D crew simply encouraged him in those efforts; perhaps people from his earlier assignments didn't try to help him with it that much.
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Old October 6 2013, 07:53 PM   #6
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Re: What was Data doing before the D?

C.E. Evans wrote: View Post
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.
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Old October 6 2013, 08:04 PM   #7
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Most of his early career was telling various starship captains that, when the ship was attacked, it had suffered "major hull damage."
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Old October 6 2013, 08:06 PM   #8
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He was a counselor.

It didn't work out.
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Old October 6 2013, 09:04 PM   #9
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Re: What was Data doing before the D?

I could see some bureaucrat deciding he was perfect for one of those comm relays manned by two or three people like in Aquiel and being stuck there for years because he's not vocal enough to complain about it.
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Old October 6 2013, 09:38 PM   #10
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Re: What was Data doing before the D?

I'm surprised Starfleet didn't install him on one of those automated ore freighters we were always hearing about.
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Old October 6 2013, 09:47 PM   #11
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Old October 6 2013, 10:16 PM   #12
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Re: What was Data doing before the D?

Maybe it wasn't so much Data being physically isolated, but emotionally isolated, either by his own behavior or by others' towards him. Perhaps in his 26 yrs prior, he was constantly surrounded by people that treated him merely as a device, and not as an individual; instead of taking an interest in him like the E-D bridge crew, they may have simply ignored him.
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Old October 6 2013, 11:58 PM   #13
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Didn't Data chronicle the course of his previous Starfleet career in Deja Q?
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Old October 7 2013, 12:00 AM   #14
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Can you make Lt. Commander without interacting and working with the crew?
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Old October 7 2013, 12:48 AM   #15
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JirinPanthosa wrote: View Post
Didn't Data chronicle the course of his previous Starfleet career in Deja Q?
No. He was talking about how long it takes a starfleet officer to retain certain ranks. Absolutely nothing about his experiences before the D
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