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The Next Generation All Good Things come to an end...but not here.

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Old October 7 2013, 01:17 AM   #16
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Re: What was Data doing before the D?

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Old October 7 2013, 09:38 PM   #17
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Can you make Lt. Commander without interacting and working with the crew?
I highly doubt it, but interacting with his coworkers & socializing on the level he did aboard the D might have been two very different things for him. Following orders efficiently, & distinguishing himself in his post might have gone a long way to move him up the ranks if he had the right commanding officers, at least a couple times anyway to get him past Lt. Junior Grade & Lieutenant

I don't think anything was ever mentioned about Data's rank just prior to being posted to the Enterprise. It's possible he was promoted to Lt. Cmdr when he was assigned to the D, & that the biggest jump in his entire career was wholly due to Picard, who fostered almost every officer under him on that ship, & took big leaps of faith with them as well

Let us also not forget the occasions where he earned those 4 medals we hear mentioned in The Measure of a Man, all of which recognize gallantry, bravery, & excellence in action. We ourselves have seen multiple occasions where just having Data onboard has saved the ship & crew from being lost. Perhaps there were a couple of those kinds of situations in his earlier career as well, which not only wound up getting him medals, but also promotions, perhaps even catching Picard's eye & lining him up for the 3rd seat on the D

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Maybe it wasn't so much Data being physically isolated, but emotionally isolated, either by his own behavior or by others' towards him.
I sort of view it like this myself too. The D crew were maybe the first people to treat him not only like an actual person, but a friend. It was his friendship with them that really expanded his social growth. The crew were always very open to him as a person, where that might not have been the case for him in years prior
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Old October 8 2013, 07:43 AM   #18
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Old October 8 2013, 09:20 AM   #19
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Old October 8 2013, 09:35 AM   #20
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I don't think anything was ever mentioned about Data's rank just prior to being posted to the Enterprise. It's possible he was promoted to Lt. Cmdr when he was assigned to the D...
Backed up by the costuming mistake in the past scenes of All Good Things, where he is still a Lieutenant. (ie. Picard forgot to promote him this time).
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Old October 8 2013, 12:16 PM   #21
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Old October 8 2013, 12:57 PM   #22
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Wanking off in the holodeck got Barclay to Lieutenant, junior grade. In a potentially alternative timeline, Picard got to the same rank as a wallflower. Perhaps technical skill alone is good enough to get a few ranks in the gold uniform.
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Old October 8 2013, 11:16 PM   #23
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Eh, didn't Data once say he had 20 something years in Starfleet? In most militaries time served is a large factor in promotions, and the medals for bravery and what not don't hurt either.
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Old October 9 2013, 12:30 AM   #24
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Re: What was Data doing before the D?

He was probably a hot topic for a while in the Starfleet newsletters after he was discovered about a quarter century earlier. But people likely reacted to him much in the way the EMH on Voyager was treated initially, as some sort of advanced hardware/software, not as an individual.

One of the best clues is in "The Neutral Zone", when L.Q. "Sonny" Clemonds points at Data and asks Riker, "What is that?" Then Data turns around to see what he's pointing at.
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Old October 9 2013, 01:54 AM   #25
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He stood in front of a mirror for ten years practicing the perfect sneeze.
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Old October 9 2013, 11:20 PM   #26
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I like to think starfleet was using him for calculations in some lab somewhere.
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Old October 9 2013, 11:27 PM   #27
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This is canon. He was a toaster.
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Old October 9 2013, 11:32 PM   #28
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This is canon. He was a toaster.
And not just any toaster. Being fully functional, he was a pop-up toaster.
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Old October 10 2013, 12:22 AM   #29
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This is canon. He was a toaster.
And not just any toaster. Being fully functional, he was a pop-up toaster.
Hey, even Louvoix was intrigued when he described his pop-up functionality with Tasha.
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Old October 11 2013, 03:47 AM   #30
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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.
In the novel The Buried Age mentionsit was pretty much just that. Assigned to administrative tasks by himself, and for years never stood up for himself. It is an excellent read, by the way.
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