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

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Old January 9 2009, 08:57 AM   #1
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Episodes in which Data is captain

Data always seemed to kick butt whenever they actually put him in charge. So I tried really hard to find which episodes include the times Data has the bridge on any ship but my Google-foo was not strong enough. Can anyone recall the episodes where this happens?
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Old January 9 2009, 12:08 PM   #2
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Re: Episodes in which Data is captain

I was watching the episode 'Brothers' last night from season 4. Data is called home to his father, (originally presumed dead). Data takes control of the ship, deactivating the life support on the bridge to force everyone out, he then over rides all ship systems to only answer to picard on the bridge (whom data has been impersonating). He sets the Enterprise on a course to the residence of his father at warp 9.3, which apparently at the time was dangerous due to some recent upgrade or something. During this brief rebellion in which Data has no control over, nor does he even remember. He isn't 'given' the bridge as such, but the way in which he aquires it and takes control of the entire ship single handed is awesome, he 'kicks butt'!

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Old January 9 2009, 12:43 PM   #3
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In addition to "Brothers", there's "Redemption II" where Data gets to command the Sutherland against the objections of her top officers, and "Gambit II" where Data commands the E-D when both Picard and Riker go missing. And then there are umpteen episodes where Data commands a shuttlecraft... Plus one or two where he commands himself on a demanding away mission, such as in "Ensigns of Command" or "Thine Own Self", but I guess the question was about commanding vehicles rather than missions.

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Old January 9 2009, 12:54 PM   #4
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I wouldn't count Brothers. He wasn't in control of his actions since he wasn't himself. Plus he didn't act like someone in command or control of the ship. By that reasoning, Wesley was a Captain briefly in The Naked Now.
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Old January 9 2009, 01:26 PM   #5
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...OTOH, Barclay was a commanding personality in "Nth Degree"...

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Old January 9 2009, 11:37 PM   #6
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I think his best two 'command moments' were:

1. When he was in command of the Sutherland and he put that goof Hobson on his place. "FIRE!"

2. When he gave Worf that dressing down in "Gambit". Spiner does 'Data in command' really well, he would have made a believable Captain one day.
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Old January 9 2009, 11:58 PM   #7
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He was in command in Gambit part two
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Old January 14 2009, 07:33 AM   #8
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Re: Episodes in which Data is captain

Both Gambit, Pt. II and Redemption, Pt. II were Data's Spock/The Tholian Web/Galileo Seven moments. I agree, Data made a good command officer. We did see him in command red twice, also, in Chain of Command, Pt. II and in Future Imperfect. He looked good in that color, too. Would've always had him as a command officer, and reworked it so the conn was an operations post like security or engineering. -- RR
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Old January 15 2009, 04:16 PM   #9
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Re: Episodes in which Data is captain

Thought I should share this with you.



Personally, I think Data would have made an excellent captain. Its a shame he never got promoted. If he had lived after Nemesis he maybe could have taken over command of the Enterprise from Picard at some point.
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Old January 15 2009, 06:55 PM   #10
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I think he was in control of the ship in one of the season one's episodes. I believe it might be the episode "Justice"
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Old January 15 2009, 10:53 PM   #11
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Data should never have been killed off in Nemesis, they need to rectify that as its in direct conflict with how he turns out to be university professor in the future.
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Old January 16 2009, 10:09 PM   #12
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^ the future with an E-D with three nacelles in it? and Worf rules some Klingon colony?

'possible future', chum. GEN negated it before NEM did.
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Old January 16 2009, 10:33 PM   #13
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Jefferies wrote: View Post
Thought I should share this with you.



Personally, I think Data would have made an excellent captain. Its a shame he never got promoted. If he had lived after Nemesis he maybe could have taken over command of the Enterprise from Picard at some point.
Jefferies: Nice pic. You know, there is a novel where a future Data is in command of Enterprise, I think it's Imzadi. -- RR
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Old January 17 2009, 12:59 PM   #14
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Jefferies: Nice pic. You know, there is a novel where a future Data is in command of Enterprise, I think it's Imzadi. -- RR
From what I have heard it's a really good book, although Data only plays a supporting role in it. Its somewhat strange, in the series Data must be one of the characters with the most development and yet unlike the others he is never given any additional responsibilities.
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Old January 17 2009, 01:57 PM   #15
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Data should never have been killed off in Nemesis, they need to rectify that as its in direct conflict with how he turns out to be university professor in the future.
That whole future was just a creation of Q's. As soon as Picard undid the anti-time anomaly he erased that future.
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