Why is it in the show we never really learned about anything that happened to Data between his decision to enter Starfleet Academy and Encounter At Farpoint? We learn vaguely how long he spent at each rank, and that's pretty much it. How come he never ran into previous crewmates, or discussed his previous attempts trying to blend in? And how did he grow so much more in seven years than he did in his first few decades? In Encounter At Farpoint, Data seems like he was just activated and never tried to blend in socially before. What were his first assignments like, as an Ensign and Lieutenant? Did he take that long just to get to the point he reached in Encounter at Farpoint? Might it have been better and made more sense for the development we saw if Data had begun as an Ensign?