Spock vs. Data vs. Odo

Discussion in 'General Trek Discussion' started by Rhodan, Jul 15, 2008.


Who is the best?

  1. Spock

    34 vote(s)
  2. Data

    17 vote(s)
  3. Odo

    10 vote(s)
  1. Rhodan

    Rhodan Commander Red Shirt

    Apr 3, 2008
    These three characters were meant to represent ouside commentary on humanity. I´ve excluded characters from the last two series. Neelix was originally supposed to be such commentator but that kinda backfired. EMH might have some aspirations but he was for the most part comic relief and overloaded by personal quirks. I dont know if including Seven of nine next to Spock wouldn´t earn me eternal damnation on these boards and I haven´t seen enough Enterprise to think about T´Pol.
    Question is, who of these characters has the most interesting experience and is overall the best? Without trying to doubt Spock´s iconical image and Odo´s story I would like to say I like Data´s innocence and „naivity“ the most.
  2. Sector 7

    Sector 7 Vice Admiral Admiral

    Mar 27, 2008
    Rural North Carolina
    No one ever surpasses one's first love. So I voted for Spock. He was the first outsider to whom I was exposed.
  3. Navaros

    Navaros Commodore Commodore

    Aug 15, 2005
    Odo and Spock are both the best and perfectly-played & written.

    Data was immensely annoying due to wanting desperately to be human. So glad they didn't repeat that with Odo.
  4. Roger Wilco

    Roger Wilco Admiral Admiral

    Nov 27, 2004
    I've got to give it to Data too, TNG was the first Star Trek I saw, and I always liked Data best of the crew. I never really knew what to think of Odo, but Spock is very cool too. ;)
  5. Tralah

    Tralah Wasting Time Until May 2009 Fleet Captain

    Dec 14, 2004
    Fear the Sombrerofiant!
    I've got to go with Spock, who was my first love, but I thought Odo was a really well done character too. Data had some good moments, but he really grew to be annoying to me after awhile.
  6. AlanC9

    AlanC9 Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    May 5, 2004
    I like Data's character just fine, but I don't think he was very good at delivering an outside perspective on humans.

    In retrospect, I regret that Spock wasn't allowed to critique humans more. Unlike Data and Odo, he was a representative of a successful alternative culture.

    Speaking of which, shouldn't Quark be in the poll? He was an outsider, too. Remember his explanation about how root beer is the perfect metaphor for human culture?
  7. judge alba

    judge alba senior street judge Commodore

    Apr 7, 2008
    mega city 1
    spock's my faverouite out of the three, didn'y like data in the early season's but he gradaully grew on me
  8. cultcross

    cultcross You're all posters in some kind of neutral zone? Moderator

    Jul 27, 2001
    Same here. :techman:
  9. Sheliak

    Sheliak Commodore Commodore

    Jun 28, 2008
    Beta Lyrae
    I like Odo and his quest for justice.
  10. TheLonelySquire

    TheLonelySquire Vice Admiral

    Jan 30, 2007
    "Cover 'em, Spocko!"
  11. Temis the Vorta

    Temis the Vorta Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Oct 30, 1999
    Spock is not just the best Star Trek character ever, he's the best fictional character ever.

    Odo is also a great character but Data was too one-note to really last long before wearing out his welcome.
  12. Goji

    Goji Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    May 6, 2006
    Spock. I do like Odo, just not as much. I've never been a fan of Data, to be honest.
  13. TrekNut87

    TrekNut87 Captain Captain

    Jan 23, 2007
    I have to go with Spock partly because he's #1 on my Top Trek Characters of all-time list, but also because I can identify with him so well.

    I like Odo too, but nobody can surpass Spock's greatness and Data I thought was an interesting character in the early seasons of TNG, but soon got fairly bland and just downright annoying.
  14. Sisko4Life

    Sisko4Life Commander Red Shirt

    Jul 12, 2008
    I'm surprised "The Doctor" and Seven of Nine aren't choices for their "outside" commentary. I definately vote for Data on this one, it was so sad to see him die. Odo was a fool, and I never grew up on spock :-(.
  15. PKTrekGirl

    PKTrekGirl Arrogant Niner Thug Admiral

    Aug 17, 2001
    Anchorage, Alaska
    Spock for me.

    Odo has never been my favorite DS9 character. The only time I really like him is when he's paired with Quark in a scene.

    I once liked Data...but now he's just annoying.
  16. Rhodan

    Rhodan Commander Red Shirt

    Apr 3, 2008
    He was still primary comic relief and poll has already strong DS9 representative.

    See the first post. But when you´re talking about it, I´m going to do a "Who´s the best" poll, where Seven will be one of the options. Just wait.
  17. ZERO_of_ZERO

    ZERO_of_ZERO Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jan 19, 2008

    but Data is a close 2nd
  18. RaulMacca

    RaulMacca Vice Admiral Admiral

    Feb 3, 2001
    Spock, closely followed by Odo for me from those listed, but I prefer Tuvok/7/EMH/Torres/Quark to be honest.
  19. Broccoli

    Broccoli Vice Admiral Admiral

    May 3, 2001
    I would say that Phlox would be a good candidate from Enterprise as he was actively wanting to learn and know more about humanity while at the same time commenting on human foibles and not rejecting his own culture.
  20. highlander

    highlander Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Feb 25, 2003
    Very hard to pick between the three but I chose Data. I first got into Trek with TNG and I liked Data from the start. I'm a Niner and just started to get into TOS but like said above, he was the first "outsider" for me.