Why was Data never promoted?

Discussion in 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' started by alpha_leonis, Apr 29, 2014.

  1. varek

    varek Commander Red Shirt

    Sep 3, 2009
    Danville, IN, USA
    I agree. In fact, it was almost as if everyone forgot about the possibility of promoting Data. As an android, he probably did not feel slighted by that, but it was very unfair.
    If they could have put Data on a ship with other androids, he would have been fine. But, he was practically unique.
    He might have fared better on Jupiter Station, where they had a cybernetics lab.
  2. Armored Saint

    Armored Saint Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Oct 26, 2012
    Quebec City
    I don't think either the incident in Pen Pals had a serious impact on his career. If it had been the case, everyone in the senior crew would have been demoted to ensign before the end of the 7th season.

    Obviously, you have to wait longer before being promoted full Commander than being promoted full Lieutenant, except if you're a rising star as Riker or Shelby.