Does anyone else feel a connection to Data from Star Trek?

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KiraOdo
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31 Dec 2008, 9:07 pm

or any other characters. When Star Trek: The Next Generation originally came on I obsessed over that character. Same thing with Odo from Star Trek: DS9. I am drawn to the outsider, loner characters. Has anyone else experienced that? :?



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31 Dec 2008, 9:34 pm

KiraOdo wrote:
or any other characters. When Star Trek: The Next Generation originally came on I obsessed over that character. Same thing with Odo from Star Trek: DS9. I am drawn to the outsider, loner characters. Has anyone else experienced that? :?


I have felt a connection to various characters Spock,Data which is my avatar. You mentioned Odo and you are right he did seem like an outsider. I have more of a connection with Data for he tries to understand social cues.


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31 Dec 2008, 9:40 pm

I immediately identified with Counselor Troi, the empath, although in the beginning, she was kind of silly. Like, they'd get a really pissed off alien on the viewscreen, and when the captain asked for her sense of things, she'd say "I sense a lot of anger." Duh. But once the show got going, she was wonderful.


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31 Dec 2008, 9:42 pm

not at all. Probably heretical to say so, but i LOATHE Star Trek.



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31 Dec 2008, 9:43 pm

lthough not Star Trek, I do feel somewhat connected to River Tam from Firefly/Serenity. Probably because she has a strong itellegence (she's psychic), but is broken to the point of childlike emotion and near insanity, oh, and she is not capable of social interaction on an NT level, and is very limited socially.



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31 Dec 2008, 11:32 pm

Actually, I'm more Reg Barclay...;)



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01 Jan 2009, 12:16 am

I think we all feel a connection to Data. He's like a patron figure for Aspies everywhere.



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01 Jan 2009, 1:19 am

I've definitely always been drawn to loner characters. Batman, the Doctor, I suppose. Man-against-the-world type characters.


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01 Jan 2009, 1:50 am

pakled wrote:
Actually, I'm more Reg Barclay...;)


One of my personal favorite characters from Star Trek. I'll watch any episode he's in as often as they want to rerun 'em.

But Data, too, has that familiar quality, or rather a familiar situation. They were playing a very old one yesterday and I got more irritated the more I saw. Not just because most of them couldn't act if the ship depended on it (in season 1 anyhow) but because Data was acting like Sherlock Holmes, trying to solve a mystery, a pipe clamped in his teeth. Even when the captain made him put down the pipe, he still kept talking like a cheesy film depiction of Holmes, and the entire crew (who were at the meeting anyhow) kept smirking and tossing glances to one another the whole time. Oh, except the captain, the guy had a little dignity. Anyway, that looked so familiar I wanted to slap 'em all, right down the row, Stooges-style. If they had just smiled, I could cut them some slack, I mean, the dude was talking like Sherlock Holmes. But it's the exchanging of glances while smirking that hits too close to home. I get instant anger anytime I am speaking and I suspect that those listening have, as one, come to regard me as an outsider and therefore somehow blind to their secret signals. I miss a lot socially, but if there's anything I have come to recognize, it's the sight of mockery.

Oddly, I don't mind Riker doing much the same thing later, when Data is practicing small talk at a party. Maybe it's because the conversation is face to face, Data is being danged funny, and he pokes Riker which sets him giggling like the Pillsbury dough boy...

Anyway, I always am drawn to the outsider. I frequently find it embarrassing to watch the way people write about them, the way they are portrayed and the condescending approach that others take to them. I especially enjoy seeing those characters show brilliance, aptitude, something that shows that the condescension is misplaced, perhaps even the reverse of what it should be. I suppose it's people like us that make that version of the classic "Cinderella" story so popular. The idea of the "chosen one" or the "one spoken of in the prophecy" and how that person always seems to be someone who rises from humble and even horrible circumstances. It reflects my old wish to show those who treated me so badly in school that I was as good as they were, and as time went on, that I must be better than someone who enjoyed mocking others. These days, I just wish I could let it go.


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01 Jan 2009, 2:37 am

KiraOdo wrote:
or any other characters. When Star Trek: The Next Generation originally came on I obsessed over that character. Same thing with Odo from Star Trek: DS9. I am drawn to the outsider, loner characters. Has anyone else experienced that? :?


I was always drawn to Spock - it always annoyed me that Dr. McCoy and Kirk doggedly complained that he was "not human", in an age where bigotry was supposed to be less prevalent in the human condition, and I never could understand what was so great about being all gushy emotional over everything when there was a job to do anyways.

Actually, I didn't like how eventually the Vulcans became known as hypocritical bigots - if they believe in infinite diversity in infinite combinations, that would extend, logically, to accepting other beings in the universe unconditionally regardless of emotional habit - prejudice should just not exist for them, it being an emotional response. But, then again, the writers never did consult me on the matter... :wink:

Reg Barclay I am drawn to as well. He always reminds me of me - a lot of the idiosyncrasies of the character reflect in my own personality. His character's speech patterns are eerily similar to mine. His character impressed me in that star fleet was such an elite group of social people, anyone like Reg must have had to fight like anything to get where he was in the first place. Kind of inspiring in that respect.


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01 Jan 2009, 4:47 am

I don't really associate myself with Data. There's just no...link. I more often find myself relating to Teal'c, from Stargate SG-1 which is somewhat similar, yet different.



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01 Jan 2009, 7:30 am

Sherlock Holmes

My favorite quote is in The Study of Scarlet...

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"I consider that a man's brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best is jumbled up with a lot of other things, so that he has a difficulty in laying his hands upon it. Now the skilful workman is very careful indeed as to what he takes into his brain-attic. He will have nothing but the tools which may help him in doing his work, but of these he has a large assortment, and all in the most perfect order. It is a mistake to think that that little room has elastic walls and can distend to any extent. Depend upon it there comes a time when for every addition of knowledge you forget something that you knew before. It is of the highest importance, therefore, not to have useless facts elbowing out the useful ones."



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01 Jan 2009, 7:45 am

definatley feel like Data.
im always asking questions trying to understand things but just not fitting in



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01 Jan 2009, 12:33 pm

Oof those mentioned here, in order:

spock, (barklay(when he kind of took over the enterprise), odo, teal'c), sherlock holmes, data. Frankly though, data HAS gotten a bit silly. At times he acts like a little kid, and other times he aspires to be the EPITOME of human, with all it's faults. NOBODY should want that.

I think troi, and "the doctor" are silly. Batman runs a close 3rd as silly.



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01 Jan 2009, 1:13 pm

Not Data in particular. Never watched much of that version.

But I identified with any character that was outside the norm and thus misunderstood.
Like the robot in "Forbidden Planet".
Even the monster in the original "Frankenstein".


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