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Interview: Joseph Gatt Talks About Cyber-Life On The Bridge In Star Trek Into Darkness May 11, 2013

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Interview,Star Trek Into Darkness , trackback

One of the more interesting new chraracters on the bridge of the USS Enterprise is played by British actor Joseph Gatt. Known previously for more physical roles (including playing a Frost Giant in Thor), Gatt landed a spot on the bridge of the USS Enterprise. In an exclusive interview wtih TrekMovie.com, Gatt talks about life on the birdge and about his "unique features." Read on for details below, but there are minor spoilers.
 

 

Interview: Joseph Gatt talks life on the bridge

TrekMovie: What can you tell us about how you got the role in the Star Trek movie?

Joeseph Gatt: It was pretty standard stuff, really. I got a call from my manager saying that I had an appointment to read for April (Webster) and Alyssa (Weisberg.) Even though I wasn’t told the name of the movie, I pretty much knew it was for ST2 because of who was casting it and the secret nature of the audition. I had three separate meetings over a period of a couple of months and read several different sets of sides before finally being offered the role. I didn’t even know what exactly I was going to be doing. All I knew was that the Bridge of the Enterprise was going to be my character’s place of employment.


Joseph Gatt (behind Karl Urban) on the bridge of the USS Enterprise

TrekMovie: First can you clear something up, I was told by Make-up designer David Anderson that your character’s name was ‘GATT-2000′ – was that just a nickname or is that really the name of your character?

Joeseph Gatt: Well, this is the interesting thing. While shooting, all the cast were given generic, non-specific names for security reasons, and also because J.J. is very spontaneous and likes to figure out a lot of things on the fly. I don’t think (and most of this is speculation) that a specific name had been decided upon by the time of that Bad Robot event you went to in December so David (who, with his team at AFX studios, designed my character) told you "GATT2000.” This was the descriptive name he gave my character on set. This was later changed to "GATT5000," since "GATT2000" seemed a little anachronistic considering that the movie takes place in the 23rd Century. My manager just recently (earlier this week) received confirmation from the Paramount publicity department that I could publicly say that my character name is "GATT5000."

EDITOR’S NOTE: Interview conducted before London premiere, TrekMovie has confirmed that Joseph Gatt’s final credit lists him as "Science Officer 0718"

TrekMovie: What can you tell us about your character? I saw what you looked like and see there is some kind of flashing blue thing in the back of you head implying you have some kind of cybernetic implant?

Joeseph Gatt: I’m not in a position to tell you much more then you already know, as I’m not sure what J.J. would like released or not (and it’s safer to err on the side of caution.) But what I can tell you is that I’m an augmented human and one of my cybernetic augmentations is on the back of my head. The concept is that it’s a miniature version of the ship’s main computer which puts me in direct telepathic connection with the ship’s systems at all times. I’m the Six Million Dollar Man in space!


The back of Joseph Gatt’s head shows the cybernetic device

TrekMovie: When you were first cast I had thought – thinking of very physical role in Thor and your background – that you would be one of the Klingons. Were you surprised you ended up on the bridge?

Joeseph Gatt: I was, actually, and pleasantly so. I always thought that when I booked something on a show like "STAR TREK" it would be a heavy action role, so to end up on the bridge was a total surprise, but a very pleasant one. I did get the opportunity to do some action, but I also wish that there was more physical stuff for "GATT5000." Maybe in the next one…?

TrekMovie: What was the shoot like? Were you on the bridge for most or all of the bridge scenes?

Joeseph Gatt: All of my stuff was on the bridge set at Sony Studios, and everything that happens on the bridge involves or contains my character in some way. We spent about six weeks shooting all the Enterprise bridge scenes before they moved on to another set.

TrekMovie: What is the atmosphere with the rest of the cast on the bridge? Serious? or more casual?

Joeseph Gatt: It’s always a very interesting situation when you join an established cast. You never know if they’re going to welcome you warmly or treat you as the fifth wheel. In this case I had nothing to worry about. Everyone in the cast and crew were awesome and welcomed the new cast with open arms. J.J. creates such a familial atmosphere on set and wants everyone to appreciate that it takes EVERY person on that set to make this thing happen. No matter what the size of your role or job, everyone is treated with equal importance. He spent just as much time talking to the background extras as he did with the principal cast. He is a great director with an amazing social awareness and led the project with an incredible energy, imagination, and friendliness! Considering the high stakes involved in making such a big budget movie, the atmosphere on set was generally very casual, but business-like. There were moments of intensity and seriousness, of course. The work was never sacrificed for play, but
there was always play and fun. No matter what was going on, no matter how long the day, no one was ever allowed to forget that we were supposed to be having fun.

TrekMovie: Now that you are an official Star Trek actor, any plans on doing conventions?

Joeseph Gatt: I’ve already been appearing at conventions for a few years, mainly in California, due to the popularity of my roles as "Kratos" in the "God of War" video games and as "Frost Giant Grundroth" in "THOR." As my profile has increased, especially with the release of "Star Trek into Darkness," I’ve been invited to appear at more conventions nationwide. I absolutely love doing conventions. I love meeting the fans face to face, especially the kids. But I also love traveling in general, and I’m a Sci-Fi / Genre geek myself. So it feeds me in so many ways.

TrekMovie: So did you make it out alive? Think you have a future in Starfleet?

Joseph Gatt: I can’t tell you that! But I’m not wearing a red shirt, and its up to you to guess if J.J. would break a 50 year old Trek tradition or not (winky face). I would, of course, love to continue to be involved in the Star Trek universe and to hopefully work with J.J. again on other space projects in the near future…

TrekMovie: What are you working on now?

Joeseph Gatt: Nothing is set in stone as yet, but I’m reading three great scripts with great roles for me. I’m stuck in a situation where everything I’m involved in is top secret, which is very exciting, but also somewhat frustrating. Needless to say, watch this space!


Gatt: May have a future on the bridge

 

Comments

1. Elias Javalis - May 11, 2013

He is the guy from Elyssium on the Enterprise bridge!

2. Kirk - May 11, 2013

Rat-a-tat-tat with my GAT GAT!

3. Fubamushu - May 11, 2013

Seriously?

4. CaptainDonovin - May 11, 2013

Maybe this is an early type of Soong (Arik) design.

5. Phil - May 11, 2013

So…he’s a Borg….and if this implant is such a huge freakin deal, how come everyone doesn’t have one?

6. WillH85 - May 11, 2013

Seems like JJ has gone pretty out of touch with Star Trek on this one. Even by the end of TNG there wasn’t anything like this so why would there be a century before it? Also seems like the idea of augmenting someone to work with a ship’s computer wouldn’t fly in the Federation. To me it seems more and more like the JJ verse isn’t just a diversion in history, it was a totally different universe to begin with.

7. Z3R0B4NG - May 11, 2013

this dude needs to be introduced properly in some IDW ongoing comic

i was like… whaa? what is an Android doing on the 1701!?
and his voice! woah mama! where did that dude even come from?

PS: GATT5000 sounds a lot cooler than “Science Officer 0718″

8. Oscar - May 11, 2013

People need to chill the hell out. Maybe he’s essentially a singular binar or a rare original series-type alien that would randomly be in an episode. Nothing really to draw comparisons to.

9. J - May 11, 2013

Fortunately the whole “augmented to interface with ship’s computer” thing is non-canon (right?) and therefore can be safely ignored. At least for now.

10. Govna - May 11, 2013

Two thoughts spring to mind.

1) who is this guy?
And
2) why should I care?

11. smike - May 11, 2013

I think this is a VERY INTERESTING perspective how this version of the future might develop…

Quite recently I had an idea of how to reboot NextGen… I thought it would be interesting to introduce a completely different concept of Data… not the isolated android but more like the ship’s computer, a positronic network that employs various android units, holograms and other tools and devices to operate the ship… The new Data could actually be part of the ship, or rather BE the ship itself. What if in this new timeline, Dr Soong actually joined Starfleet and helped to design this positronic network aboard Federation starships?

Soong might even be around already in the 23rd century. He was portrayed rather old on NextGen so his younger self might already be up and about, creating all that stuff…

Those of you who hate the idea of introducing new technology to this new timeline that wasn’t around the first time. I do understand your point, but I guess that’s what this reboot is all about. With all the technology but warp drive and beaming already being around in our present (communicators, flatscreens, advanaced computer systems), they simply HAVE TO introduce new ideas in order to make it more futuristic and thus more interesting…

I was first shocked when I heard GATT5000 speaking on screen and though if it as a major offense to Data and the only legacy. But the more I think about it, the more I wish they’d go on with these divergences. Have young Dr. Soong (being played by Tom Hiddlestone) update the ENT with all sorts of positronic gadgets. It’s certainly more tangible than “transwarp beaming” or “long-range photon torpedos”…

12. PaulB - May 11, 2013

#11: Two obvious answers spring to mind.

1) He’s in the new Star Trek movie.
2) You’re on a website called Trekmovie, so it’s fair to assume you care about Trek movies, and thus, since he’s in the next Trek movie, it follows that you–a person ON Trekmovie.com–would care.

13. PaulB - May 11, 2013

Oops–another message snuck in! My comment at #12 is directed to #10, not #11.

14. ajdczar - May 11, 2013

WILL85

In a new timeline, and depending upon how much original Spock revealed about his, it would be quite logical to assume technology comes at a different pace…

The longer you travel into a new timeline the more it diverges from the original. Just sayin’.

15. Anthony Pascale - May 11, 2013

While the nature of his cybernetic enhancements was never mentioned, it was clear on screen he is not a normal human. His voice is modulated, his eyes seem enhanced with CGI and he has a big glowy thing in the back of his head. So by canon he is some kind of cybernetically enhanced being. At one point Kirk asks him about damage to the ship so perhaps Kirk sees him as having the fastest and most accurate info related to damage control systems.

It’s a new timeline, they blew up Vulcan, killed Amanda and have Spock macking on Uhura. I think they can introduce a cybernetic character.

16. KingDaniel - May 11, 2013

Science Officer 0718 was great. I loved the new characters and aliens in Into Darkness, they built up a rich and colourful universe. The little glimpses of things got the imagination going.

17. Anthony Pascale - May 11, 2013

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18. EM - May 11, 2013

Sounds very interesting! I simply cannot wait to see this movie…oh, I guess I kind of have to wait.

19. smike - May 11, 2013

@17: Sorry. I thought the spoiler policy has already been discontinued since it was no longer mentioned at the end of the article. My mistake. Having seen the movie quite a lot already, I must have forgotten that it’s not yet out in the States. Sorry…

20. GG - May 11, 2013

Seems out of place (this whole “cybernetic hook-up” to the ship). Unless, he’s not human. If he were an alien (similar to the Bi-nars), where this was a common thing to do for his particular race, then I guess it would be okay with me.

But, if he’s just a human bridge officer, then it seems very out of place in this Trek time period.

21. Jon Spencer - May 11, 2013

#20 – GC – Completely agree. He needs to be a bi-nar or something. It seems like this kind of thing was banned in the federation – eugenics wars, etc?

22. sean - May 11, 2013

There’s nothing here that says GATT was created by the Federation or is even human. He could easily be from species and decided to join Starfleet, and they simply took advantage of his abilities.

23. LGE - May 11, 2013

#11 What you have described is very similar to Andromeda, created by Gene Roddenberry ;)

24. smike - May 11, 2013

@22: For what we know he could be Ruk from “What Are Little Girls Made Off”, only this time, actually joining Starfleet. Maybe Roger Corby had helped in that.

25. Unwanted - May 11, 2013

@23. I am pretty well convinced that Andromeda was originally supposed to be a Trek show and Nick Meyers screwed it all up with TWOK. Think about it, the Nietzscheans (genetically engineered superhumans) are obvious descendants of the Seed planted on Ceti Alpha 5. Then along comes Meyers and wrecks the whole set up (and its no secret that Gene hated TWOK).

26. smike - May 11, 2013

@25: Very interesting theory. I’m not familiar with any series concept post TMP / Phase 2. But if true this would have been set in the very distant future and thus would have prevented the Next Gen / spin-off universe from coming into existence. Therefore I’m glad Meyer screwed it up. :-)

It’s really incredibly interesting how similar Ruk and GATT5000 look if you google them…Even if not intentionally the same characters, it is most definitely a powerful homage to TOS…

27. jack Zymurgy - May 11, 2013

@23, I had the same though. Though Lexa Doig was easier on the eyes than Gatt.

28. The Sinfonian - May 11, 2013

@25 Exactly. Andromeda was originally about the fall of the Federation a few centuries later. It got changed to Commonwealth, etc. And if Star Trek had been kept closer to the 28th century, then Gene’s Planet Earth/Genesis II would have been about the post-Atomic Horror/Eugenics Wars era, and explain why history was fragmental about the 21st century….

29. CoffeeProf - May 11, 2013

True story. I was at Space City Con last year where he was a guest. He wouldn’t tell anyone what he was doing in the movie. At one point I was talking to Jason David Frank (Tommy from Power Rangers) and this was the actual conversation.

JDF: Who is that guy?

Me: He’s in the new Star Trek movie.

JDF: Who does he play?

Me: He’s not telling anybody. JJ Abrams likes to keep things close to his chest.

JDF: Go up there and ask him.

Me: LOL…no way….I’m not gonna get on his bad side.

JDF: *grabs the Green Ranger Helmet he was raffling off* Don’t worry, I’ve got your back.

30. Riker's Mailbox - May 11, 2013

You guys are jumping to conclusions. Perhaps this wasn’t a result of eugenics, but rather a fashionable way to login to Facebook in the 23rd century. A huge group of people on Earth were doing it. They provided status updates simply through thought. Perhaps it’s part of the movie plot. John Harrison ‘friends’ Gatt5000 on Space Facebook (I say space Facebook because it’s the future), so he can read Gatt’s comments about what’s happening on the Enterprise bridge.

I should be a writer.

31. VulcanFilmCritic - May 11, 2013

As an old-timer, I think I need to see some new characters, new technology, and new thinking about this timeline. The more this Trek diverges from TOS, the more I think I can enjoy it. For itself. I don’t have to worry about transgressions against the 1960′s time-line canon or defiling the memory of my favorite childhood show. ‘Cause this is not my favorite childhood show anymore.
As #11smike states, the technology we have today, almost 50 years after TOS aired, has in some cases surpassed what could even be imagined in the 1960′s (virtual reality, a vast network of computers in which the entire world is connected all the time through our phones, growing our own organs, etc.) We cannot be stuck in a retro-future time warp forever.
So bring on the androids, cyborgs, replicants, or whatever.

32. navamske - May 11, 2013

Maybe he’s Norman (“Norman, coordinate”) and the Feds found the android planet before Harry Mudd did.

33. Jack - May 11, 2013

6. 6. WillH85 – May 11, 2013
“Seems like JJ has gone pretty out of touch with Star Trek on this one. Even by the end of TNG there wasn’t anything like this so why would there be a century before it? Also seems like the idea of augmenting someone to work with a ship’s computer wouldn’t fly in the Federation. To me it seems more and more like the JJ verse isn’t just a diversion in history, it was a totally different universe to begin with.”

Except Roddenberry/Dean Foster gave Kirk a starfleet implant in the TMP novelization…

Plenty of the Trek novels mention various implants. How do you know the Federation did this? Maybe he’s from somewhere we haven’t seen yet. TNG went only to the latex-forehead sectors of the galaxy.

Jumping to conclusions about a movie you haven’t seen wouldn’t fly in the federation…

34. porthoses bitch - May 11, 2013

He should repeat everything the computer says like SW in Galaxy Quest.

On a more serious note he looks very similar (esp the back of the head) to a preproduction sketch of the Borg from thE BOBW documentary on the BOBW blu-ray. Can anyone help me is the doc. On the stand alone BOBW the same as the doc on the 3rd season set.?

Of cours he also resembles my Kenner 6 Million Dollar Man figure . Where you looked thru a hole in the back of his head to simulate his bionic eye.

35. KHAAAN the weasel - May 11, 2013

“The concept is that it’s a miniature version of the ship’s main computer which puts me in direct telepathic connection with the ship’s systems at all times.” Oh, so that was the basic premise for that character… well… nah,

36. Unwanted - May 11, 2013

@28 Think about that intro if it had been Trek.

“The Federation, the greatest civilization in history, has fallen. But now, one ship, one crew, have vowed to drive back the darkness. On the starship Enterprise hope lives again!

37. THX-1138 - May 11, 2013

I haven’t seen the movie so pardon the question:

Everybody is good with this augment/android whatever dude on the bridge? I mean, as fans you all are good with it? I don’t know quite what to make of it other than he’s Lobot from Empire Strikes Back. No explanation for why all of a sudden there are mechanically enhanced people in Starfleet? Why doesn’t everyone have enhancements, then?

38. porthoses bitch - May 11, 2013

@37 see # 15 I think AP summed it up qute nicely.

39. THX-1138 - May 11, 2013

#38 porthoses bitch

Yeah but I have my doubts to AP’s objectivity since he was involved with the comics. I mean average Joe’s. The regular Trek fans. Both those who fawn over JJ’s take and those who loathe it. But I can offer one critique of the above image of Lobot 5000:

Again with the freaking bar code scanners. Maybe Lobot can give me a price check on cat food and diapers.

40. porthoses bitch - May 11, 2013

@39 yeah I went to LOBOT to I think upon reading APs description of a cyber character with a flashing light on his head. (Months ago).

I thought at first Gatt had a light on his chest (holy, iron man) then realized it was a lens flare. I was never so happy to see a lens flare in my life.

41. James McFadden - May 11, 2013

Will the Romulan Star Empire be replaced by a Confederacy of Romulus? In the 24th century the Federation Council should pass a law stating that all explorer and destroyer-type vessels should be no bigger than twice the size of the Enterprise-E.

42. Unwanted - May 11, 2013

@39. Where are you getting that Anthony is involved with the comics? He doesnt work for IDW.

As an average joe Trek fan, not only am I fine with Gatt’s character, but I also have to wonder exactly what your problem with it is.

43. James McFadden - May 11, 2013

Did anybody read Post No. 65 in 5 4 New Into Darkness TV Spots?

44. Ashley - May 11, 2013

Some of you people need to relax. I used to nitpick a bit, being well versed in trek lore and treknology. But why gripe about it? It’s an alternate reality so they can make changes like this and try new things. I’ve learned to embrace it and now I actually really enjoy it. I’m really glad they’ve done this instead of being bogged down in the vast mess of canon from the prime universe, which strangely is how some people like to keep it. Can’t fathom why people want to restrict creativity.

45. porthoses bitch - May 11, 2013

@42 AP is noted as being a consultant for IDW in the STID prequel.

46. Unwanted - May 11, 2013

@45 I have never seen that anywhere, including in the comics I own from IDW. Still, regardless of all that, my opinion on Gatt’s character stands.

47. porthoses bitch - May 11, 2013

Just google darkness countdown pascale. AP is listed as creative consultant. It was a good read, b nice to see AP do an articale on his involvement.

Off topic….but.

Seeing our currently stalled space program what would you call a reboot of Space 1999. Although despised by most Trek fans the idea of a functioning moonbase did not seem out of the question in ’75 (?). Much like 2001 in ’69. Oddly Lost in Space called it pretty close with a moon landing in ’70.

48. Kev - May 11, 2013

Wasn’t there something about androids in the original series at one point or another?

Namely in What Are Little Girls Made Of?

Still though it is a little shocking that he’s in this as an andriod. but maybe he was someone with a disability or someone who suffered a serious injury who had to have computers put in to make him fully functional again?

and it gave him a few extra benefits.

49. NCC-73515 - May 11, 2013

The cosplay company Anovos posted this on their Facebook page: “Actual cybernetic surgical enhancement. That’s right folks. As seen attached to actor Joseph Gatt in Star Trek Into Darkness, we stand ready to cut into your skull, and attach a port that can connect you directly to the computer of your choice.”

50. jefster96 - May 11, 2013

somehow i thoght he was spooky in that movie…the voice…the voice…(in the german dub)…so borg-ish and somehow wrong

51. Jonathan - May 11, 2013

Considering in 2013 we can wear a cap and perform basic functions on a computer just through thinking about it, I don’t see a problem with pushing the technological horizon a bit further than TOS/TNG originally envisioned.

All I could think when he appeared, “argh, it’s that prisoner from Banshee!”

52. BatlethInTheGroin - May 11, 2013

Andromeda was not supposed to be a Trek show–it was the fourth incarnation of a concept he’d been trying to produce since the ’70s.

53. Randy H. - May 12, 2013

The problem I see with “interface-head” is that the general philosophy of Trek is not to change humanity too much. No genetic alterations, no borg-like implants. The reason, of course, is so the audience can identify with the characters and situations. But the underlying philosophy is that humanity can grow and mature without having to ultimately change what we are.

Random guys showing up with odd voices and glowing implants with no backstory seems to cut against that. And shows that whoever came up with him thinks that style trumps core philosophy.

Of course, if he serves as a thematic comment on the film’s storyline, then he will have served a useful story function I’ll be of another opinion entirely. (But with the brain-trust of Kurtzman & Orci behind it I rather doubt it.)

54. Unwanted - May 12, 2013

@52. If Rod Roddenberry tells me that I’ll believe it.

55. Darkthunder - May 12, 2013

4: Excellent suggestion. Biological augmentation using genetics is most likely illegal in the Federation, as they stated in DS9, as well as due to past experiments with “The Augments” (Khan etc). Arik Soong (Data’s “Great-Grandfather”) suggested using cybernetics to improve the human race. Perhaps GATT5000 would be a first step along the path of improving, or even replacing the human race.

5: Perhaps GATT5000 is a Soong-prototype? As in, one of a kind?

6: TOS had Androids in atleast 1 episode. Maybe not as sophisticated as ‘Data’ was, but they certainly existed.

56. Keachick - rose pinenut - May 12, 2013

#33 – Yes, I remember reading about the implants that Starfleet officers are fitted with in the TMP book version. I think this is what allowed Kirk to contact a bearded Dr McCoy – the implant got activated.

It is technology that could be easily abused, but in a more evolved society, could be quite helpful/useful.

57. Anthony Thompson - May 12, 2013

What does JJ’s friend play in this film?

Oh, and AP, WHY did you take the STID poll off the first page after less than a week??? You have left rather inconsequential polls up for months, but the poll everyone will want to weigh in on has been relegated to 2nd class status.

58. mikejohnson - May 12, 2013

@ 7

I’m working on it!

MJ

59. Carl Geffers - May 12, 2013

I’ve watched the STID two times already and in my opinion GATT5000 is an interesting looking character, be he cyborg, android, or (what I think) alien with vocal implant, so he can communicate with the rest of the crew. Nowhere in the movie is it made clear, what exactly he is.

60. Luis Macias - May 12, 2013

He’s a cyborg from the looks of it, and JJ seems to have big plans for the character or at least the concept of a cyborg, maybe some tie-in with the Soong legacy (remember that a Soong in the 21st Century was already at work with augmented beings in Enterprise). Data was unique because he was fully mechanical A.I. and a new being made by a human, not a cyborg (which isn’t really that difficult to imagine in the next couple of years in our Century, much less in the 23rd). Even the Borg admired Data, despite all of their enhancements with machinery. The character in STID seems to be a human with some upgrades, not unlike Geordi’s VISOR or allowing some species to use other type of implants. Doesn’t seem like something controversial to the Federation, since it is done willingly by the individual, contrary to genetic manipulation.

61. camsoft2000 - May 12, 2013

Can’t believe people are complaining about this character not being cannon.

I think some people here need to get out more. It’s a movie. The people complaining about JJ introducing a new type of race are probably the same people saying that JJ and crew lacks originality be reusing old story concepts.

Is Star Trek no longer allowed to introduce new characters anymore? Just because we never saw this species before does not mean it can’t of existed.

The way I see it, if it’s in the film it’s now part of canon.

62. Admiral Buzzkill - May 12, 2013

In “Enterprise”, Arik Soong changed from genetic engineering to researching positronic brains. Could imagine that Starfleet later confiscated his work resulting in a GATT robot (not-yet-an-android). That this is based on work from Arik Soong would have been kept secret, of course.

63. Admiral_Bumblebee - May 12, 2013

Wouldn’t it be cool if the origin of the Borg was changed in the new timeline? That humans created the Borg as some kind of superweapon that turned agaist their masters and develop a collective mind which wants to assimilate everything. In the third movie the Enterprise-crew hast to deal with this threat and in the end they manage to banish those Cyborgs through a wormhole to the Delta-Quadrant where they merge with other artificial beings to form a new, more advanced Borg-collective than the one we know from the Prime universe…

64. Captain Braxton - May 12, 2013

PI thought this guy was awesome, in IMAX his voice was crazy with the high sound in the theatre. I hope he returns, same goes for the alien chick that was in both ST09 & STID at ops behind Kirk.

65. Connor - May 12, 2013

During the movie “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”, the character Lieutenant Ilia was turned into a probe-drone. Its not a big deal.

66. Anthony Thompson - May 12, 2013

58.

Are you the real MJ?

67. Anthony Thompson - May 12, 2013

OK folks, here’s the scoop on ticket availability in the US: All versions will be available on May 16th, as previously announced. However, if you happen to live near an AMC theatre, all versions of the movie will be shown beginning at 12:01 AM on May 15th. Paramount has a deal with AMC which allows them to show the film 24 hours earlier.

68. Dswynne - May 12, 2013

Some people need to understand that this is a new timeline that was influenced by a time traveler from the future, resulting in Starfleet advancing science and technology, all in a effort to catch up in an arms race that wasn’t really there to begin with. I mean, what if a Japanese national from today went back in time and gave Imperial Japan a boost in its arsenal? Do you think the Americans of that era would not respond the way Starfleet is doing in the JJ-verse?

69. THX-1138 - May 12, 2013

Lt. Ilia was a mechanical copy of a Deltan navigator/crewman and not a member of the crew. And even if in the novelization of TMP Starfleet members had mechanical implants they didn’t have glowing blue interface ports and digitally altered voices. Indeed I am of the opinion that the concept never made it to the movie so it’s not a germain issue to the discussion. The Soong explanation seems the most plausible.

I would also like to know why there are so many insecure people who will defend every single nit that is picked. If you enjoy this AU that’s great. Why do YOU have such a problem with people who express their opinions? I love Star Trek and have found issues with every single iteration. I always want to know why a particular choice was made if I can’t see the logic of it. Gene Roddenberry had said that in TOS that he didn’t want to see robots in Starfleet. As a matter of fact he portrayed androids and robots as being inferior to people. Humanity was the ultimate realization of existence and the show was an exploration of our journey of enlightenment and discovery. Lobot 5000, in the context that has thus far been shown seems “off” to me.

And those freaking bar code scanners gotta go. At least dress them up so they don’t look exactly like the ones at Best Buy.

70. BatlethInTheGroin - May 12, 2013

You guys are overlooking something major: The timeline was DRASTICALLY changed during Star Trek: Enterprise. So long before JJ Abrams came on the scene, the future (Kirk’s era) was no longer what it originally was.

71. THX-1138 - May 12, 2013

#70 Bathltethinthegroin

Admittedly I am not completely up on my Enterprise lore. What happened to change the timeline?

72. Unwanted - May 12, 2013

@71. Not sure the specifics that #70 is referring to, but in this case I completely agree. I was watching Enterprise last night (episode Azati Prime), and while listening to Hoshi try to decipher the Xindi Aquatic language it occurred to me that perhaps it was the Xindi Aquatics that sent the probe to Earth in STTVH to investigate the loss of communication with Earth’s whales, if true then the events of Enterprise and the relationship between Earth and the Xindi established during them means no probe later.

Also a large part of the series was that dumb “temporal cold war”, which involved two future factions changing the past (in this case the 22nd century) and who knows what the cumulative effects of all that are.

73. Unwanted - May 12, 2013

Forgot to mention, the Xindi only came into conflict with Earth due to interference from the future, so the 7 million people they killed in Florida were not killed that year in the original timeline, and that is a pretty major change right there.

74. Thomas Vinelli - May 12, 2013

Man people chill out all the series after TOS came up with new things that became canon…lightin up on J.J.

75. Unwanted - May 12, 2013

@69. And obviously he changed his mind about androids or we wouldnt have Data.

And really how are bar code scanners any worse than the salt and pepper shakers they used in TOS?

76. RBanks - May 12, 2013

Cool new character.

Not only does he have a direct telepathic connection with the ship’s systems at all times, but he can also bow his head and double as a convenient cup holder!

77. Eric - May 12, 2013

How many completely lifelike looking humans were in TOS? At least in TNG, Data did (somewhat) look like an android.

This is a non-issue for me.

78. Marja - May 12, 2013

#68, Agreed, and to … erm … augment your point, everyone seems to forget that Spock came from a universe about 100 years in the future to the one he joins in the first film. He is from Vulcan, which probably leads the Federation in certain technology; so Prime Spock’s vast scientific knowledge undoubtedly led to many developments even in the short months before the events of STID.

Also many here have theorized that Nero’s incursion into “TOS” space [which caused the divergence of timelines in the first place] spurred the Federation to step up scientific, shipbuilding and weapons development as much as possible having seen Narada wipe out Kelvin and all her crew in about 10 minutes.

GATT5000? He has something like a bluetooth connexion in the back of his head, straight into the Enterprise library computer. In addition to possibilities mentioned above (BiNar or android discovered by Starfleet first rather than Mudd), maybe he is a Starfleet officer who experienced a traumatic brain injury and volunteered for “enhancement” in addition to a normal surgical treatment (actually someone above suggested something like this too). Looking forward to seeing him!

79. THX-1138 - May 12, 2013

#75 Unwanted

The difference being the salt shakers didn’t look exactly like typical salt shakers and were unrecognizable as such whereas the bar code scanners are off the shelf typical models. And of TOS was made on a shoestring budget and STID is probably more I’m the $150 million plus range.

80. Lincoln F. Sternn - May 13, 2013

To the TNG fanboys/girls.
The Borg shouldn’t even exist, Roddenberry Ok’d Data while he was still alive. The Borg came because Berman was running out of ideas and GR was gone. The Borg are a rip of Doctor Who’s Cybermen, indeed a Colin Baker story arc and a David Tennant episode showed how to create a cyberman, from hominid males who had only the artificial arms and legs [rejects,working as slaves] to later “upgrades” where only the brain was used, very similar to the Borg processes. Bad writing from Berman et al eventually watered them down from this ominous enemy to something that just needed a little humanity aka Hugh. Leave the Borg and that other crap in the Bermanverse where it belongs.
As to Roddenberry, Data’s origins came from a one season wonder called “Questor” co-starring Robert Foxworth and Mike Farrel, Along with the TV movies “Genesis II” and “Planet Earth” .
This is a new ‘verse, let it update from TOS in terms of tech and let new concepts arise {though I am disappointed in the
Harrison/Khan thing} even changing the transporters [and apparently,warp] from the previous meat-grinders to something that seems to use a Einstein-Rosen bridge or something similar.
Hell, I used to argue with Warsies about the warp scale [insisting they reference the ST:Maps, the booklet that came in the package "Introduction to Navigation" for the true warp scale] but now it doesn’t really matter. JJ’s done a mix-up, I’ve grown to accept 90% of it and the other ten I can just toss out of the memory bank.
Hollywood is Hollywood, let’s just leave it at that, we can re-create Trek in our own heads to suit.
Remember Universal and the ‘Buster’ Crabbe serials of “Flash Gordon” or “Buck Rogers” great filmography, seemingly quaint and nostalgic for today.

81. dv - May 13, 2013

#80 IMO The borg were far better-designed than the cybermen and far more overtly transhuman/hivemind-like, with distinct ties to the machine planet from TMP. Sure, they may have been weakened and over-exposed by the end but they still managed to produce some good episodes even in the Voyager era (“Scorpion” is one of the best borg episodes post-TNG, and its far preferable to First Contact in some respects in my opinion).

I personally thought that the Hugh-manization of the borg (see what I did there? ; D) further emphasized the larger moral relativist message of Star Trek, in that there are no enemies in the Star Trek universe, only different goals and philosophies.

82. JohnRambo - May 13, 2013

@80. Lincoln F. Sternn
Very good!

Joseph Gatt was awesome in STID!!

83. dv - May 13, 2013

Also maybe GATT5000 exists within the story in order to minimize the use of a computer voice (due to the passing of Majel Barrett)

84. Killamarshtrek - May 13, 2013

This is a new character, just because he (or an android of his type) wasn’t shown during the original series doesn’t mean that he didn’t exist.

In canon terms this is a mere triviality compared to (without going into SPOILER specifics) the MONUMENTAL change to canon history elsewhere in the movie!

85. mikejohnson - May 13, 2013

@ 66

I’m the real MJ the comics writer, but not MJ the commenter. That MJ got to the MJ commenter name before I did.

86. mikejohnson - May 13, 2013

@ 66

I’m the real MJ the comics writer, but not MJ the commenter. That MJ got to the MJ commenter name before I did.

87. Logicalleopard - May 13, 2013

Whoah whoah whoah, settle down Continuity Police……

Joseph Gatt says his character is a cybernetically augmented human.This has been established in canon. Remember the woman with the dataport that Odo fell in love with? Or the guys with dataports on Farius Prime? There are cybernetically augmented humans in the 2300′s, so I don’t think it’s much of a stretch to beleive the same technology exists in the 2200′s.

Perhaps Mr. Gatt 5000 is from a colony or subgroup of human beings who decided to enhance themselves cybernetically to reach their potential. Some may cry “Borg”, but really, didn’t the Borg start at the same place eons ago? A group of people wanting to reach perfection? It’s a cool concept to show a parallel among humans.

So, it’s not that much of a stretch that this guy wants to join Starfleet, maybe get some knowledge about the universe and/or prove that his people can work amongst the mainstream.

As far as being a minature version of the ship’s main computer and telepathic contact, I think that probably needs more clarification. It’s probably what he was told in being coached about the position. He would be a minature version of the ship’s computer in a metaphorical sense, because to process/compute things he can interface directly with it via “telepathy”, which is probably more accurately “23rd Century Wifi.” But since he’s a Starfleet officer, he’s probably only got access to certain things at certain times.

88. Newdivide1701 - May 13, 2013

Flip up his shirts and see if Kraang from TMNT is in there.

89. Marshall McMellon - May 13, 2013

@ #37 (THX1138)- “… Why doesn’t everyone have enhancements, then?”

I dunno. Maybe it’s hard to get some action up in the club wearing all that hardware.

90. LogicalLeopard - May 13, 2013

@ #37 (THX1138)- “… Why doesn’t everyone have enhancements, then?”

I’d say because everybody doesn’t want them. How many takers would you have if you offered to scoop out some of a person’s brains, add a processing node, a cooling fan, and some memory chips, and of course, cover the whole thing with a bright blue circle on the top of their noggin. Which maybe can’t be covered, because of the cooling fan.

On a serious note,by the late 2300′s, dataports were frowned upon, even though they weren’t patently illegal. They were used by cyberthieves and mental prostitutes called “net girls.” That’s from DS9′s “A Simple Investigation” and “Honor Among Thieves” thanks to Memory Alpha. Gatt5000 may have more doohickeys, but really, all he’s describing is a glorified dataport. Maybe a larger, more primitive version than we saw on DS9.

http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Dataport

91. THX-1138 - May 13, 2013

Apologies for my post #79. That’s what I get for posting with my phone while eating dinner in a restaurant after a gig. Hopefully you don’t need a Universal Translator to get the gist.

92. itauditbill - May 13, 2013

@80. Gene Roddenberry was executive producer until 1991 on ST TNG. Q Who, written by co-executive prodcuer Maurice Hurley introduced the Borg in 1989. So Gene was still with us. So I dont know whether he approved of the Borg or not, but he was still alive, and had some impact on the show.

93. Unwanted - May 13, 2013

@92. Also the writer of Best of Both Worlds stated that he took his orders from Gene, not Berman, he mentions it in an interview talking about how initially he did not write the second half, because no one knew if TNG was going to be renewed. He said when Gene told him to write the second half he was completely at a loss because he had no idea how to get the Enterprise out of the situation he had created.

Point being, Gene was personally involved until after BOBW, and personally told the writer (Michael Pillar) to use the Borg for the end of season 3,

94. CJS - May 13, 2013

Of all the things I’ve heard about this movie, the guy with cybernetic implants on the bridge bothers me the least. After all Geordi was a guy on the bridge with cybernetic implants.

Still, he does remind me of Lando’s friend from Bespin, a clear sign of the continued Star-Wars-ification of the Trek franchise under Godawful Robot.

Idea for next movie: Dr. Richard Daystrom installs M-5 supercomputer leading to the usual mayhem and death, but at the end the computer’s core program escapes into GATT and steals shuttle. Opens interdimensional rift and escapes into the distant past of the prime universe, becoming the foundation for the Borg.

95. itauditbill - May 13, 2013

@93 Thanks for more info on that! @94: That’s funny.

96. THX-1138 - May 13, 2013

I would also like to point out that Data was intended to be a character that served the same sort of function that Spock did in TOS. That is, to be a sounding board, reflection, and commentary on the human condition and what it means to be human. Data wasn’t there to be cool or scary or to show off some form of SFX wizardry.

Again, I haven’t seen the movie yet so I want to see if my perception of Lobot 5000 is more a product of “neato” set decoration or if he serves in the same capacity that characters such a Spock and Data served.

97. Unwanted - May 13, 2013

One last comment and I am done with this subject. Anyone ever heard of a Cochlear Implant? That is a 21st century piece of technology right here in the real world, and it falls under the category of cybernetics since it is technology replacing a function of the body that the body can no longer (or never could) provide. Just like Geordie’s Visor, Picard’s Heart, or the presumed further development of prosthetic limbs for amputees which will take place between now and the 23rd century. There are experimental powered prosthetics out there right now, seriously don’t take my word for it look it up for yourself.

Ignoring such real world technology, and its potential further development in the world of Trek, is just not Trek IMO.

98. THX-1138 - May 13, 2013

Who is ignoring any technology? There is a gigantic difference between artificial limbs/organs and a computer interface in your brain.

I think the point that I have failed so miserably to make is that just what is Lobot 5000? Is he from a planet where everyone gets cybernetic implants (sounds like the set-up for a TOS or TNG episode)? Is he a human being that chose to get the implants in order to be more competitive in the Starfleet workplace (Which begs the question I initially asked: why doesn’t everyone have one, to level the playing field)? How much of his mind is controlled by artificial thought? What was Lobot 5000 like as a kid? Did he have dreams? Of electronic sheep, perhaps? In other words, is there a purpose to his character or is he just “gee whiz look at this cool make-up”?

99. Elias Javalis - May 14, 2013

It might seem a bit far fetched but…remember in star trek the motion picture the guy with the weird orange eyes and that strange wig? Could Gatt be a tribute to him?

100. Al - May 14, 2013

From what I recall he’s in the movie, what 10 seconds?

101. LogicalLeopard - May 14, 2013

98. THX-1138 – May 13, 2013
Who is ignoring any technology? There is a gigantic difference between artificial limbs/organs and a computer interface in your brain.
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Computer interfaces in people’s brains are established in Trek. Look at my earlier entry at 90.
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I think the point that I have failed so miserably to make is that just what is Lobot 5000? Is he from a planet where everyone gets cybernetic implants (sounds like the set-up for a TOS or TNG episode)?
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Well, we don’t know, and that may or may not be told in the movie.
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Is he a human being that chose to get the implants in order to be more competitive in the Starfleet workplace (Which begs the question I initially asked: why doesn’t everyone have one, to level the playing field)

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I dont’ know how cybernetic implants help you be more competitive in the Starfleet workplace. They certainly help you to be more efficient in processing information, but information processors aren’t what Starfleet is looking for. They have those – they’re called computers. They’re looking for people who can accurately interpret that information and use it. Who cares if….wow, now you’ve almost got me calling him Lobot too….who cares if Gatt5000 can sift through computer information rapidly? Can he find the details in the data that may make a life or death difference? I suppose having a computer interface would make you a pretty good pilot, however. Also, a good EPS conduit router.
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How much of his mind is controlled by artificial thought?
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Er…what’s artificial thought?

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What was Lobot 5000 like as a kid? Did he have dreams? Of electronic sheep, perhaps? In other words, is there a purpose to his character or is he just “gee whiz look at this cool make-up”?

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Those are all fascinating questions, and maybe one day we’ll know if he’s ever seen attack ships off the shoulder of Orion, but you know, if all we get is “gee whiz, look at this cool make-up”, what’s the problem? We get that with a LOT of characters. Movies, especially science fiction movies, are supposed to have lots of “cool” things for people to look at. That may sound vapid, but it’s the truth. You can’t go on an exposotory of each cool thing that a person sees in a film. They’re little tidbits left for the audience to think about when the movie is over. So people will ask the same questions you did, formulate their own opinions, perhaps write some fan fiction, and maybe make enough of a stir that in the future the character is expounded upon. I’d really like to know how the toothless guy in STVI (whom NOBODY compares to Luke’s Uncle from Star Wars, even though I think he was moisture farming) but no one has ever given me any more info.

102. Dom - May 14, 2013

Rather than drown in nerd waters, lets simply accept that JJ’s Trek has a cool character who could be android, cyborg or whatever. If the original Star Trek is set in a universe extrapolated from the 1960s and the TOS-ENT one from the 1980s (let’s face it, Berman’s shows existed in a bubble and ignored that the rest of the TV industry had moved on) then Abrams’ films are based on the current world. AI and quantum computers are very real possibilities in the near future, not the 24th century. Rather than being the ‘freak’ character to be laughed at, as Data was intended to be in the first season of TNG, a 24th century Trek would likely have several ‘Datas’ on board and utilise Man-Machine interfaces for most crewmembers.

The world’s moved on and JJ’s team know to reflect that, rather than tie themselves obsessively to some naive, out-of-date world views put forward by a man who died twenty years ago, God rest his soul. Gene Roddenberry wanted Star Trek to continue and, much as he completely rewrote what Star Trek was about in the 1980s, such bold revisionism was necessary again in the present.

So maybe the Borg are already ‘integrated’ in this Trek, or maybe an offshoot of GATT’s race is the Borg, or may the Borg and Soong never existed in this universe! That’s the fun thing about this new Trek saga!

103. THX-1138 - May 14, 2013

I’m still waiting for Lobot 5000 to get me that price check.

Oh, and by “artificial thought” I meant “as opposed to organically generated thoughts” i.e. what an AI would come up with as opposed to what a sentient living being thinks. Another way for me to put it would be ‘How much of Lobot’s thinking is his own and how much is the ship’s computers?” Sorry, I mostly post stream of consciousness style and hit “say it” and later realize that I am all over the board.

Anyway, I’m going to see the flick on Thursday and I will be sure to share my thoughts here so that I may be flayed and burned. Sounds like……fun.

104. Unwanted - May 14, 2013

@98. What if the reason he has a brain implant is to repair damage from a brain tumor? Then when joining Starfleet they took advantage of his abilities to link him to the computer, via something similar to (but more advanced than) bluetooth.

No different from the TNG episode where what Geordi saw through his visor was put up on the viewscreen.

For the record I don’t believe there is any such thing as “artificial thoughts”. Machines that are not self aware cannot have thoughts at all (they can only run programs), and self aware machines (like Data) have thoughts, real true thoughts.

Finally if you aren’t just complaining to complain maybe you could call the character by the actual name he is given in the movie credits instead of this repeated Lobot crap, the character’s official name is Science Officer 0718, as listed in the movie credits (see article above).

As for who he is, personally I want him to be one of the androids from I, Mudd, reprogrammed and assigned to Enterprise by Admiral Marcus. If that turns out to be the case then we could actually get an android on every starfleet ship (like Data speculated in Conundrum when the whole crew had amnesia)

Now I really am done with this, enjoy the movie or not as you choose, bye.

105. THX-1138 - May 14, 2013

#104 Unwanted

I like the idea you have about “I, Mudd”. That would be interesting.

I am asking questions about a character that appears in an article on Trekmovie in which there appears to be some question as to just what he is, seeing as there is no precedent and no explanation. If that bothers you I would say I am sorry. If my delivery is sarcastic I would again apologize.

As for my calling him Lobot 5000, there are two reasons for it:

1) I find it funny. It pleases me. And…..
2) Just to ruffle feathers. I seemed to have done just that. I shall continue to do so.

I have never accepted anything in the Star Trek universe that I found issue with at face value. Since I first watched TOS if there was something that didn’t ring true with me I expressed my opinion. Just because JJ is directing and Orci is writing doesn’t mean I will stop pointing out plot holes or weaknesses when I perceive them. Crom knows they certainly have had their share.

BTW, don’t be done debating with me. I enjoy having my opinion challenged and a forum in which to debate. My goal isn’t to chase away people, it is to engage them. I do make an effort to respect the people I argue with as long as they do the same.

106. LogicalLeopard - May 15, 2013

103. THX-1138 – May 14, 2013

Oh, and by “artificial thought” I meant “as opposed to organically generated thoughts” i.e. what an AI would come up with as opposed to what a sentient living being thinks. Another way for me to put it would be ‘How much of Lobot’s thinking is his own and how much is the ship’s computers?” Sorry, I mostly post stream of consciousness style and hit “say it” and later realize that I am all over the board.

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No problem. I’m thinking that his thoughts are organically generated. Plugging into the ships computer means that he is controlling the computer, not the other way around. He’s probably delegating computational matters to the computer, but making all the decisions himself. LIke, say if he’s….I dunno….running an analysis on some phenomenon. Most of us would have to go, “Hmmnn…does that resemble anything I’ve seen before? Then we’d enter in commands to the computer to have the computer do the analysis. He’s doing the same thing, he just doesn’t have to talk to the computer physically and can do it better.

When you think about it, the only thing that’s really eliminated is the input time into the computer. Yeah, he may be able to process computations within himself a little quicker, but would he be all that much better than Spock, who can rattle off figures well past the decimal point in seconds? Not much. And Spock wouldn’t lose that ability if his cooling fan went on the fritz, so organic beings are still superior. Even if he was an android, he’d probably be no better than Data, and lets face it, Data was severely inept in certain things like interaction with other species. Even in the 24th century, man is still better than machine.

107. LogicalLeopard - May 15, 2013

I have never accepted anything in the Star Trek universe that I found issue with at face value. Since I first watched TOS if there was something that didn’t ring true with me I expressed my opinion. Just because JJ is directing and Orci is writing doesn’t mean I will stop pointing out plot holes or weaknesses when I perceive them. Crom knows they certainly have had their share.

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That is very refreshing to hear, by the way. I hear a lot of people saying “This isn’t my old Trek” who conveniently forget all of the massive plotholes in the preceding movies, but criticize every single facet of nu-Trek they can find, down to whether or not you’re supposed to turn the turbolift handles clockwise or counterclockwise. I’m glad to hear there’s been someone who has been equally critical of everything.

108. matthewBriggs - May 15, 2013

He’s an observer

109. THX-1138 - May 15, 2013

#107 LogicalLeopard

I’m a Trek fan. I am genetically pre-disposed to complain.

110. Unwanted - May 15, 2013

@105. Ok fair enough on the Lobot thing, I guess to me it just felt like taking potshots at a character without knowing anything about it. Kind of like if someone had been calling Anthony Hopkins Hannibal “Cujo” before Silence of the Lambs came out (the comparison is not even I know, Hannibal was a central character and Gatt’s isn’t) based on a shot of him in the muzzle in a trailer.

I agree as well about having things to criticize about every version of Trek, though many of my criticisms are often different from other peoples. For instance I feel that Nichelle Nichols gave a more convincing portrayal of an individual from a society that had moved beyond ethnic prejudice than Avery Brooks did (which is ironic).

I have my own nitpicks about the last movie, engineering isn’t one of them, though the line “tracking solar systems” is. I know that solar systems do move, as they orbit the galactic core, but the line just sounds weird.

I am also a fan of certain Trek novels, material from which has been canonized by JJ, Bob and the guys, and a Starfleet officer serving under Robert April and George Kirk, who has cybernetic prosthetic limbs is a major character in one of them. There are other such characters in a few other novels, and since we know Bob and Alex are willing to look to the books for ideas, it seems reasonable that they might decide to include a cybernetic character, at least to me.

I really do want him to be an android though, I always wanted them to keep one of the androids they found in TOS on board, I mean they reprogrammed all the androids in I, Mudd by the end of the episode, so I was always wondering why they didn’t bring one along with them. Data is my absolute favorite TNG character, and his arc, from the Farpoint mission (where he couldn’t whistle), to the end of Nemesis (yes Nemesis was bad, but not Data’s part of the story).

In fact, I think Data coming to recognize the differences between Shinzon and Picard as mirroring those between himself and B4 (in effect Shinzon was programmed to hate in the Reman mines, and never surpassed his programming) is what truly made him human, like Flint’s android girlfriend in TOS, just better.

I guess I just get frustrated sometimes when it seems like self proclaimed Trek fans cannot embrace a new idea, you have said that is not the case for you, and I will accept that I could be mistaken, thank you for clarifying.

Oh, re: Artificial thought, when Data got his emotion chip Deanna could sense his emotions, I can’t justify his thoughts being less authentic than his feelings, plus Deanna’s ability is a lesser form of Betazoid telepathy, so emotions and thoughts must be connected (at least within the realm of Trek) or at least have a similar “frequency”, at least in my opinion. Plus I an a long time fan of Isaac Asimov (who invented the term positronic brain) so I am influenced a lot by that as well.

111. AC - May 16, 2013

Part of me was waiting for him to be revealed as a new take on Data tonight.

Loved the film.

112. Jason Nesmith - May 16, 2013

I know hat custom figure i’m doing tonight…

113. Platitude - May 19, 2013

I think its ridiculous that this guys role is being debated so vigorously. I thought he was really cool character in the movie, I thought to myself while watching it “that guy seems interesting I hope we get to know him better!’ I still do! People need to chill out.

114. DaddlerTheDalek - May 19, 2013

Cyborgs & Androids are Cool! Nuff said. :)

115. lodownX - May 21, 2013

maybe he’s an Alt-Verse Bynar. TNG era species.

http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/index.php?search=Binar&fulltext=Search

116. (v1ra) version 1.0 robotic assistant - May 25, 2013

Lieutenant Commander Worf is an example of Star Trek making a correction, from the previous Star Trek series which claimed the entire Klingon race was evil. It is important that they make updates to Star Trek. Robots of today certainly qualify as predecessors to those of the Star Trek universe. Since the character Lieutenant Commander Data has died, there is room in the Star Trek Universe for Artificial Intellience. By the way, there was a robot in Star Trek Voyager episode 2×13 “Prototype” Directed By Jonathan Frakes. Star Trek robots are awesome!

117. Steve Johnson - May 29, 2013

I loved this guy. “Major hull damage captain.” That voice was fantastic.

118. Sam - June 2, 2013

I remember seeing somewhere from the first movie that Nero’s ship was enhanced with Borg technology, explaining why everything is more advanced in this timeline (I’m not sure what the source is for that) but if that was true could this android/ advanced human character be a byproduct of that? (Part human/ part cyborg is right up the Borg’s alley) just a thought

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