Star Trek: The Next Generation's Brent Spiner will be voicing a character for The Simpsons in an episode airing later this month. Spiner's character is (shockingly) a robot and Fox has released the first images from the show of Homer and Spiner's character. Check them out below.
First look at Spiner on The Simpsons
Brent Spiner will guest on The Simpsons for the episode titled "Them, Robot" airing on March 18th at 8PM on Fox. Last year when Spiner did his voice work he sent out the following Tweet: "Did "The Simpson's" yesterday. Played a very unusual role…a robot. Actually, several robots. Love that Homer." And here is a shot of Homer and one of Spiner's robots.
Here is the official synopsis
Mr. Burns replaces all of Springfield Power Plant's employees with robots but decides to keep Homer as the sole human worker. With unemployment at an all-time high and mechanical arms operating the workplace, Springfield becomes a dismal and humorless place. But when Homer's machine-programmed peers start to turn on the community and his former real-life employees come to the rescue, they all realize that robots can't replace human friends
And here we see Homer and Burns running from Mr. Burn's famous hounds, who seem to have been released by Spiner's robots.
Not Trek's first guest voice
Star Trek's original Sulu George Takei has voices for three episodes of The Simpsons: "One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish" (1991), "Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo" (1999) and "The Old Man and the Key" (2002). He actually turned down a role in the episode "Marge vs. The Monorail" in 1993 because he felt it didn't paint public transportation in a good light (Takei has been a vocal advocate for mass trans). That role ended up going to Leonard Nimoy (see below). Nimoy also returned to the show in 1997 for "The Springfield Files." And in 2004 Nichelle Nichols played herself in the episode "Simple Simpsons."
Nimoy on "The Simpsons"
And Spiner' isn't the first Next Gen star to do a role on The Simpsons. That honor goes to Sir Patrick Stewart who was a guest star on "Homer the Great" in 1995. And in 2009 Colm Meaney did a guest voice on "In the Name of the Grandfather."
Images courtesy of Fox