[STAR TREK: PICARD SPOILERS BELOW]
The season one finale of Star Trek: Picard featured Brent Spiner in two roles: One was Alton Soong, yet another member of the Soong family. But Spiner also reprised the role of Data, as he had for the series premiere. This time Picard visited with the copy of Data downloaded to B-4. And by his request, Picard deactivated the quantum real simulation where he has been “living.” In a pair of interviews, actors Brent Spiner and Patrick Stewart talked about saying goodbye to the character one last time.
Spiner says saying goodbye to Data is the right thing to do
Brent Spiner talked to TV Guide about returning to the role for the Star Trek: Picard season one finale.
I thought it was pretty great. It was an unbelievably beautifully written scene — [showrunner] Michael Chabon at his finest. Both Patrick and I were both like, “This is fantastic,” and we were both really moved by it. It was just wonderfully written, and I think the intent was to soften the blow of Nemesis and give Data a gentler exit than he had in that film.
However, Spiner also explains he expects the Picard finale was his final time playing the role:
I mean, there was just a finite amount of time that I can actually play Data, no matter what anyone says. So many people were like, “Oh, you can do it. You’re not too old,” and then I do it and they go, “You’re too old. Why’d you do it?” I think we did it in such brief sequences that it was fine to do it, and I felt good about it. But I wouldn’t really entertain the idea of doing it again because I just don’t think it would be realistic. So it seemed right to me to give him this more gentle sendoff, and it seemed right to me in the context of the entire season of Picard and what Picard himself had been experiencing because of the loss of Data. I think it allows him to feel okay about it too. So it seemed like the right thing to do.
But the actor made it clear he is open to returning to Star Trek: Picard in the role of Alton Soong.
Stewart says final scene with Data was intense
Patrick Stewart spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about what it was like shooting the final scenes between Picard and Data.
I was looking forward to shooting it so very much, because I adore working with Brent. But the content of this scene was so serious, and so important to the characters — and the affection and mutual respect — was so clear and so strong. Picard knew that this would probably be the last time that he was ever with [Data] and we — we had to address that. The guilt Picard felt over Data’s loss at the beginning of the season, that the two characters never had a proper goodbye, or resolution, in [Nemesis] … We took almost the entire day, not quite, as I recall, [to shoot the scene], but it was a very, very intense experience.
EPs talk about killing off Picard and Data
In a brand new video from CBS, Star Trek: Picard executive producers talk about the reasoning behind killing off the character of Picard (before he was resurrected in a synth body) and the final death of Data.
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