Season 3 - Episode 16 “The Offspring”
Imagine Data just casually going for a stroll on the hull of the Enterprise, no spacesuit, just magnetic boots to keep him from floating away. He wanders past Ten Forward and knocks on the window and waves at everyone. There’s a new ensign on the ship who has never met him and she sees this and SCREAMS BLOODY MURDER.
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Personal head-canon for this: Riker started it (look at him; you just know he did), then roped Geordi in because DAT ASS, and then Data joined in under the mistaken assumption that this was something the average human male did.
GUESS WHICH EPISODE OF FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS I JUST RECENTLY REWATCHED?
DATA LOOKS SO FUCKING DEJECTED HERE, THOUGH. DON’T YOU DARE TELL ME HE DOESN’T HAVE EMOTIONS. LOOK AT HIS FACE. LOOK AT IT. LOOK AT HOW MUCH HE ACHES FOR HIS DAUGHTER. HE SPENDS HIS ENTIRE LIFE BEING TOLD HE DOESN’T HAVE FEELINGS SO OF COURSE HE DOESN’T KNOW HOW TO RECOGNIZE THEM WHEN THEY OCCUR, BUT HERE YOU CAN SEE HOW MUCH HE’S HURTING FOR LAL.
“In the English language there are orphans and widows, but there is no word for the parents who loses a child.”
TIMOTHY SHOULD HAVE STAYED WITH DATA. *sobs*
The Starfleet officers who first activated me on Omicron Theta told me I was an android - nothing more than a sophisticated machine with human form. However, I realized that if I was simply a machine, I could never be anything else; I could never grow beyond my programming. I found that difficult to accept.
Edit: For clarification - some fairly high res pics of Data’s messy hair, sort of requested by smoothmarxism
Data is sitting like a shy teenager, waiting for their date to hold their hand.
Meanwhile, if you glance at this kinda quickly, it looks like Riker is getting to second base with Worf.