Sci-fi 50: Lt. Cmdr. Data

July 31, 2012 | 7:18 p.m.

Lt. Cmdr. Data, "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987): Who's the strongest, smartest, fastest, sturdiest and most curious crew member in Starfleet history? You don't need a positronic brain to know it's Data, the android made by a 24th century Geppetto. Data's name is his function -- he seeks, ascertains, solves -- but friendship with humans tilts his quest toward human emotion. The brilliant construct (played by Brent Spiner) studies Shakespeare and violin to understand the sound of sadness, but somehow never detects it in his own voice. (Paramount Pictures)

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