Summary

  • The therapy scene between Data and Counselor Troi in the season finale of Star Trek: Picard season 3 was a great idea by Brent Spiner.
  • The scene showcases the love and support shown by Captain Riker and Counselor Troi towards their friend Data and highlights his new experiences as a rebuilt android.
  • Data's newfound humanity is more complex than ever before, and his therapy session with Troi shows his growth and journey since his first appearance in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

The therapy scene between Data (Brent Spiner) and Counselor Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis) in Star Trek: Picard season 3's finale was a great Brent Spiner idea. Picard season 3 ​​​​​​follows Admiral Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) as he gets the old Star Trek: The Next Generation band back together to save the galaxy from the Borg and the Changelings. Along the way, Data, a rebuilt hybrid Soong android, is reunited with his friends from the USS Enterprise-D.

Star Trek: Picard season 3 received near universal acclaim, and was recently released on Blu-ray and DVD with special features, including audio commentaries for certain episodes. In the commentary for Picard season 3, episode 10, "The Last Generation," Jonathan Frakes reveals that the therapy scene between Data and Counselor Troi was the brainchild of Brent Spiner. Frakes goes on to say that Spiner was quite proud of this contribution. The scene not only shows the love and support Captain Riker and Counselor Troi show to their "batsh*it" friend, Data, but also highlights the wonderful new experiences now open for Data.

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Data’s Star Trek: Picard Season 3 Finale Therapy Scene Was A Great Brent Spiner Idea

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After Admiral Picard and the reunited crew of the Enterprise-D defeat the Borg and the Changelings, Data continues to explore his newfound humanity. As he works through his many new emotions, he meets with Counselor Deanna Troi to talk through his myriad feelings. Data reveals that he has come to the conclusion that "being human is just as difficult as the desire to be human. And infinitely more complex than I ever considered." While Data's therapy scene is somewhat played for laughs, it's also a heartwarming scene that shows how far the android has come since his first appearance in TNG.

Data's newfound humanity is also "infinitely more complex" than anything he experienced with the emotion chip. He cannot turn his new emotions off, and his feelings seem much more nuanced than the ones brought on by the emotion chip. Data has now achieved his dream of becoming as close to human as possible, and it's great to see him enjoying the experience. Deanna Troi has seen Data grow and change from the android he was at the beginning of TNG, making her one of the best people to help him along this journey.

Why Picard Season 3’s Data Is The Best Version Of The Android

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Over the course of Star Trek: The Next Generation, the android Lt. Commander Data embarked on a journey to become human. He quickly became one of TNG's most popular characters, and his journey one of TNG's most compelling stories. Despite Data's death in Star Trek: Nemesis and then again in Star Trek: Picard season 1, he returned in Picard season 3 with an entirely new, upgraded synthetic body. Now that Data has achieved his own form of humanity, he will have a lot of new emotions and thoughts to work through.

Data's Picard season 3 upgrade perfectly combines Data's personality with the best parts of his brothers, Lore and B-4, and his daughter, Lal (Hallie Todd). Data is now as human as he could ever hope to be, while still being unequivocally Data. Data can now understand the nuances of being human and will, hopefully, only continue to grow. If Data makes an appearance in the rumored Star Trek: Picard spin-off, Star Trek: Legacy, he can (and should) continue to explore his humanity to both humorous and heartwarming effect. And if Brent Spiner wants to make any more suggestions, well, you wouldn't see us complaining.

Star Trek: Picard – The Final Season, available now on DVD, Blu-ray, and a limited-edition Blu-ray SteelBook from Paramount Home Entertainment. Also available now: Star Trek: Picard – The Complete Series. The limited-edition Star Trek: The Picard Legacy Collection will be available November 7.