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Patrick Stewart loses will to live

Post  Yakima Canutt on Mon Oct 01, 2012 6:27 pm



The Place: Bark Slope, Crooklyn

The Culprit: Time Warner

'All I wanted to do was set up a new cable account, but 36 hours later I've lost the will to live'

-Patrick OBE
















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Re: Patrick Stewart loses will to live

Post  Yakima Canutt on Thu May 16, 2013 7:40 pm

buser wrote:

Ahhhh, I recognize that giffy: TNG Episode #64 "THE OFFSPRING"

Data, after attending a cybernetics conference, spends every spare moment in the lab. After several weeks, he unveils what he’s been working on to La Forge, Troi, and Wes: a child named Lal (the Hindi word for “beloved”). Data has been able to do what only Noonien Soong had been able to accomplish previously.

Picard is apprehensive to say the least, precisely because this is so momentous. His initial complaint is that Data did not consult him. Data, justifiably, points out that he has not observed other members of the crew consulting the captain on their procreation.


Data wishes his child to choose gender and form, and Lal decides to appear as a human female. She learns quickly, and with each neural transfer Data makes from his own brain her abilities and philosophical inquiries improve and increase. Data tries sending her to school, but that doesn’t entirely work as she is not well enough socialized for the older children and too advanced for the younger ones.

Starfleet Command, in the person of Admiral Haftel, is concerned that the Enterprise isn’t the right atmosphere for the new android, and that Data’s presence might well retard her development. Haftel comes to the Enterprise to inspect Lal and to see if she should remain on board (though it’s a show, really — he has no intention of doing anything other than take her). Picard does not feel that he can just order Lal away from her father, as androids are sentient beings with rights that he himself helped define.

Since school isn’t working, Data has Lal work with Guinan in Ten-Forward. It’s a good place to observe humanity. She learns about holding hands and kissing, to sometimes comic effect — but when she realizes that she is different from everyone around her, she questions why Data continues to try to be more human when he can’t be. He says that he’s struggled with that question all of his life. She then holds his hand. (She also uses contractions, something Data has never mastered.)

Haftel interviews Lal, making it clear that she’s to come to the Daystrom Annex on Galor IV with him — and without Data. Lal has no desire to do so, and Picard asks her what she wants.

She says she wishes to stay on board with her father, at which point Picard excuses her. She goes to Troi, because she is feeling emotions: fear at being taken away from her father.

Haftel then talks to Data, who refuses to volunteer to release her to the admiral. She is his daughter, and to give her up would violate every tenet of human parenting he has learned. So Haftel orders Data to turn her over, which, of course, he follows —

until Picard belays the order. He will not allow Haftel to break up the family.

However, before Picard and Haftel can argue about it further, Troi calls Data in a panic. Lal is malfunctioning — though that malfunction is emotional awareness. Unfortunately, it’s also a symptom of a cascade failure. With Haftel’s help, Data tries to repair her, but every time Data attempts to fix a pathway, another one breaks down. There’s nothing to be done. Lal’s final words are that she loves her father.


Data incorporates Lal’s memories back into his own positronic brain, so she will live on, in a manner of speaking.


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Post  Yakima Canutt on Sat May 18, 2013 7:21 am

NOONIEN SOONG

pudding proofs that in his final burst of creative birthing, the booze 'n' drug addled Mr. Roddenberry was truly losing the space marbles. Having named Ricardo Montalban's crowd-pleezing augmented SIKH villain (KHAN) NOONIEN SINGH some 20 years earlier ... Mr. Roddenberry decides to name the completely unrelated nad scientist creator of the androidian Data ... ... NOONIEN SOONG.

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Post  felix on Sat May 18, 2013 10:00 am

Suspect Like a Star @ heaven drunken drunken Like a Star @ heaven silent

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Post  Yakima Canutt on Sun Nov 10, 2013 2:33 am

We were also quickly reminded that McKellen was one of Stewart's friends who tried to convince him not to take the role of Captain Picard. McKellen warned him that a long-term contract would freeze him up, but Stewart felt confident that the show would never last that long. "Everyone said The Next Generation would be a failure. You can't revive something so iconic!" Later in the evening, when Stewart mentioned he would love to play Shakespeare's Falstaff, McKellen dramatically gasped and said, "Ugh, don't do it - it's the most overrated part!" then quickly corrected himself, "Well, I'm the one who told you not to play Captain Picard, don't listen to me!"

Indeed, Stewart was unequivocal in what STrek has meant to his career. "I went from being told what roles I could have to choosing them myself," he said, "and initiating them from the ground up." (It should be pointed out that both he and McKellen are producers on the Pinter/Beckett run.)

Stewart once again confirmed that he won't be playing Picard again anytime soon, but that he did "love and admire" the Captain. Later, when McKellen talked about how reliable Stewart is as an acting partner he laughed and said "I mean, he IS Captain Picard!"

When discussing the final days of Picard, Stewart was quick to point out that STrek: Nemesis was not a financial failure. "It didn't lose money. It simply didn't make as much as all the others." He also said that Nemesis writer John Logan told him that "somewhere out there" there's an outline for a script with "all of the STrek cast members in it" that we'll never see. No, he didn't elaborate to say if that meant Sisko and Janeway and Archer, too. You'll just have to imagine what in the frac that could possibly mean.

Other tidbits that got an "ooh" from the audience concerned the topic of missed opportunities. Stewart said that he once turned down a role that later won an Academy Award for the person who played it. Despite a nudge from the moderator, he would not dish on the title. All he said was "ouch."  frac.

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