Star Trek: Brent Spiner on Discovery's 'Refreshing' POV, Data Reboot Outlook

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  • Brent Spiner
    Brent Spiner
    American actor, comedian, musician, and singer
  • Bryan Fuller
    American screenwriter and television producer

Since Star Trek: Discovery showrunner Bryan Fuller has already said that he’s open to the possibility of bringing on some of the franchise’s former favorites — and The Next Generation’s Brent Spiner was on the 50th-anniversary panel that the EP moderated last month at San Diego Comic-Con — TVLine had to ask when we recently spoke with the actor: Did the two of them discuss a guest appearance for Data on the CBS All Access series?

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“We talked about Discovery and what his plans are for it,” admitted Spiner, who’s currently playing the devilish Sidney on Outcast. “But I don’t know that it’s for me to divulge anything that he wants to do.”

Whether Fuller does envision Data aboard the Discovery at some point, “I’m not sure if I’d want to be a part of it, having done, at this point, 180-some hours of Star Trek,” Spiner said. “But I’d certainly like to work with Bryan Fuller.”

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Though Spiner isn’t convinced that he should once again don yellow contact lenses, he’s “optimistic about what Bryan’s going to do with” the reboot, he hastened to add. “Bryan comes at it from a completely different point of view than a lot of people who have created Star Trek in the past, all of them being, by the way, very bright and creative people. Bryan comes from a much more emotional place — from the heart, really.

“And, at this point,” he concluded, “that’s a nice, refreshing way to go with it.”

Which past Star Trek characters would you like to see turn up on Discovery? Hit the comments.

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