On 31 March 2018 we attended Dublin Comic Con’s Anime edition at the Convention Centre Dublin where we got to meet and make a presentation to one of our favourite actors; Star Trek The Next Generation’s Brent Spiner.
Brent played Data and indeed many other roles in the Star Trek universe; Data’s ‘brothers’ Lore and B4, their genius android creator Dr. Noonien Soong and even an ancestor of Dr. Soong in the Star Trek Enterprise series, Arik Soong.
Star Trek has always been an inspiration for us, especially in relation to the future possibilities of computers and artificial intelligence. Brent’s portrayal of the android Data and his creator was a revelation. It was an honour and privilege to not only get to meet Brent, but to present to him an authentic screen worn Noonien Soong costume. Brent has said many times that although he feels he’s now too old to play the role of Data again, he’d love to play the role of a Soong again. There is nothing that we would love more than to see Brent once again return to the Star Trek universe and resume a role as a Soong- Noonien, Arik, or perhaps even some other as yet unexplored character 😉
It was amazing to meet Brent, he is a treasure and truly Star Trek royalty. To cap it all off, we found him to be the friendliest and charismatic of gentlemen, he spent a lot of time with us, enthralling and regaling us with anecdotes of his time on set during the scenes in which the costume was worn. Humbling, to say the least!