‘Picard’ Star Brent Spiner Appreciates Complicated Soong Story That Foreshadows Lore’s Wickedness in ‘TNG’

[Warning: This story contains spoilers for the Star Trek: Picard episode “Two of One.”]

Brent Spiner is elated Star Trek: Picard is providing higher perception into Data and Lore by delving deeper into their creator’s household tree. The iconic (primarily good and evil, respectively) humanoid androids had been launched in The Next Generation sequence.

The award-winning actor pulled double responsibility in the primary season of Picard as Data and Altan Inigo Soong, the son of Noonian Soong (additionally performed by Spiner on TNG) who created Data and Lore, amongst different androids. This season, Spiner is portraying Twenty first-century geneticist Dr. Adam Soong, who seems to be way more sinister than the determined father he was portrayed as in final week’s episode, “Fly Me to the Moon.”

Talking to The Hollywood Reporter previous to the premiere of this week’s “One of Two,” Spiner discusses his “fascinating” return to the sci-fi franchise — particularly not as Data, per his contract — the place he and followers are gaining higher perception into the sensible, however difficult Soong household.

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Brent Spiner as Lore in ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation.’
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“He is much more complex than he would lead us to believe,” Spiner tells THR, being cautious to not reveal an excessive amount of after the dramatic occasions of this week’s episode. “Adam is in a lot of denial about who he is, which is a classic narcissist. And I think it is his DNA that made its way to the dark side of the Soong family, all the way to Lore. There is a light side to the family with Noonian.  Data is the light side.”

Lore was launched through the first season of TNG in the episode “Datalore.” The malevolent “brother” of Data believed himself superior to people, thus was a grave hazard on quite a few events.

Spiner notes his contract for this season stipulated he wouldn’t play Data, who had a elegant goodbye final season. “Everyone agreed on it. The writers knew early on where this season was going.”

In addition to titular star Patrick Stewart, Spiner discovered himself as soon as once more taking part in in the Star Trek sandbox with friends and TNG colleagues Jonathan Frakes, who directed “Fly Me to the Moon” and “One of Two;” and John de Lancie who’s again because the dastardly Q.

“Jonathan is a fantastic director and everyone loves working with him,” Spiner explains. “He knows what he’s doing, and he brings so much joy to the set. That’s infectious, the cast and crew feel it. De Lancie is so focused and serious about the work, which makes it fun because there is no struggle to find common ground with someone of his caliber.”

Just previous to this week’s episode of Picard dropping, information broke that Spiner, together with TNG stars Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden and Marina Sirtis would seem in the third and remaining season of Picard. “It is really rewarding for all of us,” Spiner says of the group working collectively as soon as extra. “Here we are still doing it — together, which has just been a blast.”

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