Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) Poster

Brent Spiner: Data, B-4



  • Captain Jean-Luc Picard : Duty. A starship captain's life is filled with solemn duty. I have commanded men in battle. I have negotiated peace treaties between implacable enemies. I have represented the Federation in first contact with twenty-seven alien species. But none of this compares with my solemn duty today... as best man. Now, I know, on an occasion such as this, it is expected that I be gracious and fulsome in my praise on the wonders of this blessed union, but have the two of you considered what you were doing to me? Of course you're happy, but what about *my* needs? This is all a damned inconvenience. While you're happily settling in on the Titan, I will be training my new first officer. You all know him. He's a tyrannical martinet who will never, *ever*, allow me to go on away missions.

    Data : That is the regulation, sir. Starfleet code section 12, paragraph 4...

    Captain Jean-Luc Picard : Mr. Data...

    Data : Sir?

    Captain Jean-Luc Picard : Shut up.

    Data : Yes, sir.

    Captain Jean-Luc Picard : [turning to the wedding guests]  15 years I've been waiting to say that.

  • Data : [as B-4]  Move, puny human animal!

    Captain Jean-Luc Picard : [lowly]  A bit less florid, Data...

  • Data : I will always be puzzled by the human predilection for piloting vehicles at unsafe velocities.

  • Data : [his last words]  Goodbye.

  • Commander Deanna Troi : That was a lovely toast.

    Captain Jean-Luc Picard : It's from the heart.

    Commander Deanna Troi : And you needn't worry. I'm going to brief your new counselor on everthing she needs to know.

    Captain Jean-Luc Picard : Oh, like hell you are. You already know too much about me. But I take it that there will be no speeches during the ceremony on Betazed?

    Commander William T. Riker : No, no speeches and... no clothes.

    Data : [toasting Riker and Troi]  Ladies and gentlemen, and invited transgendered species. In my study of Terran and Betazoid conjugal rites, I have discovered it is traditional to present the happy couple with a gift. Given Commander Riker's affection for archaic musical forms, I have elected to present the following in honor of their conjugation.

  • B-4 : [observing Picard]  Why do you have a shiny head?

  • [last lines] 

    B-4 : [singing brokenly to himself]  Never saw the sun... never saw the sun... never saw... the sun...

    Captain Jean-Luc Picard : [helping along]  Shining so bright.

    B-4 : [singing brokenly to himself]  Shining so bright... never saw things...

    [hums the rest of the line] 

    Captain Jean-Luc Picard : [helping along]  Going so right...

    B-4 : [singing to himself]  Going so right...

    [Picard leaves his office, with a wistful yet hopeful smile on his face] 

  • Data : Do you have a name, sir?

    B-4 : I am... B-4.

    Captain Jean-Luc Picard : B-4? Dr. Soong's penchant for whimsical names seems to have no end.

  • Data : [watching as Picard tries to figure out the controls of the Scorpion attack fighter]  Would you like me to drive, sir?

  • [Worf picks up B-4's arm] 

    Data : It appears to be a robotic arm.

    Worf : [sarcastically]  Very astute.

  • [In the attempt to find an alternative exit, Picard intends to blast with a shuttle through the inner shuttle bay doors and fly through the Scimitar] 

    Data : Do you think this is a wise course of action, sir?

    Captain Jean-Luc Picard : We're about to find out, Data.

  • Captain Jean-Luc Picard : If I had lived his life, is it possible that I would have rejected my humanity?

    Data : The B-4 is physically identical to me, although his neural pathways are not as advanced. But even if they were, he would not be me.

    Captain Jean-Luc Picard : How can you be sure?

    Data : I aspire, sir, to be better than I am. B-4 does not. Nor does Shinzon.

  • B-4 : [observing Riker]  Why does the tall man have a furry face?

  • Dr. Beverly Crusher : [examining B-4]  You know, all things considered, Data, I think you have nicer eyes.

    Data : Our eyes are identical, Doctor.

  • Data : I must deactivate you.

    B-4 : For how long?

    Data : Indefinitely.

    B-4 : How long is tha...

    Data : A long time, brother.

  • Praetor Shinzon : You may go.

    B-4 : Where?

    Praetor Shinzon : Out of my sight.

  • Worf : [to Data, when discovering B-4's head]  It's you!

    Data : The resemblance is... striking.

  • Data : B-4, do you know where you are?

    B-4 : I am in a room... with lights.

  • Data : Captain Picard agrees that the B-4 was probably designed with the same self-actualization parameters as myself. If my memory engrams are successfully integrated into his positronic matrix, he should have all my abilities.

    Geordi La Forge : Yeah, but he would also have all of your memories as well. You feel comfortable with that?

    Data : I feel nothing, Geordi.

  • Captain Jean-Luc Picard : I don't know if all this has made any sense, but I wanted you to know what kind of man he was. In his quest to be more like us, he helped us to see what it means to be human.

    B-4 : My... my brother was not human?

    Captain Jean-Luc Picard : No, he wasn't. But his wonder, his curiosity about every facet of human nature allowed all of us to see the best parts of ourselves. He evolved; he embraced change, because he always wanted to be better than he was.

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