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Levar Burton And Brent Spiner Just Gave Star Trek One Of Its Most Emotional Moments Ever


When the situation on the U.S.S. Titan becomes dire as the villainous Vadic (Amanda Plummer) and her goons board, Geordi and his daughter Alandra (Mica Burton) hook DataLore into the ship’s computers in hopes of defeating Vadic. Unfortunately, Lore does what Lore does best, and he unleashes chaos on the starship by assisting Vadic wherever he can. He also taunts poor Geordi while he does it, knowing full well that his other daughter, Sidney (Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut), is in grave danger. Geordi breaks down and starts appealing to Data, trying to get him to fight his way past Lore. He also seems to confess things that he’s always wanted to say but never had the chance, and it’s heartbreaking. He tells Data:

“Life rarely gives you second chances to say what you should. You made me better. You made me a better man, a better father, a better friend. And when you died, it broke me.”

He goes on to explain how the memory of Data was the thing that kept him going even in his toughest moments, and Burton’s voice cracks with grief. It’s a stellar performance, and while Spiner has to give him almost nothing back because he’s Lore, he does give brief moments of Data’s recognition before the kinder, gentler mind is able to take over. It’s a deeply nuanced performance that works perfectly counter to Burton’s bigger, more emotive one, and the two play off of one another beautifully. 

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