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With all the makeup and cranial hull-plating, it's really hard to tell how Michael Dorn looks, but from what I've seen in interviews, he's held up pretty well. Thankfully, his voice will never age. However, the years have not been kind to Brent Spiner. I'm not entirely sure if it's the grey-white makeup or the really tight collar on his uniforms, but for an android, he's certainly showing an excess of flabbing skin. I could say the same about LeVar Burton -- his face has definitely fleshed out some more since Insurrection -- but again, these people don't live in hermetically sealed bottles, so I don't know what more we could expect. Hell, even Spot needs to cut back on the Fancy Feast! And the elephant in the room: Data's Death. Of course, this was not a surprise for me, since I long ago spoiled myself for the good of my posters. However, expected or not, I knew I would still shed a few tears. Also? I did think it was entirely possible that Data's death might not be the only one. For a few horrible minutes, I scooted to the edge of my seat, thinking Worf's surely on his way to meet Kahless. After all, he comments to Riker, "The Romulans fought with honor," which shows he might have forgiven them at last for the murder of his father, as well as getting in the whole Klingon "it is a good day to die honorably" thing. I'm not sure if I agree with the complaints that Data's death doesn't seem to shake up the cast too much. It could be the fact that he's "died" in other episodes that lessens the effect on everyone, including me. B-4 -- the alleged Dr. Soong "prototype" of Data and Lore -- spends his goldenrod-jumpsuited screen time sounding like Ruprecht the Monkey Boy in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. I do think the Jar-Jar Binks-ing of the android character is going to piss a lot of people off. Not so much with me; I saw where they were going with it. Here is an incarnation of Data that isn't evil and emotional like Lore, but it isn't perfectly functional and operational like Data, either. Instead, it's a child -- a child that is not nearly as mechanically or positronically sophisticated as its more developed, albeit younger, brothers. This is to drive home the fact that Data really is gone, and though there might still be a chance for him to come back, it will not be exactly the same. One cannot help but draw parallels to the fact that before Spock sacrificed himself for the good of the ship in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, he pressed his hand to McCoy's face, saying, "Remember." Data doesn't necessarily foresee the same sacrifice in his future, but his actions are as close to identical as you can possibly be without being exact. As for the criticism that, when they first find B-4, there is no discussion of Lore, I assume it's because everyone knows Data deactivated him and probably has him stuffed away in a closet somewhere.