Brent Spiner is playing yet another new character in season three of Star Trek: Picard.
Star Trek: Picard is bringing back all the central stars of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Every one of the main seven is coming back; Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, and Brent Spiner. Six of those seven will be reprising their former roles, with Stewart back as Jean-Luc Picard, Frakes as Will Riker, McFadden as Beverly Crusher, Sirtis as Deanna Troi, Burton as Geordi La Forge, and Dorn as Worf.
Only Spiner won’t be back as his TNG character, Data. The character of Data has died a death a few times in Star Trek, once notably at the end of Star Trek: Nemesis and then again, in a more spiritual sense, in Star Trek: Picard.
So to circumvent the issue of Spiner’s character being dead, they’ve given him several characters to play in Picard. In season one he played Altan Inigo Soong, the son of Noonien Soong, the creator of Data and his Data’s cybernetic brothers. Then in season two, Spiner played Altan’s distant relative in Adam Soong, an expert in cloning and one of the main antagonists for season two.
Yet in season three, Spiner will be playing yet another relative of his original character Data, but this one is more sinister than any.
Who is Brent Spiner playing in the final season of Star Trek: Picard
Spiner will once again be playing an android of sorts, but this time he won’t be playing Data, Lore, or B-4, the three brothers we’ve known about, but instead, he’ll be playing a new version of Lore, seemingly a different brother entirely or a different version of Lore.
The original version of Lore was killed off in Descendents Part II, the first episode of season seven of TNG, and hasn’t been seen since. Picard himself is now a “golem”, and if he can download his human brain into a robot body, then it’s possible Lore could do the same thing and did just that before Data killed him off.
If that’s the case, Lore must be pissed.