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I Never Knew I Loved Brent Spiner!

27 Feb

February 27, 2013

Who knew?

I’m a big fan of the original Star Trek. The Next Generation? Not so much. (Kirk rulez!) While I appreciate it on an intellectual level, the show is too stodgy for me, the people too plain, the fictional world too genteel. The characters? Riker was all beard. Man of action-lite. Worf? Stick up his butt. Data? Interesting but not exciting.

But Brent Spiner? Well now…

As I said, The Next Generation is not my show and I have no involvement in any of the characters. (I did like DS9 after Worf joined, but it was just a ripoff of J. Michael Straczynski’s plan (which would later become the fantastic Babylon 5).

But Brent Spiner…

I was over on YouTube doing some research (if you count watching Harlem Shake videos research) when I saw in the sidebar a picture of Harry Anderson from Night Court. That caught my eye since I was a HUGE Night Court fan (and no, I will not apologize for the final season). It is still one of the funniest shows broadcast. But next to the picture of Harry Anderson, there was the heading “Brent Spiner in the role that made him famous.”

Brent Spiner… OH MY GOD I NEVER MADE THE CONNECTION! Brent Spiner was the hysterical Bob Wheeler! 6 appearances!

 I had NO IDEA! But wow, now that I see him in that old sitcom I can’t believe that I never placed him. I guess that is a testament to how much he made Data a real, rounded character.

But no matter how famous he became or how big Star Trek became, Brent Spiner was never above reprising his Bob Wheeler role. Here is in the Next Generation episode “Your Honor, All The Pigs Died.”


He wasn’t the only Night Court actor to make it to Star Trek. While he may not have ridden the gravy train nearly as far as Spiner, who can forget John Larroquette in Star Trek III?


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