Before Trek’s Data, there was Questor!

A few years ago I watched part of a film about an android who was hunting for his creator. Sadly I missed both the start and end of the film, and it was banished to the back of my mind. Until that is, I read a recent review of The Questor Tapes, a 1974 Gene Roddenberry TV movie made by NBC.

The plot from the DVD distributors website explains things perfectly:

From the creators of Star Trek. Gene Roddenberry??s The Questor Tapes follows the incredible journey of one seemingly superhuman android as he attempts to find his creator. Project Questor (Robert Foxworth) is cutting-edge android technology: brilliant, resilient and able to outwit the human race??s greatest minds. But the one question the android cannot solve is the location of its genius inventor, Dr. Vaslovik (Lew Ayres), and half of the tapes that provide detailed instructions on how his creation can best help humanity. With a nuclear bomb counting down in its chest, Questor must rely on the help of another scientist, Dr. Jerry Robinson (Mike Farrell), to solve the mystery of its origin.

Project Questor

Sadly, Youtube is devoid of any significant footage from the movie, but I did manage to find this brief Japanese trailer which confirmed that this was indeed the film I watched:

With the film now out on general release, I hope to track it down and see this proto-Data in action. Have any of you seen the full movie already?

Marina Sirtis Interviews Brent Spiner on the set of Star Trek:TNG in 1990

I am not sure of the exact time/date of this very funny interview of Brent Spiner by Marina Sirtis on the set of ST:TNG, but I am going to guess around 1990 although it could have been filmed a little earlier. They mention this is the 3rd year of TNG and 1990 would be the last year of Movie Time before it became E!, so it is a safe guess.

The segment is really more of a skit, than an interview, but the end result if very funny.

Thanks for the Wonderful upload by ThePropking,

STNG: Data Raps About His Cat Spot (Dan Bull Star Trek remix)

Felis Cattus is your taxonomic nomenclature,
an endothermic quadruped, carnivorous by nature
Your visual, olfactory and auditory senses
contribute to your hunting skills, and natural defenses.
I find myself intrigued by your subvocal oscillations,
a singular development of cat communications
that obviates your basic hedonistic predilection
for a rhythmic stroking of your fur, to demonstrate affection.
A tail is quite essential for your acrobatic talents;
you would not be so agile if you lacked its counterbalance.
And when not being utilized to aide in locomotion,
it often serves to illustrate the state of your emotion.
The complex levels of behaviour you display
connote a fairly well-developed cognitive array.
And though you are not sentient, Spot, and do not comprehend,
I nonetheless consider you a true and valued friend.

[via] Dan Bull