Data as Prospero

Data as Prospero

For the DS9 novel, please see The Tempest (novel).

The Tempest was one of the final plays written by the renowned Human playwright William Shakespeare. The play includes the characters of Prospero, the deposed Duke of Milan, banished by his brother to a distant island, who has since become a powerful magician, and Miranda, Prospero's daughter, who was raised by Prospero on the island.

In 2268, Kollos, mind-linked with Spock, referenced the play when first seeing Miranda Jones through humanoid eyes, saying "O brave new world / that has such creatures in't." Jones replied with the play's next line, "Tis new to thee." (TOS: "Is There in Truth No Beauty?")

In 2293, Gorkon used the play's phrase "brave new world" in speaking to Kirk. Also, General Chang quoted the play's line "Our revels now are ended" while his Bird-of-Prey attacked the USS Enterprise-A over Khitomer. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

In 2370, Data performed scenes from The Tempest on the USS Enterprise-D holodeck. (TNG: "Emergence")

In 2399, as Jean-Luc Picard terminated the quantum simulation containing Data's consciousness, he quoted from The Tempest: "We are such stuff / As dreams are made on, and our little life / Is rounded with a sleep." (PIC: "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2")

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According to the Star Trek Encyclopedia (3rd ed., p. 502), The Tempest was written in 1611.

Rene Auberjonois once likened the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Oasis" to The Tempest. (Star Trek: Communicator issue 139, p. 39)

The Tempest was a partial inspiration for the classic science fiction film Forbidden Planet, which in turn Gene Roddenberry admitted was a major inspiration for Star Trek. (citation needededit)

Several Star Trek actors have appeared in productions of The Tempest. For example, from 28 July through 12 October 2006, Patrick Stewart played Prospero in Royal Shakespeare Company's production of the play. Also, Avery Brooks portrayed Caliban in productions of the play in the 1980s. [1]

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