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Data as Prospero

Data as Prospero

For the DS9 novel, see The Tempest.

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, references the play when first seeing Miranda Jones through humanoid eyes, saying "O brave new world / that has such creatures in't." Jones replies 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")

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.
The episode "Requiem for Methuselah" also shows inspiration from the play, as Kirk encounters a powerful recluse, his daughter, and his inhuman servant.

Background Information Edit

From 28 July through 12 October 2006, Patrick Stewart played Prospero in Royal Shakespeare Company's production of The Tempest.

Avery Brooks played Caliban in productions of the plays in the 1980s. [1]

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