Sheldon’s opinion on Star Trek’s Data on Young Sheldon makes him a hypocrite a couple of decades later on The Big Bang Theory. CBS premier sitcom continues to tackle the socially-inept genius’ childhood in Texas. In its latest episode, Sheldon (Iain Armitage) made the bold move of attending his very first convention even when all of his adult family members refused to go with him.
Young Sheldon season 5’s earlier episodes focused on other members of the Cooper clan instead of its titular character. George (Lance Barber) and Brenda’s (Melissa Peterman) attraction to each other began following season 4’s cliffhanging ending. After Georgie (Lance Barber) dropped out of school, he teamed up with Meemaw (Annie Potts) for their laundromat/illegal gambling den business. Meanwhile, Mary (Zoe Perry) and Missy (Raegan Revord) began liking Youth Pastor Rob (Dan Byrd). But, as Young Sheldon’s current year enters its final stretch, however, it has slowly shifted its storytelling back to the socially-inept genius.
Much of Sheldon’s solo adventures have revolved around his daily activities at East Texas Tech, where he’s a college freshman. But in Young Sheldon season 5, episode 12, “A Pink Cadillac and a Glorious Tribal Dance,” he found himself in a tricky situation with spring break coming up. Luckily, the school’s hiatus coincided with Texarcana Sci-Fi Convention, giving him something to do. Despite no one wanting to go with him, Sheldon moved forward with his plans and went alone. He boarded the community bus to the gathering and engaged in a lively discussion about Star Trek where he called Data a “Spock rip-off.” He wasn’t able to fully justify this since the debate about the iconic sci-fi franchise was so intense that it jumped from one subject to another. But this particular zinger against Brent Spiner was hilarious, not to mention hypocritical, as Sheldon once attempted to go to a Comic-Con dressed as Data in The Big Bang Theory.
Sheldon, alongside his friends, decided to drive from Pasadena to attend the Bakersfield Comic-Con as Stark Trek: The Next Generation characters in The Big Bang Theory season 6, episode 13. The outing, titled “The Bakersfield Expedition,” saw the group stopping by Vasquez Rocks, which was where several episodes of Star Trek were filmed. There, they staged a shotgun photoshoot where Sheldon was Data, Leonard was Jean-Luc Picard, Howard was a Borg drone, and Raj was Worf. A season earlier in The Big Bang Theory season 5, episode 5, “The Russian Rocket Reaction,” Sheldon actually had the chance to meet Spiner when he and his pals were invited to Will Wheaton’s party. But his first impression of the Star Trek actor wasn’t all that good as the star unceremoniously open a minted and signed Wesley Crusher action figure. Regardless of Sheldon’s opinion of Spiner, however, it’s clear that Sheldon liked Data, so it’s interesting that he had such a low opinion of him on Young Sheldon.
It’s curious if Sheldon simply changed his perspective on Data or if he was just pretending to not like him to keep the debate going with his fellow Star Trek fan. As Young Sheldon season 5 revealed previously, Sheldon likes arguing with others because he thinks it keeps his mind sharp. It’s one of the reasons why he liked picking fights with his friends on The Big Bang Theory so it’s possible that he was doing the same here.
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