Ah, but Lore is B4 version 2.0. That makes Data out to be B4 version 3.0...except that now B4 has Data loaded into him.That's like saying Data is just Lore, version 2.0!
Not that wallowing in comics lore is a bad pastime, but, to bring this back around to favorite bits from TV shows, here's something to bridge the two: Batman.
Like many, I've gone from being immature enough to deplore the TV show as making fun of the oh-so-Serious Art that is four-color comics to being mature enough to appreciate it for its own charms. Batman, like Police Squad, was a wonderful lampoon of those stone-faced, rock-jawed, stalwart and dedicated do-gooders of the law.
One bit that always stuck with me was from an episode guest starring Cliff Robertson as Shame, a cowboy with a band of hooligans. The climax of the tale has he and Batman marching down a street toward each other in a showdown. Shane is talking smack, trying to get a rise out of Batman, the better to catch him off-guard in an ambush, but Batman is too clueless -- or too cool? -- to take the bait.
Shame: "Your mother wore Army shoes."
Batman: "Yes, she did. I recall she found them quite comfortable."
Can you imagine what would happen if someone said that to Frank Miller's Batman?
On of my favorite bits from Friends was when Chandler and Joey bet Rachel and Monica that they knew the girls better than the girls knew them. The bet eventually escalated to if the guys won they got the girls' apartment, and if the the girls won then the guys had to get rid of their pet chicken and duck. Ross is the one who hosts the game show and creates all of the questions. Of course the game is really close, and the girls can only keep their apartment if they answer the last question right. That question was, What is Chandler's job? Naturally, they didn't know. The game was also a nice way to learn about the characters in a quick hit format.
Later, Rachel pleads with Mnica to talk to the boys into getting their apartment back. She comes back later just walks by Rachel and says,"I lost our beds."