It is potentially one of my all-time favourite Data and Worf interactions from the episode Phantasms:
WORF: Commander. I will have to confiscate your sidearm.
DATA: Of course. (hands over the phaser) May I ask a personal favour?
DATA: Will you take care of Spot for me?
WORF: Your animal?
DATA: I am afraid if I have another waking dream, I might injure him.
WORF: Of course. Spot, come here.
DATA: Unlike a canine, Spot does not respond to verbal commands. (hands him to Worf who holds him at arms length) Goodbye, Spot. He will need to be fed once a day. He prefers feline supplement number twenty five.
WORF: I understand.
DATA: And he will require water. And you must provide him with a sand box. And you must talk to him. Tell him he is a pretty cat, and a good cat.
WORF: I will feed him.
DATA: Perhaps that will be enough.
(Worf leaves, sneezing)
Take me out to the Holosuite is a really fun Deep Space Nine episode that takes a break from the Dominion War to have at least a little fun. This is a Star Trek commission piece which I was given free rein on as long as it was from this episode and we decided to make sure Worf was in there.
Because of the very nature of the episode I made sure this felt a bit fun and didn’t go in for a huge amount of detail!
The Star Trek Commission Piece request was for a Commander Riker illustration as long as he had the beard. So I wanted to put him somewhere really alien and exploring instead of fighting. There’s a line in Star Trek Insurrection that resonates with me from Picard, “Can anyone remember when we used to be explorers?“.
Occasionally I feel that’s been lost as Star Trek has struggled to find its way 50 years on. Whilst I understand that external conflict provides story lines and plot progression sometimes I think the wonder is lost in the battle with the next bigger foe. Of course Star Trek Insurrection attempted this to critical complaints so what do I know.