Series: Star Trek: The Next Generation
Season 3, Episode 22
Original Air Date: May 7, 1990
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Data is kidnapped by novelty collector Kivas Fajo (Saul Rubinek). The Enterprise crew believes their friend died so it takes a while before they realize the foul play. Determined not to play Fajo's game, Data engages in passive resistance rather than submitting to his captor's whims. Naturally, Fajo is infuriated.
"The Most Toys" is a popular choice for favorite episodes but I'm not so keen. I find Fajo grating. It's too bad because I generally like Rubinek quite a lot. We grew to be fans of his courtesy of his recurring role on A Nero Wolfe Mystery. The story's most interesting moment comes near the end as Data is finally rescued via transport beam. At that last instant, did he intend to kill Fajo or not? Writer Shari Goodhartz and Brent Spiner both believe he did. The producers insisted on greater ambiguity.
Saul Rubinek was born July 2, 1948 in Föhrenwald, Germany. His parents were Polish Jews who survived the Holocaust in hiding on a Polish farm. They emigrated to Canada not long after Saul's birth.
Like William Shatner, Rubinek cut his teeth at the Stratford Festival in Ontario. He rose to prominence in the Toronto theatre scene, co-founding the Canadian Stage Company. He began working in the US in 1970.
Film credits are impressive, including Wall Street, Bonfire of the Vanities (which he began shooting immediately after "The Most Toys"), True Romance and Unforgiven. In television, he was a regular on both Warehouse 13 and The Last Tycoon. He had recurring roles on Frasier, Leverage and, as noted above, Nero Wolfe.