Originally Posted by kevin
I suppose I really should second that overall. It kinda is, but then I haven't even read it in a long time.
I only read it once, but I seem to remember the whole TNG family being worked into the story in various parts. And then the Remans showed up. (Maybe that last isn't so contrived, given this is a Romulan story, however we had previously gotten through 35 years of story -including DS9
- without ever learning they existed.)
Thing is, if Countdown is 'fanwankish' that would seem to imply fans actually wanted B4 to turn into Data. In spite of all the flack the movie still gets (from fans) for merely suggesting something that might be (and unfortunately was) interpreted as such.