Star Trek: The Next Generation

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Featuring a bigger and better USS Enterprise, this series is set 78 years after the original series -- in the 24th century. Instead of Capt. James Kirk, a less volatile and more mature Capt. Jean-Luc Picard heads the crew of various humans and alien creatures in their adventures in space -- the final frontier.

  Won 18 Primetime Emmys. Another 17 wins & 61 nominations.
 
IMDB:
8.6
TV-PG
Year:
1987
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22,600 Views

Captain Jean-Luc Picard:
Well. I think this charade has gone far enough.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard:
[to Haro] Don't you?

Mitena Haro:
I don't understand.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard:
Oh yes, you do. This isn't a holding cell. It's a laboratory maze, a carefully structured test. It's an experiment to see how well we react under pressure.

Esoqq:
How do you know?

Captain Jean-Luc Picard:
It's the only explanation. Look at the four of us. We do have something in common: we all react differently to authority.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard:
[to Tholl] You, the collaborator, defer to whoever has control.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard:
[to Esoqq] You, the anarchist, reject authority in any form. I, a Starfleet captain, trained to command.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard:
[to Haro] And you, a Starfleet cadet, sworn to obey a superior officer's authority. - Our captors have placed us here, and have devised obstacles for us to overcome. They give us food, which Esoqq can't eat, to make him a threat. They give us a door we can't open - until the four of us cooperate. And each time we succeed, they deal us reverses, to set us against each other again,

Captain Jean-Luc Picard:
[to Haro] while *you*... observe our reactions.

Mitena Haro:
Sir, I've been trying to help...

Captain Jean-Luc Picard:
I found it unlikely that a first-year cadet would know of the Enterprise's visit to Mintaka III, so I tested you. Starfleet has classified the Cor Caroli V plague a secret. No cadet would have knowledge of that incident.

Mitena Haro:
[whispering] Captain...

Captain Jean-Luc Picard:
So, you may as well drop this pretense. I'm not playing any further. I'm quitting this game! As far as I am concerned, this experiment is over!

Mitena Haro:
You are correct, Captain Picard.

Counselor Troi:
Mother, I'm trying to help the boy learn the value of responsibility. You're not helping by giving him a lot of mixed messages.

Lwaxana Troi:
I exposed you to all sorts of mixed messages when you were that age, you still turned out deadly dull. What are you so worried about?

Counselor Troi:
Among other things, his relationship with his father.

Lwaxana Troi:
Oh!

Counselor Troi:
No more holodeck, Mother.

Lwaxana Troi:
Oh...

Counselor Troi:
Please. Anyway, why aren't you all absorbed in your wedding plans? It's only three days away.

Lwaxana Troi:
I'm letting Mr. Homn handle all the mundane details. He knows my tastes.

Counselor Troi:
Mother...

Lwaxana Troi:
Deanna, there is absolutely nothing to do, you nosy little girl. Campio's already sent me his mother's wedding gown, which Mr. Homn is now altering for me. Outside of that, there really isn't anything else that I...

Counselor Troi:
Wedding gown? Mother, stop. You're telling me you're not going to be naked at your own wedding?

Lwaxana Troi:
Campio is from a different planet with different traditions. He would not approve of a traditional Betazoid wedding, so I am happily adapting. Now, it's as simple as that, and I need some tea.

Counselor Troi:
I can't believe I'm hearing this from the heir to the Holy Rings of Betazed, holder of the Sacred Chalice of Rixx.

Lwaxana Troi:
Oh! Oh, why can't I ever work this replicator?

Counselor Troi:
Mother, I think it's time to talk about this mysterious marriage to a man you've never met.

Lwaxana Troi:
Computer, some Jestral tea, please. [turns from replicator to Deanna] Oh, anyway, why shouldn't I get married if I choose to? You make everything into such a mystery. There is no mystery, Deanna, [turns to get tea] except about this Petrokian sausage. The tea - all I wanted was a cup of tea. [takes sausage out of cup] Oh, dear, I think you're replicator's having a nervous collapse. Oh... [takes a drink of tea]

Admiral Alynna Nechayev:
Captain, I've read the report you submitted to Admiral Brooks last year... regarding the Borg you named Hugh. And I've been trying to figure out why you let him go.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard:
I thought I made my reasons clear.

Admiral Alynna Nechayev:
As I understand it, you found an injured Borg at a crash site, brought it aboard the Enterprise. Studied it. Analysed it. And then eventually, found a way to send it back to the Borg with a program that would have destroyed the entire Collective once and for all. But instead, you nursed the Borg back to health, treated it like a guest, gave it a name and then sent it home. Why?

Captain Jean-Luc Picard:
Once Hugh was separated from the Borg Collective he began to grow and evolve into something other than an automaton. He became a person. When that happened, I felt I had no choice but to respect his rights as an individual.

Admiral Alynna Nechayev:
Of course you had a choice. You could have taken the opportunity to rid the Federation of a mortal enemy. One that has killed tens of thousands of innocent people and may kill even more.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard:
No-one is more aware of the danger than I am. But I am also bound by my oath and my conscience to uphold certain principles. And I will not sacrifice them in order to...

Admiral Alynna Nechayev:
[interrupting] Your priority is to safeguard the lives of Federation citizens. Not to wrestle with your conscience. Now I want to make it clear, that if you have a similar opportunity in the future... an opportunity to destroy the Borg... you are under orders to take advantage of it. Is that understood?

Captain Jean-Luc Picard:
[rising from his desk] Yes sir. [Nechayev leaves without saying another word]

Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge:
If this works the way I think it will, once the invasive program starts spreading, it'll only be a matter of months before the Borg suffer total systems failure.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard:
Comments?

Doctor Beverly Crusher:
A question. What exactly is "total systems failure"?

Lt. Commander Data:
The Borg are extremely computer-dependent. A systems failure will destroy them.

Doctor Beverly Crusher:
I just think we should be clear about that. We're talking about annihilating an entire race.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard:
Which under most circumstances would be unconscionable. But as I see it, the Borg leave us with little choice.

Commander William T. Riker:
I agree. We're at war.

Doctor Beverly Crusher:
There's been no formal declaration of war.

Counselor Deanna Troi:
Not from us, but certainly from them. They've attacked us at every encounter.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard:
They've declared war on our way of life. We're to be assimilated.

Doctor Beverly Crusher:
But even in war, there are rules. You don't kill civilians indiscriminately.

Commander William T. Riker:
There are no civilians among the Borg.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard:
Think of them as a single collective being. There's no one Borg who is more an individual than your arm or your leg.

Doctor Beverly Crusher:
How convenient.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard:
Your point, Doctor?

Doctor Beverly Crusher:
When I look at my patient, I don't see a collective consciousness, I don't see a hive. I see a living, breathing boy who has been hurt and who needs our help. And we're talking about sending him back to his people as an instrument of destruction.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard:
It comes down to this: we're faced with an enemy who are determined to destroy us, and we have no hope of negotiating a peace. Unless that changes, we're justified in doing anything we can to survive.

Riva:
[after Riva's Chorus were slain and they beamed back, Riva is ranting in sign language] Stupid false egoistical... [rambles on with back turned to camera]... tired of everything... three dead! What will we do now?

Captain Jean-Luc Picard:
How did this happen?

Commander William T. Riker:
A total surprise. Apparently a member of one of the factions didn't like the idea of peace.

Riva:
...any time think [Rubs hands through hair in frustration]

Captain Jean-Luc Picard:
I don't understand what you're trying to say. [Pleading gesture to Troi] Counselor.

Riva:
I'm not talking to you. I'm talking to myself!

Counselor Deanna Troi:
Riva, go slowly.

Riva:
What!

Counselor Deanna Troi:
Slowly.

Riva:
I'm not talking to him anyway.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard:
Can you write it out?

Riva:
No! Leave me alone!

Captain Jean-Luc Picard:
I am so sorry that your friends were killed.

Riva:
I don't need your pity!

Riva:
[Riva and Picard are talking simultaneously]... tired of all of you hearing people not understanding me! I'm not talking to you anyway.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard:
I'm sorry, I-I don't know what you are trying to tell me. We have to find some way to communicate with him.

Riva:
I'm tired of you hearing people, arg!

Captain Jean-Luc Picard:
Data, he knows some kind of gestural language. Find out which one and learn it.

Lt. Commander Data:
Aye, sir.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard:
Counselor, take him to Sick Bay. Maybe Pulaski can help.

Riva:
I - my friends are dead! I- [Picard grabs Riva's head]

Captain Jean-Luc Picard:
Listen to me! You are not alone! Do you understand? We are all in this together... now.