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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Timescape


TNG Season 6 Episode 25
Air Date: June 14th, 1993

The Enterprise responds to a Romulan distress call but they get caught in a time distortion bubble. Captain Picard, Lt. Cmdr. La Forge, Lt. Cmdr Data and Counselor Troi are returning from a conference when they start encountering these distortions. When they get back to the Enterprise they find it frozen in time, at least from their perspective.

Data and La Forge figure out a way to use a personal shield to keep them in their time frame while transporting aboard the Enterprise. When they arrive they find Romulan's on the bridge, sick bay and Engineering, in what looks like an attack. Even the warp core on the Enterprise is in the middle of a breach.

But when they go to the Romulan ship they find some kind of temporal creature inside the Romulan warp drive. They figure out they can send a signal from a tricorder to reverse time for a few minutes and are able to give instructions to the Enterprise on how to prevent the warp core breach. They also discover that the Enterprise wasn't under attack by the Romulans, but rather they were helping in stopping these temporal creatures.

Quotes

"You've gotta stop playing parrises squares as if you're twenty-one years old. One of these days, you're gonna fall and break your neck, and I'm not gonna be able to heal that as easily." - Doctor Crusher
"I wasn't playing parrises squares." - Cmdr. Riker
"Worf's calisthenic program?" - Doctor Crusher
"No." - Cmdr. Riker
"I give up. What was it?" - Doctor Crusher
"I was trying to feed Spot." - Cmdr. Riker

"I have been testing the aphorism, A watched pot never boils. I have boiled the same amount of water in this kettle sixty-two times. In some cases I have ignored the kettle. In others, I have watched it intently. In every instance, the water reaches its boiling point in precisely 51.7 seconds. It appears I am not capable of perceiving time any differently than my internal chronometer." - Lt. Cmdr. Data
"Why don't you turn it off?" - Cmdr. Riker
"Sir?" - Lt. Cmdr. Data
"Data, people do not have internal chronometers. Why don't you see what happens if you turn yours off?" - Cmdr. Riker
"Thank you, sir. I will try that." - Lt. Cmdr. Data
"Just don't be late for your shift!" - Cmdr. Riker

Duet


DS9 Season 1 Episode 18
Air Date: June 13th, 1993

A freighter arrives at DS9 carrying a passenger that has a rare disease that one can only get if they were at the a disaster at a specific mine on Bajor. At first everyone expects it to be a Bajoran but it turns out to be a Cardassian. The first half of the episode is about trying to find the truth about who this Cardassian is. He claims to be a file clerk that worked at the mines but later is discovered to be Gul Darhe'el. But Gul Darhe'el is listed as dead.

We later discover that he wasn't Gul Darhe'el after all but rather that file clerk Marritza. He had altered his appearance and traveled to DS9 because he felt that just being in that labor camp was crime enough and his guilt led him to wanting to be punished. Only Major Kira couldn't justify crucifying a man who was not responsible. In the end as Marritza is being escorted to a airlock to be sent back to Cardassia, he is stabbed in the back by a Bajoran.

This episode deals with the Bajoran labor camps and describes how people were treated. The way Marritza describes it reminds me a lot of the things I read about how the Nazi's treated the Jews. While in past episodes this parallel was hinted at, this episode drives home just how bad the Cardassian occupation of Bajor was.

Quotes

"Marritza says, I don't care about the truth, that all I want is vengeance." - Major Kira
"Are you worried that maybe he's right?" - Lt. Dax
"All I want is to see him punished." - Major Kira
"Even if he is just a file clerk?" - Lt. Dax
"That's just it, I don't want him to be just a file clerk. I want him to be, I don't know, something worse." - Major Kira
"You want him to be guilty." - Lt. Dax
"As far as I'm concerned, if he was at Gallitep, he is guilty. They're all guilty. His punishment will let Bajor feel some, satisfaction." - Major Kira
"It sounds like you're trying too hard to believe what you're saying. You already know, if you punish him without reason, it won't mean anything. And you already know, vengeance isn't enough." - Lt. Dax

"Nothing justifies genocide." - Major Kira
"What you call genocide, I call a day's work." - Marritza

"I am alive. I will always be alive! It's Marritza who's dead! Marritza, who was good for nothing but cowering under his bunk and weeping like a woman. Who every night covered his ears because he couldn't bear to hear the screaming, for mercy, of the Bajorans." - Marritza

"Why? He wasn't Dar'heel! Why?" - Major Kira
"He's a Cardassian! That's reason enough!" - Kainon
"No! It's not." - Major Kira

Dramatis Personae


DS9 Season 1 Episode 17
Air Date: May 30th, 1993

A Klingon ship comes through the worm hole months ahead of schedule and explodes. One Klingon makes it to DS9 but dies shortly after transport. Then a power struggle starts to happen. Major Kira starts thinking that DS9 should be run by Bajorans and tries to get Cmdr. Sisko killed, while Chief O'Brien fights tries to stop her. Eventually Odo figures out that the power struggle is from an external influence and it also happened on the Klingon ship. He is able to convince Doctor Bashir that if he could stop this influence that his side would win, but in reality he uses it to neutralize both sides.

Quotes

"You know what they say, put the shoe on the right foot first, but put the left foot first into the bathtub." - Lt. Dax

"Just don't be surprised if the uneasy alliance on this station starts to show a few cracks." - Doctor Bashir
"What uneasy alliance?" - Const. Odo
"Commander Sisko and Kira. Mark my words, there's going to be trouble." - Doctor Bashir

"So, this is how it all ends!" - Cmdr. Sisko
"For you." - Major Kira
"You know what disturbs me? The ingratitude. I offered you my kindness, my help, my leadership, and how do you repay me? With betrayal. But you won't get rid of me so easily. You see, unlike you, I understand history. My name will blaze across the stars long after your petty treacheries have been forgotten." - Cmdr. Sisko
"But you won't be here to see it." - Major Kira

Monday, June 10, 2019

Second Chances


TNG Season 6 Episode 24
Air Date: May 24th, 1993

Cmdr. Riker returns to the planet Nervala IV where he barely escaped when the planet's atmosphere changed preventing transporter and shuttle use. Only on the return they discover that a transporter accident occurred that caused a duplicate of Riker to rematerialize on the planet surface during the evacuation. Over the past 8 years this version of Riker survived.

The episode is about using Lt. Riker to try to recover data from the station below but the real plot was about Cmdr. Riker dealing with a duplicate of himself and Lt. Riker dealing with the decisions his alternate made while he was trapped. Things like letting the relationship with Counselor Troi slip away. In the end they did get a mutual respect for each other but you can still see there was tension. Lt. Riker takes on his middle name Thomas and gets a new assignment on the USS Gandhi.

Quotes

"If you met a double of yourself, would you have difficulty interacting with him?" - Lt. Cmdr. Data
"I think so." - Lt. Worf
"Why?" - Lt. Cmdr. Data
"I am not easy to get along with." - Lt. Worf

"Ever since he came on board, I find myself thinking about the choice that you and I made." - Cmdr. Riker
"Me too." - Counselor Troi
"Do me a favor. Be careful." - Cmdr. Riker
"Will, I know you and he have had some problems." - Counselor Troi
"That's not what I'm talking about. If he had gotten off the planet instead of me, don't you think he would've made the same choices that I made? I just don't want you to be hurt again." - Cmdr. Riker

"I practiced in the mirror too long to be fooled by that face. You're bluffing." - Cmdr. Riker


Sunday, June 9, 2019

The Forsaken


DS9 Season 1 Episode 16
Air Date: May 23rd, 1993

A probe comes through the wormhole while a delegation of Federation ambassadors are visiting, including Lwaxana Troi, daughter of the Fifth House, holder of the Sacred Chalice of Rixx, heir to the Holy Rings of Betazed. When they scan the probe, it downloads a program into DS9's computer. The crew is unaware of this but the station starts suffering failures and Chief O'Brien suspects it is trying to keep his attention much like a child or puppy would. Once confirmed, they attempt to find a way to get the program off the computer with little success. O'Brien finally figures out the best way to deal with it is to put it in a figurative dog house.

While all this is happening, Lwaxana gets infatuated with Odo and they end up stuck in a turbolift for hours. Normally I find episodes with Lwaxana hard to watch, but in this one we learn more about who she really is, not the facade she wears.

Quotes

"Quark has plenty of reason to feel guilty, but he usually doesn't have to resort to petty theft to fleece his clients." - Const. Odo
"Thank you." - Quark

"Constable, you can handle thieves and killers, but not one Betazoid woman?" - Cmdr. Sisko
"I understand thieves and killers. I don't understand, her." - Const. Odo

"Frankly, in my humble opinion, most of you humanoids spend far too much time on your respective mating rituals." - Const. Odo
"It does help the procreation of one's species." - Cmdr. Sisko
"Procreation does not require changing how you smell, or writing bad poetry, or sacrificing various plants to serve as tokens of affection." - Const. Odo

"My daughter and I were once trapped aboard a Ferengi cargo ship, and it was dreadful. Well, all right, it wasn't actually dreadful. It was mildly lamentable, and it was all because of that loathsome DaiMon. Well, actually he wasn't altogether loathsome. He was just slightly repulsive. But he did have a certain charm, in an insufferable kind of way. Of course, he was totally at the mercy of his uncontrollable passion for me, which means he wasn't all bad, now, doesn't it? You know it wasn't all passion. There was some negligible commercial interest involved. But, oh, the passion, oh, that was perfectly real, and kind of, um, kind of sweet in a way. He was so helpless. At first it was totally a question of expediency when I made love with him." - Lwaxana

"No one's ever seen me like this." - Lwaxana
"Why? It looks fine." - Const. Odo
"It looks ordinary. I've never cared to be ordinary. So you see, Odo, even we non-shapeshifters have to change who we are once in a while." - Lwaxana
"You are not at all what I expected." - Const. Odo
"No one's ever paid me a greater compliment." - Lwaxana Troi

"How did you beat that thing in the computer, Chief?" - Cmdr. Sisko
"I didn't." - Chief O'Brien
"He adopted it." - Lt. Dax
"Adopted it?" - Cmdr. Sisko
"I was able to get our friend out of the main command pathways and into a sub-program." - Chief O'Brien
"You're suggesting we leave it in there?" - Chief O'Brien
"I don't see why not. It's happy. It's not bothering us any more. It seems the humane thing to do." - Chief O'Brien
"It's just another new life form visiting the station." - Lt. Dax
"I'll take care of it, make sure it gets enough attention and all." - Chief O'Brien
"Keep it off the furniture." - Cmdr. Sisko

Rightful Heir


TNG Season 6 Episode 23
Air Date: May 17th, 1993

Lt. Worf misses his bridge shift and when Cmdr. Riker realizes something is wrong he shows up in Worf's quarters to find him in a trance in front of a fire he made. Captain Picard confronts Worf who says he has felt empty ever since he found those Klingons in the Romulan camp. Picard tells Worf to take a leave but when he returns he has to get back to his duties and not let this effect his work again.

Worf goes to a planet that is rumored to be the location where Kahless will return. He starts his meditations and after a few weeks when he is ready to give up, Kahless appears. Of course everyone is skeptical that he is really Kahless but he shows knowledge that only Kahless would know and even passes a DNA test. But there are things that seem wrong. He doesn't remember details that he should and he loses in a fight with Chancellor Gowron, which shouldn't happen since he is the greatest Klingon warrior.

Worf learns that that Kahless is a clone, but with some advice from Lt. Cmdr. Data, he realizes that it doesn't matter. The Klingon empire needs someone to unite under, even if it is a clone of Kahless. He even convinces Gowron to declare him Emperor, a figure head for the Klingon Empire.

Quotes

"Have you lost your faith in Stovokor?" - Captain Picard
"To lose something, one must first possess it." - Lt. Worf

"Long ago, a storm was heading toward the city of Quin'lat. The people sought protection within the walls, all except one man who remained outside. I went to him and asked what he was doing. I am not afraid, he said. I will not hide my face behind stone and mortar. I will stand before the wind and make it respect me. I honored his choice and went inside. The next day, the storm came, and the man was killed. The wind does not respect a fool. Do not stand before the wind, Gowron." - Kahless

"I went to Boreth to find my faith. For a time, I thought I had, but my heart is empty again. I do not know what to believe." - Lt. Worf

"I once had what could be considered a crisis of the spirit." - Lt. Cmdr. Data
"You?" - Lt. Worf
"Yes. The Starfleet officers who first activated me on Omicron Theta told me I was an android, nothing more than a sophisticated machine with human form; however, I realized that if I was simply a machine, I could never be anything else. I could never grow beyond my programming. I found that difficult to accept, so I chose to believe that I was a person, that I had the potential to be more than a collection of circuits and subprocessors. It is a belief which I still hold." - Lt. Cmdr. Data
"How did you come to your decision?" - Lt. Worf
"I made, a leap of faith." - Lt. Cmdr. Data

If Wishes Were Horses


DS9 Season 1 Episode 15
Air Date: May 16th, 1993

If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.
If turnips were watches, I'd wear one by my side.
If "if's" and "and's" were pots and pans,
There'd be no work for tinkers' hands.

This is a nursery rhyme that suggests that if everyone could get what they wished everyone would be happy. In this episode of DS9, the imagination of the people on DS9 start coming true. Chief O'Brien is telling a story or Rumpelstiltskin to his daughter and Rumpelstiltskin appears. Doctor Bashir is fantasying about Lt. Dax and a version of Dax shows up romantically attracted to him. Captain Sisko's baseball hero Buck Bokai is able to leave the holosuite.

Meanwhile, a rupture in space that threatens to destroy the entire Bajoran sector. They then realize that even this rupture is just based on imagination and they all imagine that everything is fine and the rupture closes. They then learn that the incarnations of their imaginations are actually a race from the gamma quadrant that use this technique for first contact.

Quotes

"I have no time for fantasies." - Const. Odo
"Yeah no imagination, huh?" - Quark
"A waste of time. Too many people dream of places they'll never go, wish for things they'll never have, instead of paying adequate attention to their real lives." - Const. Odo

"Jadzia, I find this difficult to say, but I want you to know, I would" - Doctor Bashir
"Julian, there's really no need to apologise. In a way, I feel as if we've invaded your privacy. We all have fantasies and dreams we keep to ourselves, thoughts that should remain private." - Lt. Dax
"I'm glad you understand." - Doctor Bashir
"Of course I do. I was a young man, once." - Lt. Dax
"So we can put all this behind us?" - Doctor Bashir
"Of course." - Lt. Dax

"This imagination of yours, we have never seen anything like it. It's very real to all of you, but yet it's not. At first, it seemed to us to be a curse, an irritation. That Odo fellow even called it a 'waste of time'." - Const. Odo
"I disagree with him." - Cmdr. Sisko
"I knew you would. I learned that about you, that you can have such an affection for someone you never even met. I wonder if you appreciate how unique that imagination of yours really is." - Buck Bokai
"Not always." - Cmdr. Sisko

Suspicions


TNG Season 6 Episode 22
Air Date: May 10th, 1993

Doctor Crusher learns about a Ferengi scientist that has made a revolutionary breakthrough, metaphasic shielding which would let a ship enter the corona of a star. But nobody believes that a Ferengi could make such a discovery. But Doctor Crusher believes it is sound research and convinces some scientists to come to the Enterprise to look at his research.

They eventually test it out with Jo'Bril, the Takaran as pilot. But things go wrong, and the air becomes toxic in the shuttle. They are able to get Jo'Bril out but he dies in sickbay. Shortly after the Ferengi scientist is found dead, he committed suicide. But Doctor Crusher believes he was murdered. She disobeys orders and does an autopsy which reveled no useful information.

Because of her disobedience she is relieved of duty. But Guinan shows up and convinces her to keep looking. She realizes that the metaphasic shields do work and they were sabotaged. She steals the shuttle and goes back into the star's corona and everything works. But then Jo'Bril appears. Turns out the Takaran can stop their bodily functions and simulate death. He wanted to steal the metaphasic shield technology.

I believe this technology does get used in a future episode where the Enterprise is able to enter the corona to hide.

Quotes

"You know, I've never been to a formal inquiry." - Guinan
"Well, I'll see if I can arrange one for you. All you have to do is disobey orders, violate medical ethics and cause an interstellar incident." - Doctor Crusher

"Jean-Luc, I want to tell you something that you need to know, but you're not going to like it. I did an autopsy on Doctor Reyga." - Doctor Crusher
"What did you find?" - Captain Picard
"Nothing. I'm sorry. I know I shouldn't have done it." - Doctor Crusher
"You most certainly should not. I made it clear to you that the family would not allow it. Not only have you disobeyed my orders, but you've interfered in the burial rituals of another culture. You've put both of us in a very difficult position. The family will have to be notified. I don't doubt that they will react strongly. If the Ferengi government becomes involved, as I'm certain they will, this could have very significant repercussions. I'm not sure how much I can protect you." - Captain Picard
"You don't have to, Jean-Luc. I knew what I was doing and I'm prepared to accept the consequences." - Doctor Crusher

Week Twenty Three


June 2nd - June 8th

I fell behind this week which is a bit frustrating. I was out of town for a day to go to see Galaxies Edge at Disneyland which was a lot of fun. Saturday is usually my catch up day but I had two hockey games in the afternoon which took that time. So I was only able to watch 9 episodes this week. Next week I hope to get through a 20+ episode week to make up for this week.

Recommendations

The Nagus: Quark becomes the Grand Nagus for a day
Starship Mine: While the Enterprise is having it's baryon sweep, pirates try to steel trilithium resin.
Lessons: Picard enters a relationship with the leader of the stellar cartography.
The Chase: Picard chases down the origin of all intelligent life in the galaxy.
The Storyteller: O'Brien is given the responsibility of defending a Bajoran village by telling stories.
Frame of Mine: Riker acts in a play that becomes reality.

Episodes

DS9 S1E10: The Nagus
TNG S6E18: Starship Mine
TNG S6E19: Lessons
DS9 S1E11: Vortex
DS9 S1E12: Battle Lines
TNG S6E20: The Chase
DS9 S1E13: The Storyteller
TNG S6E21: Frame of Mind
DS9 S1E14: Progress

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Progress


DS9 Season 1 Episode 14
Air Date: May 9th, 1993

Major Kira is tasked to evacuate the remaining people from a Bajoran moon. The moon is going to be mined for energy that will help heat hundred of thousands of Bajoran homes but will make the moon uninhabitable. Only one elderly man, Mullibok refuses to leave. The episode creates conflict for Kira since Mullibok represents everything she fought for during the Cardassian occupation. In the end she is forced to burn down Mullibok's house and force him off the planet but it eats her up inside.

There is a side plot I enjoyed in this episode. Nog and Jake acquire yamok sauce from Quark. Quark doesn't want it since it is Cardassian food and he would never be able to use it all. Nog and Jake then start trading the yamok sauce for stem bolts (self-sealing) and eventually land. At the end of the episode Odo tells Quark that the land is needed by the Bajoran government and he is trying to find out who the Noh-jay consortium is, and Nog is able to sell the land to Quark for 5 bars of gold pressed latinum.

Quotes

"Jake, I'm getting that tingling in the lobes. And when a lobe tingles, it means only one thing, opportunity!" - Nog

"I'm going to tell Minister Toran that she's remained temporarily on Jerrado, at your request." - Cmdr. Sisko
"But sir, that isn't true." - Doctor Bashir
"Make it true, Doctor. Now, please." - Cmdr. Sisko
"Commander, I'd advise that Major Kira remain on Jerrado for humanitarian reasons" - Doctor Bashir
"How long?" - Doctor Bashir
"The next day or two." - Cmdr. Sisko
"for the next day or two, sir." - Doctor Bashir
Commander Sisko: Thank you, Doctor. I'll consider that request. Dismissed." - Cmdr. Sisko

"Look, I understand you're used to sympathizing with the underdog. You spent your life fighting to overcome impossible odds, just like he's doing. But you have to realize something Major, you're on the other side now. Pretty uncomfortable, isn't it?" - Cmdr. Sisko
"It's awful." - Major Kira

Frame of Mind


TNG Season 6 Episode 21
Air Date: May 3rd, 1993

Cmdr. Riker is in a play where he plays a crazy man who commits murder but believes he is innocent. While being treated he falls down the rabbit hole. But as he is rehearsing and even performing the play he ends up in a real psych hospital. The episode keeps going back and forth until at the end he realizes that both realities are not real and that he is captured by an alien that is trying to tap into his memories to get information. He wakes up and is able to escape.

The episode is my second favorite episode of Star Trek. Generally I am not a fan of Cmdr. Riker as his roles tend to not be very interesting. But this episode shows what he is capable of. His portrayal of a man going insane, both in the play and even in the hallucinations at least to me was some of the best of the series.

Quotes

"Perhaps we should continue this discussion next week." Lt. Cmdr. Data
"No. I wanna talk about this now!" - Cmdr. Riker
"You're starting to sound angry again. Maybe you need another treatment." - Lt. Cmdr. Data
"What I need is to get out of this cell! I've been locked up in here for days. You've controlled my every move, you told me what to eat, what to think, what to say. And when I show a glimmer of independent thought, you strap me down, inject me with drugs and call it a treatment." - Cmdr. Riker
"You're becoming agitated." - Lt. Cmdr. Data
"You bet I'm agitated! I may be surrounded by insanity, but I am not insane. And nothing you or anyone else can say will change that. And I won't let you or anyone else tell me that I am. You may be able to destroy my mind; but you can't change the fact that I'm innocent. I didn't kill that man! And that's what's driving you crazy." - Cmdr. Riker
"I can see we have a lot of work to do." - Lt. Cmdr. Data
"Nothing you can say will change the fact that I'm innocent! I'm not crazy! I'm not crazy. I'm not crazy." - Cmdr Riker

The Storyteller


DS9 Season 1 Episode 13
Air Date: May 2nd, 1993

Doctor Bashir and Chief O'Brien are called to a village on Bajor which is having a medical emergency that can lead to the death of the entire village. When they arrive they find out that one elderly man is dying and that he tells Chief O'Brien that he has to take his place as the Sirah, a story teller.

Once a year for 5 days a creature attacks the village and tell a story of the village fighting and winning against the creature causes the creature to be defeated. It is the 4th day and the Sirah falters and calls on O'Brien to take over. He tells the story and the creature retreats. But O'Brien doesn't want to be the Sirah. That night the Sirah dies and the next day O'Brien tries to play his part but fails. The creature advances and the old Sirah's apprentice steps up and takes over as Sirah. It turns out the old Sirah was using O'Brien to show the his apprentice that he can do it.

On the station, Cmdr. Sisko is hosting a land dispute between two Bajoran states and one of the states is led by a teenager. When she arrives on the station, Nog sees her and gets infatuated and spends the episode trying to impress her. He does get a kiss on the cheek as she leaves the station.

Rules of Acquisition

Rule 9: "Opportunity plus instinct equals profit."

Quotes

"The Dal'Rok wakes. But we are ready. In the shadow of the night, he hungers. With a hatred of the ancients, he rages. From the twisted pit of chaos, he approaches. The Dal'Rok's anger is like a wave crashing down on the village. The weight of its fury threatens to crush us all. The Dal'Rok thinks the village is powerless to defend itself. But the Dal'Rok is mistaken. The village is strong, much stronger than the Dal'Rok can ever imagine. With our strength, our unity, we shall drive the Dal'Rok. The village shall not be destroyed. Despite our fears, we stand our ground and face the Dal'Rok. The village is strong. More powerful than the Dal'Rok. Together, we use that power to drive it away. The Dal'Rok is defeated. The village is safe." - Sirah

Friday, June 7, 2019

The Chase


TNG Season 6 Episode 20
Air Date: April 26th, 1993

Captain Picard's old archaeologically professor Richard Galen shows up and wants Picard to join him on his research. The decision is hard for Picard but he does reject the offer. But shortly after Galen's shuttle is attacked. The Enterprise arrives and is able to save the shuttle but Professor Galen does die. Captain Picard decides it is imperative that they investigate his death by completing his research.

They find that Professor Galen was collecting genetic samples from different planets that all have common DNA segments which should not be possible. They also discover that the DNA contains an actual computer program that was written millions of years ago. The Klingons, Cardassians and eventually Romulans get involved in trying to get all the DNA pieces needed. When they finally do, the program alters the tricorder to project a hologram of a species that existed millions of years ago.

This species says that they seeded the galaxy with variants of their DNA which eventually became all the alpha/beta quadrant races.

Salome Jens plays the hologram and other then the lack of hair, she almost look identical to the changelings from the gamma quadrant. She also plays a changeling in later seasons of DS9 which I thought was interesting. I wonder if maybe it was the changelings millions of years ago that seeded the galaxy.

Quotes

"Dream not of today, Mr. Picard." - Professor Galen

"It's four billion years old, a computer program from a highly advanced civilization; and it's hidden in the very fabric of life itself. Whatever information this program contains could be the most profound discovery of our time, or the most dangerous. And the Professor knew that." - Captain Picard

"I had a father. But he was like a father who understood me. And he had his own children, but they didn't follow in his footsteps, so I was like the son who understood him." - Captain Picard

"You're wondering who we are; why we have done this; how it has come that I stand before you - the image of a being from so long ago. Life evolved in my planet before all others in this part of the galaxy. We left our world, explored the stars and found none like ourselves. Our civilization thrived for ages. But what is the life of one race, compared to the vast stretches of cosmic time? We knew that one day we would be gone, that nothing of us would survive. So, we left you. Our scientists seeded the primordial oceans of many worlds, where life was in its infancy. The seed codes directed your evolution toward a physical form resembling ours: this body you see before you, which is of course shaped as yours is shaped. For you are the end result. The seed codes also contain this message, which we scattered in fragments on many different worlds. It was our hope that you would have to come together in fellowship and companionship to hear this message. And if you can see and hear me, our hope has been fulfilled. You are a monument, not to our greatness, but to our existence. That was our wish, that you, too, would know life and would keep alive our memory. There is something of us in each of you, and so, something of you in each other. Remember us." - Humanoid Progenitor

"The very notion that a Cardassian could have anything in common with a Klingon, it turns my stomach." - Gul Ocett