Dr. Emory Erickson
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Dr. Emory Erickson (Character)
from "Star Trek: Enterprise" (2001)

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"Star Trek: Enterprise: Daedalus (#4.10)" (2005)
[Trip and Dr. Erickson are talking about the invention of the transporter]
Cmdr. Charles 'Trip' Tucker III: Is it true you were the first person to go through?
Dr. Emory Erickson: I wasn't about to let anyone else do it.
Cmdr. Charles 'Trip' Tucker III: Ah, you must've been scared.
Dr. Emory Erickson: Terrified. That original transporter took a full minute and a half to cycle through. Felt like a year. You could actually feel yourself being taken apart, put back together. When I materialized, first thing I did was lose my lunch.
[Trip laughs]
Dr. Emory Erickson: Second thing I did was get stone drunk. Trick I learned from Zefram Cochrane. Now, there was a man who knew the benefits of a little "liquid courage".

Dr. Emory Erickson: Jonathan, look at you! I always suspected you'd be famous. Just didn't think that you'd be more famous than me!

Dr. Emory Erickson: I'm scared.
Capt. Jonathan Archer: I don't blame you.
Dr. Emory Erickson: I've waited so long for this moment, planned for it. What if something goes wrong? What if I fail?
Capt. Jonathan Archer: On the day before I entered flight training, I asked my father pretty much the same thing.
Dr. Emory Erickson: What did he say?
Capt. Jonathan Archer: "Don't fail."
Dr. Emory Erickson: [chuckles] Henry never was a poet.
Capt. Jonathan Archer: He didn't need to be.

[with his experiments, Dr. Erickson has put Enterprise and its entire crew at risk, much to Trip's disapproval]
Dr. Emory Erickson: I'm disappointed that you think less of me.
Cmdr. Charles 'Trip' Tucker III: You liked me better when I worshiped your shadow?
Dr. Emory Erickson: Yes.
[Tucker looks at him awkwardly]
Dr. Emory Erickson: It's an honest answer.
Cmdr. Charles 'Trip' Tucker III: I'd think you'd be out of practice.
Dr. Emory Erickson: You may wanna reserve judgment on my actions until you've lost a son.
Cmdr. Charles 'Trip' Tucker III: I *have* lost someone close. And I'd do almost anything to get her back - except put other people in danger.

Dr. Emory Erickson: I'm sorry, Quinn.

Dr. Emory Erickson: I couldn't leave him like that. It's better to be alive or dead - not somewhere in between.
Capt. Jonathan Archer: If it means anything... my guess is, Quinn would feel the same way.

Dr. Emory Erickson: Maybe they'll put me somewhere where I'll be useful - get a chance to teach.
Capt. Jonathan Archer: You'd probably be good at it.
Dr. Emory Erickson: I wouldn't be boring. Why settle for making myself miserable when I can spread the misery around to an entire class of students?