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Esoqq (Character)
from "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987)

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"Star Trek: The Next Generation: Allegiance (#3.18)" (1990)
[Esoqq picks up a food disc]
Esoqq: What is this?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Food.
Esoqq: The *only* food?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: It would seem so.
[Esoqq tastes the disc, then throws it away]
Esoqq: POISON!
Kova Tholl: Does this mean there's nothing here for you to eat?
[Esoqq examines Kova Tholl intently]
Esoqq: You!

Esoqq: My given name is Esoqq. It means 'Fighter'.
Kova Tholl: I'll bet half the names in the Chalnoth language mean 'Fighter'.
Esoqq: Mizarians. Your names all mean 'Surrender'!
Kova Tholl: We are a peaceful race. A race of thinkers.
Esoqq: A race of cowards.

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.

Esoqq: The sound of your voice is beginning to anger me!