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"Star Trek: The Next Generation" Encounter at Farpoint (TV Episode 1987) Poster

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Admiral Leonard H. "Bones" McCoy: How old do you think I am, anyway?

Lt. Commander Data: 137 years, Admiral, according to Starfleet records.

Admiral Leonard H. "Bones" McCoy: Explain how you remember that so exactly!

Lt. Commander Data: I remember every fact I am exposed to, sir.

Admiral Leonard H. "Bones" McCoy: [looking at both sides of Data's head] I don't see no points on your ears, boy, but you sound like a Vulcan.

Lt. Commander Data: No, sir. I am an android.

Admiral Leonard H. "Bones" McCoy: Hmph. Almost as bad.

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Lt. Commander Data: I thought it was generally accepted, sir, that Vulcans are an advanced and most honorable race.

Admiral Leonard H. "Bones" McCoy: They are, they are. And damn annoying at times.

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Admiral Leonard H. "Bones" McCoy: Well, this is a new ship. But she's got the right name. Now, you remember that, you hear?

Lt. Commander Data: I will, sir.

Admiral Leonard H. "Bones" McCoy: You treat her like a lady. And she'll always bring you home.

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[last lines]

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Some problem, Riker?

Commander William T. Riker: Just hoping this isn't the usual way our missions will go, sir.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Oh, no, Number One. I'm sure most will be much more interesting. - Let's see what's out there. Engage!

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[Worf's first line]

Lieutenant Worf: Shields and deflectors up, sir!

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[Yar's first line]

Lieutenant Tasha Yar: Lieutenant Worf is right, sir. As Security Chief, I can't just stand here and let...

[she is interrupted by Picard]

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[Yar has suggested to take on the Q vessel]

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Lieutenant - are you recommending that we fight a life form that can do all those things?

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Zorn: Captain! The Ferengi would be very interested in a base like this.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Fine. Let's hope they find you as tasty as they did their past associates.

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Commander William T. Riker: Do you consider yourself superior to us?

Lt. Commander Data: I am superior, sir, in many ways. But I would gladly give it up to be human.

Commander William T. Riker: Nice to meet you... Pinocchio.

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Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [seeing a boy standing in the turbolift] What the hell? Children are not allowed on the bridge!

[Dr. Crusher steps out of the lift]

Doctor Beverly Crusher: [... ] Sir, my son is not on the bridge; he merely accompanied me on the turbolift.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [stunned] Your son?

Doctor Beverly Crusher: His name's Wesley. You last saw him years ago, when...

[she leaves the sentence unfinished]

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [understands] Ah... Well - as long as he's here...

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [clears his throat] I, er... I knew... I knew your father, Wesley.

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Lt. Commander Data: Prejudice is very human.

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Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Isn't it a little presumptuous of a first officer to second-guess his captain's judgment?

Commander William T. Riker: Permission to speak candidly, sir?

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Always.

Commander William T. Riker: Having been a first officer yourself, you know that assuming that responsibility must, by definition, include the safety of the captain. I have no problem with following any rules you lay down, short of compromising your safety.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: And you don't intend to back off from that position?

Commander William T. Riker: No, sir.

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Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Commander, signal the following in all languages and on all frequencies: we surrender. State that we are not asking for any terms or conditions.

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[Beverly Crusher's first line]

Doctor Beverly Crusher: Actually, we were about to do some shopping.

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Captain Jean-Luc Picard: One further thing - special favor.

Commander William T. Riker: Anything, sir.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Using the same strength you showed with Captain DeSoto, I would appreciate it if you could keep me from making an ass of myself with children.

Commander William T. Riker: Sir?

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I'm not a family man, Riker. And yet, Starfleet has given me a ship with children aboard.

Commander William T. Riker: Yes, sir.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: And I, er... I don't feel comfortable with children. But since a captain needs an image of genealogy, you're to see that's what I project.

Commander William T. Riker: Aye, sir.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Welcome to the Enterprise, Commander Riker.

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[Picard has introduced Riker and Troi to each other]

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Have the two of you met before?

Commander William T. Riker: We have, sir.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Excellent. I consider it important for my key officers to know each other's abilities.

Counselor Deanna Troi: We do, sir. We do.

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Lt. Commander Data: Inquiry: the word... 'snoop'?

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Data, how can you be programed as a virtual encyclopedia of human information without knowing a simple word like 'snoop'?

Lt. Commander Data: Possibility: a kind of human behavior I was not designed to emulate.

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Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Let's see what this Galaxy-class starship can do.

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Lieutenant Worf: And now a personal request, sir. Permission to clean up the bridge.

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Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Lieutenant! Do you intend to blast a hole in the viewer?

[when Worf points a phaser at Q who has appeared on the main view screen]

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Q: You must return to your world and put an end to the commies. All it takes are a few good men.

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Q: You will now answer to the charge of being a grievously savage race.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: 'Grievously savage' could mean anything. I will answer only specific charges.

Q: Are you certain you want a full disclosure of human ugliness? So be it, fool.

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Lt. Commander Data: At least we are acquainted with the judge, Captain.

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Captain Jean-Luc Picard: We humans know our past, even when we're ashamed of it. I recognize this court system as the one that agreed with that line from Shakespeare: "Kill all the lawyers."

Q: Which was done.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Leading to the rule "Guilty until proven innocent."

Q: Of course. Bringing the innocent to trial would be unfair.

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Q: Captain, you may find that you are not nearly clever enough to deal with what lies ahead for you.

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Commander William T. Riker: What do we do now, Captain? With their monitoring our every move and every word?

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: We do exactly what we'd do if this Q never existed. If we're going to be damned, let's be damned for what we really are.

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Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Would you object to your Captain ordering a clearly illegal kidnapping?

Commander William T. Riker: No objection, sir.

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Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Shut off that damn noise! Go to yellow alert!

[when the red alert siren sounds for the first time]

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Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Leave us! We've passed your little test.

Q: Temper, temper, mon Captaine.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Get off my ship!

Q: I do so only because it suits me to leave. But I will not promise never to appear again.

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Commander William T. Riker: [referring to Picard] He calls that a little adventure?

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[Wesley Crusher's first line]

Wesley Crusher: Mother! It's Commander Riker.

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Captain Jean-Luc Picard: [about Wesley] He does seem to have a very good grasp of starship operations.

Doctor Beverly Crusher: You've just won his mother's heart, Captain.

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Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Space... the Final Frontier. These are the voyages of the Star Ship, 'Enterprise'. Its continuing mission... to see out new worlds. To seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no one has gone, before.

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[first lines]

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Captain's log, stardate 41153.7 - Our destination is planet Deneb IV, beyond which lies the great, unexplored mass of the galaxy. My orders are to examine Farpoint, a starbase built there by the inhabitants of that world. Meanwhile, I am becoming better acquainted with my new command, this Galaxy-class USS Enterprise. I am still somewhat in awe of its size and complexity. As for my crew, we are short in several key positions, most notably a first officer. But I'm informed that a highly experienced man, one Commander William Riker, will be waiting to join the ship at our Deneb IV destination.

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Captain Jean-Luc Picard: You will agree, Data, that Starfleet's orders are difficult.

Lt. Commander Data: [Data's first line] Difficult? Simply solve the mystery of Farpoint Station.

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[Troi's first line]

Counselor Deanna Troi: Farpoint Station. Even the name sounds mysterious.

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[Q's first line]

Q: Thou art notified that thy kind hath infiltrated the galaxy too far already. Thou art directed to return to thine own solar system immediately.

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Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Now hear this: printout message, urgent, all stations on all decks. Prepare for emergency saucer sep. You will command the saucer section, Lieutenant.

Lieutenant Worf: I'm a Klingon, sir. For me to seek escape when my Captain goes into battle...

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: You are a Starfleet officer, Lieutenant!

Lieutenant Worf: Aye, sir.

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[O'Brien's first line]

Battle Bridge Conn: All decks acknowledging, sir.

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[Riker's first line]

Commander William T. Riker: Personal log, Commander William Riker, stardate 41153.7 - The USS Hood has dropped me off at Farpoint Station, where I await the arrival of the new USS Enterprise, to which I have been assigned as First Officer. Meanwhile, I have been asked to visit the Farpoint administrator's office in the old city.

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[La Forge's first line]

Lieutenant Geordi La Forge: Sir, the Enterprise is arriving, but...

[Riker interrupts him]

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Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Do we have clearance?

Lt. Commander Data: Aye sir, into standard parking orbit.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Make it so.

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Counselor Deanna Troi: I can sense only strong emotions, Groppler. I'm only half-Betazoid. My father was a Starfleet officer.

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Lt. Commander Data: Sorry, sir. I seem to be commenting on everything.

Commander William T. Riker: Good. Don't stop, my friend.

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Battle Bridge Conn: You know anything about Farpoint Station, sir? It sounds like a fairly dull place.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: We've heard that we may find it rather interesting.

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Q: [of Picard] He's such a dullard, isn't he?

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Captain Jean-Luc Picard: We've no fear of what the true facts about us will reveal.

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Q: Soldiers, you will press those triggers if this criminal answers with any word other than 'guilty'.

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Commander William T. Riker: Captain, if he's not open to evidence in our favor, where will you go from there?

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I'll attend to my duty.

Commander William T. Riker: To the bitter end?

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I see nothing so bitter about that.

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Zorn: [of the space vessel life form] Captain, that thing was killing my people!

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Was there a reason?

Q: It is an unknown, Captain. Isn't that enough?

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: If you'd earned that uniform you're wearing, you'd know that the unknown is what brings us out here.

Q: Wasted effort considering human intelligence.

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[the crew has solved the Farpoint mystery]

Q: I see now, it was too simple a puzzle. Generosity has always been my... weakness.

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