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"Star Trek: The Next Generation" Descent: Part 1 (TV Episode 1993) Poster

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Commander William T. Riker: Data? Data, are you all right?

Lt. Cmdr. Data: Yes, sir.

Commander William T. Riker: What happened?

Lt. Cmdr. Data: I got angry...

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Crosis: Data? Do you have a friend?

Lt. Cmdr. Data: Yes. His name is Geordi.

Crosis: If it meant that you could feel emotions again - the way you did on Ohniaka III - would you kill your friend? Would you kill Geordi?

Lt. Cmdr. Data: Yes... I would.

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Counselor Deanna Troi: I don't think that an exploration of anger need necessarily lead to hatred or malice.

Lt. Cmdr. Data: But what if it does, Counselor? What if those are the only emotions I am capable of experiencing? Would that not make me a bad person?

Counselor Deanna Troi: We've served together for a long time; and I think I've come to know you pretty well. I have to believe, if you ever reach your goal of becoming human... you won't become a bad one.

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Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Data!

Counselor Deanna Troi: That's not Data.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: What?

Lore: You should listen to her, Captain. She's way ahead of you.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Lore!

Lore: Right! But I am not alone.

[Data stands next to Lore]

Lt. Cmdr. Data: The sons of Soong have joined together; and together... we will *destroy* the Federation!

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Albert Einstein: [working out how much the next bet in the game is] Now, let's see, where were we? Yes, you raised Mr. Data four. Which means that, erm, the bet is seven... to me?

Isaac Newton: [frustrated] The bet is ten. Can't you do simple arithmetic?

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Albert Einstein: The uncertainty principle will not help you now, Stephen. Hm? All the quantum fluctuations in the universe will not change the cards in your hand. I call. You are bluffing. And you will lose!

Prof. Stephen Hawking: Wrong again, Albert.

[presents a hand of four 7s]

Albert Einstein: Shit.

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[first lines]

Prof. Stephen Hawking: ...But then I said, "In that frame of reference, the perihelion of Mercury would have recessed in the opposite direction."

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Captain Jean-Luc Picard: The Borg have been busy.

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Commander William T. Riker: [about the Borg encountered on Ohniaka III] They were fast, aggressive, almost vicious. It was more like fighting Klingons than... Borg.

Commander William T. Riker: [to Worf] No offense.

Lieutenant Worf: None taken.

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Captain Jean-Luc Picard: He was here in this room, Will. I could have rid the Federation of a mortal threat, and I let him go.

Commander William T. Riker: Sending Hugh back to the Borg was a very risky... a very dangerous choice. But it was the moral thing to do.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Well, it may turn out that the moral thing to do was not the right thing to do.

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Crosis: Resistance is futile. You will not resist what you've wanted all your life.

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Tayar: [analyzing his opposition] Artificial life form. Starfleet rank: Lieutenant Commander. Name: Data.

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Lt. Cmdr. Data: Could you describe feeling angry without referring to other feelings?

Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: No, I... I guess I can't. I just... feel angry.

Lt. Cmdr. Data: That was my experience as well. I simply... felt angry.

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Lt. Cmdr. Data: Perhaps I have evolved to the point where emotions are within my grasp. Perhaps I will experience other emotions as time goes by.

Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: Well, I hope you're right. I'd hate to think that anger is all you're capable of feeling.

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Crosis: How did it feel to get angry? Did it give you pleasure?

Lt. Cmdr. Data: It would be unethical to take pleasure in another being's death.

Crosis: You didn't answer my question. Did it feel good to kill?

Lt. Cmdr. Data: Yes...

Crosis: If it is unethical to take pleasure from another being's death, you must be a very unethical person.

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[Data has tried with various methods to evoke different emotions in himself, without success]

Counselor Deanna Troi: I'm curious. Why're you ignoring the one emotion you've already experienced? Why aren't you trying to make yourself angry again?

Lt. Cmdr. Data: Anger is a negative emotion. I wanted to concentrate on something more positive.

Counselor Deanna Troi: Data - feelings aren't positive and negative. They simply exist. It's what we do with those feelings that becomes good or bad.

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Lt. Cmdr. Data: [on his 'other' emotion] It was just after I had killed the Borg. I looked down at his body... I felt something.

Counselor Deanna Troi: If you had to give this... feeling a name - what would you call it?

Lt. Cmdr. Data: I believe... it was... pleasure...

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[Picard is on his way on an away mission, leaving a skeleton crew aboard the Enterprise]

Doctor Beverly Crusher: Good luck, Jean-Luc.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Good luck - "Captain"!

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Captain Jean-Luc Picard: What is your designation?

Crosis: I do not have a designation. My name is Crosis.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Crosis? How did you get that name?

Crosis: It was given to me by the One.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Who is that?

Crosis: The One who will destroy you.

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Isaac Newton: I invented physics. The day that apple fell on my head was the most momentous day in the history of science.

Prof. Stephen Hawking: Not the apple story again.

Lt. Cmdr. Data: That story is generally considered to be apocryphal.

Isaac Newton: [insulted] What? How dare you!

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[the New Berlin Colony has sent out a false alarm, mistaking a Ferengi trading ship for a potential aggressor]

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Mr. Worf, acknowledge the signal from New Berlin, and transmit another copy of Starfleet's ship recognition protocols, and tell them to read it this time!

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Lt. Cmdr. Data: Stop it! Stop! Stop, Stop, Stop, Stop!

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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]

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