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"Star Trek: The Next Generation" The Best of Both Worlds: Part 1 (TV Episode 1990) Poster

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Guinan: This isn't the end.

Capt. Picard: You say that with remarkable assuredness.

Guinan: With experience. When the Borg destroyed my world, my people were scattered throughout the universe. We survived - as will humanity survive. As long as there's a handful of you to keep the spirit alive, you will prevail - even if it takes a millennium.

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[Capt. Picard has been assimilated by the Borg]

Locutus: I am Locutus - of Borg. Resistance - is futile. Your life, as it has been - is over. From this time forward, you will service - us.

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The Borg: Captain Jean-Luc Picard, you lead the strongest ship of the Federation fleet. You speak for your people.

Capt. Picard: I have nothing to say to you; and I will resist you with my last ounce of strength.

The Borg: Strength is irrelevant. Resistance is futile. We wish to improve ourselves. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service ours.

Capt. Picard: Impossible. My culture is based on freedom and self-determination.

The Borg: Freedom is irrelevant. Self-determination is irrelevant. You must comply.

Capt. Picard: We would rather die.

The Borg: Death is irrelevant. Your archaic cultures are authority-driven. To facilitate our introduction into your societies, it has been decided that a human voice will speak for us in all communications. You have been chosen to be that voice.

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[the away team is considering ways to slow down the Borg vessel]

Doctor Beverly Crusher: What if we look at this from the mosquito's point of view?

Lt. Commander Data: Interesting metaphor, Doctor. What is your idea?

Doctor Beverly Crusher: If we sting them in a tender spot, they might stop for a minute to scratch.

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Commander William T. Riker: You disagree with me, fine. You need to take it to the Captain, fine - through me. You do an end run around me again, I'll snap you back so hard you'll think you're a first-year cadet again.

Lt. Cmdr Elizabeth Paula Shelby: May I speak frankly, sir?

Commander William T. Riker: By all means.

Lt. Cmdr Elizabeth Paula Shelby: You're in my way.

Commander William T. Riker: Really? How terrible for you!

Lt. Cmdr Elizabeth Paula Shelby: All you know how to do is play it safe. I suppose that's why someone like you sits in the shadow of a great man for as long as you have, passing up one command after another.

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[last lines of season 3]

Commander William T. Riker: Mister Worf - fire!

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Capt. Picard: Mister Worf, dispatch a subspace message to Admiral Hanson. We have engaged the Borg.

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[after an attempt to rescue Picard has failed]

Commander William T. Riker: The Captain?

Lt. Commander Data: We were unable to retrieve him, sir. The Captain has been altered by the Borg.

Commander William T. Riker: Altered?

Lieutenant Worf: He IS a Borg.

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Admiral J. P. Hanson: This is the third time we've pulled out the captain's chair for Riker. He just won't sit down.

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Guinan: Trouble sleeping?

Capt. Picard: It's something of a tradition, Guinan - Captain touring the ship before a battle.

Guinan: Hmm. Before a *hopeless* battle, if I remember the tradition correctly.

Capt. Picard: Not necessarily. Nelson toured the HMS Victory before Trafalgar.

Guinan: Yes, but Nelson never returned from Trafalgar, did he?

Capt. Picard: No, but the battle was won.

Guinan: Do you expect this battle to be won?

Capt. Picard: We may yet prevail. That's a... a conceit. But... it's a healthy one. I wonder if the Emperor Honorius watching the Visigoths coming over the seventh hill truly realized that the Roman Empire was about to fall. This is just another page in history, isn't it? Will this be the end of *our* civilization? Turn the page.

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[Shelby gets early on site without permission]

Lt. Cmdr Elizabeth Paula Shelby: Morning. Early bird gets the worm, eh? We've had some interesting results.

Commander William T. Riker: Commander Shelby... Walk with me, Commander.

Lt. Commander Data: [to La Forge] Early bird...? I believe Commander Shelby erred. There is no evidence of avifaunal or crawling vermicular life forms on Jouret IV.

Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: That's not what she meant, Data. But you're right. She erred.

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Lt. Cmdr Elizabeth Paula Shelby: Tell me, Commander, is serving aboard the Enterprise as extraordinary an experience as I've heard?

Commander William T. Riker: Every bit.

Lt. Cmdr Elizabeth Paula Shelby: Good. Because I intend to convince Captain Picard that I'm the right choice for the job.

Commander William T. Riker: Job? Which job?

Lt. Cmdr Elizabeth Paula Shelby: Yours, of course.

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Capt. Picard: What's your impression of Shelby?

Commander William T. Riker: She knows her stuff.

Capt. Picard: She has your full confidence?

Commander William T. Riker: Well, I think she needs supervision. She takes the initiative a little too easily, sometimes with risks.

Capt. Picard: [tuts] Sounds like a young Lieutenant Commander I recruited as a first officer.

Commander William T. Riker: Perhaps.

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Capt. Picard: [from his personal log] We continue to prepare our defenses for the inevitable confrontation, but... I must admit, on this night I contemplate the distinct possibility that no defense may be adequate against this enemy.

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Commander William T. Riker: [in command of the Enterprise] Make it so.

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The Borg: Strength is irrelevant. Resistance is futile. We wish to improve ourselves. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service ours.

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Admiral J. P. Hanson: [on Shelby] She'd make you one hell of a first officer.

Capt. Picard: I already have a hell of a first officer.

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[Picard talks to Riker about taking the post as captain of another ship]

Commander William T. Riker: With all due respect, sir - you need me. Particularly now.

Capt. Picard: Indeed. Starfleet needs good captains, particularly now.

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Commander William T. Riker: [on reasons why he has declined the command of another starship] Maybe I'm just afraid of the big chair.

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[after the Borg have abducted Picard]

Lieutenant Worf: Sir, the coordinates they have set - they're on a direct course to sector 001. The Terran system.

Commander William T. Riker: Earth.

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Lt. Cmdr Elizabeth Paula Shelby: If you can't make the big decisions, Commander, I suggest you make room for someone who can.

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Lt. Cmdr Elizabeth Paula Shelby: Data was available. I took him, we came.

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Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge: [after Wesley has been out-bluffed by Riker despite having a winning hand] Wesley, you may get straight A's in school, but there's a lot you need to learn about poker.

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Wesley Crusher: Got another king in the hole, eh, Data?

Lt. Commander Data: I am afraid I cannot answer that, Wesley - and as you are a newcomer to the game, may I say it is inappropriate for you to ask.

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Commander William T. Riker: [the Borg want Captain Picard] What the hell do they want with you?

Lt. Cmdr Elizabeth Paula Shelby: I thought they weren't interested in human life forms. Only our technology.

Capt. Picard: That priority seems to have changed.

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