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"Star Trek: Voyager" Prime Factors (TV Episode 1995) Poster

(TV Series)

(1995)

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Captain Kathryn Janeway: What is the nature of your emergency?

Gath: We have no emergency.

Captain Kathryn Janeway: But you are sending out a distress call.

Gath: Yes, we are.

Captain Kathryn Janeway: Why?

Gath: Because you are in distress.

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[Kim tells Eudana about how Voyager got stranded in the Delta Quadrant]

Eudana: That's a very noble story.

Ensign Harry Kim: Noble?

Eudana: Mm. Stories can be whimsical or frightening or, or melancholy or many other things. But noble stories are the ones that can most affect our lives.

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Captain Kathryn Janeway: It's the first time we've been on the other side of the fence.

Lieutenant Tom Paris: What fence?

Captain Kathryn Janeway: The one that's made of binding principles. We have our own set of rules, which includes the Prime Directive. How many times have we been in the position of refusing to interfere when some kind of disaster threatened an alien culture? It's all very well to say we do it on the basis of an enlightened principle. But how does that feel to the aliens? I'm sure many of them think the Prime Directive is a lousy idea.

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Captain Kathryn Janeway: Principles, principles - that's what it comes down to. Do I compromise my almighty principles? But how do I not compromise them, if it involves a chance to get the crew more than halfway home? How do I tell them... my principles are so important, I would deny them that opportunity?

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Jaret Otel: Many people believe that rules should be flexible enough to meet the needs of the moment.

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Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres: You looked a million light years away.

Seska: No - only about 70,000.

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Captain Kathryn Janeway: You can use logic to justify almost anything. That's its power - and its flaw.

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Lieutenant Tuvok: My logic was not in error; but I was.

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Captain Kathryn Janeway: I don't have the luxury of throwing you in the brig for the rest of this voyage; I need you. I need every person on this ship. But I want you to know - how very deeply you have disappointed me.

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Gath: Why are you so consumed with this desire to get home? I find it difficult to understand.

Captain Kathryn Janeway: Home... is home. It's where we belong.

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Captain Kathryn Janeway: I've seen how quickly you get tired of your pleasures. All that interests you is what's new and unexplored. After a day or two, it becomes commonplace.

Gath: Yes?

Captain Kathryn Janeway: We prefer permanence - the reward of relationships that endure, and grow deeper with the passing of time.

Gath: You would lose those notions if you stayed with us.

Captain Kathryn Janeway: You may be right. And that's why we have to leave.

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Captain Kathryn Janeway: You never had any intention of helping us, did you?

Gath: Of course I did. I did everything in my power to persuade you to stay here.

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[Engineering's attempt to secretly use the trajectory matrix has failed]

Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres: We're not going to cover this up.

Seska: Are you crazy? We don't have to take the blame for this!

Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres: But we're going to. We disobeyed orders, gambling it would pay off. It didn't. And now we just can't pretend like nothing happened.

Seska: I don't understand. There's no need for this.

Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres: I'm sorry if you don't get it, Seska. But it has something to do with, um... with being able to live with yourself.

Seska: That doesn't sound like you. You've changed.

Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres: If that's true, I take it as a compliment.

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Captain Kathryn Janeway: [to Tuvok] You are one of my most valued officers. And you are my friend. It is vital that you understand me here. I need you. But I also need to know that I can count on you. You are my counsel - the one I turn to when I need my moral compass checked. We have forged this relationship for years, and I depend on it! I realize you made a sacrifice for me. But it's not one I would have allowed you to make. You can use logic to justify almost anything. That's its power - and its flaw.

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