History Recap / StarTrekTheNextGenerationS2E9TheMeasureOfAMan

11th Jan '16 4:19:17 AM StarTropes
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* RuleOfThree: The three criteria for sentience--intelligence, self-awareness, and consciousness.
21st Nov '15 6:39:54 AM LentilSandEater
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* VillainyFreeVillain: Maddox's goal is certainly altruistic, but his blatant disregard for Data's desires and well-being make him thoroughly unlikable. Arguably a downplayed example of this trope, since despite his attitude, Maddox is honest and forthright during the trial, and gracefully accepts defeat.
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* VillainyFreeVillain: Maddox's goal is certainly altruistic, but his blatant disregard for Data's desires and well-being make him thoroughly unlikable. Arguably He's a downplayed example of this trope, since despite his attitude, Maddox is honest and forthright during the trial, and gracefully accepts defeat.
9th Nov '15 6:26:21 PM LtFedora
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: While the senior staff playing poker would become a regular fixture of the show, O'Brien would not be shown at the table again.
24th Jun '15 6:05:43 AM Synch
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* Wham Like
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* Wham LikeWhamLine
21st Jun '15 7:58:25 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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** Picard then uses one against Madox and the judge: ---> '''Picard:''' Are you prepared to condemn him, and all who come after him, to servitude and slavery?
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** Picard then uses more than one against Madox Maddox and the judge: ---> '''Picard:''' --->'''Picard:''' You see he's met two of your three criteria for sentience, so what if he meets the third, consciousness, in even the smallest degree? What is he then? I don't know, do you? ''(to Riker)'' Do you? ''(to Phillipa)'' Do you? --->'''Picard:''' Are you prepared to condemn him, and all who come after him, to servitude and slavery?

-->'''Louvois''': "We have all been dancing around the question: 'Does Data have a soul?' I don't know... but he must be given the chance to discover that for himself."
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-->'''Louvois''': "We have "We've all been dancing around the question: basic issue: 'Does Data have a soul?' I don't know... but he must be given the chance to discover know that for he has. I don't know that I have! But I have got to give him the freedom to explore that question himself."

--> '''Picard:''' Are you prepared to condemn him, and those who come after him, to servitude and slavery? Your Honor, Starfleet was ''founded'' to seek out new life; well, '''THERE IT SITS!''' Waiting... You wanted a chance to make law? Well, here it is; make it a good one.
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--> '''Picard:''' Are you prepared to condemn him, and those who come after him, to servitude and slavery? Your Honor, Starfleet was ''founded'' to seek out new life; well, '''THERE IT SITS!''' '''there it sits!''' Waiting... You wanted a chance to make law? Well, here it is; make it a good one.

** Even applies before the trial. Riker accesses the schematics of Data and discovers the off-switch. He reacts with a pleased look of "Yay, I won!" only to realize moments later "Oh crap, I won."
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** Even applies before the trial. Riker accesses the schematics of Data and discovers the off-switch. He reacts with a pleased look of "Yay, I won!" can win!" only to realize moments later "Oh crap, I won.can win."

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** Even applies before the trial. Riker accesses the schematics * Wham Like -->'''Guinan:''' Whole generations of Data and discovers the off-switch. He reacts with a pleased look of "Yay, I won!" only to realize moments later "Oh crap, I won."[[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman disposable people.]] -->'''Picard:''' '''' You're talking about slavery!
25th May '15 11:38:45 AM isoycrazy
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-->'''Picard:''' "Starfleet was founded to seek out new life, (points to Data) well ''there it sits''."
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-->'''Picard:''' "Starfleet Starfleet was founded to seek out new life, (points to Data) well ''there it sits''."sits''. * ArmorPiercingQuestion: ** Data breaks Picard's first view that perhaps the needs of the many could benefit from this procedure and Data should volunteer with one simple question: ---> '''Data:''' Sir, Lieutenant La Forge's eyes are far superior to human biological eyes. True? Then why are not all human officers required to have their eyes replaced with cybernetic implants? ** Picard then uses one against Madox and the judge: ---> '''Picard:''' Are you prepared to condemn him, and all who come after him, to servitude and slavery?

* CourtroomEpisode
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* CourtroomEpisodeCourtroomEpisode: A majority of the episode is focused in a courtroom to discuss and determine Data's rights.
2nd May '15 12:01:37 PM MadCat221
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* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "Your Honor, Starfleet was ''founded'' to seek out new life. Well '''There! It! Sits!'''"
23rd Mar '15 7:21:55 AM Synch
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* EasilyForgiven: Subverted, but in an unusually positive way for this kind of trope. It seems like Data is just forgiving Riker, but Data explains why Riker's actions still saved Data, by allowing a trial to give him a chance.
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* EasilyForgiven: EasilyForgiven: ** Subverted, but in an unusually positive way for this kind of trope. It seems like Data is just forgiving Riker, but Data explains why Riker's actions still saved Data, by allowing a trial to give him a chance.chance. ** Data is also quick to forgive Maddox after the trial and encourages him to continue his research. A fair response, considering Maddox was sporting about his defeat, and seems to have had a minor HeelRealization after Picard's speech as well.
23rd Mar '15 7:14:02 AM Synch
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Not actually a Patrick Stewart Speech, which is about extolling the virtues of humanity. His speech is closer to a Kirk Summation (ironically), since he is trying to convince Louvois/Maddox of the evil they are about to commit.
* KirkSummation: One of the most memorable of the series. --> '''Picard:''' Are you prepared to condemn him, and those who come after him, to servitude and slavery? Your Honor, Starfleet was ''founded'' to seek out new life; well, '''THERE IT SITS!''' Waiting... You wanted a chance to make law? Well, here it is; make it a good one.

* PatrickStewartSpeech: One of the most memorable of the series. --> '''Picard:''' Are you prepared to condemn him, and those who come after him, to servitude and slavery? Your Honor, Starfleet was ''founded'' to seek out new life; well, '''THERE IT SITS!''' Waiting... You wanted a chance to make law? Well, here it is; make it a good one.
10th Mar '15 9:31:40 AM ShadowHog
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Tweaking some of the quotes
--> '''Picard:''' If we weren't surrounded by all these people, you know what I'd like to do right now? --> '''Louvois:''' Bust a chair across my teeth. --> '''Picard:''' After that. --> '''Louvois:''' Oh, ain't love grand?
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--> '''Picard:''' If we weren't surrounded by all these people, you know what I'd like to do right now? --> now?\\ '''Louvois:''' Bust a chair across my teeth. --> teeth.\\ '''Picard:''' After that. --> that.\\ '''Louvois:''' Oh, ain't love grand?

-->'''Guinan:''' Consider that in the history of many worlds, there have always been disposable creatures. They do the dirty work. They do the work that no one else wants to do because it's too difficult or too hazardous. And an army of Datas, [[WeHaveReserves all disposable...]] You don't have to think about their welfare, you don't think about how they feel. [[WhamLine Whole generations of disposable people.]] -->'''Picard:''' You're talking about slavery. -->'''Guinan:''' [[SarcasmMode Oh, I think that's a little harsh.]] -->'''Picard:''' [[HeelRealization I don't think that's a little harsh, I think that's the truth.]] But that's a truth that we have obscured behind a... comfortable, easy euphemism: 'Property'! But that's not the issue at all, is it?
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-->'''Guinan:''' Consider that in the history of many worlds, there have always been disposable creatures. They do the dirty work. They do the work that no one else wants to do because it's too difficult or too hazardous. And an army of Datas, [[WeHaveReserves all disposable...]] You don't have to think about their welfare, you don't think about how they feel. [[WhamLine Whole generations of disposable people.]] -->'''Picard:''' ]]\\ '''Picard:''' You're talking about slavery. -->'''Guinan:''' slavery.\\ '''Guinan:''' [[SarcasmMode Oh, I think that's a little harsh.]] -->'''Picard:''' ]]\\ '''Picard:''' [[HeelRealization I don't think that's a little harsh, I think that's the truth.]] But that's a truth that we have obscured behind a... comfortable, easy euphemism: 'Property'! But that's not the issue at all, is it?

--> '''Picard:''' Are you prepared to condemn him, and those who come after him, to servitude and slavery? Your Honor, Starfleet was ''founded'' to seek out new life; well, '''THERE IT SITS!'''
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--> '''Picard:''' Are you prepared to condemn him, and those who come after him, to servitude and slavery? Your Honor, Starfleet was ''founded'' to seek out new life; well, '''THERE IT SITS!'''SITS!''' Waiting... You wanted a chance to make law? Well, here it is; make it a good one.
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