History Series / StarTrekTheNExtGeneration

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* HiddenPurposeTest: Troi's engineering qualification test for her promotion is this. Rather than solve an engineering problem per se, the point is to see if she can send someone to certain death if necessary.
23rd Mar '17 4:08:59 PM ShorinBJ
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** Geordi has incredibly bad mojo with women, to the point where if you ignored Dr. Brahams, he could easily pass for homosexual. Even Wesley one claimed to have had better luck with women than Geordi. The reason is not entirely clear; Geordi is honest to the point of folly, which often blows up in his face. [=LeVar=] Burton was perplexed about all this, although he has stated in interviews that Geordi's datelessness was due to the fact that the writers didn't know how to write black male sexuality.

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** Geordi has incredibly bad mojo with women, to the point where if you ignored Dr. Brahams, Brahms, he could easily pass for homosexual. Even Wesley one once claimed to have had better luck with women than Geordi. The reason is not entirely clear; Geordi is honest to the point of folly, which often blows up in his face. [=LeVar=] Burton was perplexed about all this, although he has stated in interviews that Geordi's datelessness was due to the fact that the writers didn't know how to write black male sexuality.
20th Mar '17 4:41:25 PM ShorinBJ
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* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The Borg Collective, and although they're Lawful in and of themselves rather than Chaotic, their effect on everyone else is ChaoticEvil as they destroy or assimilate almost indiscriminately everyone they come across as long as their prey have a minimum of technological or biological advancement - i.e. as long as whoever they are killing or assimilating is worth the energy. They try to assimilate the entire rest of the universe into their structured collective or kill them trying, and you can't reason with them or plead for mercy. [[CatchPhrase Resistance is futile]]. Averted with [[spoiler: Hugh, when he is separated from the Collective and gains individuality.]]

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* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The Borg Collective, and although they're Lawful in and of themselves rather than Chaotic, their effect on everyone else is ChaoticEvil as they destroy or assimilate almost indiscriminately everyone they come across as long as their prey have a minimum of technological or biological advancement - i.e. as long as whoever they are killing or assimilating is worth the energy. They try to assimilate the entire rest of the universe into their structured collective or kill them trying, and you can't reason with them or plead for mercy. [[CatchPhrase Resistance is futile]]. Averted with [[spoiler: Hugh, [[spoiler:Hugh, when he is separated from the Collective and gains individuality.]]



** To say nothing of those that the Borg assimilate. As Picard implied shortly after being removed from the Collective in "The Best of Both Worlds", they're privvy to everything the Borg-them is doing, but are helpless to do anything about it. That Picard was able to break through his "Locutus of Borg" personality and tell Data how to defeat the Borg was nothing short of a miracle.

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** To say nothing of those that the Borg assimilate. As Picard implied shortly after being removed from the Collective in "The Best of Both Worlds", they're privvy privy to everything the Borg-them is doing, but are helpless to do anything about it. That Picard was able to break through his "Locutus of Borg" personality and tell Data how to defeat the Borg was nothing short of a miracle.



* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: In the episode "Masks", Troi seems to think the sun and the moon both revolve around the same planet. oops.

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* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: In the episode "Masks", Troi seems to think the sun and the moon both revolve around the same planet. oops.Oops.



* AssInAmbassador: Lwaxana Troi, Betazoid ambassador to the Federation, rarely misses an opportunity to mortify the senior staff, especially Picard and her daughter Deanna. (She is an ambassador in the same sense that countries have ambassadors to the United Nations.)

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* AssInAmbassador: Lwaxana Troi, Betazoid ambassador to the Federation, rarely misses an opportunity to mortify the senior staff, especially Picard and her daughter Deanna. (She She is an ambassador in the same sense that countries have ambassadors to the United Nations.)



* AuthorAppeal: Baseball was Michael Piller's favorite sport. [[NeverBareheaded Shocking, we know.]] One of his goals was to bring that sport back to the 24th century, which had replaced it with Parrises Squares, Racket Ball and the like.; hence Dr. Stubs ('Evolution'). This also inspired the [=DS9=] episode "Take Me Out to the Holosuite."

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* AuthorAppeal: Baseball was Michael Piller's favorite sport. [[NeverBareheaded Shocking, we know.]] One of his goals was to bring that sport back to the 24th century, which had replaced it with Parrises Squares, Racket Ball and the like.; like, hence Dr. Stubs ('Evolution'). This also inspired the [=DS9=] episode "Take Me Out to the Holosuite."



** In "Tapestry", Picard (who's reliving his days as a fresh young ensign) has sex with his good female friend Marta Batanides. In the morning, a hand reaches up to stroke his ear, and Picard turns around, opens his eyes--[[spoiler: [[HoYay and it's Q.]] ]]

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** In "Tapestry", Picard (who's reliving his days as a fresh young ensign) has sex with his good female friend Marta Batanides. In the morning, a hand reaches up to stroke his ear, and Picard turns around, opens his eyes--[[spoiler: [[HoYay eyes--[[spoiler:[[HoYay and it's Q.]] ]]]]]]



** Because the Klingons had become allies of TheFederation by this point, their previous role of recurring antagonists went unfilled. The Ferengi were the first attempt at creating a big bad, and were found to be too comical. Then the Borg came along, but were found to be TooAwesomeToUse by the writers. They eventually settled late on in the run of the show on the Cardassians, who were indeed developed into a true Big Bad on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' (only for their own Big Bad status to be subverted towards the end of that show's run, following in the footsteps of the Klingons.) Ultimately, the Romulans come closest to filling out this niche, and its a bigger plot twist to find that they are ''[[NotMeThisTime not]]'' the masterminds behind the insidous scheme of the week.

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** Because the Klingons had become allies of TheFederation by this point, their previous role of recurring antagonists went unfilled. The Ferengi were the first attempt at creating a big bad, and were found to be too comical. Then the Borg came along, but were found to be TooAwesomeToUse by the writers. They eventually settled late on in the run of the show on the Cardassians, who were indeed developed into a true Big Bad on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' (only for their own Big Bad status to be subverted towards the end of that show's run, following in the footsteps of the Klingons.) Ultimately, the Romulans come closest to filling out this niche, and its it's a bigger plot twist to find that they are ''[[NotMeThisTime not]]'' the masterminds behind the insidous insidious scheme of the week.



** Q seems to be set up as Picard's ArchEnemy in the pilot and his appearances in the first season see him portrayed as malevolent and even sadistic. In later seasons, his appearances were usually [[VillainDecay played for laughs]], although he would occasionally resume the role of antagonist, notably in the finale "All Good Things" which revisits the scenario of the pilot. Q's personality, however, means you're not really sure whether he really means you harm or is faking it ForTheLulz, furthermore, Q's nature as an time-travelling EnergyBeing who lives outside of time and can not only take any form he likes but can create matter and illusions out of thin air means not only that different events could be happening out of sequence with his personal timeline, but that the nature of his interactions with the crew could in fact seem very different from what is really happening - and the audience knows all this uncertainty but never gets a firm answer out of anything.

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** Q seems to be set up as Picard's ArchEnemy in the pilot and his appearances in the first season see him portrayed as malevolent and even sadistic. In later seasons, his appearances were usually [[VillainDecay played for laughs]], although he would occasionally resume the role of antagonist, notably in the finale "All Good Things" which revisits the scenario of the pilot. Q's personality, however, means you're not really sure whether he really means you harm or is faking it ForTheLulz, furthermore, Q's nature as an time-travelling time-traveling EnergyBeing who lives outside of time and can not only take any form he likes but can create matter and illusions out of thin air means not only that different events could be happening out of sequence with his personal timeline, but that the nature of his interactions with the crew could in fact seem very different from what is really happening - and the audience knows all this uncertainty but never gets a firm answer out of anything.



* BigSecret: "The Drumhead". When it becomes clear Ensign Tarses is hiding something, he becomes the chief suspect in the trial with the investigative team going all out to prove he's the saboteur they're after. It's a waste of everyone's time as he's innocent, his DarkSecret being mostly unrelated to the original crime -- to the conspiracy-minded mind, it did have a connection. [[spoiler: The original crime involved betraying the Federation to the Romulans. Tarses' secret turned out to be that rather than being a quarter Vulcan, he was a quarter ''Romulan'']]. This is why the investigation against Tarses continues for a while after Tarses' secret is revealed.

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* BigSecret: "The Drumhead". When it becomes clear Ensign Tarses is hiding something, he becomes the chief suspect in the trial with the investigative team going all out to prove he's the saboteur they're after. It's a waste of everyone's time as he's innocent, his DarkSecret being mostly unrelated to the original crime -- to the conspiracy-minded mind, it did have a connection. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The original crime involved betraying the Federation to the Romulans. Tarses' secret turned out to be that rather than being a quarter Vulcan, he was a quarter ''Romulan'']]. This is why the investigation against Tarses continues for a while after Tarses' secret is revealed.



** In "Symbiosis", Picard cites the Prime Directive as the reason he cannot interfere, even though the Brekkians are exploiting the Onarans' addiction to the Felicium, believing it to be a "cure" for a plague they have, when it's actually a narcotic. In the end, he decides to give them the drug, but refuse to help them fix their freighters, thus causing them to go cold turkey. Good ending, right? Except Picard seems to overlook the fact that once they go cold turkey and realise the Brekkians have been lying to them for ''centuries'', this would probably result in them declaring '''War!''' Which is fine with the PD; what they do about their issues is their business.

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** %%** In "Symbiosis", Picard cites the Prime Directive as the reason he cannot interfere, even though the Brekkians are exploiting the Onarans' addiction to the Felicium, believing it to be a "cure" for a plague they have, when it's actually a narcotic. In the end, he decides to give them the drug, but refuse to help them fix their freighters, thus causing them to go cold turkey. Good ending, right? Except Picard seems to overlook the fact that once they go cold turkey and realise the Brekkians have been lying to them for ''centuries'', this would probably result in them declaring '''War!''' Which is fine with the PD; what they do about their issues is their business. NOTE: So it's fine with the Prime Directive, as noted, and also, declaring war is rather useless when the two sides are on separate planets and have no SHIPS.



** Vulcan Ambassador T'Pel [[spoiler: who is really a Romulan spy called Sub-Commander Selok]] in "Data's Day".

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** Vulcan Ambassador T'Pel [[spoiler: who [[spoiler:who is really a Romulan spy called Sub-Commander Selok]] in "Data's Day".


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** In "The Next Phase", a Romulan ship thanks the ''Enterprise'' for their help by setting up a muon wave to destroy them as soon as they go to warp. As far as we see, nothing happens to those Romulans.
19th Mar '17 5:02:11 AM ShorinBJ
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*** In "Ethics" when Worf is injured leaving him paralysed from the waist down, Dr. Crusher doesn't listen to what Worf wants, his cultural and personal bias, his requirements for adequate quality of life or respect his autonomy, instead she not only condescendingly decides what he should want and what he should do, she compromises one of the core tenants of medical ethics and decides which options for treatment he should want and ''does not even inform him of all his options.'' She even gets angry at the spinal specialist who comes onboard because she ''does'' tell Worf all his options, putting Crusher in the uncomfortable position of performing a life-threatening procedure which is outside her comfort zone. It takes Picard having to explain to Crusher her own patient's wishes and needs, which shows just how warped and egocentric her view of medicine has become. Of course Dr. Crusher then goes on to lecture the visiting spinal doctor on her hypocritical medical practices... without realizing how she herself is repeatedly putting her own needs and desires in front of her patient's.

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*** In "Ethics" when Worf is injured leaving him paralysed paralyzed from the waist down, Dr. Crusher doesn't listen to what Worf wants, his cultural and personal bias, his requirements for adequate quality of life or respect his autonomy, instead she not only condescendingly decides what he should want and what he should do, she compromises one of the core tenants of medical ethics and decides which options for treatment he should want and ''does not even inform him of all his options.'' More than that, she compromises the very ideals of the Federation, which in such a diverse society necessarily require respect for other cultures and belief systems. She even gets angry at the spinal specialist who comes onboard because she ''does'' tell Worf all his options, putting Crusher in the uncomfortable position of performing a life-threatening procedure which is outside her comfort zone. It takes Picard having to explain to Crusher her own patient's wishes and needs, which shows just how warped and egocentric her view of medicine has become. Of course Dr. Crusher then goes on to lecture the visiting spinal doctor on her hypocritical medical practices... without realizing how she herself is repeatedly putting her own needs and desires in front of her patient's.



** In "Ethics" Dr. Crusher turns on another Doctor for trying unconventional techniques to save someone's life, accusing her of choosing which treatments to give based on her own bias. When she questions this doctor's judgement she says "I made the choice that I thought gave him the best chance of surviving, isn't that what you would have done?" Meanwhile Crusher is doing the exact same thing in Worf's case: picking and choosing which options to give him... except Worf isn't unconscious, and Crusher is ignoring his opinions and patient autonomy nonetheless. This is the only "nod" to Crusher's hypocrisy when it comes to medical ethics.

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** In "Ethics" Dr. Crusher turns on another Doctor doctor for trying unconventional techniques to save someone's life, accusing her of choosing which treatments to give based on her own bias. When she questions this doctor's judgement she says "I made the choice that I thought gave him the best chance of surviving, isn't that what you would have done?" Meanwhile Crusher is doing the exact same thing in Worf's case: picking and choosing which options to give him... except Worf isn't unconscious, and Crusher is ignoring his opinions and patient autonomy nonetheless. This is the only "nod" to Crusher's hypocrisy when it comes to medical ethics.
16th Mar '17 1:37:31 AM ShorinBJ
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* StyrofoamRocks: In "Ethics", Worf's spine is broken when a cargo container falls on him. The way it falls and bounces indicates that it's so light it wouldn't even hurt a human, let alone a big sturdy Klingon.

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** Carmen Davila, the woman Riker had a flirtation with at the beginning of "Silicon Avatar", would qualify. She basically exists to get killed by the crystalline entity so Riker can brood over it and argue for destroying the entity.
* StyrofoamRocks: In "Ethics", Worf's spine is broken when a cargo container falls on him. The way it falls and bounces indicates that it's so light it wouldn't even hurt a human, let alone a big big, sturdy Klingon.



* TakeAThirdOption: In "Samaritan Snare", the Pakleds capture Geordi and demand access to the ''Enterprise's'' computer. Their options, summarized by Data, are, "We can either respond to the Pakleds' demands, or not. We can either use force, or not." Riker ultimately comes up with a ruse, communicated to Geordi in code-- [[spoiler:Geordi would seemingly arm the slow-witted Pakleds with sophisticated weaponry, and when the ''Enterprise'' released harmless plasma through the Bussard collectors, he would disarm the Pakleds' weapons, claiming that the ''Enterprise's'' "crimson force field" had done it.]]

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* TakeAThirdOption: In "Samaritan Snare", the Pakleds capture Geordi and demand access to the ''Enterprise's'' computer. Their options, summarized by Data, are, "We can either respond to the Pakleds' demands, or not. We can either use force, or not." Riker ultimately comes up with a ruse, communicated to Geordi in code-- code -- [[spoiler:Geordi would seemingly arm the slow-witted Pakleds with sophisticated weaponry, and when the ''Enterprise'' released harmless plasma through the Bussard collectors, he would disarm the Pakleds' weapons, claiming that the ''Enterprise's'' "crimson force field" had done it.]]



* TalkingIsAFreeAction: in a notable example in ''Encouter at Farpoint'', Picard is somehow able to record a log in the middle of his first encounter with Q, while Q is right in front of him, and without moving his lips.

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* TalkingIsAFreeAction: in a notable example in ''Encouter ''Encounter at Farpoint'', Picard is somehow able to record a log in the middle of his first encounter with Q, while Q is right in front of him, and without moving his lips.



** Picard to Wesley in the Pilot. "Get out of my chair!"

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** Picard to Wesley in the Pilot.pilot. "Get out of my chair!"



-->'''Armus:''' I am a ''[[MadeOfEvil skin of evil]]'', left here be a race of titans, who believed if they rid themselves of me, they would free the bounds of destructiveness.

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-->'''Armus:''' I am a ''[[MadeOfEvil skin of evil]]'', left here be by a race of titans, who believed if they rid themselves of me, they would free the bounds of destructiveness.
16th Mar '17 12:56:36 AM ShorinBJ
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** In "Ensign Ro", when Riker chastises Ro Laren for wearing her Bajoran earring--which has religious significance--only to subsequently take her into a meeting where Troi was wearing her low-cut, non-regulation uniform and Worf is proudly wearing his Klingon baldric.

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** In "Ensign Ro", when Riker chastises Ro Laren for wearing her Bajoran earring--which has religious significance--only to subsequently take her into a meeting where Troi was wearing her low-cut, non-regulation uniform and Worf is proudly wearing his Klingon baldric. This may be more out of personal and professional dislike than anything; in the end, when she makes being allowed to wear her earring a condition for staying on, Picard accepts with a grin.
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** In "Ensign Ro", when Riker chastises Ro Laren for wearing her Bajoran earring, only to subsequently take her into a meeting where Troi was wearing her low-cut, non-regulation uniform and Worf is proudly wearing his Klingon baldric.

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** In "Ensign Ro", when Riker chastises Ro Laren for wearing her Bajoran earring, only earring--which has religious significance--only to subsequently take her into a meeting where Troi was wearing her low-cut, non-regulation uniform and Worf is proudly wearing his Klingon baldric.



** In "The Drumhead" when Picard proclaims that it's intrusive to use a Betazoid to discern if someone is lying, [[InsaneAdmiral Admiral Satie]] throws it right back in his face that he uses ''Troi'' to do it all the time. To his credit, Picard concedes the point and replies that he might reconsider this policy in the future.
** In "Ethics" Dr. Crusher turns on another Doctor for trying unconventional techniques to save someone's life, accusing her of choosing which treatments to give based on her own bias. When she questions this doctor's judgement she says "I made the choice that I thought gave him the best chance of surviving, isn't that what you would have done?" Meanwhile Crusher is doing the exact same thing in Worf's case: picking and choosing which options to give him... except Worf isn't unconscious, and Crusher is ignoring his opinions and patient autonomy nonetheless. This is the only "nod" to Crusher's hypocrisy when it comes to medical ethics.

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** In "The Drumhead" when Picard proclaims that it's intrusive to use a Betazoid to discern if someone is lying, [[InsaneAdmiral Admiral Satie]] throws it right back in his face that he uses ''Troi'' to do it all the time. [[note]]He does point out there's a difference between taking Troi's empathic sense of someone's dishonesty into account with other evidence and using it as the sole basis for an accusation[[/note]] To his credit, Picard concedes the point and replies that he might reconsider this policy in the future.
** In "Ethics" Dr. Crusher turns on another Doctor for trying unconventional techniques to save someone's life, accusing her of choosing which treatments to give based on her own bias. When she questions this doctor's judgement she says "I made the choice that I thought gave him the best chance of surviving, isn't that what you would have done?" Meanwhile Crusher is doing the exact same thing in Worf's case: picking and choosing which options to give him... except Worf isn't unconscious, and Crusher is ignoring his opinions and patient autonomy nonetheless. This is the only "nod" to Crusher's hypocrisy when it comes to medical ethics. ethics.
*** Picard also takes Worf's side in the debate, pointing out that he is a Klingon, and for him, his life ended when he was injured.



** Also overlaps with ''literal'' GenerationXerox as Data and Lore were designed to resemble their creator Dr. Noonien Soong. Its later revealed that ''he'' was also an IdenticalGrandson of Dr. Arik Soong from ''Enterprise''.

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** Also overlaps with ''literal'' GenerationXerox as Data and Lore were designed to resemble their creator creator, Dr. Noonien Soong. Its It's later revealed that ''he'' was also an IdenticalGrandson of Dr. Arik Soong from ''Enterprise''.



** Similarly, the telepath from the episode "Tin Man" spends a lot of time with Data, whose mind he cannot read. The difference here is that, unlike Lwaxana, he can't not read minds, while Lwaxana just has almost no sense of personal space in that regard. He loves having to discover who Data is as a person rather than being thrust with all that information at once.

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** Similarly, the telepath from the episode "Tin Man" spends a lot of time with Data, whose mind he cannot read. The difference here is that, unlike Lwaxana, he can't not read minds, while Lwaxana just has almost no sense of personal space in that regard. He loves having to discover who Data is as a person rather than being thrust with having all that information thrust upon him at once.
15th Mar '17 6:46:31 AM morenohijazo
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* GemTissue: The Crystalline Entity, a massive snowflake-like creature that absorbed organic matter, converting it into energy in order to grow. Although the entity was shattered in its debut episiode, it (or another) would later appear in the ''Literature/StarTrekTitan'' novels and ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline''.
15th Mar '17 1:23:56 AM KobyFish
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** Picard's actions in "Q Who?" where as WebSite/SFDebris points out, the moral is that with with great power ComesGreatResponsibility, unless it can be used to save a [[InfantImmortality little pink-clad dead girl]].

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** Picard's actions in "Q Who?" "Hide And Q" where as WebSite/SFDebris points out, the moral is that with with great power ComesGreatResponsibility, unless it can be used to save a [[InfantImmortality little pink-clad dead girl]].
14th Mar '17 9:51:50 AM skidoo23
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* FriendlyEnemy: Q drives Picard crazy, but there are indications as the series progresses that suggest the two are headed in this direction, with Q openly admitting to helping Picard in the series finale, and even early on Picard indicates he's in Q's debt for giving the Federation advance warning of the Borg.
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