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* After all his struggles with holo-addiction become public knowledge, Barclay proves to Geordi and the others that despite it all, he really is a worthy engineer. He uses some outside-the-box thinking and deduces that the ship's crisis of the week isn't a result of a structural failure, but a ''contaminant.'' It's still a team effort to save a rapidly-collapsing ship JustInTime, but it was Barclay's quick-thinking that set it all in motion.

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* After all his struggles with holo-addiction become public knowledge, Barclay proves to Geordi and the others that despite it all, he really is a worthy engineer. He uses some outside-the-box thinking and deduces that the ship's crisis of the week isn't a result of a structural failure, but a ''contaminant.'' It's still a team effort to save a rapidly-collapsing ship JustInTime, but it was Barclay's quick-thinking quick thinking that set it all in motion.



* With Data presumed dead, Picard and Riker agree that Worf is their first choice to take over the position at Ops, and we see why; he proves more than capable of handling the science-y aspects of the job and is the one to discover proof that the Beta Agni II colony's water supply was deliberately poisoned. And this is the guy Q snarked "Eat any good books lately?" at.



* Ambassador Sarek, father of [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Spock]], is over 200 years old and suffers from Bendii Syndrome, a rare, degenerative disease in elder Vulcans that affects their emotional control. What this means is that Sarek is in ''no'' condition to conduct some serious negotiations on his final diplomatic duty, and he radiates volatile emotions towards other people on the ''Enterprise.'' In an incredibly selfless act, Picard steps up to the plate, and proposes a MindMeld so that ''he'' can take on all those negative emotions while Sarek fulfills his duty. It works, and Sarek goes down to the planet to get the job done while Picard barricades himself in the conference room with Beverly to endure hours of despair and directionless rage. [[note]]On a meta note, Picard with Sarek's emotions is one of the most ''stunning'' displays of acting Creator/PatrickStewart ever did for ''Trek,'' and that's saying a lot.[[/note]]

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* Ambassador Sarek, father of [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Spock]], is over 200 years old and suffers from Bendii Syndrome, a rare, degenerative disease in elder Vulcans that affects their emotional control. What this means is that Sarek is in ''no'' condition to conduct some serious negotiations on his final diplomatic duty, and he radiates volatile emotions towards other people on the ''Enterprise.'' Worse, this treaty is a big deal to the Federation and it's meant to be his crowning achievement. He's spent almost a century building a personal relationship with this species; no one else can do it. In an incredibly selfless act, Picard steps up to the plate, and proposes a MindMeld so that ''he'' can take on all those negative emotions while Sarek fulfills his duty. It works, and Sarek goes down to the planet to get gets the job done while Picard barricades himself in the conference room with Beverly to endure hours of despair and directionless rage. [[note]]On a meta note, Picard with Sarek's emotions is one of the most ''stunning'' displays of acting Creator/PatrickStewart ever did for ''Trek,'' and that's saying a lot.[[/note]]


* Picard finally gets his own back on Wesley Crusher when he suspects him of covering up the death of a cadet in a training accident. He [[TakeThatScrappy beats him down]] in true Picard style:
-->'''Picard:''' The first duty of every Starfleet officer is to the ''truth'', whether it's scientific truth, or historical truth, or personal truth! It is the ''guiding principle'' on which Starfleet is based. If you can't find it within yourself to stand up and tell the truth about what happened, you don't deserve to wear that uniform! I'm going to make this simple for you, Mr. Crusher. [[IfYouWontIWill Either you come forward and tell Admiral Brand what really took place, or I will.]]

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* Picard This episode is famous for Wesley finally gets getting taken down a few pegs after spending much of the show as a CreatorsPet. After Wesley's squadron at Starfleet Academy is involved in a flying accident that killed one student, it prompts a trial at the academy, and upon noticing some little things that don't add up, Picard decides to get his crew involved in the investigation. Sure enough, they discover that Wesley, as well as squad leader Nicolas Locarno, and the other surviving pilots, are complicit in a cover-up: the student was killed when they attempted a maneuver that Starfleet declared ''illegal'' a century ago, and then they withheld information at the trial just to save their own back on asses. Picard is furious that someone he personally mentored would stoop to this, and has Wesley Crusher when summoned to his ready room, so he suspects him of covering up the death of a cadet in a training accident. He can [[WhatTheHellHero chew him]] [[TakeThatScrappy beats him down]] out]] in true Picard style:
-->'''Picard:''' The first duty of every Starfleet officer is to the ''truth'', whether it's scientific truth, or historical truth, or personal truth! It is the ''guiding principle'' on which Starfleet is based. If you can't find it within yourself to stand up and tell the truth about what happened, you '''you don't deserve to wear that uniform! uniform!''' I'm going to make this simple for you, Mr. Crusher. [[IfYouWontIWill Either you come forward and tell Admiral Brand what really took place, or I will.]]


* Q attempts to join the ''Enterprise'''s crew, saying they would need his help against the dangers of the galaxy. Picard snidely refuses, saying they are more than ready for any threat, and so Q hurls them across the galaxy to face the Borg. After failing to heed Q's warnings and losing eighteen members of his crew to the Borg, Riker tries to accuse Q of being responsible for their deaths instead of Picard. Q's only response? (The way this line is delivered is absolutely ''chilling.'' With two words, Q proves he's just as dark, dangerous, sinister, and powerful as he is foppish and amusing.)

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* Q attempts to join the ''Enterprise'''s crew, saying they would need his help against the dangers of the galaxy. Picard snidely refuses, saying they are more than ready for any threat, and so Q hurls them across the galaxy to face the Borg. After failing to heed Q's warnings and losing eighteen members of his crew to the Borg, Riker tries to accuse Q of being responsible for their deaths instead of Picard. Q's only response? (The way this line is delivered is absolutely ''chilling.'' With two words, Q proves he's just as dark, dangerous, sinister, and powerful as he is foppish and amusing.)response?


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** The way this line is delivered is absolutely ''chilling.'' With two words, Q proves he's just as dark, dangerous, sinister, and powerful as he is foppish and amusing.[[note]]To add to this moment, it's worth mentioning that ''[[ThrowItIn this is an ad-lib.]]''[[/note]]



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* With the two having come to an understanding and trading advice and ideas mutually, when Geordi shows doubt of Scotty's idea to save the ''Enterprise'', Scotty gives an understated BadassBoast.
-->'''Scotty:''' Geordi, I have spent my whole life trying to figure out crazy ways of doing things. I'm telling ya, as one engineer to another -- ''I can do this''.


* Even when he has amnesia and he's placed into false pretenses of a war, Picard ''still'' manages a PatrickStewartSpeech, and ultimately refuses to destroy the Lysian central command center. Being a LawfulGood is just in his blood.

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* Even when he has amnesia and he's placed into false pretenses of a war, Picard ''still'' manages a PatrickStewartSpeech, and ultimately refuses to destroy the Lysian central command center. Being a LawfulGood is just in his blood.



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* Even though they're being threatened by Q, Picard does not cower in fear of Q's retribution.
-->'''Riker:''' What do we do, sir? With them monitoring every move, every word...
-->'''Picard:''' S.O.P., Mr. Riker.
-->'''Riker:''' Standard Operating Procedures?
-->'''Picard:''' We do exactly what we'd do if this "Q" never existed. If we're going to be damned, let's be damned for what we really are.



* Q, while lounging in Picard's chair (a-gain) actually has the balls to condescend to Picard using ''Shakespeare'' quotes. There's an old saying: [[Wrestling/RoddyPiper "never throw rocks at a man who's got a machine gun."]] To put it another way - don't try to out-Shakespeare Jean-Luc Picard.

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* Q, while lounging in Picard's chair (a-gain) (again) actually has the balls to condescend to Picard using ''Shakespeare'' quotes. There's an old saying: [[Wrestling/RoddyPiper "never throw rocks at a man who's got a machine gun."]] To put it another way - don't try to out-Shakespeare Jean-Luc Picard.




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* Worf going through the Klingon Rite of Accession again, [[BadassBoast proclaiming his warrior credentials]] while being jabbed with painsticks.
-->'''Worf:''' Today, I am a warrior. I will show you my heart. I travel the river of blood!



-->'''Q''': Oh, ''please.''

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-->'''Q''': Oh, ''please.''[[ShutUpKirk Oh,]] ''[[ShutUpKirk please.]]''


** And proving himself equal to the OneManArmy Roga in a straight-up fight, forcing Roga to cheat.

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** And * It's a brief moment, but Worf proving himself equal to the OneManArmy Roga in a straight-up fight, forcing fight. Worf takes a super-punch that would've sent his comrades flying, and is able to keep up with a genetically-enhanced soldier in terms of raw strength. Realizing Worf is going to be trouble, Roga has to cheat.
fight dirty, and dump a bunch of crates on him so he can escape.



** And then [[spoiler: he does it '''''again!''''' And even still has the heart to forgive his deceiver... though that's more a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}.]]
** The exchange that follows is a moment of awesome for Riker in which he crushes every single inconsistency with the real characteristics and personalities of the crew of the ''Enterprise'' in the entire simulation.
* Riker and the fake Data around the same time.

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** And then [[spoiler: he does it '''''again!''''' And even still has the heart to forgive his deceiver... though that's more a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}.]]
** The exchange that follows with the fake Data is a moment of awesome for Riker in which he crushes every single inconsistency with the real characteristics and personalities of the crew of the ''Enterprise'' in the entire simulation.
* Riker and the fake Data around the same time.
simulation.



--->'''Riker''': No, you can't. Don't even try.

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--->'''Riker''': No, you can't. Don't ''can't,'' don't even try.
''try!''
** And then [[spoiler: he does it '''''again!''''' And still has the heart to forgive his deceiver... though that's more a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}}.]]


* At first, it's a punch in the gut to see Picard allow the Brekkians to deliver the felicium to the Onarans just to keep the Prime Directive intact, especially when the Brekkians are being [[SmugSnakes condescending]] about it. ''However'', once Picard makes it clear that the Prime Directive also keeps him from fixing their freighters carrying the drug, it's so satisfying to see the Brekkians ''squirm''.

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* At first, it's a punch in the gut to see Picard allow the Brekkians to deliver the felicium to the Onarans just to keep the Prime Directive intact, especially when the Brekkians are being [[SmugSnakes [[SmugSnake condescending]] about it. ''However'', once Picard makes it clear that the Prime Directive also keeps him from fixing their freighters carrying the drug, it's so satisfying to see the Brekkians ''squirm''.



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* K'Ehleyr may not have much love for Klingon posturing, but she shows exactly how someone like her, so openly unconcerned with the showmanship involved in Klingon politics, has managed to survive as the Federation ambassador to the Klingons when Gowron comes to her, trying to get information about what Picard is stalling for.
-->'''K'Ehleyr:''' What do you want?
-->'''Gowren:''' What do YOU want? Command of a ship? A seat on the Council? There are many opportunities for you in the Empire.
-->'''K'Ehleyr:''' Opportunities that will present themselves only if you come to power. You talk like a Ferengi.
-->'''Gowron:''' K'mpec was also stubborn. He too refused to listen. Now, he's gone. You need not make the same mistake.
-->'''K'Ehleyr:''' K'mpec was old and weak. I am not.


* This timeline's version of Tasha Yar, realising her death in the other timeline was [[DroppedABridgeOnHim pointless and empty]] chooses to request a transfer to the ''Enterprise C'' before it goes back in time, fully knowing the consequences. All because she doesn't want her death to be so meaningless this time.

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* This timeline's version of Tasha Yar, realising realizing her death in the other timeline was [[DroppedABridgeOnHim pointless and empty]] chooses to request a transfer to the ''Enterprise C'' before it goes back in time, fully knowing the consequences. All because she doesn't want her death to be so meaningless this time.




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* Picard's return to the ship at the end, where he makes the Tamarian commander quickly stand down from a confrontation by talking it out in the Tamarian's own language. He wins them over so well, ''he becomes one of their cultural references.'' Picard's a legend.



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* After all his struggles with holo-addiction become public knowledge, Barclay proves to Geordi and the others that despite it all, he really is a worthy engineer. He uses some outside-the-box thinking and deduces that the ship's crisis of the week isn't a result of a structural failure, but a ''contaminant.'' It's still a team effort to save a rapidly-collapsing ship JustInTime, but it was Barclay's quick-thinking that set it all in motion.



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* Despite the eventual outcome, Soren's speech deserves a mention. Even more so for the context: Riker had just offered her a way out, and she chooses to refuse it in favor of telling the truth, even though she knows that it's very unlikely they'll listen.
-->'''Soren:''' I am tired of lies. I am female. I was born that way. I have had those feelings, those longings, all of my life. It is not unnatural. I am not sick because I feel this way. I do not need to be helped. I do not need to be cured. What I need, and what all of those who are like me need, is your understanding and your compassion. We have not injured you in any way. And yet, we are scorned and attacked. And all because we are different. What we do is no different from what you do. We talk and laugh. We complain about work and we wonder about growing old. We talk about our families, and we worry about the future. And we cry with each other when things seem hopeless. All of the loving things that you do with each other, that is what we do. And for that we are called misfits and deviants and criminals. What right do you have to punish us? What right do you have to change us? What makes you think you can dictate how people love each other?
** The writers get a meta one for this too. Change one word, and you have a speech that quite a few viewers would identify with.


** It ''would'' have been more awesome had the supposed superweapon not epically failed to work. As Wiki/TVTropes has pointed out several times, even a CurbStompBattle CAN be awesome. The looks on the crew's faces (and the viewers' at home) when the Borg completely NoSell their alleged superweapon was priceless. Keep in mind that everyone watching it at the time was left hanging with that last awesome exchange ''for an entire summer''. It may lose the impact when the cliffhanger's resolved on the next DVD you popped in, but at the time that was pretty much the greatest season finale ever put to screen that didn't involve [[Series/{{Dallas}} JR getting shot]].

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** It ''would'' have been more awesome had the supposed superweapon not epically failed to work.
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As Wiki/TVTropes has pointed out several times, even a CurbStompBattle CAN be awesome. The looks on the crew's faces (and the viewers' at home) when the Borg completely NoSell their alleged superweapon was priceless. Keep in mind that everyone watching it at the time was left hanging with that last awesome exchange ''for an entire summer''. It may lose the impact when the cliffhanger's resolved on the next DVD you popped in, but at the time that was pretty much the greatest season finale ever put to screen that didn't involve [[Series/{{Dallas}} JR getting shot]].


* Something must be said for the Klingons' [[DueTheDead funeral rite]] for a fallen warrior: A SkywardScream to ''[[BadassBoast warn]]'' the afterlife that a [[TheDreaded Klingon warrior]] is coming.

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* Something must be said for the Klingons' [[DueTheDead [[DueToTheDead funeral rite]] for a fallen warrior: A SkywardScream to ''[[BadassBoast warn]]'' the afterlife that a [[TheDreaded Klingon warrior]] is coming.

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* Something must be said for the Klingons' [[DueTheDead funeral rite]] for a fallen warrior: A SkywardScream to ''[[BadassBoast warn]]'' the afterlife that a [[TheDreaded Klingon warrior]] is coming.

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