- The saucer separation, showing off Visual Effects of Awesome never seen before in the history of Trek television, signifying many awesome moments yet to come.
- 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.
The Naked Now
Code of Honor
The Last Outpost
- While they're treated as silly crony-capitalists from that point onwards, one has to give the Ferengi away team credit for putting up as good a fight as they did against Riker's team.
Tasha: Paws off, Ferengi!Mordoc: No female, Human or Ferengi can order Mordoc around! Submit!Tasha: Just try it, shorty!
- Tasha's Big Damn Heroes moment when she appears to rescue Riker and the others.
- And when the Ferengi try to get fresh.
Where No One Has Gone Before
- Okay, it kind of left them in a bit of a bind, but the sequence where the Traveler gets the Enterprise to travel at previously unimaginable speeds is pretty cool.
Lonely Among Us
- The original "Picard Maneuver", using an illusion to trick the opposing ship into firing on the wrong ship is actually pretty awesome.
Hide and Q
- Q, while lounging in Picard's chair (again) actually has the balls to condescend to Picard using Shakespeare quotes. There's an old saying: "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.Q: Hear this, Picard, and reflect. All the galaxy's a stage.Picard: World, not galaxy. All the world's a stage.Q: [dryly] Oh, you know that one. Well, if he were living now he would have said 'galaxy.' How about this? "Life is but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more. It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."Picard: I see. So how we respond to a game tells you more about us than our real life, this tale told by an idiot? Interesting, Q.Q: Oh, thank you very much. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Perhaps maybe a little Hamlet?Picard: Oh, no. I know Hamlet. And what he might've said with irony, I say with conviction. "What a piece of work is man! How noble in reason. How infinite in faculty. In form, in moving, how express and admirable. In action, how like an angel. In apprehension, how like a god."Q: [jumps to his feet, aghast] Surely you don't really see your species like that, do you?Picard: I see us one day becoming that, Q. Is it that what concerns you?
The Big Goodbye
- Three words: "SHUT UP, WESLEY!"
- The first half of the episode is an Anti Villainous moment of awesome for the Bynars. Hijacking the flagship of the Federation with a Bavarian Fire Drill and a bit of Distracted by the Sexy? For a race that shows up exactly once in the entire franchise, they certainly make an impression, what with the starbase-sized balls and all.
Too Short a Season
When the Bough Breaks
- Wesley teaching all the kids about passive resistance, ie, starving themselves so their "adopted" parents would concede and give them back to their actual parents.
- Despite not being a fan of children, when seven of those on his ship are stolen, Picard is *livid*, referring to it as an act of "UTTER BARBARITY!"
Coming of Age
- Picard directing Kurland to how to avoid burning up in the atmosphere of Relva VII by bumping off the atmosphere. Even Remmick (who has been an Jerkass the whole episode) is impressed enough to do a fist bump.
Heart of Glory
- Something must be said for the Klingons' funeral rite for a fallen warrior: A Skyward Scream to warn the afterlife that a Klingon warrior is coming.
- Worf gets an awesome moment near the end where he owns the renegade Klingon Korris.Korris: "I don't care what you look like. YOU ARE NO KLINGON!!"Worf "Perhaps not." [Zaps him with a phaser]
- The Patrick Stewart Speech Worf gives Korris:Worf: "Brother, it is you who does not see. You look for battles in the wrong place. The true test of a warrior is not without. It is within! [points to his chest] Here! Here is where we meet the challenge! It is the weaknesses in here a warrior must overcome!"
The Arsenal of Freedom
- The episode is one long CMOA for Geordi. Left in command by Picard and faced with an attack from an invisible drone, he first defends his command from an increasingly pushy chief engineer who insists on taking command himself, even though Picard is the only one who can retake command from Geordi. Second, realizing how bad things are, he decides to actually have the Enterprise do what she was designed to do—separate, so that half the ship can get to safety while he takes the other half back into battle to rescue the away team on Minos. Finally, he comes up with a plan that averts Frictionless Reentry and exposes the drone so that Worf can destroy it.
- Minor Awesome for Picard at the end, when he shows how impressed he is by Geordi's performance that he leaves him in command until Geordi returns the ship in the condition he received it (i.e., until it rejoined with the saucer section).
- 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 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.
Skin of Evil
- In "Skin of Evil", the Enterprise crew encounters Armus, an alien being who murders Tasha Yar, and attacks Riker, then sadistically gloats about it to Counselor Troi, trapped in a downed shuttlecraft. Throughout the episode, the Enterprise crew tries to reason with Armus, but Picard, in his climactic speech, goes the other way: he looks a ruthless, all-powerful, disgusting blob of pure evil right in the face, and tells him to go fuck himself.Picard: You say you are true evil? Shall I tell you what true evil is? It is to submit to you. It is when we surrender our freedom, our dignity, instead of defying you.Armus: I will kill you and those in there!Picard: But you will still be here! In this place! Forever! Alone! Immortal! [Armus begins growling] That's your real fear, never to die. Never again to be united with those who left you here. [Armus is screaming now] I'm not taking you anywhere. [beams out]
- While Armus is distracted by rage, Picard gets Counselor Troi and her shuttlecraft mates beamed onboard, along with himself. He then destroys the crashed shuttle and has Armus' planet declared off-limits, to ensure nobody ever faces Armus again.
- Troi gets some pretty solid knocks against Armus as well, knowing that while he says he killed Tasha for his amusement, it actually brought him none. Despite the fact that Armus is holding her hostage, one gets the impression that she's the one in control.
- Abrupt as her being killed by Armus is, the fact that her last words are effectively a Shut Up, Hannibal! to what claims to be the discarded negative thoughts and emotions (literally pure evil) is pretty impressive.Tasha: We're not going without our shuttle crew.Armus: I warn you.Tasha: Enough! We have people who need attention. We won't hurt you, but we must help them.
We'll Always Have Paris
- One for both Data and the effects team as the main conflict of the episode is resolved by three time-displaced Datas working together.
- Admiral Quinn is infected with a parasitic species who attempts to get Riker infested. Riker fights back and summons security before being knocked unconscious. The response team is La Forge and Worf who fight back as well, but are also knocked out. Then Doctor Crusher arrives and manages to take the admiral down with a sustained phaser blast.
- Fun fact: Every time Doctor Crusher picked up a phaser, she hit her target. Now THAT'S surgical precision.
- She once blew a hole in the chest of an alien that had a decentralized organ system—and when that didn't slow him down she shot him again to vaporize the rest of him. Hardcore.
- Fun fact: Every time Doctor Crusher picked up a phaser, she hit her target. Now THAT'S surgical precision.
The Neutral Zone
Where Silence Has Lease
Elementary, Dear Data
- The fact that the Enterprise computer created an opponent capable of defeating Data, giving a holographic version of Moriarty himself sentience - and the crew still was able to defeat him. That's impressive stuff.
The Outrageous Okona
Loud as a Whisper
- Data learning to communicate in five entirely different forms of sign language in a matter of minutes.
- Whatever his fear and guilt after the destruction of his chorus, Riva choosing to return to negotiations (after Deanna talks him into it with a CMOA of her own), and reunite the warring people by teaching them his form of sign language, took a lot of courage.
The Schizoid Man
A Matter of Honor
- Riker's Loophole Abuse to remove Captain Kargan from command, after his deciding that a bacterial infection on his ship is an attack on the part of the Enterprise, without killing him. He pulls out the emergency transponder that Worf gave him where Kargan will see it and take it, resulting in Worf transporting Kargan off the ship and Riker taking command. He then demands Enterprise's 'surrender,' which Picard gives and they proceed to repair the ship.
The Measure of a Man
- When Picard is on the defense hearing to determine whether Data is considered property and goes on the counterattack. He asserts that this hearing would determine whether the Federation is capable of making a leap of a moral imagination to realize Data is a sentient being by most meaningful criteria and to rule him property is to sanction slavery. The fact he wins the argument by opening the eyes of the judge to this innovative expansion of moral principle is a crowning moment where Picard shows why the United Federation of Planets is worth fighting for.
Picard: A single Data, and forgive me, Commander, is a curiosity. A wonder, even. But thousands of Datas. Isn't that becoming... a race?? And won't we be judged by how we treat that race? Now tell me, Commander. What is Data?Maddox (flustered): I... don't understand?Picard: What is he?!Maddox: A machine!Picard: Is he? Are you sure?!Maddox: Yes!!!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 the Judge] Do you? Do you?! Well that's the question you have to answer.
- His opponent, Commander Maddox, defines sentience as "intelligence, self-awareness and consciousness." Data easily passes the first two with flying colors, of course, and in one of the most intense Picard moments ever, he then really sticks it to Maddox:
Picard: Your Honor, Starfleet was founded to seek out new life; well, THERE IT SITS!
- One line in his speech stands out as one of the all-time great Picard lines in general:
- He was going up against Riker's Moment of Awesome. Forced into the role of prosecutor by the overseeing JAG officer (who would have ruled summarily against Data if he hadn't accepted), Riker does a damn good job in that role, much to his own dismay. Picard later confided to Guinan that "he almost convinced me."Riker: Data is a physical representation of a dream, an idea conceived of by the mind of a man. Its purpose? To serve human needs and interests. It is a collection of neural nets and heuristic algorithms. Its responses are dictated by an elaborate software program written by a man. The hardware was built by a man. And now a man will shut it off.[Flips Data's off switch]Riker (after Data slumps over, lifeless): Pinocchio is broken. Its strings have been cut.
- Not to mention Guinan, who calmly gives Picard a Breaking Speech because he doesn't yet grasp the Unfortunate Implications of the legal proceedings and is about to concede defeat: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, all disposable... You don't have to think about their welfare, you don't think about how they feel. Whole generations of disposable people.Picard: You're talking about slavery.
- After she says "Whole generations of disposable people", she pauses and just takes a long, slow drink from her glass. In that moment, she shows that she knows she's made her point.
- The end of the ep has Data's great moment. Riker is feeling despondent about betraying a friend, when Data comes to get him. Riker is ashamed at his part in the trial. But Data, showing one of humanity's more positive traits, understanding, invites him to the victory party anyway, stating that Riker did what he had to do, thus showing that Data is in fact deeply grateful for the sacrifice Riker made. As he points out, Riker's actions were to Data's benefit, preventing the judge from summarily ruling against him, and caused Riker himself emotional harm. Sadly, this was a military hearing and thus did not set legal precedent in either the status of civilians or civil court cases, as Lal and the Doctor discover.
- Picard breaks a time loop by straight-up killing his future self. Then flies the Enterprise directly into a huge energy vortex. And they survived. Picard earned all four pips that day.
The Icarus Factor
- Worf going through the Klingon Rite of Accession again, 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!
- Considering that a lot of people never let her live down how she treated Data in her first few episodes, Doctor Pulaski's defense of him making contact with and wanting to help Sarjenka, an alien girl on a pre-warp planet, to the point of arguing with Picard and staring down WORF, certainly counts.Pulaski: My emotions are involved. Data's friend is going to die. That means something.Worf: To Data.Pulaski: Does that invalidate the emotion?
- 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.note
- Awesome moment for the Borg, near the end of the episode. Picard has wisely decided to get the hell away from the damaged Borg ship, which starts regenerating itself and tears after the Enterprise in hot pursuit. During the chase, there's this incredible moment where Picard and Riker are watching the Borg ship repair itself after taking a half-dozen torpedoes to the face, and we see this Necro Cam style closeup of the Borg ship knitting itself back together circuit by circuit. The perfect Oh, Crap! moment.
- Picard also gets one near the end of the episode when he swallows his pride and delivers one of the greatest Ain't Too Proud to Beg speeches ever:Picard: You wanted to frighten us. We're frightened. You wanted to show us that we were inadequate. For the moment... I grant that. You wanted me to say I need you? I! NEED YOU!
- And Q smirks, snaps his fingers, and sends them all back to Federation space. Point to Picard - the way he delivers it sounds less like being scared into humility than, "This is ridiculous. You want me to beg? Fine. You've thrown us against an unbeatable enemy and eighteen of my crew are dead. I'm begging."
- And then there's Q and Picard's final exchange, where Q rightly chides him for the smug sense of superiority that permeated most of the first two seasons.Q: If you can't take a little bloody nose, maybe you ought to go back home and crawl under your bed. It's not safe out here. It's wondrous, with treasures to satiate desires both subtle and gross. But it's not for the timid.
- Picard gets a subtle moment from this final exchange. The reason Q gives the aforementioned verbal slapdown is because Picard had tried to call him out on using such a brutal method to teach them about the dangers of the galaxy. Q was right to do so, but you have to admit that it takes brass balls to try and call out a god just after he's wrecked your shit. It's a reminder that Q may have humbled Picard, but the Captain won't lose his dignity.
- Best of all? Picard actually learned from this. In an episodic series from a time when character development was mostly forgotten by the end of the episode, for the rest of the series and into the movies, Picard not only lost his sense of superiority, but viewed each new and unexpected situation with a sense of wonder and trepidation. Q basically told him that he was being far too arrogant, and Picard agreed.
Up the Long Ladder
- Worf plays an impressive bluff to Captain K'Temoc of the T'Ong, a Klingon ship whose crew entered hibernation for a long-term mission that is no longer relevant as the Klingon Empire and the Federation are at peace. Dressed in a full Klingon uniform, he plays the imperious officer who will not have K'Temoc's ignorance and insubordination. When K'Temoc tries to call his bluff, he basically tells him that he's done with his shit and orders the Enterprise to attack. K'Temoc quickly gives in and surrenders command with grudging respect.
- The Zakdorn strategist Kolrami gets a good line in against Riker, who's captaining the obsolete and extremely-stripped-down USS Hathaway:Riker: What's the Zakdornian word for "mismatch"?Kolrami: Challenge! We do not whine about the inequities of life.
- Data winds up playing Kolrami (an insufferable Jerkass) at his favorite game and loses. Data is initially perturbed (in his own way) and wonders if he is defective. When he's convinced he's not, he has a re-match with Kolrami. This time he plays for a draw instead and matches his opponent's every move - forcing Kolrami to concede in frustration. note Data: I busted him up!
Shades of Gray
The Ensigns of Command
- Picard opposes the arrogant and oppressively legalistic Sheliak, who flog the treaty between them and the Federation and refuse to compromise on the matter of an unexpected colony that would take weeks to move off a planet the Sheliak want. By searching the treaty, Picard finds a way to outmaneuver them and makes them sweat. When he knows he's got the Sheliak on the ropes, he terminates communications and waits for them to call back. Once they start hailing, he stands around letting the hailing tone sound, then casually walks across the bridge, checks the commissioning plaque on the wall for dust, and finally wanders back to the center of the bridge before putting them onscreen. The closest Picard has ever gotten to "You know what? Fuck you." in the entire series.Riker: You enjoyed that.Picard: You're damned right.
- During the same episode, Data convincing the colonists (who would rather fight) to leave by practically destroying their colony's miles-long aqueduct system with a single phaser. He then brilliantly explains that the Sheliak are far more powerful than he is and that the colonists would have no chance whatsoever.Data: (After zapping the guards) That was the stun setting. This is not.
- Picard proves himself in this episode to be a first-rate bullshit detector. After fighting with Kevin and Rishon to get them off a dead world - save for only their house - Picard, acting on a hunch, lets their house get bombed by an enemy warship. Why would Picard be so cruel? Because, when the house magically reappears(!) a couple hours later, Picard proves, where everyone else was scratching their heads, that not only is Kevin not human, but he created all this trickery - including the warship, and Rishon - with immense power, to fool the crew into leaving. As Kevin admits, Picard was the first person in who knows how long to figure out his true nature, and it's an incredible show of insight by the captain. Unfortunately, then they learn the horrible truth of why he keeps up the whole charade.
Who Watches the Watchers
- Just about everything Captain Picard does, absolutely refusing to inflict any religion on the society, rather going directly against the Prime Directive. Moreover, his kind and respectful treatment of Nuria and her people is beyond awesome.
- The Enterprise gets stuck in a trap that drains the ship's power and blasts it with lethal radiation. After working for hours, Geordi says the only shot they have at getting out is to get a short push from the impulse engines and then use maneuvering thrusters to get past the asteroids around them. It seems that giving the computer maneuvering control might be the best way... but he doesn't buy it, and thinks a human pilot has a better chance. Picard agrees and takes the helm himself, even using the gravity of a large asteroid to give them the last bit of momentum they need to get free (something the computer probably never would have been able to do).
- Geordi, while injured and stuck down in a pit, abandoned on the surface of a hostile planet, uses some nuggets of metal he finds, plus a phaser for heat and clay/mud for structure, to forge a pair of improvised climbing pitons.
- The Enterprise is facing down a Romulan warbird which has every reason to blow them out of the sky, and with the shields up Picard's losing his chance to rescue his officer and the second Romulan whose presence would stop the imminent battle. He opens a channel to the enemy ship, says basically "We've both got powerful ships and well trained crews ready to die for this, but the only way we're going to avoid starting a war is by trusting each other" and drops the shields. In front of a fully armed Romulan warbird. His engineer is rescued, the return of the Romulan officer avoids a battle, and two enemies move one small step towards peace. All it took was one quick speech and balls the size of a planet.
The Vengeance Factor
- Captain Picard had this scene in the episode "The Defector" where he owns Romulan commander Tomalak rather magnificently. Tomalak and his two warbirds have found Picard and the Enterprise on the wrong side of the Neutral Zone. Tomalak demands that Picard surrenders. Picard instead sees his two Romulan warbirds...and raises him three Klingon birds of prey. They could fight, but it would cost Tomalak more than he'd gain and he lets them go.
- The scene in the same episode where he just lays into Admiral Jarok after he refuses to give up official secrets:Picard: You already betrayed your people, Admiral! You made your choices, sir. You're a traitor! Now if the bitter taste of that is unpalatable to you than I am truly sorry. But I will not risk my crew because you think you can dance on the edge of the Neutral Zone. You've crossed over, Admiral. You make yourself comfortable with that.
- You've got to give props to Admiral Jarok. The leader of a thousand massacres, including Khitomer, and one of the most important individuals in the Romulan empire... And he turned his back on everything he knew, betraying his own people, because he realised the life of his baby daughter was more important than winning a galactic war based on prejudice."She will grow up believing her father was a traitor... but she will grow up."
- According to Star Trek Online, not only does she do so, but she ends up in command of the Romulan Republic Flagship, the RRW Lleiset.
- Part CMOA, part CMOH. The long history of Fantastic Racism between Romulans and Klingons is no secret. While Worf, someone who had his entire family killed by the Romulans before getting Happily Adopted, barely restrains himself on account of his duty, Jarok lays out several insults towards his direction, in Klingon no less. Riker pacifies Worf before giving Jarok a choice description in Romulan, shutting him up.
- Roga Danar, the walking Super Soldier of awesome from "The Hunted". He basically spends the entire episode staying one step ahead of the entire Enterprise crew, and kicking multitudes of ass wherever he goes. And he has no problems fighting dirty, knowing how dire his situation is. And he's just one of the numerous genetically enhanced soldiers.
- His first scene has him shrugging off two "stun" setting phaser blasts.
- When the Enterprise crew is forced to transfer him to his native police force's ship, Roga resists being transported before escaping, something which no Trek character had done before!
- Worf casually sauntering over to an overloading phaser to turn it off.
- It's a brief moment, but Worf proving himself equal to the One-Man Army Roga in a straight-up 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 fight dirty, and dump a bunch of crates on him so he can escape.
The High Ground
- Q's moment in "Déjà Q" after being turned human by the Continuum and dumped stark naked on the deck of the Enterprise. No, that's not the awesome bit (though the DVD commentary reveals it was one for John De Lancie), that comes later. After a while of getting used to the fact that the crew (especially Guinan) really, really hates him, he can't do anything without his powers, and at least one of the species he's tormented in the past has come back for vengeance, Q is bewildered when Data nearly gets himself killed trying to protect Q from the Callamarain. After a while of trying to absorb this fact, and an "I'm not your father confessor" speech from Picard, Q heads for sickbay and gives a (for once) quiet Data the following speech:Q: There are creatures in the universe who would consider you the ultimate achievement, android. No feelings, no emotions, no pain... And yet you covet those qualities of humanity. Believe me, you're missing nothing. But if it means anything to you... you're a better human than I.
- Q goes off to commit suicide in order to protect a crew that doesn't like him. He totally earned that mariachi band, a very cool Funny Moment.
- Guinan mocking the now-human Q, and sticking a fork in him.
- Worf, too:Q: What must I do to convince you people [that I'm powerless and mortal]?Worf: Die.
Q: Oh, very clever, Worf. Eat any good books lately?
- And the retort:
- The Picard from a universe where the Federation had been at war with the Klingons for the past twenty years got a good one in.Klingon Commander: Federation ship Enterprise. Surrender and prepare to be boarded.Picard: That'll be the day...[vaults over the Tactical console to take control of the Enterprise's weapons personally]
- The speech he gives to the crew right before the battle. "Let's make sure history never forgets. The name. ''Enterprise''."
- The crew of the Enterprise-C knowingly went to their deaths. They knew that returning to face four Romulan warships was certain death. They did it anyway, and their courageous sacrifice ensured peace between the Klingons and the Federation... just as it did in the original timeline.
- This timeline's version of Tasha Yar, realizing her death in the other timeline was 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.
- Also, there's the fact that she actually survives and spends the next several years of her life as a prisoner on Romulus, only finally being killed years later while trying to escape the colony with her daughter.
- Picard refusing to back down to an admiral who was ordering Data to release his daughter into the care of Starfleet.Picard: Order a man to hand his child over to the state? Not while I am his captain.
- When Data is first informed of the Admiral's intention of taking Lal away, they have the following discussion:Picard: The Admiral is taking the position that Lal's development should be overseen by the most experienced personnel.Data: Then he is questioning my ability as a parent?Picard: In a manner of speaking.Data: Does the Admiral have children?Picard: Yes, I believe he does, Data. Why?Data: I am forced to wonder how much experience he had as a parent when his first child was born.
Sins of the Father
- A good Take That, Scrappy! moment against Wesley from the Klingon warrior Kurn: "DO YOU WISH TO SPEAK, Acting Ensign Wesley Crusher?" Though it's worth noting that, unlike the previous example, this wasn't said in response to a negative action on Wesley's part, but was in-context meant as a sign that Kurn was too unreasonable for a human crew.
- Worf's statement to Duras as the trial starts:Worf: It is a good day to die, Duras. And the day is not yet over.
- Worf proves himself a better Klingon than the Klingons by accepting discommendation, the stripping of his family's honors, lands, and titles, rather than let the Empire tear itself apart into civil war.
- Picard stood with Worf as his cha'DIch and did whatever he could to help him - even fending off some of Duras' goons while securing a vital witness. When it becomes apparent that the entire trial was a sham and the Empire intends to execute two innocent men, Picard won't back down.Duras: You have no say in this, cha'DIch!
Picard: I speak now as the captain of the USS Enterprise and Lieutenant Worf's commanding officer! You will not execute a member of my crew, nor will I turn his brother over to you!
K'mpec: This is not the Federation, Picard. If you defy an order of the High Council, the alliance with the Federation could fall to dust.
Picard: The alliance with the Federation is not based on lies, K'mpec. Protect your secrets if you must, but you will not sacrifice these men.
- Picard showing that he isn't remotely intimidated by the Klingons:Duras: This is not your world, human. You do not command here.
Picard: I am not here to command.
Duras: Then you must be prepared to fight; something Starfleet does not teach you.
Picard: You may test that assumption at your convenience.
- The frail old Klingon woman Kahlest shares one with Picard, who is holding his own in a knife-fight with three Klingon assassins. When Picard is finally overwhelmed, Kahlest ends the fight by hurling a dagger into the last assassin's back from several yards away. Later in the episode, she has this exchange with an old flame who just happens to be the Chancellor of the Klingon Empire:K'mpec: It is good to see you again.Kahlest: You are still fat, K'mpec.
- Brick Joke: That's the second time she mentioned K'mpec's girth. Just after assisting Picard, she points out that K'mpec tried to court her before..."...but he was too fat."
- Worf's just proposed that he accept discommendation to K'mpec to protect the Empire from fracturing due to the traitorous actions of Duras. But he has a parting shot for Duras.Worf: You are the son of a traitor. *slaps Duras backhanded across the face**
- Made more impressive first by K'mpec's pleased nod - K'mpec might be supporting the suppression of the truth, but only to protect the Empire, not due to any abiding love for Duras - and the fact that in an episode of Deep Space Nine, Worf reveals that a strike with the back of the hand is a challenge to a duel to the death.
- Picard shows a pair of Sufficiently Advanced Aliens why performing experiments on himself and his crew is a bad idea by trapping them with a forcefield, which causes them to panic, as apparently, they're terrified of confinement. He lets them out, lectures them, and tells them to get off his ship. They do so, utterly cowed.
- Picard gives his order, and the rest of the bridge crew coordinate their actions, communicating only with subtle facial expressions. They are all just that good.
- 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 Just in Time, but it was Barclay's quick-thinking that set it all in motion.
The Most Toys
- Fajo has killed his assistant Varria out of pettiness because she and Data are escaping; Data, holding a illegal weapon in his hands, is told by Fajo that he has to stay, or else Fajo will kill more people. He was betting on Data not trying to harm him, but Data concludes that the only way to stop Fajo now is to kill him. Data doesn't actually get to do it, but just seeing the fear on Fajo's face as he realizes how much trouble he is in is worth it.
- Ambassador Sarek, father of 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 Mind Meld 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
Ménage à Troi
- At the start of the episode, Daimon Tog makes his initial 'pitch' for Lwaxana, which thoroughly unimpresses her. She turns to leave. When he remarks that "every woman has her price," she stops, gets a dangerous look on her face, and turns on him.Lwaxana: Let's get one thing straight, little man. I am not for sale. And if, by some chance I were to become available, I would rather eat Orion wing-slugs than deal with a toad-faced troll like you! So go away and find someone else to become your property.
- Lwaxana Troi's finest moment: she manages to get Riker and Deanna safely off the Ferengi ship by offering herself as a lover to Daimon Tog, and then gets Picard to pretend to be an insanely jealous lover in order to get out of Tog's clutches. Talk about The Chessmaster!
- Simultaneously a MOA for Picard, too. When Troi clues him in on Lwaxana's little scheme, he stammers awkwardly, before he hits upon an idea to sound convincing in the jealous lover role - quote Shakespearian love sonnets at Lwaxana, Chewing the Scenery all the while. Also a Funny Moment. (Was it Patrick Stewart's birthday or something?)
- Upon recovering his memories, John Doe heals the entire Enterprise of the asphyxiation its crew is suffering.
- Shortly after, John Doe casually uses his newly-remembered abilities to teleport Sunad onto the Enterprise, just as the latter was going to fire on the Enterprise.
The Best of Both Worlds: Part I
- This episode (at least) one for both Picard and Riker that would define the season-ending Cliffhanger for the next two decades, when Picard, assimilated into being Locutus of Borg, issues his threat to Riker, "Resistance is futile. Your life, as it has been, is over. From this time forward, you will service us." While the typical viewer breathes "Never!" at this, Riker gives the only response it deserves, "Mr. Worf... fire!"
- It would have been more awesome had the supposed superweapon not epically failed to work.
- As TV Tropes has pointed out several times, even a Curb-Stomp Battle CAN be awesome. The looks on the crew's faces (and the viewers' at home) when the Borg completely No-Sell 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 JR getting shot.
- It gets another subtle layer of awesome when you consider this earlier quote from Shelby to Riker: "If you can't make the big decisions, Commander, I suggest you make room for someone who can". Starting from "Mr. Worf, fire", and throughout Part 2, he proves beyond all doubt that he can make the big decisions.
- It would have been more awesome had the supposed superweapon not epically failed to work.
- If the superweapon had worked in "Best of Both Worlds", it really would have been an awesome moment for Geordi or Commander Shelby. Riker's awesome moment comes from simply leading one starship into battle against a foe that had destroyed forty starships at once right before that and coming up with a daring plan that works.Locutus: We will proceed to Earth. And if you attempt to intervene, we will destroy you.
- Data gets one when he physically overpowers Locutus, stares him down, and then defeats perhaps the most implacable enemy in Star Trek canon with his mind. Awesome beyond all measure.
- Guinan had a Moment of Awesome with her "Beyond friendship, beyond family" speech to Riker, urging him to stop being scared of being stuck in Picard's shadow and leading.
- Data hijacks the Enterprise, outsmarting the rest of the crew every step of the way having already predicted and blocked their attempts to regain control of the ship before they even try them. This is up to and including mimicking Picard's voice so he can voice certain commands and then enter one of the longest Override Commands in television history. Then he calmly walks to the transporter room while multiple security teams can only stand and watch from behind forcefields he'd already laid out in advance. By the time Riker and company are able to physically block him from using the transporter, Data is already rewiring the room to beam him off right where he stands. Sure, Data was Not Himself, but it's truly stunning to see how intelligent and cunning he truly is. Of course, this could also be Nightmare Fuel for some.
- It is also one for Brent Spiner for playing three very different characters at the same time in several scenes, all of whom required plenty of makeup (but especially Doctor Soong) and some really clever filming techniques. So make it one for the special effects team and the editing/filming guys, too.
- Doctor Crusher is trapped in an Enterprise where people disappear and no-one else remembers them, keeps her head despite all evidence indicating that she may be losing it. She then works out the truth - that she's inside an imaginary shrinking bubble universe - deduces the universe's origin, locates the exit and escapes. The exit may have been created by her ever-perfect son Wesley (who buggered up the experiment which sent her there in the first place) but only Beverly's rational attitude got her through it.Crusher: If there's nothing wrong with me... maybe there's something wrong with the universe.
- The poker game teaser. Betting all his chips, Riker does a card trick for Data that, under normal circumstances, wouldn't be half bad. Unfortunately, the one he's trying to fool is Data, who proceeds to explain to him, Troi, and Worf, exactly how Riker pulled off the trick, step by step. Riker's You Have Got to Be Kidding Me! face is great enough, but in a rare bit of showmanship, Data rakes in all the chips on the table with a little smirk on his face.
- As the follow-up to "Sins of the Father", Duras kills K'Ehleyr for looking into why Worf accepted discommendation. Worf ultimately responds by invoking the Right of Vengeance (a fight to the death and the only right afforded to discommendated Klingons), soon driving his bat'leth into Duras' chest.Duras: (Realizing that he's going to lose) I'm the only one, Worf - the only one who can prove your innocence. Kill me and you're a traitor forever.
- Also his entrance to Duras's bridge. Duras sneers that Worf is discommendated and in no position to issue the Rite of Vengeance on a Klingon vessel. Worf steps forward.Worf: K'Ehleyr was my mate.
[Everyone reacts, especially Duras, whose expression is just short of Oh, Crap! before he demands a sword for the fight.]
- 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.
- Riker's realization that the entire "future" scenario he was in was fake, which leads to a major callout and ripping apart of the inconsistencies between the simulation and the real crew. Starting with this awesome exchange:Riker: SHUT UP!"Picard": I beg your pardon?Riker: I said "Shut up!" As in "close your mouth and stop talking!"
- The exchange 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: Mister Data, if we left immediately, when would we arrive at Outpost 23?"Data": (thinks for a moment) At warp one, in three days, four hours.Riker: How about at warp seven? (pause) At warp eight? Warp nine? What's the matter, Data? What happened to those millions of calculations per second?"Data": Pardon me, sir. I am experiencing subspace interference which limits my abilities. I can't operate as quickly as—-Riker: What did you say?"Data": I said, "I cannot operate—-"Riker: No! That's not what you said. You said, "I can't". You used a contraction, didn't you?"Data": Sir, I can explain if you would just give me a moment.Riker: No, you can't, don't even try!
- And then he does it again! And still has the heart to forgive his deceiver... though that's more a Heartwarming Moment.
- The exchange 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.
- The whole dance scene, for both Crusher and Data (and by proxy Gates McFadden and Brent Spiner). Gates McFadden finally got to show off her dancing skills in this episode, and of course, she's excellent.
- Fellow Federation Captain Benjamin Maxwell is convinced the Cardassians are up to no good, and nearly starts a war by attacking a Cardassian convoy with his own starship. Picard is ready and willing to fire on Maxwell's ship to keep him from attacking again, and only because O'Brien can talk him down from destroying the Cardassian ship does the situation end peacefully. Then, right when the Cardassian representative turns to leave, Picard delivers this bomb:Picard: Maxwell was right. Those ships weren't carrying scientific equipment, were they? A 'research' station within arm's reach of three Federation sectors? Cargo ships running with high energy subspace fields that jam sensors?Gul Macet: If you believed the transport ship carried weapons, why didn't you board it as Maxwell requested?Picard: I was here to protect the peace, a peace I firmly believe is in the interests of both our peoples. But if I had attempted to board that ship... I am quite certain that you and I would not be sitting here now. And that ships on both sides would be arming for war. ... Take a message to your leaders, Gul Macet. We know. We'll be watching. We'll be ready.
- Throughout the episode, Picard has been subjected to humiliation and seduction by Ardra, the Ventaxian equivalent of the Devil. Even the opening of the trial is not going his way as she uses the Ventaxians' almost pathological fear of her to her advantage. So when Geordi eventually discovers Ardra's secrets, Picard not only uses her own technology and tricks against her, he does so with such a justifiably arrogant and flippant attitude that he is even using Q's trademark Badass Fingersnap as he busts Ardra's farce to splinters! (You gotta think, somewhere on another celestial plane, Q was having a ball watching this.)
- Guinan gets one when she breaks up a fight in Ten Forward by blowing a hole in the ceiling with a BFG. (Note: Good thing the ceiling was only an interior bulkhead, and not part of the Enterprise's hull...)Guinan: This is a little souvenir I picked up from Magus III. That was setting number one. Anyone wanna see setting number two?"
- The gun's not just for show, either. In "Redemption", it's shown that Guinan can shoot better than Worf.
The Nth Degree
- Picard puts the particularly nasty Admiral Norah Satie in her place and exposes her as the paranoid witch hunter she is after being put on trial by her by quoting her father on the subject of curtailing life's liberties for the sake of the "greater good." Just to piss her off and goad her into a rant.Picard: There are some words I've known since I was a schoolboy. "With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censored, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied chains us all irrevocably." Those words were uttered by Judge Aaron Satie, as wisdom, and warning. The first time any man's freedoms are trodden upon, we are all damaged.
- The Chief of Starfleet Security, Admiral Henry shows how much he cares for her rant by silently glaring at her before walking out of the room right in the middle of it.
- Worf is escorting J'Dan from the interrogation to his quarters. The whole time J'Dan is talking, making allusions to the discommendation Worf accepted, then offering to get it reversed if Worf helps him escape. Worf is completely non-responsive to every word... Until they enter J'Dan's quarters and the doors close, at which point Worf delivers an Offhand Backhand to J'Dan and kicks his ass without breaking a sweat.Worf: [holding J'Dan against a wall] I don't know how you transferred secret information to the Romulans, but I will find out. And when we inform the Klingon High Council, they will put you to a slow death.
- Picard puts his ass directly on the line for Simon Tarses, a member of his crew who he'd never even met. He supports Tarses even after it's revealed that he had falsified part of his Starfleet application. In fact, he fights tooth-and-nail to keep that mistake from destroying the young petty officer's career.
Half a Life
- Lwaxana, finding out that Timicin is going to be kill himself as part of a planetary ritual when folks hit 60, goes to Picard to stop it. Picard says he can't as the Prime Directive prevents him from such interference.Lwaxana: Well, it's your Prime Directive, not mine!
- Maybe not as spectacular as other examples, but the fact that, despite raging against the policy and being utterly against the very concept, she still decides that she will stand at Timicin's side, be beside the man she loves as he kills himself, is one of these for Lwaxana. She hates the policy, believes it should not continue, but here, when it is important for him, she swallows her pride and says 'I don't agree, but I will be there with you' is both heartwarming and awesome, considering the strength of will that is Lwaxana Troi, Daughter of the Fifth House, Holder of the Sacred Chalice of Riix, and Heir to the Holy Rings of Betazed.
- When informed that the Odan symbiont will die before the replacement host arrives, Riker immediately asks if it could be transferred to him. Nobody suggests it to him, and when informed that the risks are great, he insists anyway. Why? To save Odan, but also to negotiate peace between two moons that aren't really important to anyone but themselves. But war is war anywhere, and he's willing to risk his own life to avert it even if they never return to Alpha or Beta Moon.
The Mind's Eye
- Picard gets into a swearing contest with a Klingon governor - and wins.Governor Vagh: You speak the lies of a taHqeq!
Picard: (Death Glare, slowly walks forward and gets into Vagh's face) Vagh ghaycha baQa!
Ambassador Kell: Gentlemen!
Vagh: You swear well, Picard. You must have Klingon blood in your veins.
- Data single-handedly stops the Romulans' attempt at causing a Federation/Klingon war, revealing their cover-up of abducting and brainwashing Geordi.
Redemption: Part I
- Captain Kurn defeats two pursuing birds-of-prey by skimming the surface of a star and jumping to warp, triggering an eruption of solar plasma that annihilates his pursuers. Badassitude clearly runs in the family.
- Data has his day when he is put in command of a ship with a really insubordinate First Officer. At the critical moment of executing his plan to find a cloaked Romulan convoy, the officer is being difficult and Data snaps at him, saying coldly, "Carry out your orders or I will relieve you of duty." It's a moment that took everyone, both character and viewer, off guard to see the android get that tough. Earlier on, the XO comes to Data requesting a transfer. When grilled on why, he admits that he doesn't feel Data would make a good captain because he is an android. Data's response? "I understand your concerns. Request denied." The look on the guy's face is priceless. What's even cooler is when Data flat out disobeys Picard on a hunch, and turns out to be right! The very same XO who showed him no respect addresses him as "Captain," showing that Data has earned his respect in full.
Picard: The claim "I was only following orders" has been used to justify too many tragedies in our history. Starfleet doesn't want officers who will blindly follow orders without analyzing the situation. Your actions were appropriate for the circumstances, and I have noted that in your record. [Data turns to leave] Mr. Data? Nicely done.
- There's also Picard's response specifically to Data practically asking to be disciplined.
- Gowron's comes at the end, with him triumphant as the new undisputed leader of the Klingon Empire confronting the captured Toral, who dared to claim his position for the traitorous House of Duras. When he futilely yells, "The Duras family will one day rule the Empire!", Gowron responds "Perhaps," then flashes a wicked grin with those bulging eyes, "but not today." When the other Klingons laugh to Gowron's dark humor, you almost feel compelled to join in.
- Captain Dathon's Heroic Sacrifice. He puts his own life on the line just for a chance to bridge the gap between the Tamarians and the Federation.
- 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.
- Guinan's ability to bring Picard up short by calling Ensign Ro a friend.
- Even if you don't like him, Wesley and Robin Lefler saved the entire ship from a video-game that controls people's minds. Everyone is under control, the only person who could stop it (Data) has been disabled by Dr Crusher and the ship is close to 'Infecting' another ship with the game, so what does he do? He lets himself be found, distracting the crew long enough for Data to be repaired and save the day.
Unification: Part I
- Picard tries to arrange a cloaked ship from Gowron for an undercover mission in Romulan space. Gowron is busy re-writing history to downplay the Federation's involvement in his ascension, and Picard eventually gets a hold of B'Ijik, a low-level official. B'Ijik asks Picard what the Klingons would get out of this.Picard: The only benefit to the Klingon Empire would be our gratitude.B'Ijik (skeptically): That is what you want me to tell him?Picard: Yes. And, please add that, if he is unable to provide us with a ship, then I am sure there are others in the Klingon Empire who would be willing to help me. And then they would have our gratitude.
- Ah, heck, Spock just turning up at the end of "Unification I" is Moment of Awesome in itself.
Unification: Part II
- Spock is no less awesome after all these years, as his rejection of complying with Sela's demands, which practically causes steam to spew from her ears, demonstrates:Spock: I will not read this or any other statement.Sela: If you do not, you will die. All of you will die.Spock: Since it is logical to conclude that you will kill us in any event, I choose not to cooperate.Sela: I hate Vulcans. I hate the logic. I hate the arrogance.
- There is a Moment of Awesome for Picard, Spock and Data but an equivalent Crowning Moment of Stupidity for Commander Sela, when after threatening the three of them with death if they don't do what she wants, she *LEAVES THEM ALONE IN THE ROOM* while she wanders off to attend to her plans. What kind of loon leaves one of the cleverest and most resourceful Captains in the Federation, a Vulcan with decades of experience, and an android with vast knowledge and incredible physical capabilities, alone in an office filled with electronics and other goodies, without watching them? Come on, tie them to the chairs, gag them, and then assign 3 armed guards apiece with orders to kill them instantly if they make a wrong move, and then you have merely reduced the odds to slightly less than certainty that they will still defeat you!!! But watching the three of them in action practically defines pure awesomeness.
- Riker gets an awesome moment as he interrogates an obnoxious Ferengi dealer in such a subdued fashion.Riker: Let me explain what's going to happen if you don't tell me about that Vulcan ship. Your passage rights through this sector will be revoked. But more than that, I'll be very unhappy.
A Matter of Time
- Picard gives Berlinghoff Rasmussen the business on why maybe interfering with the timeline, just this once, is worth any temporal repercussions if it saves thousands of lives. Picard in all his glory, even if it doesn't take.
- Berlinghoff Rasmussen, a time-traveler from the 22nd century (but using a 26th-century timepod) has spent the entire episode stealing technological devices from the Enterprise with the intention of returning to his time and "inventing" one a year. His ultimate prize is Data, whom he cons into getting into the timepod with him. However, when he tries to stun him with a phaser, he finds that the Enterprise crew has deactivated it. Data waits a beat, then delivers a line that's a Funny Moment as well as awesome.Data: I assume your handprint will open the door whether you are conscious or not.
- Picard having the crew remotely deactivate the weapon - in the brief moment where the timepod was open - was kind of awesome in and of itself, and it makes for one hell of a comeuppance after all Rasmussen's Cryptic Conversation and misdirection through the episode. Can you imagine what would've happened to the timeline if Rasmussen had gotten away with all that tech?
The Masterpiece Society
- La Forge not putting up with any ableist crap from the genetically engineered colony. Just as the icing on the cake, La Forge, a man dealing with blindness, is the one to save a colony that would've weeded out his very existence solely because of that disability. And La Forge can't resist reveling in the Irony of it all. You tell 'em, Geordi!Martin: We have immeasurably extended the potential of humanity, physically, psychologically. We have evolved beyond... [glances at Geordi] beyond...Geordi: Beyond us.Martin: Frankly, yes. No one in this society would be blind, for example. No offense intended.Geordi (sternly): I can see you just fine, sir.
- Troi beats Data - Data - at three-dimensional chess. Holy crap!
- Even when he has amnesia and he's placed into false pretenses of a war, Picard still manages a Patrick Stewart Speech, and ultimately refuses to destroy the Lysian central command center.Picard: I feel as though I've been handed a weapon, sent into a room, and told to shoot a stranger. Well, I need some moral context to justify that action! And I don't have it. I'm not content simply to obey orders. I need to know that what I am doing is right!
- You expect Picard and Worf to be willing to die to prevent the Ux-Mal prisoners from using the Enterprise crew as hosts and escape their prison. But then there's Keiko, who openly states that she would die to defend her daughter.
- Throughout the episode, Keiko proves herself cool under fire, even to the fact that her own husband is acting unlike himself (being possessed, but she doesn't know this until much later); she does her best not to panic or freak, instead just taking care of their daughter as best she can. Even as a chosen hostage with Picard and Worf, not knowing the same details as the bridge crew, all she has to go on is what she hears- even when the situation suddenly turns into a stand-off, where they could die in an instant, she's still entirely calm when stating the above.
- Despite the episode centering around Worf, "Ethics" provides these for both Commander Riker and Doctor Crusher (and, arguably, their actors).
Crusher: I am delighted that Worf is going to recover. You gambled, he won. Not all of your patients are so lucky. You scare me, Doctor. You risk your patients' lives and justify it in the name of research. Genuine research takes time. Sometimes a lifetime of painstaking, detailed work in order to get any results. Not for you. You take shortcuts. Right through living tissue. You put your research ahead of your patients' lives. And as far as I'm concerned, that's a violation of our most sacred trust. I'm sure your work will be hailed as a stunning breakthrough. Enjoy your laurels, Doctor. I'm not sure I could.
- Doctor Crusher spends the episode butting heads with Doctor Toby Russell for constantly taking shortcuts, including relieving her of medical duties after a patient dies under her care when she chose to disregard SOP and try an experimental treatment on a patient (according to Russell, the patient would have died either way, this way he at least aided in her research). It culminates in this speech at the end of the episode, delivered with smoldering anger.
- Riker is asked by Worf to give him an honorable death, as he cannot function as a paraplegic. He spends the episode debating if he can do this, then comes to Worf, telling him how little he likes the very idea, considering this to be Worf simply giving up. Then, he says that if it were his place, he would still help him die... But it's not his place. It's Alexander's, his son. But Riker has figured that Worf really can't bring himself to "look at your son and tell him to bring you the knife. Watch you stab it into your heart, then pull the knife from your chest and wipe your blood on his sleeve." So he walks out, leading Worf to decide to risk the treatment that Russell has offered him.
- 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.
Cause and Effect
The First Duty
- 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 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. Either you come forward and tell Admiral Brand what really took place, or I will.Wesley: Captain-Picard: Dismissed!!!
Cost of Living
The Perfect Mate
The Next Phase
The Inner Light
Time's Arrow: Part I
- Data is transported to 19th-century Earth. He decides to play poker, and the other gamblers quickly assume he's a chump. One Gilligan Cut later, he took them to the cleaners.
- Made better by the fact that he was new to poker in the second season (where he lost badly to Riker) and had spent the rest of the series up to that point slowly improving. And now he beats the professional card sharks at it.
Realm of Fear
Man of the People
- The helm officer, Ensign Rager, had hers in "Relics" by piloting the Enterprise, sideways, out of the Dyson Sphere as the door was closing. And without even scratching the paint.
- 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 Badass Boast.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.
- A de-aged Picard's tactic to get a message to Riker after the ship's been taken over? Throw a tantrum. It works. (And is absolutely hilarious if you picture Sir Patrick Stewart doing it instead of the child actor.)
- The "Home Alone" Antics of the child crew to retake the Enterprise, which culminates in twelve year old Picard pulling a phaser on Daimon Lurin, who's in the Ready Room.Picard: I believe you're in my chair.
A Fistful of Datas
- Worf fighting Ancient Western characters in the Hollodeck. It's one of the few times where he has hand-to-hand combat without using 24th century technology.
- In that same fight scene, Troi shows up and shoots off Eli Hollander's hat. Considering how she and Crusher were treated in "Q-Pid", this is a significant improvement for her.
The Quality of Life
- "The Measure of a Man" (see Season 2) set a precedent for Data, who would use that episode as the basis for his insubordination here. He refuses to order machines to their destruction to save Picard and LaForge, because they have demonstrated sentience. Standing up to his superiors on that moral ground, even to the point of being at risk of court-martial, took courage. Even Picard compliments him later that his actions were "the most human thing" he had ever done. Also give a nod to the machines, not only for demonstrating sentience (primarily by demonstrating a self-preservation motive) but also demonstrating their ability to come up with a better plan to save Picard and La Forge. Whereas the humans' plan involved sacrificing all three of them, their plan (which worked) ended up only sacrificing one of them. In one act, they demonstrated both their ability to sacrifice themselves if needed and their ability to find a way to minimize that loss.
Chain of Command: Part I
- Although the character is a subject of much debate, Captain Jellico gets one when he owns the (supposedly secret) Cardassian attack fleet preventing a war before it can start, and gets Picard back in the bargain.
- Captain Jellico simply getting Troi to actually wear a freaking uniform would also count — even the spectacular cleavage was getting rather old by that point. Especially for those of us who find her better looking in the uniform.
Chain of Command: Part II
- "Chain of Command": THERE. ARE. FOUR. LIGHTS! ( Built upon in Diane Carey's Ship of the Line novel when Picard revisits Gul Madred.)
- In the face of constant, excruciating pain, completely powerless, almost not even able to stand after days of brutal torture, Picard is capable of a Patrick Stewart Speech. Gul Madred tries to play an empathy card to get Picard to be more amenable, talking about how his childhood had shaped him. Picard, barely able to form a coherent sentence, tells Madred that he pities him, and that from now on, all he'll see in Madred is a scared, hungry little boy. Madred is visibly upset and starts hurting Picard, who continues to say it in between gasps of pain.
- The circumstances of the filming definitely make David Warner's performance deserving of a mention here. He was cast at almost literally the last minute and had no time for more than a quick skim of the script, so throughout the whole episode he's reading his lines off cue cards. And it's impossible to tell even if you know what you're looking for, because he's just that good an actor.
Ship in a Bottle
Face of the Enemy
- This episode is one long Moment of Awesome for Counselor Troi. There's a reason A Day in the Limelight used to be the "Good Troi Episode"...
- And to get specific on those reasons: Troi wakes up as a Romulan and is told she has to give a convincing performance as a Tal Shiar officer or die, against a captain who has a very personal grudge against the Tal Shiar. Troi has no familiarity with the Tal Shiar or Romulan culture beyond what Starfleet knows, but she successfully saves the dissidents from treachery and comes up with a new plan to get them to the Federation by using the Enterprise. Then she seizes command of the Warbird by threatening the families of its crew and contacts the Enterprise without breaking "character" which allows them to beam her out just as the Romulan captain figures it out. And the reason that N'Vek abducts Troi is specifically because of her empathic abilities, which prove to be incredibly useful and shows how competent and useful Deanna Troi's character can be when the writers think about it a little.
- And the Romulan captain only realizes that she was working with N'Vek, not that she was never Tal Shiar or Romulan to begin with.
- If what the episode shows us is true, it wasn't just Ensign Picard but his two friends who put up a damn good fight against a group of Nausicaans, who are much bigger and angrier than the average human. And Picard's the only one who comes away with any serious injury.
- Not to mention Picard flipping one of the Nausicaans over his shoulder.
Birthright: Part I
Birthright: Part II
- All of the Klingon standing up with Worf when he's planned to be executed. This awesome display shows that they have embraced their Klingon heritage and how attached to Worf they have become.
- The entire episode Bonus points for using the Vulcan Nerve Pinch on a crook played by Tim Russ, who'd go on to play Voyager's Tuvok.
- Picard also manages to improvise his own tranquilizer and explosives, and tricks one of the terrorists into getting himself killed by the baryon sweep.
Data: Captain, there is a small ship leaving the scene. Do you know anything about it?Picard: (looking at the stabilizer in his hand) I know they won't get far.::boom::
- Furthermore, Picard has a very stylish and effective way to deal with criminals who are trying to get away after stealing an extremely dangerous unstable chemical substance
- Notice how quickly Captain Nu'Daq calls Worf "brother" during the Mexican standoff between them, the Cardassians and the Romulans. Considering how many other Klingons ridicule the Security Chief for having a Human upbringing/Human relations, his showing of solidarity is very refreshing.
Frame of Mind
- Dr. Crusher investigates a Ferengi scientist's murder against orders and at risk of losing her medical license. It ultimately involves her flying the scientist's shuttle into a star to prove that his new shield works, and vaporizing the culprit.
- When Dr. Crusher asked Kurak if the lies that Reyga had said to her really were lies?Kurak: Be careful, Doctor. Insulting the honor of a Klingon can be extremely dangerous.Beverly: Did Reyga make that mistake?[a beat, then Kurak throws Beverly across the room and against a wall.]Kurak: I have heard enough accusations. Now I will have your silence!Beverly: [gets up, stares at Kurak with equal intensity] Well, you're gonna have to throw me a lot harder than that if you're gonna get it.
Descent: Part I
- Mention needs to be made of the opening scene, where Stephen Hawking plays a hologram of himself, and beats Data, Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein at poker:Newton: Blast! I fold.Data: I fold as well.Einstein: Ze Uncertainty Principle vill not help you, Stephen. All ze quantum fluctuations in ze universe vill not change ze cards in your hand. I call. You are bluffing, and you vill lose.Hawking: Wrong again, Albert. (shows his Four of a Kind)
- That smirk on Hawking's face was quite genuine as he shows his hand.
- Which led to a funny and awesome moment in one of the DVD extras where Brent Spiner recounts how some time later he happened to run into Hawking, and Hawking's first words were "Where's my money?"
- Doctor Crusher gets one when she hides the Enterprise inside a friggin' star to evade a monstrously powerful vessel flown by Ax-Crazy Borg, and then triggers a solar flare to utterly annihilate said Borg ship shortly thereafter. Not only did she take down a Borg ship... she did so with a less than skeleton crew, most of whom weren't even junior officers. And she did so whilst orchestrating the rescue of the crew who were trapped on the other side of said Borg ship. Commander Beverly Crusher is a badass.
- Best part is, as mentioned elsewhere on the page, she's the reason the Enterprise has that metaphasic shielding (which made the star dive possible). She put her career and later her life on the line to prove the technology worked.
Gambit: Part I
- Riker interrogating a Yridian crook over what happened to Picard, and said crook tries to bargain with Riker to get a shuttle in exchange for his cooperation. Unfortunately, Riker is in the middle of a particularly lengthy Roaring Rampage of Revenge and ain't got no time for that - he slams the poor bastard against the wall and lets him know he could turn him over ASAP for twelve counts of fraud and theft whenever he felt like it. Unless he felt like cooperating, that is, which the Yridian does post haste. When Riker is determined, he is a scary sumbitch.
Gambit: Part II
- Maybe not as badass as Beverly Crusher's performance in "Descent Pt. II," but Data's performance as acting captain of the Enterprise is absolutely exceptional, from quickly picking up on Riker and Picard's deceptions, to being very firm with acting first officer Worf and his insubordination. Captain Data commands respect - and that should be no surprise to anyone who remembers "Redemption, Part II."
- Riker demands the release of Picard and Crusher by firmly pointing out that planet KesPrytt was not Federation material: delivering a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to the lawful-but-paranoid Kes and telling the xenophobic Prytt to expect more unwanted visits if Starfleet doesn't get its officers back.
Force of Nature
- Riker takes a fair bit of flack, but he scored some points in this episode, as a result of his speech to the amoral captain he once obeyed without question, as well as his acceptance of whatever consequences were coming to him:Riker: I wasn't a hero, and neither were you! What you did was wrong. And I was wrong to support you, but I was too young and too stupid to realize it! You were the captain, I was the ensign. I was just following orders.
- The scene where the Admiral tries to pull rank on Picard and give orders to the other Enterprise officers, and all of them stand against him. Worf's defiant Badass Arm-Fold in particular is great.
- In an earlier scene, Captain Picard has just been ordered by said amoral officer to take the Enterprise into an asteroid to conduct a salvage operation. The exchange that follows is one of the most epic examples of Tranquil Fury seen in the series:Picard: (beat) Mr. Data, will you please note in the ship's log that this action is being taken over my explicit objection?Data: It is so noted, sir.
- The Admiral being placed under arrest. Riker also willingly turns himself in on account of associating with him.
Thine Own Self
- Maybe this one isn't exactly a highlight of season 7, but the Character Development Troi got in this episode - i.e. becoming a bridge officer - was long overdue.
- Picard is able to save the day by Cold Reading a long-dead and unknown civilization, using only his background in archeology.
Eye of the Beholder
- After Picard makes an impassioned (if brief) Patrick Stewart Speech, begging the Cardassian leader not to open fire. The Cardassian orders his group to back off, and tells Picard of the sons he lost in the last war. Doubles as a Tear Jerker.
All Good Things
- The Big Damn Heroes moment by Admiral Riker and the refitted Enterprise in "All Good Things". Beverly Picard's medical ship, the Pasteur, is under attack by two Klingon battleships, their shields are completely gone, and one more hit would spell doom for our heroes. Then the sensors pick up a Federation ship decloaking. The next thirty seconds are possibly some of the best CG in the entire series, and the coolest aversion of 2-D Space ever.
- The BFG strapped onto Riker's refitted Enterprise. It looks like a phaser cannon, but it blasts a hole clean through an entire Klingon battlecruiser (and its shields), destroying that same battlecruiser in roughly 6 more shots. Then the Enterprise flies through the debris without any concern. Later on, Riker mentions off-handedly that the Enterprise had been due for retirement, and was saved only by him choosing her as his flagship. Makes one wonder what Starfleet's front line ships must be like.
- Also, the climactic shot of the past, present, and future Enterprises together in the Negative Space Wedgie. Words simply can't describe how awesome the sight is.