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Star Trek: Picard (2020–present) is a science fiction television series based on Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek and set two decades after Star Trek: Nemesis.
- Data: Why are you stalling, Captain?
- Jean-Luc Picard: I don't want the game to end.
- Laris: Bad dreams?
- Jean-Luc Picard: The dreams are lovely. It's the waking up that I'm beginning to resent.
- Interviewer: What was it that you lost faith in, Admiral? You've never spoken about your departure from Starfleet. Didn't you, in fact, resign your commission in protest? Tell us, Admiral. Why did you really quit Starfleet?
- Jean-Luc Picard: Because it was no longer Starfleet.
- Interviewer: I'm sorry?
- Jean-Luc Picard: Because it was no longer Starfleet! We withdrew. The galaxy was mourning, burying its dead, and Starfleet had slunk from its duties. The decision to call off the rescue and to abandon those people we had sworn to save was not just dishonorable. It was downright criminal! And I was not prepared to stand by and be a spectator. And you, my dear, you have no idea what Dunkirk is, right? You're a stranger to history. You're a stranger to war. You just wave your hand and it all goes away. Well, it's not so easy for those who died. And it was not so easy for those who were left behind. We're done here.
- Dahj Asha: Have you ever... been a stranger to yourself?
- Jean-Luc Picard: Many, many times.
- Jean-Luc Picard: I haven't been living. I've been waiting to die.
Maps and Legends [1.2]
- Jean-Luc Picard: The daughter of the man whose death I have been mourning for two decades comes to me for help and assistance. And then she is assassinated in front of my eyes by a Romulan death squad who will then go and try and find and destroy her twin sister. And you want me to sit here worrying what to do about the spittlebugs on the pinots?
- Laris: I want you not to die. No one but the Tal Shiar could ever protect you against the Tal Shiar.
- Zhaban: She's not wrong. You can't go without us.
- Laris: Idiot! He cannot go at all. He's only safe here.
- Soji Asha: Is that strange? To find beauty in imperfection?
- Jean-Luc Picard: I never really cared for science fiction. I guess I just didn't get it.
- Kirsten Clancy: The sheer fucking hubris. You think you can just waltz back in here and be entrusted with taking men and women into space?
- Kirsten Clancy: The Romulans were our enemies, and we tried to help them for as long as we could, but even before the synthetics attacked Mars, fourteen species within the Federation said 'Cut the Romulans loose, or we'll pull out.' It was a choice between allowing the Federation to implode, or letting the Romulans go.
- Jean-Luc Picard: The Federation does not get to decide if a species lives or dies.
- Kirsten Clancy: Yes we do. We absolutely do. Thousands of other species depend upon us for unity, for cohesion. We didn't have enough ships left. We had to make choices, but the great Captain Picard didn't like his orders.
- Jean-Luc Picard: I was standing up for the Federation for what it represents! For what it should STILL represent!
- Kirsten Clancy: How dare you lecture me!
- Zhaban: You need a crew. Riker. Worf. La Forge.
- Jean-Luc Picard: No. I thought about it. And they would do it in a heartbeat, and that's precisely why I cannot ask them. They would put themselves at risk out of loyalty to me, and I do not want to have to go through that again.
- Raffi Musiker: There isn't anything you could say that I'd want to hear.
- Jean-Luc Picard: Secret Romulan assassins are operating on Earth.
- [Musiker looks at the bottle of wine Picard is carrying.]
- Raffi Musiker: Is that the '86? Goddammit.
The End is the Beginning [1.3]
- Raffi Musiker: There has to be something. Some last, desperate, wild solution, J.L.? That's what you do!
- Jean-Luc Picard: My resignation was the last, desperate, wild solution. I never believed that they would accept it.
- Ramdha: Which sister are you? The one who dies or the one who lives?
- EMH: So are we excited? Intimidated? Maybe a teensy bit starstruck? Jean-Luc Picard! Chief contact with the Q Continuum. Arbiter of succession for the Klingon Empire. Savior of Earth from Borg invasion. Captain of the Enterprises D and E. The man even worked alongside the great Spock.
- Cristóbal Rios: You are an emergency hologram. We no longer have a navigational emergency. Why are you still here?
- EMH: Well, someone is experiencing an acute moodiness overload. Picard is a good man, Captain Rios. He's on the side of the angels.
Absolute Candor [1.4]
- Agnes Jurati: What's your book about?
- Cristóbal Rios: The existential pain of living with the consciousness of death, and how it defines us as human beings.
- Agnes Jurati: Well, that's not a conversation killer at all.
- Raffi Musiker: Man can't even take a guilt trip without using a starship.
- Raffi Musiker: But you remember what we used to say back then?
- Jean-Luc Picard: One impossible thing at a time.
- Zani: Because you could not save everyone, you chose to save no one.
- Elnor: Please, my friend, choose to live… I regret your choice.
Stardust City Rag [1.5]
- Raffi Musiker: Try to stay away from the lizard. Beta Anari can smell when you're not telling the truth.
- Agnes Jurati: Seriously?
- Raffi Musiker: Also, what you had for dinner. And the last person you had sex with.
- Cristóbal Rios: If they're not the same thing.
- Agnes Jurati: Cause that's not disturbing.
- Agnes Jurati: It's okay. It will be okay. You can do this. You have to do this.
- [The ship's EMH activates automatically, startling Dr Jurati.]
- EMH: What is the nature of your psychiatric emergency? Your pulse and blood pressure are significantly elevated.
- Agnes Jurati: Because you scared the hell out of me!
- Jean-Luc Picard: What the hell is going on here?
- Seven of Nine: I was not entirely candid with you.
- Jean-Luc Picard: [Sarcastically] Really?
- Elnor: Are we still pretending?
- Jean-Luc Picard: No, Elnor. I think everyone has finally stopped.
- Jean-Luc Picard: But murder is not justice. There is no solace in revenge. You have had your humanity restored to you. Don't squander it now.
- Seven of Nine: After they brought you back from your time in the Collective...do you honestly feel that you regained your humanity?
- Jean-Luc Picard: Yes.
- Seven of Nine: All of it?
- Jean-Luc Picard: No. But we're both working on it, aren't we?
- Seven of Nine: Every damned day of my life.
The Impossible Box [1.6]
- Agnes Jurati: Maybe [the Borg have] changed.
- Jean-Luc Picard: Changed? The Borg? They coolly assimilate entire civilizations, entire systems, in a matter of hours. They don't change! They metastasize.
- Soji Asha: Romulans love secrets. You think everyone is hiding something.
- Narek: Everyone is hiding something. Whether they know it or not.
- Raffi Musiker: I don't want to end up on the wrong side of a disruptor cannon, Emmy. I'm still planning on drinking myself to death.
- Hugh: I take it she's in serious danger.
- Jean-Luc Picard: What? Why would you ask that?
- Hugh: A hunch. Something about her. Something about you coming this far to this place. And something about the dashing, young Romulan spy who showed up two weeks ago pretending not to be asking questions about her.
- Elnor: Please, my friends. Choose to live.
- William Riker: That time you were flying off to Romulus, to plan the Great Supernova Rescue. Do you remember what I said?
- Jean-Luc Picard: 'So you want to be ass-deep in Romulans for the rest of your life?'
- William Riker: I believe I also reminded you of Newton's Fourth Law of Thermodynamics.
- Jean-Luc Picard: No good deed goes unpunished.
- Kestra Troi-Riker: Can you play the violin?
- Soji Asha: No.
- Kestra Troi-Riker: Do you like Sherlock Holmes?
- Soji Asha: I guess so.
- Kestra Troi-Riker: Can you run super fast, jump really high, and bend steel with your hands?
- Soji Asha: Turns out, yes, I can.
- Kestra Troi-Riker: Weird!
- Soji Asha: Tell me about it.
- Kestra Troi-Riker: [Data] could do all these amazing things but all he ever really wanted to do was have dreams and tell jokes and learn how to ballroom dance.
- Raffi Musiker: And now, you come along for a ride with Auntie Raffi. She's going to hook you up with whatever you need.
- Agnes Jurati: Is it cake?
- Raffi Musiker: You bet it's cake.
- William Riker: Classic Picard arrogance. You get to make the decisions about who gets to take the chances and who doesn't, and who's in the loop and who's out of the loop, and, naturally, it always ends up with you. And that's fine on the bridge of your starship, captain, but now you're dealing with a teenager, more or less. That can be an extremely humbling experience. Frankly, not sure you're up to it.
- Jean-Luc Picard: Perhaps I'm not.
- William Riker: There you go. Baby steps.
- Jean-Luc Picard: Baby steps.
Broken Pieces [1.8]
- Narissa: The Collective picked the wrong Tal Shiar ship to assimilate that day. They ought to have picked mine. I'd have made a much better Borg than you.
- Kirsten Clancy: That's a hell of a report.
- Jean-Luc Picard: And you thought I was a desperate old man. Quixotic, paranoid, possibly senile…
- Kirsten Clancy: Let's just leave it at quixotic.
- Jean-Luc Picard: And now the windmills have turned out to be giants.
- Kirsten Clancy: Admiral Picard, with all due respect, and at long last, shut the fuck up!
- Jean-Luc Picard: They may be right about what happened two hundred thousand years ago. The past is written. But the future is left for us to write and we have powerful tools, Rios. Openness, optimism, and the spirit of curiosity. All they have is secrecy and fear. And fear is the Great Destroyer, Rios.
- Jean-Luc Picard: Data's capacity for expressing and processing emotion was limited. I suppose we had that in common.
Et In Arcadia Ego, Part 1 [1.9]
- Raffi Musiker: Nice work, honey. You got us here really damn fast. And I am never going to do that ever again.
- Jean-Luc Picard: There's a difference between killing an attacking enemy and watching a wounded one die.
- Raffi Musiker: Oh man.
- Cristóbal Rios: How many?
- Raffi Musiker: Uh, 218 warbirds.
- Cristóbal Rios: Ah. 218. That's not so bad.
- Raffi Musiker: True. You really only have to worry about the first 109.
- Seven of Nine: Keep saving the galaxy, Picard.
- Jean-Luc Picard: That's all on you now.
Et In Arcadia Ego, Part 2 [1.10]
- William Riker: Acting Captain Will Riker, in command of the U.S.S. Zheng He.
- Oh: And...?
- William Riker: And it is my duty to inform you that the United Federation of Planets has designated planet Ghulion IV in the Vayt sector under the protection of Starfleet, according to the terms of the Treaty of Algeron.
- Oh: Too late. Our claim to this world takes precedence. Move aside.
- William Riker: Afraid not.
- Jean-Luc Picard: [recorded message] I have a priority request to open diplomatic negotiations and protection for the inhabitants of Ghulion IV.
- William Riker: General, or Commodore, or whatever you're calling yourself, right now, I'm on the bridge of the toughest, fastest, most powerful ship Starfleet has ever put into service, and I've got a fleet of them at my back. We've got our phasers locked on your warp cores. And nothing would make me happier than you giving me an excuse to kick your treacherous Tal Shiar ass. But instead, I'm going to ask you one time -- to stand down.
- Jean-Luc Picard: It says a great deal about the mind of Commander Data that, looking at the human race with all its violence and corruption, willful ignorance, he could still see kindness, the immense curiosity, and greatness of spirit. And he wanted, more than anything else, to be part of that, to be part of the human family.
The Star Gazer [2.1]
- Jean-Luc Picard: Seize today for we know nothing of tomorrow.
- Laris: Today is glorious. And none of our tomorrows are guaranteed.
- Laris: Remember that Romulans don't suffer loss as humans do. We love deeply and then we honor that love by loving again. Even more deeply still.
- Laris: When I first came to work here, I saw you as a man who chose the stars. And after all this time, I've come to wonder, have you been seeking or running? Am I being too personal?
- Jean-Luc Picard: No. Please, go on.
- Laris: Why have you chosen to be alone?
- Jean-Luc Picard: I'm hardly alone.
- Laris: You know what I mean.
- Jean-Luc Picard: As you say, I've spent my life in the stars.
- Laris: And is that what you really want? All you really want?
- Jean-Luc Picard: The part of me that really wants is the part that has to wait in line.
- Laris: Behind what?
- Jean-Luc Picard: Duty, I suppose. The need to keep on moving.
- Laris: [To Picard] There you are. I've been looking everywhere for you with a cup of what is now, definitely, Earl Grey, cold.
- Jean-Luc Picard (giving an address at Starfleet Academy): We often refer to space as the final frontier. But the older I get, the more I come to believe that the true final frontier is time. In command, as in life, what we do in crisis often weighs upon us less heavily than what we wish we had done, what could have been. Time offers many opportunities, but it rarely offers second chances. And as steps forward go I would like to acknowledge your classmate the first fully Romulan cadet at Starfleet Academy: Elnor. May you all go boldly into a future freed from the shackles of the past. I stand before you the last Picard. My ancestor captained the second ship, behind Jacques Cartier. A great-great cousin Renee Picard was instrumental in early exploration of this solar system. Yet I choose to leave you with the words of my mother, who was no explorer at all. When I was a boy she would point to the night sky and say, "Look up, Jean-Luc, and let's see what's out there".
- Jean-Luc Picard: What is happening here?
- Q: An excellent question, Jean-Luc. Mon Capitaine, how I've missed you...
- Jean-Luc Picard: No. No, no, no, no, no...
- [Picard turns to face Q]
- Q: Oh, dear. You're a bit older than I imagined. Let me catch up. [Q snaps his fingers and he becomes older in appearance] There. Now, we're even.
- Jean-Luc Picard: Q... God-damn Q!
- Q: Do you recall what I said to you when we last parted ways? "The trial never ends."
- Jean-Luc Picard: What the Hell are you doing here?
- Q You've been talking a lot about second chances. Well, my friend, welcome to the very end... of the road not taken.
- Jean-Luc Picard: What is this?
- Q: This? This is home.
- Jean-Luc Picard: And where are the crew of the Stargazer?
- Q: Oh, how quaint. How provincial. How Yesterday's Enterprise of you. There is no Stargazer.
- Jean-Luc Picard: What do you mean? What have you done?
- Q: Show them a world of their own making and they ask you what you've done. So human of you.
- Jean-Luc Picard: Q, have you had enough of playing games with other people's lives? I am no longer your pawn!
- Q: Oh, you undersell yourself, Jean-Luc. You are more than just a piece. You're the very board upon which this game is played.
- Jean-Luc Picard: I am too old for your bullshit!
- Q: [angrily] Old, yes! How unfair time is. So many wrinkles. So many disappointments.
- Jean-Luc Picard: What do you want, Q? Will you come to the point?
- Q: You want me to cut to the chase?
- Jean-Luc Picard: Yes!
- Q: Well, the chase is cut, Picard! The chase is bleeding! The chase is dying in your arms, and I am but a suture in the wound. [Q backs away from Picard, appearing confused as to what he had just said]
- Jean-Luc Picard: Are you...? Q, you are not well.
- Q: "Through A Mirror, Darkly". And here, the man who holds the glass is darker still. Let me show you!
- Jean-Luc Picard: You...
- Borg Queen: You. Are Locutus. And you are not.
- Jean-Luc Picard: I know you can see the divergence in time. What did Q do in the past, when he turned our world into a polluted, totalitarian nightmare?
- Borg Queen: Friend and foe, and now.
- Jean-Luc Picard: Answer the question! What did Q do?
- Borg Queen: A temporal precision. A single change.
- Jean-Luc Picard: What was it? When was it?
- Borg Queen: Calculating... 2024. That is the when. Where is the where? Calculating... Earth. The change in the timeline originates there. In Los Angeles. Calculating... There is someone there to help. A watcher. Seek the watcher.
- Borg Queen: Calculating temporal trajectory. Initiating tachyon radiation splinter bursts. Neutralising threats.
- Rios: [Noticing his controls going haywire] Whoa... [The La Sirena fires torpedoes at two Confederation ships, destroying them] What the... [Rois looks again at the controls] Admiral? [Picard looks at Rios] I'm no longer in command of this ship.
- Agnes Jurati: What exactly is the information you hold?
- Borg Queen: The location of the Watcher, and when the temporal divergence occurs.
- Agnes Jurati: Hmm... Are you sure about that?
- Borg Queen: [checks her memory banks, realises the information is missing] What did you do? Where is it? You...
- Agnes Jurati: Stole it. Computer, dictate the file log "shit I stole from the Borg Queen".
- [The computer recites co-ordinates]
- Borg Queen: No-one takes from me, my dear!
- Jean-Luc Picard: Co-ordinates!
- Agnes Jurati: To find the Watcher.
- Jean-Luc Picard: Well done!
- Agnes Jurati: I suppose even higher cybernetic life forms can get sloppy with where they leave secrets lying around. But there's more, isn't there? "When" it happened. I can alm... I can almost feel it. [The Borg Queen glares at Agnes] It'll come to me.
- Borg Queen: What you have just done here is more difficult, and vastly more dangerous than you realise.
- Agnes Jurati: And what is that?
- Borg Queen: You've impressed me.
- Jean-Luc Picard: Guinan! Don't leave the Earth just yet. I know you're done with listening, but you're not done with humanity. Change always comes later than we think it should.
- Jean-Luc Picard: Excuse me, are you a friend of Guinan's?
- Watcher: Absolutely not. [Watcher turns around, revealing that she greatly resembles Laris]
- Jean-Luc Picard: Laris!
- Q: You can't do it. And you know it. Oh, sure, you played the game for a while. But nothing was at stake, and the only challenge was fooling everybody into thinking you had the nerve. But now, it's real, and the fear's choking you. Oh, here's the truth: you can't do it. People are gonna die, and now your fear, your doubt, is the loudest voice in your head. [Q snaps his fingers, nothing happens] That's unexpected. And most unfortunate.
Fly Me To The Moon [2.5]
- Borg Queen: Alone... but not lonely. Silence so loud. Voices... carried everywhere on invisible strings. [Lights on La Sirena flicker and the Borg Queen opens her eyes] Computer, intercept local cellular towar frequencies.
- Computer: Voice pattern not authorized.
- Borg Queen: Hmm. [imitates Jurati's voice] Computer, intercept local cellular tower frequencies.
- Computer: Voice pattern not authorized.
- Borg Queen: [imitates Picard's voice] Computer, intercept local cellular tower frequencies.
- Computer: Voice pattern not authorized.
- Borg Queen: [imitates Rios's voice] Computer, intercept local cellular tower frequencies.
- Computer: Channel open.
- Tallinn: Tell me about the others. Can they be trusted?
- Jean-Luc Picard: Oh, no question. We've been through thick and thin together. There is no better bunch of...
- [Raffi and Rios carry an unconscious policeman off the ship]
- Raffi Musiker: Rios, you're twisting his back.
- Cristóbal Rios: It's okay.
- Tallinn: Is that your crew? The people carrying a dead cop out the door?
- Jean-Luc Picard: Oh, I... I'm sure he's not dead. [Nervous laugh]
Two of One [2.6]
- Adam Soong: Picard! [Picard stops, and stares at Adam Soong] Adam Soong. [pause, Adam Soong shakes his head] I believe we have a friend in common. A Mr. Q.
- Jean-Luc Picard: He's not a friend.
- Adam Soong: That's what he said about you.
- Jean-Luc Picard: Listen to me: have nothing to do with him!
- Adam Soong: I have no interest in being part of some... whatever this is. So do yourself a favor: walk away. I can't allow Renee to complete this mission. Stay away from her.
- Jean-Luc Picard: I could say the same to you.
- Adam Soong: I don't have a choice.
- Jean-Luc Picard: You really don't understand who you're dealing with.
- Adam Soong: [signals to a Europa Mission board memeber] Neither do you.
- Europa Mission board member: Dr. Soong! Thank you for the generous donation to the Europa Mission. I'm in shock! Welcome to the board! Anything we can do for you? Our VIP tour?
- Adam Soong: Actually, there is something. That gentleman... [Soong turns away from Picard]
- Seven of Nine: I thought Agnes had purged all the Borg programs from the ship after the crash.
- Raffi: Landing.
- Seven of Nine: I wanted to understand how she broke into the system, so I call up the last occurence of Borg code being introduced into the computer.
- Raffi: You haven't touched your coffee. You never don't touch your coffee.
- Seven of Nine: This is what came up. [Seven shows Raffi security footage of Agnes implanting Borg code] That is definitely Borg code she's implanting. We have to find her, now.
- Q: You? You summoned me?
- Guinan: You must be Q. Took your damn time.
- Q: You are that multi-celled, sanctimonious, droning shrew known as Guinan. Right... It's the 21st century. Our paths have yet to cross.
- Guinan: I thought the Summoning didn't work.
- Q: "Summoning"? The Summoning is a sacred ritual. Not a chat, by which you bipeds exchange the nauseating minutia of your pathetic lives!
- Guinan: When the Ritual stalled, I sensed something. Emptiness and fear. I thought it was me, but it wasn't! I feel it on you! [Q steps back, and Guinan realises] You're dying!
- Q: Another quality I sincerely loathe about your species: empathy.
- Guinan: I knew you could kill each other, but otherwise, aren't you-?
- Q: Immortal? So I believed. But now, for the first time as I look across the temporal horizon, the darkness... You think I'm dying! I prefer to believe that I am on the threshold of the unknowable. When I first felt it, I thought to myself: this is good! This is new! Infinite life, after all, has its drawbacks. And so, I prepared myself to be enveloped in the warm glow of meaning. Oh, that... moment has yet to come. Not even a glimmer. Dying stars burn brighter as they spin towards extinction. I, on the other hand, seem to be simply disappearing... into nothing. Why do you think it took me so long to get here?
- Guinan: That's why you walked in here today? Why you're using humans as your game pieces?
- Q: [snaps his fingers, nothing happens] You see that? I'm honestly trying to vaporise you at this moment.
- Guinan: This 'thing' you're doing to Picard... it's how you're hoping to find... meaning in your life?
- Q: I now have a lifetime. Can a single act redeem a lifetime?
- Guinan: Why bring him to the past?
- Q: I did not bring him to the past. He did that on his own. There are many forms of time travel.
- Guinan: But he's trapped here!
- Q: [angrily] The trap is immaterial! It's the escape that counts! [Q and Guinan stare at each other] I'll see you when I see you. Unfortunately. [Q goes to leave.] Humans... they're all trapped in the past.
Hide and Seek [2.9]
- Agnes Jurati: I won't let you take this ship.
- Borg Queen: There you are. I could still sense you in there. Still feel you chattering about.
- Agnes Jurati: Do you know what it feels like to put my hands on my friend's throat, and not be able to do a God-damn thing about it?
- Borg Queen: A bit like hanging limbless. Powerless.
- Agnes Jurati: I've been poking around in that trash-dump of a mind - wow, by the way - because I had to know why. Billions of species... planets... and, still, you always needed more.
- Borg Queen: Perfection takes time, dear.
- Agnes Jurati: This was never about perfection, or evolution, or any of that bullshit. It was never enough because you're just like me: lonely.
- Borg Queen: To share your own crude colloquialism: bullshit.
- Agnes Jurati: Then why haven't you killed me? Stop. Stop! You take this ship, you let Soong win, in 400 years, the Confederation wipes out your entire collective.
- Borg Queen: So myopically linear. You see the branch but not the tree. We know of the Confederation's threat now, and we will prepare. Time... is on our side.
- Jean-Luc Picard: I won't let you sacrifice yourself!
- Tallinn: You won't let me? It's not up to you. This is my life. You don't get to stop me from fulfilling my purpose because you're scared I'm gonna die. My fate is not yours to decide.
- Tallinn: I understand. I've seen the heart of this in you, but other people's lives aren't up to you. And their deaths aren't your fault. Not mine if it comes. Not your mother's. That's a fantasy, Jean-Luc. Can't control who we lose, and we can't spare ourselves the pain of it. Other people's choices are their own to make, and this one is mine. I don't need saving. I never have.
- Tallinn: I know something now. The secrets we keep, all the reasons we never tell someone we love them, they're worthless.
- Tallinn: Sweet Picard, your guilt must have saved planets by now. Countless lives in trade for the one you couldn't. I got to tell her. Maybe she'll remember me, and know that she was worth all of it. You helped me give that to her. Absolve yourself, or the only life left unsaved will be your own.
- Kore Soong: I swear to God, if this is another one of your games, Q...
- Wesley Crusher: No. No, no. I assure you, we are very different. Hello, Kore.
- Kore Soong: ... and you are?
- Wesley Crusher: That's a... very long and... very complicated story.
- Kore Soong: Honestly, I've got nothing pressing.
- Wesley Crusher: Okay... A long time ago, I was known as Wesley Crusher. But now, I am a Traveler of all of space and time.
- Kore Soong: [pauses, then laughs] You're kidding, right?
- Wesley Crusher: The last time I told a joke, I inadvertently changed a century's worth of history, so I work really hard to not be misunderstood.
- Kore Soong: That's... a lot.
- Wesley Crusher: You have no idea. My colleagues and I... we dispatch those we call 'Supervisors', to help ensure the proper flow of time. See, the universe is... essentially a grand tapestry. It is flawless. It is fraglie, it is exquisite. Yet it is somehow always a thread's pull away from total annihilation. A star is born, but a ship is lost. A new species thrives, but a civilization collapses. Knowing when to step in... that's the tricky part. And so, my colleagues and I... we watch. We protect everything.
- Kore Soong: Big job.
- Wesley Crusher: Tell me about it. Two paths are before you. The first one leads to a perfectly normal life.
- Kore Soong: Wait, is this... a recruitment speech?
- Wesley Crusher: I'm not done. The second... that path leads to everything else. And it offers a chance to give your life purpose and meaning. But I cannot guarantee your safety. [Kore considers] Okay, that's it. That was the recruitment speech.
- Kore Soong: I've never been safe.
- Wesley Crusher: [offers Kore his hand] Welcome to the Travelers. [Kore takes Wesley's hand and the two teleport away]
- Q: Bravo. Destiny left for the little boy you will be in the future to find.
- [Jean-Luc enters the observatory to find Q, sitting in a chair; he joins Q]
- Q: You considered destroying it, didn't you? Well, let me ask: if that key is not there for the boy to find, does he grow up with his mother? Does the shame instantly lift? But you accepted your fate. You accepted you. You chose the Jean-Luc you are. You absolved yourself. And because you choose him, perhaps now he will be worthy enough for someone else to choose. And maybe this time, he will even give him the chance to be loved. I told you this was about forgiveness, Jean-Luc. Yours.
- Jean-Luc Picard: Why?
- Q: Well, isn't that the eternal question? Know thyself.
- Jean-Luc Picard: There's been so much loss. So much death.
- Q: But you fixed all that.
- Jean-Luc Picard: Elnor! Tallinn!
- Q: Well, maybe not all of it. But Tallinn always dies in every timeline. This is the only one in which she meets Renée.
- Jean-Luc Picard: I ask you once again: why?
- Q: Finish the sentence.
- Jean-Luc Picard: ... me? From the very beginning, for over thirty years, why me?
- Q: I am moving on. In your parlance, I am dying.
- Jean-Luc Picard: Yes, I know.
- Q: Alone. I am dying alone. I do not want that for you. Humans, your griefs, your pains fix you to moments in the past long gone. You're like butterflies with your wings pinned. My old friend, forever the boy, who with the errant turn of a skeleton key, broke the universe, and his own heart. No more. You are now unshackled from the past. As I leave, I leave you free.
- Jean-Luc Picard: But... why does all this matter? Is something going to happen, for which I will be required?
- Q: Must it always have galactic import? Universal stakes? Celestial upheaval? Isn't one life enough? You ask me why it matters. It matters to me. [Q gets out of his chair and approaches Jean-Luc] You matter to me. Even Gods have favorites, Jean-Luc, and you've always been one of mine.
- Jean-Luc Picard: Q...
- Q: Time's almost up. I have one last surprise in store.
- [Rios has decided to remain in 2024]
- Rios: I never fit, you know? Nothing stuck. I mean, I was living alone in a cargo ship with five holographic versions of myself. Not very encouraging. And then I met you. I never had a family in any real way. You changed all that. All of you did. This is where I belong. Jean-Luc, I'm home.
- Jean-Luc Picard: Make a good future.
- Rios: Maybe it was always supposed to be this way. Time's a funny thing.
- Q: Yes, it is.
- [Rios has decided to remain in 2024]
- Q: Most unexpected. Perhaps now, there will be some... surplus energy? Call it a surprise. A gift. Farewell, Mon Capitaine. It's time for me to go.
- Jean-Luc Picard: But not alone. Isn't that the point of all this? [Jean-Luc hugs Q]
- Q: See you out there. [Jean-Luc lets Q go, Q snaps his fingers to send them back]
- Jean-Luc Picard (to Laris): There are moments in our lives we fear to relive and others we long to repeat. While time cannot give us second chances, maybe people can.
- Liam Shaw: So, we have 500 guns pointed at our head. We try to run, we are vapour the second our nacelles light up. Help is days away, and this nebula is wreaking hell on our long-range comms. We are essentially cornered. In space. Which has no corners.
- William Riker: Since when does Starfleet give in to hostile demands? That man is wanted for trial, not execution. And we damn well know that's not a ship, it's a guillotine.
Seventeen Seconds [3.3]
- Sydney LaForge: My father is one of the greatest Starfleet engineers that ever lived. People were fine with me following in his footsteps, but the moment I decided to be a pilot ... (scoffs) Oh, boy.
- Seven of Nine: This sounds rehearsed.
- Sydney LaForge: Uh ... People didn't think I belonged, either. "She's here 'cause Starfleet couldn't say no to Geordi La Forge's daughter." One of the few ways my dad and I are alike ... We have a hard time making friends. But when we do, we know their value. Shaw may call you insubordinate for helping yours, but my dad wouldn't.
- Seven of Nine: Thank you. Go rest, ensign.
- Sydney LaForge: Yes, Commander Seven.
- Worf: I am Worf, son of Mogh, House of Martok, son of Sergei, House of Rozhenko, Bane to the Duras Family, slayer of Gowron. I have made some chamomile tea. Do you take sugar?
- William Riker: [To Jean-Luc Picard] Remove yourself from the bridge. You've just killed us all.
No Win Scenario [3.4]
- Jean-Luc Picard: Y’know, there will be a time when you will need to remember that no matter how bleak or unwinnable a situation, as long as you and your crew remain steadfast in your dedication, one to another, you are never ever without hope.
- Jean-Luc Picard: You’re only ever really as good as those around you. Your crew become a part of you. Complete you. They lift you up to accomplish the things you never could do alone. Well, thank you. And now, if you don't mind, I think my haddock's getting cold.
- Jack Crusher: Excuse me, Admiral. You went on and on about your crew. Your life in Starfleet. Did you have a life outside of that? What about a real family?
- Jean-Luc Picard: Young man, Starfleet has been the only family I have ever needed.
The Bounty [3.6]
- Beverly Crusher [speaking to Jean-Luc Picard about their son Jack Crusher]: Please don't spend time burdening yourself when you can unburden him.
- Jean-Luc Picard: Fate has a way of surprising us.
- [Geordi has activated Daystrom Android M-5-10]
- Daystrom Android M-5-10: [turns to Geordi] Geordi? [to Jean-Luc Picard] Captain?
- Jean-Luc Picard: Yes. Data, is that you?
- Daystrom Android M-5-10: Yes, sir! No, sir! I... I am not certain.
- Beverly Crusher: He's like you, Jean-Luc.
- Daystrom Android M-5-10: I am Data.
- Geordi La Forge: Synthetic, but...
- Daystrom Android M-5-10: No, I was Data.
- Geordi La Forge: Human.
- Daystrom Android M-5-10: There are many of myself inside Daystrom Android M-5-10, but... currently, one voice speaks to you more... more fondly.
- Jean-Luc Picard: The evening of the robbery, something was taken. Something more... deadly than a portal weapon. We believe that you witnessed that event. Can you confirm?
- Daystrom Android M-5-10: Can I confirm? [malfunctioning] Can I?
- Worf: Is he malfunctioning?
- Geordi La Forge: I don't know!
- Daystrom Android M-5-10: Memory records indicate what appears to be the Changelings' main objective.
- Geordi La Forge: Go on.
- Daystrom Android M-5-10: The project manifest lists the missing item.
- Jean-Luc Picard: Data, can you tell us what was stolen?
- Daystrom Android M-5-10: Jean-Luc Picard.
- Jean-Luc Picard: Yes, Data, I'm here. I repeat: can you tell us what was stolen?
- Daystrom Android M-5-10: Jean-Luc Picard. Jean-Luc Picard... Manifest inquiry: Jean-Luc Picard.
- Worf: Is there a reset switch?
- Daystrom Android M-5-10: [Lore personality manifests, chuckling] I'm Lore. [personality changes] I am B-4... [personality changes] I am Soong. No... I am more.
- Jean-Luc Picard: Data, it is vital that you tell us what was taken from the lab.
- [Daystrom Android M-5-10 transmits a hologram from his eyes, of a figure in a stasis container]
- Geordi La Forge: What is this?
- Worf: It is what the Changelings stole from Daystrom.
- Beverly Crusher: Human remains...
- Daystrom Android M-5-10: Jean-Luc Picard.
- [The hologram reveals the remains to be those of Jean-Luc Picard's original body]
- Daystrom Android M-5-10: [as Data]: Captain. Geordi. I am no longer on the Enterprise. The Scimitar...
- Jean-Luc Picard: That was many, many years ago.
- Daystrom Android M-5-10: Hmm. That would explain why... [switches to Lore] you're so old! Time has been very cruel to you.
- Geordi La Forge: And here's the problem, Admiral. You remember Lore?
- Jean-Luc Picard: Data's brother. But, surely, he was deactivated.
- Geordi La Forge: Archived, is more like it. Simply put, this unit is currently home to both Data and Lore simultaneously.
- Daystrom Android M-5-10: [switches to Data] I apologize for the outburst, Captain. I am not in complete control of this body, [switches to Lore] nor I am in complete control of my utter revulsion at your ancient face.
- Alandra La Forge: So, has Lore always been this arch?
- Daystrom Android M-5-10: Did the tree move? Or did the apple just fall far from it? When you're constantly subjected to these... self-righteous, self-proclaimed heroes, spewing their moralities in vomit, or somehow virtuous, then sometimes, dear, a little bend, a little arch, a little antagonising flair is required.
- Geordi La Forge: Lore has a perverted sense of what it means to be human.
- Geordi La Forge: What do you want, Lore?
- Daystrom Android M-5-10: [as Lore] No more than you want for your children. Nothing more than these Changelings want. Survival. It's human nature, pal.
- Patrick Stewart — Admiral Jean-Luc Picard
- Alison Pill — Agnes Jurati
- Isa Briones — Dahj Asha, Soji Asha and Kore Soong
- Michelle Hurd — Rafaella "Raffi" Musiker
- Santiago Cabrera — Cristobal "Chris" Rios
- Evan Evagora — Elnor
- Jeri Ryan — Seven of Nine
- Orla Brady — Laris/Tallinn
- Harry Treadaway — Narek
- Jonathan Frakes — Captain William Riker (Guest — Season 1, Main — Season 3)
- Marina Sirtis — Deanna Troi (Guest — Season 1, Main — Season 3)
- Brent Spiner — Lieutenant Commander Data, Dr. Altan Inigo Soong, Dr. Adam Soong and Daystrom Android M-5-10 (Guest — Seasons 1 and 2, Main — Season 3)
- Gates McFadden — Beverly Crusher
- LeVar Burton — Geordie La Forge
- Michael Dorn — Worf
- Whoopi Goldber — Guinan
- John de Lancie — Q
- Annie Wersching — Borg Queen
- Penelope Mitchell — Renée Picard
- Wil Weaton — Wesley Crusher
|Creator||Gene Roddenberry (1921–1991)|
|Television series||Star Trek (1966–1969) · The Animated Series (1973–1974) · The Next Generation (1987–1994) · Deep Space Nine (1993–1999) · Voyager (1995–2001) · Enterprise (2001–2005) · Discovery (2017–) · Picard (2020–) · Lower Decks (2020–) · Prodigy (2021–) · Strange New Worlds (2022–)|
|Feature films||The Original Series||The Motion Picture (1979) · The Wrath of Khan (1982) · The Search for Spock (1984) · The Voyage Home (1986) · The Final Frontier (1989) · The Undiscovered Country (1991)|
|The Next Generation||Generations (1994) · First Contact (1996) · Insurrection (1998) · Nemesis (2002)|
|Reboot series||Star Trek (2009) · Into Darkness (2013) · Beyond (2016)|
|Video games||Borg (1996) · Klingon Academy (2000)|
|Proverbs||Klingon · Vulcan|
|Other||Star Trek franchise · Last words in Star Trek media · Jean-Luc Picard· Phase II|