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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })Star Trek: The Next Generation is a science fiction show created by Gene Roddenberry as part of the Star Trek franchise. The show ran from 1987 to 1994 in First-Run Syndication, and proved to be one of the most successful shows ever to be offered through that distribution method. Set in the 24th century, about ninety years after the original series, the program features a new crew, new perspectives on established cultures (a Klingon Empire as a semi-friendly ally against a Romulan Empire emerging from decades of isolation), new antagonists and a new Enterprise (Galaxy-class starship, registration NCC-1701-D).After struggling for a few seasons trying to establish itself apart from the original series, it exploded into one of the most well-respected television shows ever made, partially because of a change in direction (its creator had health problems starting around season two of the show's run leading to co-producer Rick Berman taking over most of the show's daily production and his promotion to executive producer during season three) and an increased willingness to experiment with the format and scope of the show, and science fiction as a whole. At 176 episodes in length, it was the longest running Star Trek series at the time,note It was equaled by two of the three series to follow it, but has not been surpassed. and won many awards for everything from visual effects to writing. Like its predecessor, the series has proved wildly popular in Syndication, despite having broadcast its final episode in 1994. To date, in the U.S. alone, it has been broadcast on no fewer than five different cable / satellite networks: G4, Spike TV, Syfy, WGN America and BBC America. Three of these networks, SyFy, WGN America and BBC America, still regularly air episodes of the program, sometimes against each other in primetime. It also remains a near-pillar of Netflix.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })Although much of the show shared the premise of The Original Series, there were also well-placed Story Arcs (something the original series lacked): the omnipotent trickster character of Q would show up to put Humanity on Trial (becoming a Bookend storyline epitomizing the series) or to amuse himself at the expense of others; redefining the Klingons as being Proud Warrior Race Guys instead of the original "black hats"; various encounters with the hive-mind, cybernetic Borg (creating what is regarded as the pinnacle episode for the series and even the franchise, "The Best of Both Worlds"); several episodes with Wesley that developed his character; and defining moments for several of the main cast and the odd minor character, in addition to plenty of development for the Romulans, the Vulcans, the Cardassians and the Ferengi.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_3'); })The series went into production following the success of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and would later form the basis of the seventh through tenth Star Trek films: Generations (1994), First Contact (1996), Insurrection (1998), and Nemesis (2002). The success of the series led to an expansion of the franchise and is single-handedly responsible for the creation of Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise. TNG, DS9 and Voyager are often called the "Next Generation Era" in discussions regarding the franchise as a whole.Though fans will usually agree that the quality of the episodes varies wildly, the worst of the lot still makes for compelling and thought-provoking viewing. Even boilerplate stories such as "clueless foreigner offends alien culture" or "Aliens took my Bridge Bunny" are handled in a similar manner to TOS, with Picard and company carefully explicating and deliberating over each problem. With the Federation existing in a relative state of calm and "cowboy diplomacy" no longer a viable option, the challenge is remaining true to Starfleet ideals without resorting to quick and dirty solutions... and also trying to realize when it's time to get "dirty".CBS commissioned Mike Okuda (who designed several visual elements of the show including the main bridge design and the LCARS system used by the Federation) to oversee high quality Blu-ray transfers of the entire series from the original film stock to replace the poor quality DVD versions of the series. More information can be found at the Trek Core website, among other places. The general consensus is that the 1080p, 7.1 surround sound mixes breathe new life into the show, with the special effects work by Industrial Light and Magic looking especially stunning. The remastering of TNG has proven to be far less controversial with purists than the extensive (many argued overdone) HD revisions done to the original series.See also the Star Trek: The Next Generation Relaunch, a series of novels that follow the characters after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis, as well as setting the direction for the Star Trek Expanded Universe in terms of the original continuity (as opposed to the latest series of films, which take place in an Alternate Timeline).In August 2018, Patrick Stewart announced that he would be reprising the role of Picard for a new Trek series, Star Trek: Picard, on CBS All Access.
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Limited Advancement Opportunities
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Limited Advancement Opportunities: The reason why any promotions were token, or short-lived, or part of. Riker has been up for promotion around seven times. He refuses because he feels it is more prestigious to be first officer aboard the Enterprise than captain of any other ship. He finally leaves the Enterprise to be captain of the Titan in the last movie after 14 years of being the Enterprise first officer. Picard is overly qualified for admiral rank, and has been pushed there many times. He refuses because he joined Starfleet to explore, not to sit behind a desk on Earth or a starbase somewhere. This creates the odd situation of Admiral Janeway giving him orders in Nemesis, despite the fact he is substantially more qualified and experienced. Meanwhile, the aforementioned admiral has plenty of reason to prefer a nice quiet desk job. That said, it should be noted that Picard is often treated as a de facto admiral. For example, in Star Trek: First Contact, when the Enterprise-E arrives at the battle with the Borg cube and finds that the Admiral leading the fleet has been killed, Picard summarily takes command of the entire fleet — and nobody questions it!note Considering the Enterprise is the flagship of the fleet, that means Picard is by definition considered to be one of the most capable and qualified captains they have. The rest of the fleet would know this, and defer to his experience. And there's actually a regulation stating that command defaults to the commander of the vessel with tactical superiority, and the Enterprise-E is a Sovereign-class ship, the newest and most powerful class.
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Dying Race: "Up the Long Ladder" features two races who were in danger of dying out: Walking talking Irish stereotypes, and a group of five upper class people who were clones of clones of clones etc. etc. of the original survivors. "When the Bough Breaks" features the Aldeans who kidnap the Enterprise crew's children in order to prevent their extinction.
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Temporal Suicide: One episode involves Picard meeting his past double and killing him with a phaser set to "kill" to keep the timeline smooth.
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Dashed Plotline: Picard's alternate life in "The Inner Light" is portrayed with many large time-skips.
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And Then John Was a Zombie: And Then Picard Was A Borg: In "Best of Both Worlds". He got better.
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Applied Phlebotinum: Star Trek runs on this and all the subset variants, justified with heavy heaps of Techno Babble.
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Picard's actions in "Hide And Q" where as SF Debris points out, the moral is that with with great power Comes Great Responsibility, unless it can be used to save a little pink-clad dead girl.
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Father, I Don't Want to Fight: Worf's son Alexander is adamant on not embracing the Klingon culture, having grown up in the peaceful, functional Federation one. This causes Worf much consternation, because he knows that Alexander will be eaten alive by Klingon politics the minute he inevitably tries to initiate reform. A time-traveling future Alexander indicates that this is exactly what happens and Worf was killed by a rival house as a result. In the present, Worf consoles him that the time-traveler's presence has already begun to change their timeline. In the actual future, this still becomes a problem as Alexander enlists in the Klingon military to fight the Dominion on Deep Space Nine and is no way cut out for starship duty or combat in anybody's society, let alone the Klingon's.
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Escort Distraction: Minuet the episode "11001001" is a chanteuse created by the Binars to keep both Captain Picard and First Officer Riker captivated on the holodeck while the Binars hijack the Enterprise for their own purposes. She succeeds long enough for the starship to attain the Binar homeworld.
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Madness Mantra: "Sarek"
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Hyperspace Lanes: There are shipping lanes which are the most frequently used ways of getting from point A to point B. At one point late in the series it's revealed that space is actually wearing down in those lanes; Starfleet sets a speed limit of warp five to minimize continued damage, but then they weasel out of that by giving authorization to exceed speed limits right and left. In the finale, "All Good Things", even relatively low-tech medical ships easily travel at warp 13, even though the Federation's speed limit was warp 5. Either the Federation figured out how to reduce the damage from their warp drives, or the writers forgot about the speed limit. The USS Voyager had "variable warp field geometry" to minimize damage to space/time. This is why the nacelles moved before it jumped into warp, but it was stated in later episodes of Voyager and Deep Space Nine that the technology was being retrofitted to older ships with fixed-mounted nacelles. Medical ships traveling at warp 13 are still probably a writer memory lapse, considering that it was stated many times that warp 10 represents infinite speed and requires infinite energy to attain. The only possible explanation for warp 13 would be that they switch to a different speed scale in the future.note This would make sense, assuming they never figure out how to break the warp 10 barrier. A ship's velocity increases asymptotically after warp 9, so there's a major difference between warp 9.999 and warp 9.9999. At some point, they would naturally gain the ability to travel at such high velocities. Restructuring the warp scale by, say, setting warp 20 as infinite speed with an asymptotic increase after 19 would make intuitive sense. Word of God says that warp 13 was used intentionally as a hint of new developments in warp technology in the alternate future.
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The Confidant: Counselor Troi is the obvious choice, given that that's her job; Guinan the bartender serves the role more informally, but seems overall to succeed at it more often than Troi manages.
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Secret Test: These occur in the episodes "Encounter at Farpoint", "Lower Decks", "Sins of the Father" and "Coming of Age".
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Dan Browned: In "I, Borg", Guinan and Picard are fencing. They are wearing epee costumes, using epee rules, however, the two are clearly using foils. Especially annoying because the writers did their research the last time Picard fenced in-show and had the correct weapons.
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Your Mom: Riker invokes this when speaking to a holographic representation of Captain Rice in "Arsenal of Freedom", which is trying to get as much tactical information about the Enterprise and its mission as possible. When the faux Rice asks who sent them there, Riker says, "Your mother. She was worried about you." In "Samaritan Snare," Picard mentions this as one motivation for his fight with some Nausicaans in his Academy days:
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"It" Is Dehumanizing: The series has done this several times, usually in regards to the android Commander Data. Even if you don't believe he is self-aware this is especially a dick move because, well, he has a dick. He very clearly has a gender and is even "fully fuctional". He certainly considers himself male, which is all the more poignant as we come to realize that people should be referred to by the pronouns of their choice. There's no reason to call him "it" except to be very pointed about how lowly you regard him. In the season 1 episode "Datalore", where Captain Picard at first felt inclined to refer to Data as "he", and to Data's newly-discovered twin brother Lore as "it". Data called him out on this, and felt uncomfortable at the idea of them being referred to differently when they were both androids. Picard understood and apologized. When Dr. Pulaski first saw Data at the helm, she balked at the captain: "You're letting it pilot the ship?" upon which Picard laid a verbal smackdown on her. Given the fact that Data was so popular with the fans, having a one-off character treat him like a machine quickly became shorthand for telling the audience that a character was an asshole, this scene probably was enough to doom Pulaski's character terminally. In "The Measure Of A Man", an episode discussing Data's legal status; Commander Maddox constantly refers to Data as a possession of Starfleet and therefore an "it", until he slips into "he" after a court hearing formally rules that Data has free will and the right to choose. In "The Outcast", Riker rejects the pronoun "it" for referring to a member of the (genderless) J'naii species for this very reason.
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Your Head Asplode: Remmick near the end of "Conspiracy". Quite gruesome for Star Trek.
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The Dutiful Son: Robert Picard preferred to stay home in France rather than go out to space.
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The Worf Effect: Trope namer.
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Artistic License – Biology: Switching on Barclay's T-cells in "Genesis" causes the Enterprise crew to "devolve" to a variety of different species... most of which have common ancestors diverging hundreds of millions of years ago. Spot the cat becomes an iguana. This would imply that everyone walks around with copies of not only the future evolutionary patterns of their own species but ALSO whole swathes of species that are completely unrelated to them from their home planet. The worst offender being Barclay's devolution (and presumably re-evolution) into a spider, which would only be possible if he devolved into a pre-Cambrian lifeform first. "The Chase" attempts to cure at least three problems at once...by making all of the Alpha Quadrant's DNA part of a message by a progenitor race, also humanoid, that "seeded" planets with their genetic code in the hope of more sentient humanoids like themselves popping up. "Rightful Heir" features a clone of the Klingon legendary warrior Kahless, made from a genetic sample taken from dried blood on a knife that was a couple of thousand years old. It is incredibly unlikely that any remnants of blood on a knife that old would have anything that resembled useful genetic material, let alone a complete and undamaged genetic strand ESPECIALLY considering it had been stored in a cave all that time.
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Title Drop: "Skin Of Evil": "Ship in a Bottle": "Tapestry": "All Good Things...": Q: The time has come to put an end to your trek through the stars.
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Scratchy-Voiced Senior: In "All Good Things", we see the future versions of the characters and they're all elderly. They talk in their regular voices, but when Q mocks them for being old by acting like a stereotypical old man, he speaks in a high, croaky voice.
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Random Passerby Advice: After Lt. Barclay gained (and later lost) huge amounts of knowledge, as he's talking with Counselor Troi they pass by a chess game. He moves one piece and says "checkmate in nine moves." In the Grand Finale, Picard is in the past, on the first voyage of the Enterprise-D. He demands something of the engineering crew, and O'Brien says that they'll have to "burn the midnight oil." Data happens to be passing by and mentions that it would not be advisable to do so.
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Gone Horribly Right
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Gone Horribly Right: In "The Arsenal of Freedom", the EP-607, an automated weapons system designed to operate with total autonomy. It's effective enough to have wiped out everyone on the planet of its invention.
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Mr. Fanservice
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Mr. Fanservice: First Officer William T. Riker, and he knows it.
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The Creon
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The Creon: William Riker is one of the best examples of this trope, having turned down multiple chances over the years to get his own command, just so he could stay as Picard's first officer.
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Klingon Scientists Get No Respect
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Klingon Scientists Get No Respect: "Suspicions" is the Trope Namer, featuring a Klingon scientist named Kurak who is very touchy for this reason. She's at a private demonstration for the research of a Ferengi scientist named Reyga (also an example) who hopes to overcome his race's stereotypical image and be taken seriously in the scientific community.
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The Virus
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The Virus: "The Best of Both Worlds" introduces the Borg's ability to "assimilate" life-forms, implanting them with cybernetic components which override the life-form's free-will. It's not until the movies that this is refined into the ability to inject people with nanites which instantly begin the transformation. "Identity Crisis" has a species which reproduces by spreading some kind of parasite which turns other humanoids into them.
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The Main Characters Do Everything
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The Main Characters Do Everything: The Enterprise is not only a diplomatic vessel but it is also a civilian vessel, an exploration vessel, a battleship, a cargo transport, a transport for hazardous materials and whatever else the writers need it to be. The standard away team for the show usually consisted of the First Officer, the Chief of Operations, and either the Chief Medical Officer, the Chief Engineer or the Chief Security Officer. Sometimes all of the above.
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We All Die Someday
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We All Die Someday: In an episode, a historian from the 26th century comes to watch what happens during a crisis on the Enterprise back in the 24th. Picard wants him to tell him what the future says happened, but he's reluctant.
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Breaking the Fourth Wall
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In "Frame of Mind", Riker is shifting between different realities—one where's he's a Starfleet officer, another where he's insane. Not so much a case of Breaking the Fourth Wall as breaking the fifth, sixth and seventh walls. Into little pieces.
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Stealth Pun
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Stealth Pun: Picard orders to "fire at will" during a training exercise. Cut to Will Riker.
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Custom Uniform of Sexy
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Custom Uniform of Sexy: Deanna Troi had three different ones.
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Royals Who Actually Do Something
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Royals Who Actually Do Something: Riva, crown prince of Ramatis, is a successful diplomat, bringing peace to warring factions no matter how long it takes, even when the telepathic "chorus" who allow him to communicate despite his deafness are killed by one of the factions.
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Dare to Be Badass
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Dare to Be Badass: Q's entire trial, distilled to its essence. Echoed in the final line of the show: A damn good one in "Redemption":
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Bloodier and Gorier
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Bloodier and Gorier: The episode "Conspiracy" was jarringly graphic.
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Harmful Healing
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Harmful Healing: Accidentally caused everyone to "devolve" in "Genesis".
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Not the Intended Use
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Not the Intended Use: Saucer separation. After the first season, it's never suggested for its original purpose (keep civilians out of harms way), and the only time it's brought up or used are for tactical reasons (Best of Both Worlds), or for evacuation in the event of a possible warp core breach ("Disaster", "Generations").
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Adaptive Ability
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Adaptive Ability: The Borg, by any means necessary.
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All Crimes Are Equal
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"Justice" examines the Edo, a society where All Crimes Are Equal and punishable by death. It seems to work for them, as they have a genuinely peaceful and idyllic world with only a token level of law enforcement. As small as the odds of being caught committing a crime may be, no one is willing to gamble their life on it. It becomes a problem for the Enterprise, however, when Wesley has the misfortune of breaking the tiniest rule, by complete accident, in view of the police.
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Good Is Not Nice
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Good Is Not Nice: The Federation seem to take on this attitude after Wolf 359.
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Throw-Away Guns
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Throw-Away Guns: While this happens with about as much frequency as any other TV show, one particuliarly notable case occurs in "Time's Arrow," where the crew is shown a revolver from the late 19th century at a site on Earth with evidence of Ancient Astronauts. After the crew winds up in the 1890s, it is revealed that Mark Twain, suspicious of the time travelers' motives, threatened them with it and left it behind.
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Chekhov's Gun
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Chekhov's Gun: In the episode "The Defector", one of the coded communications Picard receives is from a Klingon vessel. We don't see the communication and it seems to be a throwaway line in the middle of the episode. Turns out, he was enlisting the assistance of the Klingons. Three of their vessels joined the Enterprise under cloak through the Neutral Zone and defended them against two Romulan warbirds who attempted to ambush them. Another example of this trope involving Klingons takes place in "Reunion". We're given our first look at the bat'leth in Worf's quarters and see him showing Alexander the right way to hold and swing it. Later on, a grieving and enraged Worf takes it off the wall again and uses it to exact lethal revenge on Duras for killing K'Ehleyr. Something about Klingon weapons just seems to make it impossible to resist using them. In "Suddenly Human", Jono examines a dagger in Picard's quarters, observing that it's Klingon. Later, he uses that dagger to try to stab Picard to death in his sleep. In "Genesis," La Forge and Barclay are accessing circuitry in the Jeffries tube. During dialog, Barclay, for no apparent reason other than to show the audience what he's about to work on, which tips the trope off, twirls a band of brightly-lit power cords like a lasso in his hand. Later, when Picard seeks escape from a frenzied Worf, he uses said cords to electrify the deck to electrocute Worf while Picard sits atop an insulated panel.
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Aborted Arc
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Aborted Arc: The Puppeteer Parasite aliens seen in "Conspiracy". They were intended to be harbingers of the Borg, who were originally supposed to be insectoid. In the end this idea was scrapped as the special effects were impossible and the parasites were never seen again, despite the obvious Sequel Hook of them sending off a transmission at the end of "Conspiracy". They may have inspired the similar Goa'uld from Stargate SG-1.
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WhatMeasureIsANonUnique
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What Measure Is a Non-Unique?: Many unique and rare lifeforms, Data included. Reg Barclay, who repeatedly demonstrates a firm belief that holograms are real living people, worthy of receiving the same respect given to any organic.
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Fire-Forged Friends
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Fire-Forged Friends: "Darmok". This is the entire point of beaming Picard and the alien captain to the planet, for them to bond through fighting an energy being together.
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Generation Xerox
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Also overlaps with literal Generation Xerox as Data and Lore were designed to resemble their creator, Dr. Noonien Soong. It's later revealed that he was also an Identical Grandson of Dr. Arik Soong from Enterprise.
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Sudden School Uniform
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Sudden School Uniform: Not a "school uniform" as such, but Jellico ordering Troi to start wearing her duty uniform from now on in "The Chain of Command" is basically this trope.
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Principles Zealot
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Principles Zealot: Captain Picard (and thus his crew) in "Homeward" where he chose to let an entire civilization die, one that they could easily have saved. They commit this genocide-through-inaction for the simple reason that the rules say so. Of course, it doesn't take long before a sympathetic civilian The Professor character goes all What the Hell, Hero? on them.
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Holodeck Malfunction
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Holodeck Malfunction: Multiple episodes center on the holodeck failing catastrophically. The very first is "The Big Goodbye," seeing parts of the crew trapped in a simulation of noir detective Dixon Hill with the safeties disengaged. "11001001" features a race of aliens who create a highly sophisticated simulation of a woman named Minuet to distract Riker while they steal Enterprise. "Elementary, Dear Data" marked the first appearance of Moriarty, created by a poorly-phrased request by LaForge to create an opponent able to defeat Data. In "A Matter Of Perspective," a holographic reconstruction of a science station used as part of a hearing as to whether Riker is to be extradited on murder charges unintentionally begins damaging Enterprise as it continues the experiments on its own. "A Fistful of Datas" finds Worf, Alexander and Troi trapped in a holodeck simulation of the "Ancient West," where almost all of the characters are replaced by simulations of Data. Including his greatly enhanced strength, intelligence, speed, and reflexes. Moriarty reappears in "Ship In A Bottle," and manages to take control of Enterprise to force Picard's hand in finding a way to allow him to leave the holodeck. In "Emergence", the first problem came when the Orient Express travels through Data's production of the play The Tempest on the Holodeck. This led them to realize the ship was forming an intelligence with the holodeck acting as its imagination, and didn't take kindly to them trying to interfere.
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Wave-Motion Gun
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The classic episode, "The Best of Both Worlds". The Borg kidnapped Captain Picard and are ready to conquer the galaxy, having turned Picard into their mouthpiece, Locutus of Borg. Riker steels himself and orders the Enterprise to fire its main deflector dish, a jury-rigged Wave-Motion Gun capable of vaporizing a small continent. — "Mr. Worf... FIRE." The ship cuts loose with its Doomsday weapon... which does precisely jack shit against the Borg. The moment is beyond words as it slowly dawns on the crew that they've come up against the one enemy they will not defeat. Locutus even taunts them over it:
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Fat and Skinny
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Fat and Skinny: Ambassador Sarek's advisors in "Sarek".
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Mythology Gag
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Mythology Gag: The first time we see Picard in the past during the series finale, "All Good Things...", he finds himself aboard a shuttlecraft approaching Enterprise piloted by Tasha Yar, en route to his first time setting foot aboardship. The name of the shuttle? Galileo, which is the best-known of all the shuttles carried by Enterprise during the original series. This was the only episode of Next Generation to feature a shuttlecraft Galileo.
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Fictional Geneva Conventions
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Fictional Geneva Conventions: The Treaty of Algeron, and the Federation-Cardassian Treaty are plot relevant political agreements. The Solanis Convention is referenced specifically as a prisoner of war treatment document between the Federation and Cardassia.
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Alliterative Title
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Alliterative Title: "The Naked Now".
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Bizarre Alien Psychology
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Bizarre Alien Psychology: The Borg as originally presented in this series are a Hive Mind. Individual thought is suppressed and all the minds are linked to think as one. This is retconned in Star Trek: First Contact, where the hive has a central queen controlling the thought, who thinks more or less like a human, but the initial concept was very alien.
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Gaining the Will to Kill
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Gaining the Will to Kill: In "The Most Toys," Kivas Fajo's taunts backfire when he convinces Data that the only logical way to stop him is to kill him.
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Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil
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Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: In "The Measure of a Man", there is a hearing to determine whether the android Data should legally be considered a person or the property of Starfleet. The captain adjudicating the hearing is on the fence, until Picard suggests that declaring him property would be tantamount to slavery. The mere suggestion of this is enough to have her err on the side of caution and judge that even if she is unprepared to declare definitively that he is a person, she is unwilling to declare him property either. In "The Most Toys", Data is captured by a Collector of the Strange and treated as just another piece of property. This is the only villain whom the Technical Pacifist Data ever attempts to kill in cold blood, as opposed to self-defense. It should be noted that Data did not attempt to kill the villain to free himself — it was because the villain had already horribly murdered one of his subordinates with an extremely painful weapon and indicated that he was willing to do so to the rest of his subordinates to punish Data for his disobedience. Data was effectively trying to protect innocent lives. He even said "I cannot permit this to continue."
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Bilingual Bonus
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Bilingual Bonus: In "The Icarus Factor", the Japanese characters written on the side of the anbo-jyutsu ring are mostly martial-arts relevant elemental characters— 火 (fire), 水 (water), etc. "ユリ" ("YURI") is a Shout Out to Dirty Pair. There are a few of them scattered around the show. The top of the ring says 星 (star).
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Parental Abandonment
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Parental Abandonment: Of the nine series regulars who had their names in the opening credits for all or part of the show's run, only Geordi had two parents as of the series's opening (and his mother died in the final season). Worf, Beverly, and Tasha were all orphaned as children (though Worf wound up with a great set of adoptive parents). Riker, Troi, and Wesley each lost one parent when they were children (Riker's mother, Troi's father, Wesley's father). Picard's parents were both dead long before he became captain, though they probably died when he was an adult. The inventor who built Data disappeared when his home planet was attacked and was presumed dead until the middle of the episode "Brothers," then really died just a handful of scenes later. We also get to meet a woman who claims to be Data's "mother" in the Seventh season. She really is, after a fashion. She's actually an android duplicate of the (long-dead) woman who was both Data's co-creator and Noonien Soong's wife. Guinan's family either died or were assimilated when the Borg all but destroyed the El-Aurians. Alexander, the only semi-regular child other than Wesley, lost his mother as a toddler (and was raised by her alone up to that point). And whenever there was a one-off guest star whose parentage was some sort of plot point, be it a child (Jeremy Aster, Salia) or an adult (Amanda Rogers, Jason Vigo), they had an excellent chance of being Conveniently an Orphan. Quite a number of children featured in the series also had one or both parents dead or not around. "The Bonding" had a boy Jeremy whose mother died on an away mission. His father died earlier. Clara in "Imaginary Friend" only had a father. Alexander, Worf's son, initially only lived with his mother until she died. Worf then sent him to live with his adopted parents. Jake and Willie's parents were on a sabbatical in the episode "Brothers". The nine and eleven-year-old brothers stayed on the Enterprise.
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Q also delivers a doozy to Picard in "All Good Things", which also doubles as Lampshade Hanging since he is basically providing a summation of common fan complaints about the show:
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Dream Apocalypse
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Dream Apocalypse: In the Season 1 episode "The Big Goodbye," Picard is on the holodeck when one of the characters asks him: "When you're gone, will this world still exist? Will my wife and kids still be waiting for me at home?"
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Changed My Jumper
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Changed My Jumper: Any time the cast enters the holodeck in a period setting the artificial characters are the first to comment on their strange uniforms. In one of the few actual Time Travel episodes Data received fewer comments on his Starfleet uniform than he would if he were in an artificial setting. It seems holodeck characters are just rude.
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Acting Unnatural
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Acting Unnatural: In "Unification: Part I", Picard and Data travel to Romulus disguised as Romulans. The owner of a diner immediately pegs them as outsiders — however, she assumes that they're members of the State Sec (later named the Tal Shiar in "Face of the Enemy"), rather than foreign agents and says their soup is on the house, "courtesy of a loyal establishment."
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Fantastic Drug
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In "Symbiosis", Picard agrees to let the Onarans have their shipment of Felicium, but refuses to let them have the coils required to fix their freighters. Because of this, they will eventually go cold turkey, thus breaking their addiction and dependence on the Brekkians for the drug.
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Orient Express
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Orient Express: In "Emergence", the train appears on the Enterprise's holodeck.
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Chained Heat
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Chained Heat: "Attached" - See Can't Live Without You, above.
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Clueless Aesop
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The Season 7 episode "Eye of the Beholder" is a bizarre and curiously awkward attempt at an Anti-Suicide PSA, but they botch it by trying to have it both ways. The first act treats the suicide of a Red Shirt completely seriously, exploring it from all angles, explaining how those that commit suicide often show no obvious signs of distress. It's fairly effective, sort of a forerunner of the subject's similar treatment on an episode of House, M.D.. And then they completely botch it by Hand-Waving the uncharacteristic suicide as being the result of Psychic Powers gone awry, using it as another pitstop in the Worf/Troi Ship Tease. One wonders if the writers held the opinion that no one would seriously want to commit suicide in the Mary Sue Topia that is the 24th Century. This carries some potential Unfortunate Implications when you think about the prevalence of suicide in the present day...
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Ghost Ship: "The Battle", "The Naked Now", "Night Terrors", "Hero Worship", "Booby Trap".
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Second Coming
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Second Coming: "Rightful Heir", with the return of Kahless through a clone.
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Can't Live Without You
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Can't Live Without You: In "Attached" Picard and Dr.Crusher received implants that allowed them to share thoughts but would have killed them if they went beyond a few meters from each other.
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Dead Guy Junior
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Dead Guy Junior - Troi's temporary baby, Ian Andrew, after her deceased father.
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Stock Subtitle
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Stock Subtitle: This was the Trope Maker for the subtitle "The Next Generation".
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Space Pirates
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In The Gambit 2-parter, Picard and Riker must prevent a crew of Space Pirates from assembling an ancient Vulcan telepathic weapon. It only works if the person it's used on is currently feeling violent, so it's basically useless if you know how it works.
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Teleporter Accident
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Teleporter Accident: Lots! A recurring plot device, often handled with a surprising degree of subtlety.
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Ominous Visual Glitch
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Ominous Visual Glitch: In "Future Imperfect", Commander Riker is trapped inside a virtual reality simulator. Once he realizes the reality is strange and doesn't make sense, he is moved to another level of "real" world, but the setting has simply changed to a new illusion. The shift between several illusions uses distortion with little squares.
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Chivalrous Pervert
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Chivalrous Pervert: Will Riker. (Apparently, this is his way of interpreting the Officer and a Gentleman trope.)
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Two-Keyed Lock
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Two-Keyed Lock: Used for the auto-destruct.
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It Will Never Catch On
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It Will Never Catch On: In a meta example, Patrick Stewart was so certain this series would fail that for the first six weeks of shooting he refused to unpack his suitcases. Indeed, he's said in subsequent interviews that he only took the job because he thought it would merely be a temporary adventure.
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Memetic Mutation
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In "Pen Pals," Riker gives some sage advice to Wesley Crusher when the latter is given his first command: "In your position it's important to ask yourself one question: 'What would Picard do?'" (The line promptly underwent Memetic Mutation, naturally enough.)
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Bury Your Disabled
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Bury Your Disabled: Subverted in "Ethics". Worf becomes paraplegic after an accident. By Klingon tradition, he must commit ritualistic suicide (and he comes close to it). However, he takes another presented option when a research doctor wants to test her theory that she can create a new spinal cord for him.
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Arch-Enemy
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Q seems to be set up as Picard's Arch-Enemy in the pilot and his appearances in the first season see him portrayed as malevolent and even sadistic. In later seasons, his appearances were usually played for laughs, although he would occasionally resume the role of antagonist, notably in the finale "All Good Things" which revisits the scenario of the pilot. Q's personality, however, means you're not really sure whether he really means you harm or is faking it For the Lulz. Furthermore, Q's nature as a time-traveling Energy Being who lives outside of time and can not only take any form he likes but can create matter and illusions out of thin air means not only that different events could be happening out of sequence with his personal timeline, but that the nature of his interactions with the crew could in fact seem very different from what is really happening - and the audience knows all this uncertainty but never gets a firm answer out of anything.
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Nobody Ever Complained Before
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Nobody Ever Complained Before: In "Half a Life", the entire species of people who ritualistically kill themselves on their 60th birthdays seems shocked and baffled when one of their own refuses to do so so (because he needs more time in order to save the whole planet - also, he'd fallen in love with Lwaxana). Apparently none of their 60-year-olds had ever had any qualms about dying before. Or alternatively, looking at how closed-off and ritualistic the society is, we don't know that no one has ever complained before. No one is going to check that all these suicides aren't occasionally... "assisted."
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Move in the Frozen Time
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Move in the Frozen Time: In the episode "Timescape" a set of aliens from another dimension lay their eggs in a Romulan warp core (long story...), which makes time "freeze" for the Enterprise and the Romulan ship (actually it's just moving very very slowly, but close enough to frozen for our purposes). Our heroes can't move on either ship unless they're wearing a protective shield. However, one of the aliens pretends to be a Romulan frozen like everyone else, until Geordi notices that he moved when they weren't looking.
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Do Androids Dream?
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Do Androids Dream?: Turns out they do, in "Birthright".
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Open Mouth, Insert Foot
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Open Mouth, Insert Foot: During the 3rd season episode, Hollow Pursuits, Capt. Picard accidentally calls Barclay by his unofficial nickname Broccoli. Data tries to put a positive spin on the situation by referencing psychology but really only makes the situation worse.
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GrowBeyondTheirProgramming
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Grow Beyond Their Programming: Data, Moriarty and the nanomachines in "Evolution." There's also some indication (and certainly one that is reinforced in Voyager and DS9) that the more complex holograms are and/or the longer they are left on, the more they grow beyond their programming and start to attain self-aware states. The accumulation of experience eventually leads to consciousness and independent thought (of a kind), presumably as the programs become more and more complex over time until they reach a critical mass point of awareness.
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Converging-Stream Weapon
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Converging-Stream Weapon: The Federation develops a 'collimator beam' made of dozens of small phaser banks spread along the rim of a ship; the energy can be seen flowing along the surface of the Enterprise until it meets at one point, and then fires off from the point on the phaser bank row closest to the target.
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KickTheDog
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When Dr. Pulaski first saw Data at the helm, she balked at the captain: "You're letting it pilot the ship?" upon which Picard laid a verbal smackdown on her. Given the fact that Data was so popular with the fans, having a one-off character treat him like a machine quickly became shorthand for telling the audience that a character was an asshole, this scene probably was enough to doom Pulaski's character terminally.
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"Die Hard" on an X: "Power Play" and "Starship Mine". The latter moreso than the former: it takes precisely fifteen minutes for Picard to turn into Bruce Willis, and even the "Who said we were terrorists?" line is uttered.
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Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping
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Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Picard is supposed to be French, but most of the time Patrick Stewart sticks to his own English accent. Marina Sirtis invented an accent for her character, Deanna, which proved to be a wasted effort when other Betazed characters, most notably Deanna's mother, just ended up using their own (generally American) accents. After a while, Sirtis just ended up using her own English accent.
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Declining Promotion
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Declining Promotion: William Riker, aka "Number One." He's offered his own command in the series, but doesn't accept it. Picard is also offered promotion to admiral, TWICE, and turns it down.
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Death Faked for You
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Death Faked for You: In the second part of "Gambit", Troi declares Riker dead after being shot by an undercover Picard. In "Data's Day", we see it from the other side as the crew investigates the death of T'Pol only to realize that she was taken by the Romulans.
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It Always Rains at Funerals
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It Always Rains at Funerals: Except at Tasha Yar's. Her funeral service was held on the holodeck, in a grassy field on a beautiful, idyllic summer's day.
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The Punishment Is the Crime
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The Punishment Is the Crime: In "The Survivors", the Enterprise crew encounter an alien entity posing as an elderly human man who committed genocide against a warlike species after they killed his human wife during an attempted conquest of the couple's colony. Picard decides the only thing they can do is to leave the immortal energy being alone. The Enterprise has no way to pass sentence on him, but he's already mad with grief over his wife's death and filled with remorse for his crime. His self-imposed isolation is its own sentence.
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Instrumental Theme Tune
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Instrumental Theme Tune: Well, almost anyone would recognize the TNG theme when they heard it.
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Real Award, Fictional Character
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Real Award, Fictional Character: A future version of Data in "All Good Things..." holds the Lucasian Chair of Mathematics at Cambridge. This post has been held by such real-world luminaries as Isaac Newton, Stephen Hawking, and Charles Babbage.
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Teleport Interdiction
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Teleport Interdiction: In the episode "Attached", the Enterprise's transporters are redirected by an alien force, so Picard and Crusher end up on the opposite side of the planet from where they intended. In another episode, the Enterprise is in a confrontation with a Romulan warbird. There is a severely injured Romulan on board the Enterprise who can't be beamed to the Romulan ship unless the ship not doing the beaming lowers its shields.
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Mechanistic Alien Culture
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Mechanistic Alien Culture: The Bynars and the Borg. The Borg were a Hive Mind of cybernetic life forms; the Bynars were linked into binary pairs and thought and spoke Binary language. Borg forcibly assimilate technology and people; the worst the Bynars ever did was hijack the Enterprise for a couple hours.
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Clone Degeneration: In "Up the Long Ladder," the driving plot for the unification of the two colonies is that the clones cannot keep copying themselves any longer.
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Don't You Dare Pity Me!
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Don't You Dare Pity Me!: In "Skin of Evil," Armus tells Troi to take her pity and shove it. Picard later exploits Armus' extreme distaste toward being pitied.
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Actor Allusion
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Actor Allusion: Similar to how Sisko does with baseball, Picard enjoys using Shakespeare as a metaphor for the human condition. Of course, everyone knows about Stewart's background in Shakespearean theater; he quotes Hamlet in "Hide and Q",and participates in Data's production of Henry V. Stewart is also one for Charles Dickens. In "Devil's Due", Picard coaches Data in a performance of A Christmas Carol; Stewart himself performed readings of the story before playing Scrooge on film. TNG had a minor in-show example: In "Descent (Part 2)" the Enterprise is forced to hide within a star's corona by using an experimental shield. The lieutenant at Tactical doesn't think that the shield will work, but is proven wrong. The actor played a different character in a previous episode who tried to make it appear that the shield didn't work. In "Sarek", Wesley gets ticked at Geordi and taunts him by saying, "At least I'm not spending the night with a good book, like some people!" Geordi seems to take this remark rather personally. In "Half a Life", David Ogden Stiers guest-stars as an alien scientist doing research work on the Enterprise. One of his report readouts is attempt number 4077. Not the first time Dwight Schultz has played a man with mental problems.
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You Need to Get Laid
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You Need to Get Laid: This is the real reason why Riker asked Picard to buy him a Horg'ahn on Risa in "Captain's Holiday" — turns out having this on display is a signal that you're looking for some loving.
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Zeerust
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Zeerust: So far the show's managed to avoid falling into this trap quite as hard and as quickly as TOS did. Mind you, there is a general sense of fashion victimism on the Enterprise. The bridge set feels like the epitome of Eighties luxury, all beige leather seats and wood paneling, and cozy-looking seats that lounge waaay back... given that all they are doing is pushing the odd button on an armrest, it's surprising half the crew doesn't fall asleep. The biggest exception, though, is painfully noticeable to the kind of computer nerds who tend to love Trek. In the late 80s and early 90s, the LCARS computer interface looked incredibly slick and high-tech (touchscreen controls?!)... but as of the 21st century, many people would wonder why there doesn't seem to be tabbed displaying, the apparent inability to have multiple applications running at once, and the laughably slow speed at which text appears on screen, line by line, although the latter could easily simply have been implemented as a form of Extreme Graphical Representation. The PADDs are another example. While they seemed very impressive at the time, they often fall well short of the capabilities of real-world tablet computers post-2010. For instance, they do not appear to offer two-way communications functionality (in particular video) and, like the main computer stations, cannot seem to run multiple applications. It is not unusual in-universe to see people who are multitasking using more than one PADD, with each one being used for a single task. A great in-universe example of zeerust is seen in the episode "Booby Trap". A derelict alien ship that is 1000 years old is discovered in an asteroid field. Picard and the team visit the wreck out of curiosity. The bridge interior looks like something that wouldn't be out of place in The Original Series.
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Face Death with Dignity
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Face Death with Dignity: Toral after he's captured at the end of the Klingon Civil War. He's clearly scared, but he doesn't beg for his life or attempt to flee. Oddly, this is actually a Pet the Dog moment for him since it signifies that, despite all his other flaws, his heart is Klingon.
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Requisite Royal Regalia
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Requisite Royal Regalia: Lwaxana Troi brags she's "Heir to the Holy Rings of Betazed", among other boasting of her position (which likely means she's high nobility at the very least.) Another of her boasts is "Holder of the Sacred Chalice of Riix", which her daughter quite bluntly points out is nothing more than:
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Artistic License – Astronomy
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Artistic License – Astronomy: In the episode "Masks", Troi seems to think the sun and the moon both revolve around the same planet. Oops.
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Bedmate Reveal
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Bedmate Reveal: In "Tapestry", Picard (who's reliving his days as a fresh young ensign) has sex with his good female friend Marta Batanides. In the morning, a hand reaches up to stroke his ear, and Picard turns around, opens his eyes—and it's Q. In "Redemption II", after Worf is captured, B'Etor wakes him up with foreplay, and he briefly responds in kind— and then wakes up, and immediately recoils.
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G-Rated Drug
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G-Rated Drug: The game, in "The Game". Mixed with a little bit of One More Level. Remember, the Game Boy first came out around this time...
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Character Development
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Character Development: Part of the reason the show came into its own was building up the origin stories and social habits of the crew, which served to make them more real. Gene Roddenberry, it turns out, wasn't so fond of character development. The characters were supposed to inhabit an enlightened future, but conflict is what breeds drama. Some writers left after season 1 due to this and other strange restrictions he had. Characters introduced later in the show's run, Lt. Barclay and Ensign Ro Laren are significantly more complex and, importantly, flawed.
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Vengeful Vending Machine
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Vengeful Vending Machine: Picard orders tea from the replicator, only for it to produce a flower in a tea cup. Lwaxana Troi orders tea, but the replicator produces sausages. A deleted scene from one episode has one of Wesley's friends get hurt after a blast of energy is fired from a malfunctioning replicator. Bugs in Data's programming cause various malfunctions aboard the Enterprise. One of them is that replicators only produce cat supplements, meals for Data's cat Spot.
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Noodle Incident
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Noodle Incident: Despite her showing up a lot throughout the series, we never do find out just what it is that Picard did to so completely earn Guinan's trust and vice versa. However, the reason why Q is so wary of Guinan is never explained. We also never find out what exactly led to Jack Crusher's death, or how Picard was involved.
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Blessed with Suck
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Blessed With Suck: In "Unnatural Selection", the youths who were genetically engineered would have to spend the rest of their lives in quarantine because their superior immune systems that protect them against all disease also attack anyone nearby at the cellular level, causing extreme premature aging. In "The Hunted", men who were chemically and psychologically programmed to be the perfect soldier (including perfect memory) were unable to return to the society they volunteered to protect because of their programming, which essentially made them lethal attack machines against their will (which means they remember killing people they had no desire to kill).
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Mundane Solution
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Mundane Solution: In "Contagion", he solution to the purging the Enterprise of a virus that was going to cause a warp core breach was...turning the ship off and on again.
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Psycho Prototype
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"Descent: Part 1": Data begins to feel emotions after coming across a splinter group of Borg who exhibit individuality. Data becomes so addicted to the feelings of anger and pleasure he felt when killing one Borg that he is coaxed by another Borg into meeting "The One", the splinter group's leader. That leader is revealed to be none other than Lore, Data's Psycho Prototype brother, whom Data has joined...
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Heart in the Wrong Place
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Heart in the Wrong Place: An inversion combined with the same inversion of Bizarre Alien Biology can be found in the episode "First Contact." Riker is beaten pretty badly and is hospitalized on an alien planet that does not believe in aliens. He was on an away mission and altered to look like them, but in the hospital, they note that his "cardiac organ" is in the wrong place as well as many other anatomical abnormalities.
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Curb-Stomp Battle: The Battle of Wolf 359, in which a fleet of forty Federation starships faced off against a single Borg cube; given such a wide disparity of forces, the outcome was never in doubt. Enterprise was too far away to join the fleet, but not too far for a pre-battle conversation between the senior staff and the admiral commanding. When Enterprise finally reaches the battle site, all that's left is the shattered remains of the fleet, and the exhaust trail of the Borg cube, which shows no sign of damage once it's finally caught up with, well within the Sol system.
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One Episode Fear
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One Episode Fear: In "Realm of Fear", Reg Barclay comes to terms with and eventually drops his fear of transporters that apparently he's always had. Despite being a bit of a Lovable Coward, we'd never seen him be afraid of transporters before because the only time we'd seen him beamed before, he was unconscious.
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Captain Obvious
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Captain Obvious: Troi does this so much it earned her the Fan Nickname of "Counselor Obvious". Data also did this frequently in the first and second seasons.
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Broken Aesop
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Broken Aesop: More than a few episodes had members of the Enterprise's crew caught up in planetary rebellions. In at least two of them, crew members were specifically targeted for abduction because they were Federation citizens, and the Federation had access to plentiful weapons and supplies that they hoped would be traded for the hostages. In all cases, Picard refused to provide any significant aid to the party opposing the ones that took his personnel, citing the Prime Directive as his reason. The problem with that is that the abductors had committed an act of war against the Federation. One group came very close to stealing or destroying the Enterprise, the flagship of the fleet. So the moral of "You have to solve your own problems, rather than finding someone else to solve them for you", became "The strong and principled are good targets, because they won't fight someone so much weaker than them." The episode "The Game" attempted to make an aesop that video games are EVIL. However, the game in question (a weird "put disc into bad CGI tubes" game) was actively programmed to brainwash who ever plays it. Also, holodecks are the final form of video games (can simulate ANY scenario imaginable, and stimulate all the senses while doing it), and nobody had a problem with them. Picard's actions in "Hide And Q" where as SF Debris points out, the moral is that with with great power Comes Great Responsibility, unless it can be used to save a little pink-clad dead girl. "The Outcast" as a metaphor for homosexuality... except all the androgynous aliens are portrayed by women, the titular character identifies as a woman, and falls in love with a man. So the story ends up looking more like a heroic straight woman rebelling against lesbian tyranny. This might have been the point (reverse the discrimination to show people what it's like), but it didn't come across quite right. Jonathan Frakes objected to the casting of a woman in the part, arguing that it would be more effective with a man. In "Symbiosis", Picard cites the Prime Directive as the reason he cannot interfere, even though the Brekkians are exploiting the Onarans' addiction to the Felicium, believing it to be a "cure" for a plague they have, when it's actually a narcotic. In the end, he decides to give them the drug, but refuse to help them fix their freighters, thus causing them to go cold turkey. Good ending, right? Except Picard seems to overlook the fact that once they go cold turkey and realise the Brekkians have been lying to them for centuries, this would probably result in them declaring War! Which is fine with the PD; what they do about their issues is their businessnote So it's fine with the Prime Directive, as noted, and also, declaring war is rather useless when the two sides are on separate planets and have no SHIPS. The Season 7 episode "Eye of the Beholder" is a bizarre and curiously awkward attempt at an Anti-Suicide PSA, but they botch it by trying to have it both ways. The first act treats the suicide of a Red Shirt completely seriously, exploring it from all angles, explaining how those that commit suicide often show no obvious signs of distress. It's fairly effective, sort of a forerunner of the subject's similar treatment on an episode of House, M.D.. And then they completely botch it by Hand-Waving the uncharacteristic suicide as being the result of Psychic Powers gone awry, using it as another pitstop in the Worf/Troi Ship Tease. One wonders if the writers held the opinion that no one would seriously want to commit suicide in the Mary Sue Topia that is the 24th Century. This carries some potential Unfortunate Implications when you think about the prevalence of suicide in the present day... In "Homeward," the crew is ready to let the Boraalans die for the sake of the Prime Directive, stating that they "cannot interfere in a species' natural development" (never mind that this natural development is DEATH, and the crew essentially ends up using the Prime Directive as a shield from actually doing anything in this case). Nikolai Rozhenko is made out to be in the wrong by the characters and the episode never addresses that the main characters (our heroes) were basically ready to let a civilization die out for the sake of a legal document. Not only is this morally unpleasant, it flies in the face of both previous episodes ("Pen Pals") and a later movie ("Insurrection"). The central point of the Prime Directive is that interfering often does more harm than leaving things alone; death is kind of the ultimate harmnote Even worse, the civilization is about to be destroyed by a natural disaster-type extinction event - if the civilization had brought about their own ruin somehow, one could have at least cold-bloodedly argued that there was no point in saving such a people that would do this to themselves.
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Faux Action Girl
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Faux Action Girl: Tasha Yar had a habit of switching from regular Action Girl to Faux Action Girl almost on a whim. The first time she meets Q, she spends much of her time scowling and hitting people. The second time she meets Q, she spends much of her time crying and apologizing to the Captain for it.
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Blatant Lies
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Blatant Lies: Worf in "Q-Pid", after smashing Geordi's lute against a tree.
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Bittersweet Ending
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Bittersweet Ending: "The Vengeance Factor". The last of the Acamarian Lornack clan is saved by Riker's intervention; that intervention consists of the vaporization of the woman who was Riker's love interest for that episode. "The Perfect Mate" where a woman whom Picard has emotionally bonded with must marry another to seal a peace treaty. It's implied that the marriage isn't even necessary, as the person she's marrying is more concerned with the trade opportunities that peace will bring. "The Inner Light" when Picard plays the flute. After the Bynar's system is saved in "11001001", when Riker discovers that much of what made Minuet unique is no longer there.
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Night and Day Duo
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Night and Day Duo: "Masks" features artifacts from a civilization that has two major deities: Masaka representing the sun and Korgano representing the moon. Only one can be in control at a time. Their powers are unknown, being embodied in Data and Picard respectively, but it appears that the mythology is based on them being balancing forces for each other.
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Bite of Affection
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Bite of Affection: Romance among Klingons is considered a lot more violent than human romance, with biting being a common element within it.
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Instant Seduction
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Instant Seduction: Okona again. He very quickly ends up in bed with the transporter technician played by Teri Hatcher.
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Torture Always Works
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Torture Always Works: Deconstructed in the episode "Chain of Command." The Cardassians capture Picard, trying to find out information for the defenses of a system. Picard literally knows nothing about the defenses, giving all the other information he has under drugs, but unable to give information he doesn't. They torture him to try to get the information and Picard resists, but it becomes very clear that the information isn't the reason they are doing it anymore; they simply want to break him.
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We Didn't Start the Billy Joel Parodies
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We Didn't Start the Billy Joel Parodies: The mid-90s ad "We Didn't Start the Series".
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Mystical Pregnancy
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Mystical Pregnancy: "The Child" may be the most perfect example of this trope ever committed to film.
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I Am X, Son of Y
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I Am X, Son of Y: "I am Worf, Son of Mogh."
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Story Arc
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Story Arc: Both the pilot, "Encounter at Farpoint" and the finale, "All Good Things" feature Q putting Humanity on Trial;
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White Glove Test
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White Glove Test: Picard in "The Ensigns of Command." See the trope page for more information.
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Old-Timey Ankle Taboo: An episode has the Enterprise pick up a colony who live like stereotype Irishmen from centuries ago. In one scene, Riker is having a conversation with one of the women from the colony and she lifts up her skirt to show her ankles, indicating she wants a relationship with him.
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Dropped a Bridge on Him
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Dropped a Bridge on Him: Tasha Yar in "Skin of Evil" gets unceremoniously killed by Armus. Captain Kirk literally gets a bridge dropped on him in The Movie. This is very nearly how Worf goes out; a cargo container crushes his spine, and he seeks to commit suicide.
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Not Even Bothering with the Accent
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Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Jean-Luc Picard, a Frenchman played by an obviously English actor using Yorkshire idioms - Grand. Patrick Stewart had tried speaking in a French accent but sounded so ridiculous that he gave up.
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Court-Martialed
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Court-Martialed: As stated in "The Measure of a Man" Jean-Luc Picard faced a general court-martial for the loss of his previous command, the USS Stargazer, but was cleared. Truth in Television; in most modern navies, just as Louvois points out is the case for Starfleet, a court-martial is standard procedure following the loss of a ship regardless of cause. This is not so much because the captain is necessarily suspected of wrongdoing, as simply to provide a structured forum for the details of the loss to be made part of the official record.
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Gambler's Fallacy
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Gambler's Fallacy: In order to escape "The Royale", Data needs to bankrupt the house by winning at the craps tables; being an android, he can detect the loaded dice, fixes them in his hand, and can roll straight sevens. One of the other gamblers believes Data's luck has to run out sooner or later and bets against him. Of course, luck has nothing to do with it.
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Human Popsicle
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Played with the time Worf was temporarily put in command of the Enterprise to deal with recently thawed Klingon Popsicles who were unaware that the war between the Empire and The Federation was over.
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Touched by Vorlons
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Just Ignore It
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Just Ignore It: The Stone of Gol in "Gambit": a device that can kill anyone with a single thought. However, being a Vulcan invention, it only works on the aggressive.
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Screaming Birth
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Screaming Birth: If your midwife was a Klingon, you'd be screaming too. Averted in "The Child", when Troi feels no pain at all during her birth. Of course, her child wasn't exactly normal.
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You Are a Credit to Your Race
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You Are a Credit to Your Race: Q, a Sufficiently Advanced Alien, more or less feels this way about Picard. At every possible chance he gets Q makes fun of the inadequacies of the human race, but shows special interest in Picard whom he frequently tests to prove the worth of the human species. As Picard passes these tests Q praises Picard for his abilities and tells him that he above all other humans he has met proves the potential for greatness that humanity possesses. Beyond even that Q actually went so far as to say Picard is the closet thing he has to a friend in all the universe, above even his own race!
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Characterization Marches On
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Characterization Marches On: During the early first season, Captain Picard used occasional Gratuitous French and made references to France. This aspect of the character was dropped, although he's still nominally French.
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Fish People
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Fish People: "Manhunt" has the Antedeans.
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Butt-Monkey
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Butt-Monkey: Geordi, who gets pwned nearly as much as Worf (suffering from The Worf Effect). He's even hopeless with women. One particularly cruel episode had an alien taunt his blindness by moving his visor around, just because. The series seems to never let us go on the fact that he's blind (until the movies, well actually he gets taunted again in Generations, which may or may not have led him to go get cybernetic replacements by Star Trek: First Contact.). And apparently his mom disappears as some plot of the week. Worst yet is that nobody gives a damn about his mom afterwards. And to add insult to injury, in Voyager's "Timeless" he tries to stop Harry Kim and fails. Ouch. In one episode, he's heading on his merry way to Risa for some rest, relaxation and poontang. He gets kidnapped by Romulans and gets a Mind Rape from them. See here for further proof of his incredibly poor luck. Next to Worf and Geordi, Deanna Troi filled this role many times. She was always being possessed by aliens, once impregnated by an alien and giving birth to that same alien, abused by aliens in crashed shuttles, abducted by aliens for political gambits, being nearly forced to marry an alien, having her psychic powers robbed by aliens, suffering nightmares at the hands of aliens, forced to listen to a virtual music box in her head for days by an alien, the list goes on. Her only real use on the show was to counsel the random crew member of the week and to tell Picard when she sensed weird things happening while on the bridge -– apart from being this show's Ms. Fanservice, that is.
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Always Chaotic Evil
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Always Chaotic Evil: The Borg Collective, and although they're Lawful in and of themselves rather than Chaotic, their effect on everyone else is Chaotic Evil as they destroy or assimilate almost indiscriminately everyone they come across as long as their prey have a minimum of technological or biological advancement - i.e. as long as whoever they are killing or assimilating is worth the energy. They try to assimilate the entire rest of the universe into their structured collective or kill them trying, and you can't reason with them or plead for mercy. Resistance is futile. Averted with Hugh, when he is separated from the Collective and gains individuality. The Crystalline Entity also fits this description. It speaks in harmonics (like sound produced on crystal) that was never translated and roams the galaxy strip mining entire worlds of its organic material as a food source. A fully habitable and 'inhabited' planet might look like the Moon after a couple hours of its arrival.
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Mind Game Ship
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The back-and-forth dialogue between Gul Madred and Picard in "Chain of Command (Part II)" too, along with some Mind Game Ship.
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Soup Is Medicine
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Soup Is Medicine: In the episode "The Icarus Factor", Dr. Pulaski says that a flu patient can be cured with a foreign hypospray and some P.C.S., which stands for Pulaski's Chicken Soup.
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Hidden Purpose Test
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Hidden Purpose Test: Troi's engineering qualification test for her promotion is this. Rather than solve an engineering problem per se, the point is to see if she can send someone to certain death if necessary. For a series-spanning example, The Q Continuum putting humanity on trial, and at least a few of the outlandish situations Q sends Picard and crew into, is the Q testing to see if the humans can be open-minded enough to truly appreciate and explore the unknown possibilities of existence.
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Leaning on the Fourth Wall
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"Ship in a Bottle" has the crew defeat Moriarty, whose return threatens the Enterprise again, by creating a holodeck within a holodeck, then beaming him into an active memory core that will continue to run the program he's created with him unaware that the world he's in is not the real one. Picard later muses that Moriarty's new reality may be equally valid to there own and whether their reality is not just a story playing out in a box on someone's table. Barclay, once alone, pauses for a moment to actually check and laughs at himself when nothing happens.
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Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?
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Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: Guinan is not amused in the developments with Hugh in I, Borg.
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Fling a Light into the Future
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Fling a Light into the Future: A variation occurs in the episode "Cause and Effect"—the Enterprise is trapped in a "Groundhog Day" Loop where she's destined to collide with another ship and explode. Data figures out how to avoid the collision too late, so he uses Techno Babble to send a message into the next loop, which helps the crew save themselves and the other ship. The tearjerkingly brilliant "The Inner Light", commonly seen as one of the best, tells the story of an alien race doomed by instability in their sun who send out a space probe that finds Picard and forces him to hallucinate living a lifetime among their final generations before the end, and thus ensures that their species will at least be remembered. It affected Picard and no other crew member. The life he lived involved being married, having a family, and other things he's never made time for - taking it from a disturbing experience to something he sees as a gift. The episode "The Chase" reveals that all humanoid life is this—a Precursor species that inhabited the Milky Way eons before life anywhere else was more complex than bacteria seeded planets all over the galaxy with DNA so that evolution there would result in people who resembled them after their eventual extinction. They left a message coded in DNA to explain all this. (This is less well-regarded by fans, since evolution does not work like that and it comes off as a justification for the Rubber-Forehead Aliens.)
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Biodata
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Bio Data: Klingons are NOT dumb. A Klingon scientist temporarily posted on the Enterprise-D modified a hyposyringe with an optical chip reader, and would use that to transform digital information from the ship's computers into amino acid sequences. Then he would inject someone without their knowledge, and the information would be carried in their bodies in their bloodstream as inert proteins, which could be extracted at any time by another spy. Damn, son! It seems that by the 24th century, the Klingons have actually learned a few things. This is slightly more plausible than the Enterprise example. The Ancient Humanoid Precursors in "The Chase" encoded a message to their descendants- us, as well as the Klingons, Cardassians, Romulans, Bolians, Yridians, Vulcans... you get the idea. In "Transfigurations," Data and Geordi examine a Zalkonian memory storage device from mysterious "John Doe's" escape pod that is stated to use a chemical matrix for data storage. It's basically the escape pod's Black Box.
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Hyperspeed Ambush
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Hyperspeed Ambush: The "Picard Maneuver", where a ship (typically already engaged in battle) would use its warp drive to make a very short trip to another part of the battlefield. If done properly, this allowed a starship commander to allow his ship to appear in two places simultaneously, because the sensor return from the ship's previous location had not yet gotten back to the enemy ship. This tactic was notably of limited use, only being effective against enemies who did not possess subspace sensors.
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Getting Crap Past the Radar
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Getting Crap Past the Radar: There are a few instances of Picard using swear words in French that would never have been allowed on network TV if they were in English, most notably "merde" (French for 'shit'). Another example of radar dodging is in "Masks". One scene involves Picard examining some artifacts, and when he grabs a rather phallic one, it is positioned suspiciously close to his crotch. Patrick Stewart also makes sure to put extra special focus on the word "enormous" in the speech he gives while holding the Freudian artifact. Jonathan Frakes is doing his best not to smirk during this whole scene. And from the episode "The Naked Now": And in the episode "Genesis", Cro-Magnon Riker can be seen flipping the bird for about 2 seconds. An early episode featured the franchise's first nude scene. However as the nude person happened to be an artist's model and was only seen on screen for a couple of seconds with "sensitive parts" covered, they got away with it in syndication. There's also the episode where Geordi has a romantic subplot with the ship...
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Unfortunate Implications
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This gets brought up in the episode where Crusher has a Trill lover. She goes through the death of his host, discovering his nature as a symbiont, and even accepts the symbiont temporarily implanted into Riker, someone she never had romantic (or sexual for that matter) intentions to, learning to rediscover the person she loves even when he's wearing Riker's skin, all because the strength of their love gets past these huge obstacles. She's all ready to be with him when he gets implanted into a new host no matter who that host is... until the host walks through the door and it's a woman. The Unfortunate Implications aren't just limited to LGBT this time.
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We Have Become Complacent
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We Have Become Complacent: The Federation thought they were prepared for anything. Then Q introduces them to the Borg.
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Not Wanting Kids Is Weird
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Not Wanting Kids Is Weird: In a rare male-on-male example, Wesley Crusher thinks the reason Captain Picard doesn't have kids is because he's a Child Hater.
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Unwilling Roboticisation
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"The Best Of Both Worlds". In two parts, we see the arrival of the Borg way ahead of schedule. They proceed to invade Federation space, defeat any and all attempts by the Enterprise crew to defeat them, convert Picard into Locutus of Borg and then Riker orders the crew to fire on said converted captain, all in the first half. The second opens up with that failing followed by The Battle of Wolf 359.
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Clap Your Hands If You Believe
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Clap Your Hands If You Believe: An early episode had a Sufficiently Advanced Alien known as The Traveler strengthened by the entire Enterprise crew concentrating on making him better. (Granted, they were in an area of the universe where thoughts become reality, but it still fits the trope).
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Your Normal Is Our Taboo
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Your Normal Is Our Taboo: Riker falls in love with an alien woman who gets really hated by her own people for their love. Not because he's a human, but because he's a man. Her culture require her and her partner to both be intergender. Essentially, it's a fear of having a gender at all.
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Beeping Computers
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Beeping Computers: The LCARS interface chirps, beeps or bleeps every time it shows a new word, plots a planet in a star chart or changes a value in a number-filled spreadsheet. There is actually a point to this: Giving feedback to the user, since an absence of mechanical keys means you cannot "feel" anymore whether you actually pressed something.
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What Would X Do?
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What Would X Do?: In "Pen Pals," Riker gives some sage advice to Wesley Crusher when the latter is given his first command: "In your position it's important to ask yourself one question: 'What would Picard do?'" (The line promptly underwent Memetic Mutation, naturally enough.) In "The Best of Both Worlds", Picard is captured and assimilated by the Borg. Riker is placed in command. One of the first things he does is walk into the now-his Ready Room, look at the chair and ask "What would you do?" Then walks in Guinan and tells Riker that he has to think for himself now, as the Borg now know all of Picard's tricks.
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Wham Line
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Wham Line: "Oh please." With those two words, Q changed from an trickster jackass to an omnipotent being with infinite power and infinite contempt for humanity. Ad-libbed by John De Lancie. It was a loud and maniacal remark as originally written.
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Matryoshka Object
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Matryoshka Object: In "The Chase", Picard's old archeology professor brings him a Kurlan naiskos as a gift. An ancient relic, the figure opens up to reveal several smaller versions of the figure inside.
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Early Installment Weirdness
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Early Installment Weirdness: In full effect; most noticeable in Season 1. As a specific example: Shortly after hearing about a battle that the Enterprise is about to investigate, Riker asks if they should separate the saucer. This question was hardly ever asked after the first season, and indeed, the saucer was separated twice in the first season and only once in the rest of the series, and once more in Star Trek: Generations. The Word of God explanation is that separating the saucer section (with its attendant civilian families) was planned as a standard common-sense procedure when going into a potential combat situation. However, in practice they found out that it took too much time away from the story-telling to depict on screen on a regular basis. Hence its use was never actually written in much. Season 1 featured a revolving door of chief engineers before Geordi took the job full-time in season 2. Source materials explain this as the Galaxy-class being so complex that Starfleet thought it would need multiple chief engineers, but Picard got tired of dealing with different people all the time and put Geordi in charge of everything. A great deal of it just in "Encounter at Farpoint", including: Data says he graduated in the "Class of '78." Later episodes would establish the first season to take place in 2364, with Data serving in Starfleet for only twenty years. Data uses a contraction, something he is specifically stated to be incapable of in a later episode. Data in general is far more expressive than he was in the rest of the series, even smiling quite naturally in his appreciation of Riker's ability to whistle: We learn that Troi taught Riker to be able to hear her thoughts. Never ever brought up again despite the two dozen or so times it would have been useful.
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If You Can Read This
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If You Can Read This: Many examples; the set designers had a lot of fun adding in easter eggs. See the trope page for details.
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The Farmer and the Viper
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The Farmer and the Viper: Q actually uses this against the crew when he's turned mortal by the continuum, choosing a human form and going to them for help, assuming that their values and willingness to forgive "almost any offense" will mean they are willing to protect him from the variety of less-moral creatures he has tormented in the past, and who are willing to take advantage of his newfound humanity. He's not entirely right in this assumption, but right enough for subverting this trope in "Viper part" too, when Data's sacrifice moved Q to an attempt to save the ship at the cost of his own life.
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Disproportionate Retribution
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Disproportionate Retribution: In the episode "Justice", Wesley Crusher is nearly put to death by the locals for accidentally crushing some flowers. Worth pointing out that Death was the only form of retribution on that planet. This was made even worse by the trial, in which no one even bothered to point out that Wesley did not intentionally step over the marker (hence violating the law). He was trying to catch a ball, and tripped and fell. One wonders what the legal system on that planet would've said if they had made this argument.
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Unresolved Sexual Tension
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Unresolved Sexual Tension: Riker/Troi and Picard/Crusher run through the whole series. Riker and Troi are married in Star Trek: Nemesis. Picard/Crusher is never fully resolved, although a Deleted Scene from the end of Nemesis hints that they might have Hooked Up Afterwards. Data and Tasha Yar gave hints of this after they hooked up in "The Naked Now", but this was curtailed by his being an android unable to express emotion, and her eventual death.
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Trashcan Bonfire
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Trashcan Bonfire: Episode "The Vengeance Factor". While searching for the Gatherers, the Enterprise crew explores a facility with several barrels full of burning material.
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Hyperspeed Escape
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Hyperspeed Escape: Quite a few times, given the ubiquitousness of Warp Drive in this setting (as a general rule, if you don't have warp drive, nobody in Starfleet is terribly interested in dealing with you anyways). Occasionally subverted, either because the pursuing ship is faster, or because the heroes are trapped inside some sort of Negative Space Wedgie and literally have nowhere they can go.
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Fixed Forward-Facing Weapon
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Fixed Forward-Facing Weapon: The phaser lance from the alternate future version of the Enterprise-D in "All Good Things".
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Book Snap
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Book Snap: In the episode "Samaritan Snare", Picard and Wesley are taking a long shuttlecraft ride to a Starbase. At one point Picard does it in annoyance at all the questions Wesley is bothering him with. In "Elementary, Dear Data", Data and Geordi are playing Holmes and Watson in the holodeck. Geordi records Data/Holmes in Watson's journal...and slams it shut in frustration as he realizes Data is just reciting an existing Holmes story instead of actually deducing clues. In the episode "Captain's Holiday", Picard does this upon being harassed by a Ferengi while trying to relax on vacation.
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Strange Syntax Speaker
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Strange-Syntax Speaker: The Tamarians in "Darmok", who speak mostly in metaphor. The universal translator can easily deliver the literal meanings, but without knowledge of the myths upon which the sayings are based, it's still near-impossible to understand.
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Day in the Life
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Day in the Life: "Data's Day" is framed around this - the plot of the episode is laid out as a communique from Data to Commander Maddox.
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Offscreen Reality Warp
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Offscreen Reality Warp: How Worf knows he is traveling through different parallel universes in "Parallels."
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It's a Wonderful Plot
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It's a Wonderful Plot: "Remember Me" is a subversion, in which Beverly finds people she knew vanishing, and no one remembering they ever existed. "Tapestry" plays out this way, but is averted because instead of finding out what life would be like if Picard had made different choices, rather than him not having existed.
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Lotus-Eater Machine
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Lotus-Eater Machine: "Future Imperfect": Riker is trapped in a Lotus Eater Machine by a benevolent captor who just wants to be friends with him. When he realizes it the first time, it creates a second Lotus Eater Machine, in which he's a prisoner of a recurring enemy Romulan who was behind the first one as well. Both times, inconsistencies in the simulation are what tip Riker off. "Ship In A Bottle". During one of Data's Sherlock Holmes holodeck adventures, Moriarty gains actual sentience. He then theorizes that he must have come to life, and he should be able to leave the holodeck, which he does. The rest of the episode is Data and Picard trying to figure out what's going on until they realize everybody on the Enterprise suddenly is left handed, like Moriarty. They manage to escape the program, and create a small subroutine so that Moriarty, still living in his dream, can dream it for as long as he wants with the love he found in his Lotus Eater Machine, and a simulation of the entire galaxy to explore.
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Call to Agriculture
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Call to Agriculture: Picard was managing his family vineyard as part of the alternate future in the Grand Finale.
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One-Way Visor
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One-Way Visor: Geordi's visor is an aversion; he's blind, and the visor enables him to see.
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Green Aesop
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Green Aesop: "Force of Nature" focuses on how overuse of warp drive is causing permanent damage to the fabric of space and creating climate change on a planet exposed to the damaged areas.
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Gem Tissue
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Gem Tissue: The Crystalline Entity, a massive snowflake-like creature that absorbed organic matter, converting it into energy in order to grow. Although the entity was shattered in its second appearance, it (or another) would later appear in the Star Trek: Titan novels and Star Trek Online.
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Time Is Dangerous
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Time Is Dangerous: In "Timescape", Picard is injured when he sticks his hand across the edge of a "time bubble", which causes his fingernails to age faster than his arm. Later, he experiences symptoms of "temporal narcosis" due to a malfunction of the equipment protecting him from being frozen in time.
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Fantastic Racism
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Fantastic Racism: There was an episode with an Aesop about homophobia delivered by a genderless species. Who were all played by women so that the audience wouldn't be subjected to Riker kissing someone played by a guynote FWIW, Jonathan Frakes pushed for the love interest to be played by a guy. Dr. Pulaski is bigoted and condescending towards Data purely because he is a mechanical life-form, and it's clear from the beginning that she believes he's nothing more than a very advanced computer, even calling him a "device." She continues to act in a manner that would be considered reprehensible from a Starfleet officer considering the social mores of the show.
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Anchored Ship
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Anchored Ship: Picard and Crusher. In the post-Nemesis book series, They Do.
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Set Wrong What Was Once Made Right
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Set Wrong What Was Once Made Right: Q once gave Picard a chance to go back to his college days and avoid a near lethal stab to his heart (he survived, the heart did not). The resulting timeline ended up too boring for Picard's taste so he redid the incident a 3rd time.
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Trickster Mentor
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Trickster Mentor: Q... usually. Sometimes he's just screwing with them, but often he teaches the crew, Picard in particular, something in a roundabout way. "Tapestry" is a prime example, when he helps Picard see that the mistakes he regrets from his youth shaped him into the man he is today.
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Cats Are Mean
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Cats Are Mean: Spot, Data's cat, has scratched several members of the crew, to the point where even Riker is afraid of her.
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Disease by Any Other Name
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Disease by Any Other Name: In one episode, Data is damaged and loses his memories while recovering a piece of a Starfleet probe that had crashed on a medieval style Rubber-Forehead Alien World. Data, with no way of knowing the piece of the probe he had with him was radioactive, has no problem letting the local blacksmith start making trinkets and jewelry out of that odd new metal. Soon the entire village is sick (as radioactive particles have seeped into the water table from smithing) and, predictably, the villagers blame the strange newcomer for their problems.
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Enemy Mine
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Enemy Mine: "Darmok", also (shockingly) "The Enemy".
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Destroy the Abusive Home
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Destroy the Abusive Home: Riker starred in a play directed by Dr. Crusher wherein he's a sane man trapped in a mental institution. During the course of his next assignment, he becomes a sane man trapped in a mental institution, and starts to go crazy. After he's rescued, he destroys the mental institution set.
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Flying Cutlery Spaceship
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Flying Cutlery Spaceship: The last two films, Star Trek: Insurrection and Star Trek: Nemesis, had plenty of villainous ships like this. Insurrection featured a number of pointy horseshoe-crab style villain ships plus a giant, spiky weapon-ship that would strip life-supporting particles from the rings of an inhabited planet. Nemesis featured an oversized warbird with an insanely impractical (and very, very spiky) transformation sequence just to fire its main weapon.
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Let's Duet
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Let's Duet: In "Lessons", the normally reserved Captain Picard finds himself opening up to a female officer though their shared love of music. In a notable scene, they find a Jeffries tube with good acoustics and (with her on a portable piano keyboard and Picard on the flute) play a duet based on the tune he learned in "The Inner Light". The scene ends in their first kiss.
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Not Himself
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Not Himself: Data in "Clues". Troi in "Man of the People" is Not Herself due to Mind Rape.
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Friendly Enemy
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Friendly Enemy: Q drives Picard crazy, but there are indications as the series progresses that suggest the two are headed in this direction, with Q openly admitting to helping Picard in the series finale, and even early on Picard indicates he's in Q's debt for giving the Federation advance warning of the Borg.
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Ain't Too Proud to Beg
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Ain't Too Proud to Beg: In "Q Who", when Q's object lesson finally pierces Picard's arrogant complacency far enough that he realizes he won't get his crew out of the situation they're in without an honest, humble appeal to the more or less omnipotent entity who got them into it.
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Nightmare Sequence
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Nightmare Sequence: The terrifying visions and paranoia in "Night Terrors" are caused by aliens who simply don't understand the effect their method of communication has on the human brain.invoked
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Really 700 Years Old
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Really 700 Years Old: Guinan. In "Time's Arrow" Data notes that he knew that Guinan's species was long-lived, but he had no idea that she was actually on Earth during the 19th Century.
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Not-So-Imaginary Friend
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Not-So-Imaginary Friend: In the aptly titled episode "Imaginary Child", an alien takes the form of a young girl's imaginary friend. The imaginary friend disappears whenever an adult comes near.
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Alternate Catchphrase Inflection
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Alternate Catchphrase Inflection: In "Unification", Sarek tries to say, "Live long and prosper" but because he's dying, he says it in a much more weak, emotional way than the usual Vulcan tone and he can't get the "prosper" part out. Usually when Picard says, "Engage!" it's in a very definite voice. However, in "Angel One", he says it hoarsely due to still having a sore throat from a virus he'd gotten earlier.
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God Test
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God Test: Inverted in "Who Watches the Watchers." When the primitive alien tribe believes that Picard is God, they try to prove it by shooting him with a bow to prove that he can't be killed. Fortunately for Picard the alien misses his heart, but does hit him in the shoulder, injuring him and thereby proving to the aliens that he isn't God.
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Kangaroo Court
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Kangaroo Court: "The Drumhead". Admiral Satie's inquiry into an act of sabotage spins out into a witch hunt, and she relentlessly hounds a crewman who is part Romulan, then puts Picard in the hot seat for criticizing the proceedings.
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Figure It Out Yourself
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Figure It Out Yourself: A time traveler in an episode pulls this on Picard, saying how happy he is to be visiting the Enterprise. Picard, meanwhile, has a difficult decision to make and wants the time traveler to tell him how the decision turns out (the fate of a whole planet was at stake). The time traveler, naturally, refuses. Picard does make the right choice and saves everybody, but in an interesting subversion it turns out that the time traveler is bluffing about knowing how things come out: he was actually from the past and had stolen the time machine. In the Series Finale "All Good Things...", Picard asks Q what he's really saying about humanity. Q begins to whisper something in his ear, then changes his mind, smiling broadly, bidding farewell, "In any case, I'll be watching. And if you're very lucky, I'll drop by to say hello from time to time. See you...out there!"
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The Smurfette Principle
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The Smurfette Principle: The show started with three women - after the security chief died, all that were left were in rather stereotypically feminine roles as the doctor and counselor. Recurring females were Keiko (botanist), Ogawa (nurse), Ro Laren and Guinan. Only the latter two were of any real importance, and the first eventually settled into the role of O'Brien's wife.
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Conveniently an Orphan
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Guinan's family either died or were assimilated when the Borg all but destroyed the El-Aurians. Alexander, the only semi-regular child other than Wesley, lost his mother as a toddler (and was raised by her alone up to that point). And whenever there was a one-off guest star whose parentage was some sort of plot point, be it a child (Jeremy Aster, Salia) or an adult (Amanda Rogers, Jason Vigo), they had an excellent chance of being Conveniently an Orphan.
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Clarke's Third Law
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Clarke's Third Law: The first season episode "Justice" has an idyllic planet that worships an inter dimensional spaceship thing as their god. How advanced it really is isn't firmly established, but it's strongly implied that it's at least a match for the Enterprise. In "Devil's Due," the "devil" is simply using technology to simulate magic. Noteworthy in that the technology isn't even sufficiently advanced; it's just been dressed-up to look more impressive than it really is. The third season episode "Who Watches the Watchers" again casts the Enterprise crew in the role of the ones with the sufficiently advanced technology, when a botched encounter with a pre-industrial civilization leaves some of them thinking that Picard is a god. In "The Next Phase", Ro and Geordi are invisible and intangible after an accident. Ro is at first convinced that they're ghosts now that need to make peace before moving on to the afterlife. Turns out they're just "out of phase" with normal matter, except for the plot-convenient floors (and oxygen). Subverted in Q's first appearance, where it is made very clear that Q has the power of a god essentially and is willing to use it to satisfy his own whims, leaving the Enterprise crew completely at his mercy and needing to satisfy the requirements of his game to survive.
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One Character, Multiple Lives
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One Character, Multiple Lives: In the series finale, Captain Picard is living in three alternate timelines, one in his past, one in his present, and one in his future, at the same time, and has to use information gathered in certain timelines to aid others.
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Courtroom Episode
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Courtroom Episode: "Measure of a Man" was based around a trial where Data's status as property or lifeform was determined. "The Drumhead" was based around trials where a Starfleet admiral tries to prove there is a conspiracy on the Enterprise. The more campy "Devil's Due" has Picard prove that a con artist is not the god that alien legend says made a deal with their race many generations ago, and is therefore not owed the terms of the contract she's trying to collect on. Data acts as judge.
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Late-Arrival Spoiler
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Late-Arrival Spoiler: The season four episode "The Host" is about how there's something odd about Beverly's new boyfriend, an alien called a "Trill." The reveal is the surprise revelation that inside of him is a symbiotic organism, which has the memories of its previous hosts, and can survive after the host dies. This is a complete shock... unless you've seen Deep Space Nine, which has a Trill as one of the main cast and frequently makes mention of the symbiont's abilities.
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Space Jews
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Space Jews: In the second-season episode "Up the Long Ladder", the Enterprise is transporting an entire Irish village, complete with accents, apparel, drinking problems, and chickens. The Ferengi. Alternatively, they could be interpreted as Space Americans (Eagleland, negative version) or Space Capitalists, down to a strong interest in controlling other civilizations' natural resources, and at least one episode with a Ferengi being a Hawaiian-Shirted Tourist. The Space Africans of "Code of Honor" are even worse, portrayed as barbaric, patriarchal, er... matriarchal, er... some kind of savages with complex but still demeaning gender roles. Stargate SG-1 had an episode not long after its pilot that handled similar, and head-slappingly sexist, themes. (Same writer, too.)
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Combat Medic
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Combat Medic: Beverly Crusher is not only one of the best doctors in the Federation, she studies Klingon martial arts (and can drop you on your ass so fast you won't remember the trip down) and is fully capable of commanding a starship in combat. She also phasers a Starfleet Admiral in "Conspiracy".
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Former Teen Rebel
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Former Teen Rebel: Captain Jean-Luc Picard was a delinquent and skirt-chaser at the Academy, culminating in a bar fight with a group of Proud Warrior Race Guys in which he got stabbed in the heart. After that, he apparently became rather more focused.
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Pretend to Be Brainwashed
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Pretend to Be Brainwashed: In the episode "Conspiracy", Picard uncovers an alien plot to infect the leadership of Starfleet with Puppeteer Parasites in preparation for an all-out invasion. He goes straight to Starfleet Command to scope out which of his superiors haven't been infected, but he walks into a trap and is captured. Then Riker appears and seems to have been taken over by a parasite, but it was really a ploy so he could help Picard take them out (he couldn't reveal this to Picard without blowing his cover).
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Names to Run Away From Really Fast
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Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Gul Madred. (His name isn't actually mentioned in the episode.)
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Time-Travel Episode
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Time-Travel Episode: There's "Time's Arrow", where the Enterprise find Data's centuries-old head lying in a cave in San Francisco in the 24th century. It turns out Data went back in time to the 19th century to follow two aliens and became Trapped in the Past.
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Plot Hole
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Plot Hole: In the first episode encountering the Borg, "Q Who?", we learn that the Borg had destroyed the homeworld of Guinan's people, the El-Aurians. We see the surviving refugees arrive at Earth in transport ships during the opening of Star Trek: Generations. Again, it appears that the Federation never bothered to find out what they were running from, even though it was clear Guinan already knew their name, tactics, etc.
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Reclaimed by Nature
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Reclaimed by Nature: "The Arsenal Of Freedom" has the Enterprise visit the very green planet Minos to investigate the disappearance of the starship Drake. Scans indicate no life forms anywhere on Minos, but an away team finds signs of an advanced civilization there, all long overgrown by native flora. The planetary defense system, still running in demonstration mode, is the only active thing on that world that isn't vegetation.
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Intimate Artistry
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Intimate Artistry: In "The High Ground", when the Enterprise is visiting the planet Rutia IV Dr. Crusher is kidnapped by a terrorist group. While she is being held captive, the group's leader draws sketches of her, which indicates both that he has artistic sensibilities (and is therefore more complex than simply "evil") and that he is growing attracted to her.
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False Innocence Trick
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False Innocence Trick: Captain Picard is the subject of an Alien Abduction along with several others, who conspire to escape. It turns out that one of them is really a member of the alien race which captured them all. In another episode Deanna, O'Brien and Data are mentally taken over by noncorporeal beings who claim to be Starfleet officers who have crash landed on a world, but they're actually convicted prisoners.
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Other Me Annoys Me
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Other Me Annoys Me: Barclay's holographic duplicates of the main crew in "Hollow Pursuits" Thomas Riker is this to William Riker in "Second Chances." Leah Brahms in "Galaxy's Child" is extremely angry about her holographic duplicate from "Booby Trap".
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Fighting from the Inside
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Fighting from the Inside: many incidents of this, usually when someone is under the imposed control of someone else (or even being turned into someone else) and is trying to fight for their self, identity and/or sanity. The archetypical example is Picard being turned into Locutus. In examples like Picard's this is also a form of Mind Rape, violating his mind, tearing away at the very fabric of his being, and turning it against him and the people he loves in the ultimate humiliation and pain. After Locutus, Picard tends to view such an experience as a Fate Worse than Death (certainly so with the Borg).
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Author Appeal
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Author Appeal: Baseball was Michael Piller's favorite sport. Shocking, we know. One of his goals was to bring that sport back to the 24th century, which had replaced it with Parrises Squares, Racket Ball and the like, hence Dr. Stubs ('Evolution'). This also inspired the DS9 episode "Take Me Out to the Holosuite."
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Author Avatar
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Author Avatar: Eugene Wesley Roddenberry openly admitted that Wesley Crusher was a younger, idealized version of himself. Oddly enough, though, the character was originally envisioned as a teenaged GIRL named Leslie...
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Literal Change of Heart
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Literal Change of Heart: Picard has an artificial heart as a result of a fight in which he was stabbed in the chest. During a near-death experience in a later episode, he was asked by Q if he would like to change that part of his past that led to that; however, by doing so, he wound up becoming a person who never developed any guts or took any risks.
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Brought Down to Normal
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Troi had a handful of these, most severely (for her and those around her that had to suffer her) after she lost her empathic powers due to the influence of two-dimensional creatures.
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We Hardly Knew Ye
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We Hardly Knew Ye: Tasha Yar's actress Denise Crosby felt she wasn't useful and asked to be let go. Her death was so sudden that it took a while before you realized she wasn't coming back. A Time Travel episode briefly brought her back and the subsequent timeline screw-ups resulted in a recurring enemy that looked exactly like her.
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Eating the Eye Candy
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Eating the Eye Candy: In "Angel One", when Riker comes out dressed in ridiculously revealing native clothing, Troi and Yar's reactions are priceless.
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Sacrificial Planet: The Borg's arrival in Federation space is heralded by several heretofore unseen planetary outposts being wiped out and scoured of all technology.
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Where Da White Women At?
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Where Da White Women At?: "Code of Honor", with emphasis on a literal Battle of the Sexes and unbelievable alien culture of Zulus wearing tinfoil. "Why aren’t we warping out of here?" says Picard at the conclusion, and one can't help but agree with him.
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Prefers the Illusion
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Prefers the Illusion: In "Homeward", A group of relatively primitive people are tricked into thinking that they are still on their home planet when in fact they are inside a holodeck, and are the only survivors of a cataclysm that destroyed their world. When one discovers the truth, he's offered a chance to remain on board the Enterprise. Instead, he commits suicide.
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That's No Moon!
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That's No Moon!: In "Farpoint" we get our very first empathic reading inside the phony space station (later revealed to be a shapeshifting alien) when Troi looks like she’s straining under terrible pain or anger from a creature nearby.
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Naval Blockade
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Naval Blockade: During the Klingon civil war the Federation put a blockade along the Klingon-Romulan border to keep the Romulans from supplying the Duras Sisters.
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Gigantic Moon
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Gigantic Moon: Despite deserved praise for its attention to detail with modern science, they have taken artistic license with Earth's moon. From orbit, the moon is no different in size to human eyes than on land. Contrast this image◊ from Best of Both Worlds and this NASA image◊.
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Older Than Print
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A great in-universe example of zeerust is seen in the episode "Booby Trap". A derelict alien ship that is 1000 years old is discovered in an asteroid field. Picard and the team visit the wreck out of curiosity. The bridge interior looks like something that wouldn't be out of place in The Original Series.
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Chewing the Scenery
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Chewing the Scenery: Several aliens, but most notably the leaders of Akmarian Gatherer faction from season 3 episode 9, "The Vengeance Factor".
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Knight of Cerebus
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Knight of Cerebus: Prior to late Season 2, the crew had always managed to beat the threat of the week via some combination of diplomacy, tactics, and technology. Then the Borg were introduced, and became the number one ultimate threat to the Federation for the entire series, despite appearing in only six episodes. In their first encounter with the Borg, the Enterprise was utterly defeated and on the verge of being dissected and assimilated before Q rescued them [[note]]After having exposed them to the Borg in the first place in order to give them a kick in their complacency.
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Insane Admiral
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In "The Drumhead" when Picard proclaims that it's intrusive to use a Betazoid to discern if someone is lying, Admiral Satie throws it right back in his face that he uses Troi to do it all the time. He does point out there's a difference between taking Troi's empathic sense of someone's dishonesty into account with other evidence and using it as the sole basis for an accusation. To his credit, Picard concedes the point and replies that he might reconsider this policy in the future.
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Lady Land
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Lady Land: "Angel One" features Human Aliens that have the women as the dominant sex.
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Uncanny Valley
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invoked Data attempted a domestic relationship in one episode, and it was a total wash. All of his Uncanny Valley mannerisms came out in a creepily stilted kiss. ("In Theory")
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Techno Babble
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in "The Battle", Data begins a surprisingly accurate and Techno Babble-free description of a checksum, a computer science technique used to verify the authenticity of a piece of data—before being cut off by Riker saying he doesn't need a computer science lesson. The subject of the checksum issue? A forged log entry.
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Trapped in TV Land
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Trapped in TV Land: In malfunctioning holodecks.
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Diplomatic Impunity: In "Man of the People", Ambassador Alkar has been using young women as receptacles to store his unwanted negative emotions, turning them malevolent and unnaturally aging them. After Troi dies, Picard tells him that he intends to see that Alkar pays for what he's done. Alkar replies that the Federation Council has guaranteed his safe passage back to his homeworld, and he expects Picard to follow those orders. His diplomatic immunity is revoked when Troi is resuscitated while Alkar attempts to bond with someone else, and then they beam his intended victim out of his reach. The trope is played straight earlier in the episode when Alkar refuses to return with Picard and Worf to the Enterprise and hides behind the security field put up by the parties he's negotiating a peace agreement for.
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Meaningful Name
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Meaningful Name: "Data" is named for a word that means "facts and statistics". His evil twin is named "Lore", which means "superstition and legend", thus marking him as Data's symbolic opposite.
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FanService
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Fanservice: In the series 4 episode "Legacy" Tasha Yar's younger sister Ishara spends the first half of the episode wearing a thin white top and clearly no bra, several angles place her chest front & centre. She later changes into a Jumpsuit, however her aversion to underwear continues as she sports a very prominent cameltoe. Troi wore her cleavage-baring outfits for this purpose.
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Repressive, but Efficient
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Repressive, but Efficient: In "Justice," the Enterprise crew encounters a Planet of the Week with this as its hat. The place initially seems to be a Crystal Spires and Togas utopia of peace, plenty, and easy sex, until it turns out that the penalty for crimes as minor as stepping on the grass is death. Picard even credits their near-utopia to their draconian system of punishment in his Patrick Stewart Speech before going on to conclude that it's not worth it.
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Soulful Plant Story
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Soulful Plant Story: Downplayed for "The Inner Light", where Picard is being sent telepathic messages from a planet that was destroyed years ago, via a probe, and he sees himself as one of these deceased aliens. The aliens have a tree which is said to symbolise hope, but the tree is only a minor part of the plot.
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Deprogram
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Deprogramming: At the end of "The Mind's Eye", after Geordi gets turned into a Manchurian Agent, we get a brief look at Troi starting the deprogramming.
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Puppeteer Parasite
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Puppeteer Parasite: In "Conspiracy", a race of parasitic worm aliens use various Federation members as their own puppets.
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Driven to Suicide
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Driven to Suicide: Lieutenant Kwan in "Eye Of The Beholder." The first act of the episode also counts as A Very Special Episode about suicide.
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Almost Holding Hands
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Almost Holding Hands: William Riker and Deanna Troi (who used to be a couple) almost hold hands when it looks like their ship Enterprise is about to be fired upon.
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Theme Tune Extended
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Theme Tune Extended, since the theme music is taken from Star Trek: The Motion Picture, which has a longer theme.
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The Everyman
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The Everyman: Reg Barclay. He's clearly not who you'd pick as the poster child for Starfleet, but in a crunch he's shows he's just as capable, if not more so, than the main characters. This is lampshaded by Picard;
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Disney Death
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Of the nine series regulars who had their names in the opening credits for all or part of the show's run, only Geordi had two parents as of the series's opening (and his mother died in the final season). Worf, Beverly, and Tasha were all orphaned as children (though Worf wound up with a great set of adoptive parents). Riker, Troi, and Wesley each lost one parent when they were children (Riker's mother, Troi's father, Wesley's father). Picard's parents were both dead long before he became captain, though they probably died when he was an adult. The inventor who built Data disappeared when his home planet was attacked and was presumed dead until the middle of the episode "Brothers," then really died just a handful of scenes later. We also get to meet a woman who claims to be Data's "mother" in the Seventh season. She really is, after a fashion. She's actually an android duplicate of the (long-dead) woman who was both Data's co-creator and Noonien Soong's wife.
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Orderlies Are Creeps
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Orderlies Are Creeps: In "Frame of Mind", Riker wakes up in an alien asylum where he is a patient and told that the Enterprise is an elaborate fantasy his mind created to cover up the truth about an extremely violent murder he committed. The burly orderly who supervises him doesn't have enough sense to not openly taunt the potentially psychotic person about this. Of course, this causes Riker to freak out and lash out at him before being sedated.
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And the Adventure Continues
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And the Adventure Continues: "All Good Things..." concludes on this note; though the series has ended, the adventures will continue.
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Ominous Message from the Future
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Ominous Message from the Future: In the episode "Time Squared" the Enterprise picks up a shuttle and is surprised to find it crewed by a future version of Captain Picard too incoherent to understand, while the shuttle's logs show the Enterprise being destroyed. The crew then needs to work out what sequence of events caused the destruction, and avert it. After the crew figures out they're in a time loop in "Cause and Effect", they're able to analyze "temporal echoes" and hear the future destruction of the ship.
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Gaslighting
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Gaslighting: A famous example in "Chain of Command," in which the Cardassians use psychological torture to try to persuade Picard to say there are five lights in the room when in fact there are four. "Frame of Mind" is all about aliens attempting to convince Riker he's crazy.
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Cranial Processing Unit
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Cranial Processing Unit: On at least one occasion, Data's "brain" is shown to be entirely in his head, including an instance of his head being removed and still talking.
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Almighty Janitor
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Almighty Janitor: Boothby, grounds-keeper of Starfleet Academy and trusted mentor of almost every graduate of note.
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Two Girls to a Team
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Two Girls to a Team: Deanna Troi and Beverly Crusher, after Tasha's death. Both had maternal and supportive roles, being the ship's head counselor and chief medical officer respectively, but Troi was more exotic while Crusher was more of a down-to-earth character.
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See the Whites of Their Eyes
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See the Whites of Their Eyes: This trope is most prominent with this show as most ship-to-ship conflicts were tense stand-offs rather than the more action oriented battles of later series.
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Orphaned Punchline
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Orphaned Punchline: The Bolian barber, Mr. Mot, has one of these in "Schisms".
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Translation by Volume
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Translation by Volume: The episode "Darmok" deals with Universal Translator failure and an encounter with friendly, yet absolutely incomprehensible aliens. Both crews and especially captains try this approach of speaking slowly, clearly and somewhat loudly. It slightly works, but both could grasp only very, very little.
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Episode Tagline
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Episode Tagline: The episode "Darmok" is about several aliens who speak in metaphors (usually allusions to their myths). Three of the most repeated ones are "Darmok and Jilahd at Tenagra", "Temba, his arms wide", and "Shaka when the walls fell".note Translating roughly to: 1) Two strangers coming together and aiding one another in a mutual conflict. 2) Presenting a gift. 3) A failure.
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Put on a Bus
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Put on a Bus: Dr. Pulaski. Also, the woman who was the head engineer in Season One, before Geordi was promoted.
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Expositron 9000
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Expositron 9000: The ship's computer.
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Double Standard: Rape, Sci-Fi
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Double Standard: Rape, Sci-Fi: In the episode "The Child", Counselor Troi is impregnated by an alien, and she gives birth to him. Troi later insists on carrying it to term, and once he's born he reveals that he only did it to explore human existence, and he may not have realized the implications of what it was doing. Although the being did impregnate her without having sex with her, so it's not rape, it's more impregnation without consent (more like giving someone in vitro fertilization without their knowledge than anything else). Which is still a major violation, but the episode doesn't really treat it as one. In episode "The Host", a Trill (at that time implied to have all personality in the "parasite" part rather than a shared consciousness) who was having a sexual relationship with Doctor Crusher temporarily takes possession of Riker's body (with consent) to continue diplomatic negotiations. Doctor Crusher has trouble reconciling her romantic feelings for the Trill-personality with Riker's body — but the issue of whether Riker would consent to her having sex with his body is never even mentioned.
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Will Not Tell a Lie
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Will Not Tell a Lie: Betazoids, to other Betazoids at least, as lying to a fellow telepath is about as sensible as it sounds. Vulcans are reputed to have this trait in-universe, but in fact freely do so if they believe it to be the logical thing to do.
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Hazy Feel Turn
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Hazy Feel Turn: In a species-wide example, the Klingons have gone from being the Federation's staunchest adversaries in The Original Series to being uneasy allies by the time Next Generation is set.
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You Have to Believe Me!
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You Have to Believe Me!: In the series finale, "All Good Things," Picard finds himself jumping back and forth between different points in his life a la Billy Pilgrim. Unfortunately, in the future he's an old man with the beginnings of an Alzheimer's-like disease. If he wasn't Jean-Luc Picard, no one would give his ravings about temporal anomalies and the destruction of humanity a second thought.
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Character Shilling
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Character Shilling: Multiple examples, but the most well known was that of the shilling done for Wesley, which grated at the fans and became the former trope namer for the more negative and YMMV version of the trope, Creator's Pet. Apart from shilling Wesley, the story also shills a few other characters, even those who are actually popular like Riker. We are frequently assured that Riker could be a captain on any other ship in the fleet, but without a great deal of backing for the idea.
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Married to the Job
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Picard was firmly established as Married to the Job early on, despite harboring intense feelings for Beverly. "Lessons" showed us why he must never act on those impulses: He attempted a relationship with one astrophysicist, only to order her to what could have been her death. Just as he had with Jack Crusher, Beverly's late husband. As a captain, he cannot fraternize too closely with people whose lives he might one day forfeit.
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Phrase Catcher
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Phrase Catcher: "Thank you, Mr. Data."
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Remember the New Guy?
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Remember the New Guy?: The Cardassians are introduced in the season four episode "The Wounded," where it is explained that it has been only a year since the end of the long, costly war between the Federation and the Cardassian Union. However, this information means that the first two years of the show occurred during a war that was never seen, heard or experienced. Just where, exactly, was the flagship of Starfleet while the rest of the fleet was engaged in active operations?
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Face Your Fears
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Face Your Fears: Part of the Starfleet Academy entrance exam is for the prospective cadet to face his or her greatest fear. One episode depicts Wesley Crusher put through this test, being forced to choose which of two men caught in an accident to rescue, his fear being that he would be paralyzed by indecision.
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Real Life Writes the Plot
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Real Life Writes the Plot: The characters received new two-piece uniforms starting in Season 3 because the original one-piece suits were intentionally made one size too small (to look good on camera) and were causing serious back problems. "The Defector" was supposed to open with another Sherlock Holmes pastiche, but legal issues forced the writers to retool it into a holodeck simulation of Henry V. This doubles as foreshadowing: Jarok, like King Henry, is forced to go undercover as a 'commoner' in this episode. "The Best of Both Worlds" introduces a job opening for Riker on another ship, as well as a new female commander for him to butt heads with. The showrunners were grooming Riker to take over as Captain if Patrick Stewart didn't want to return.
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Exposition of Immortality
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Exposition of Immortality: In "Time's Arrow", a two-part episode of The Next Generation, the Enterprise crew runs into Guinan, the El-Aurian bartender on their ship, while on a Time Travel trip to the 19th century. She's shown talking with Mark Twain and Jack London; but when Data approaches her, believing that she too, has traveled through time, she doesn't know him or the rest of the crew.
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Eldritch Starship
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Eldritch Starship: The Edo God is dimensionally transcendent and the Farpoint lifeform is a massive shapeshifter that can take the form of a starship.
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Humanity Ensues
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Humanity Ensues: The Continuum once meted out this punishment to Q. By the end of the episode he was back to his all-powerful Reality Warping self again.
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For Want of a Nail
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For Want of a Nail: "Yesterday's Enterprise" shows how a previous Enterprise played a role so pivotal that its absence would cause the end of the Federation in a long, bloody and hopeless war. "Tapestry" shows how Picard avoiding a fight in his youth would have changed his whole life.
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New Media Are Evil
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New Media Are Evil: "The Game" doesn't even try to hide its contempt for videogames, which is ironic given how many videogames the NG crew helped with later. The game itself is just a front for what is essentially a recreational drug, and a hugely addictive brainwashing drug at that. So there are two interpretations to this episode: either videogames are senselessly pointless and as addictive and damaging as a drug; or this trope is subverted and the point is that Drugs Are Bad and recreational drugs can look as harmless as a videogame but can be addictive as crack. Considering that the WHO now considers video game addiction to be a thing, the episode might be seen as having been ahead of its time. The episode where Barclay was discovered to have a holodeck addiction (having created an Eden for himself with a sexy Troi and a bumbling midget Riker) that begins to interfere with the performance of his basic duties. Troi herself explains that everybody enjoys the fantasy of the holodeck, but it's self destructive to rely on it to the exclusion of REAL experiences and friends.
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Shout-Out to Shakespeare: "What a piece of work is a man; how noble in reason; how infinite in faculty, in form and moving how express and admirable in action; how like an angel in apprehension; how like a god." Picard proves he knows Shakespeare. Even more impressive, Picard also notes to Q that while Hamlet said it ironically, he says it with conviction. Patrick Stewart has been in two productions of Hamlet, both in which he played Claudius, and was originally trained as a Shakespearean actor. "All the world's a stage, not galaxy," says Picard.
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Evil Me Scares Me
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Evil Me Scares Me: One of Data's earliest encounters with emotion was feeling hatred when fighting the Borg. The fact that this first emotion of his was a negative one and that he apparently enjoyed indulging in the furious killing of an enemy disturbed him. Then we get his Evil Twin Lore turning up who embraces his negative emotions and so personifies them to Data (and is in fact the cause of Data's sudden unleashing of emotion, editing them so he only gets the negative ones or feels what Lore wants him to - hence sadism). Data would probably have been scared of him, if fear hadn't been saved for a later episode.
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White Sheep: Thanks to being raised away from his people, Worf subscribes to an idealized version of his culture. The truth is, for all their talk of honor, there's a lot of dishonor at the highest levels of Klingon society, and Worf stands alone as a truly honorable warrior.
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Armor-Piercing Question: In "The Measure of a Man", Picard notes how the procedure, if successful, could benefit all of Starfleet. Data's response destroys Picard's line of thought. Later, Picard delivers one at the hearing to determine Data's legal status.
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Pronoun Trouble
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In "The Outcast", Riker rejects the pronoun "it" for referring to a member of the (genderless) J'naii species for this very reason.
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Good Powers, Bad People
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Good Powers, Bad People: In one episode, Deanna Troi meets a man who is a quarter Betazoid, and who, like her, has empathic powers. He uses his abilities to win in political and economic negotiations. Troi calls him out on it, but he fires back that where he's using his natural abilities to come out on top in property transactions, just like the people he makes deals with, Troi uses her abilities to increase the lethal capacity of a warship, often against beings with no way of resisting her.
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Comic-Book Adaptation
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Comic-Book Adaptation: DC Comics published several series, including a crossover with Malibu Comics' Deep Space Nine title. Included in DC's run was an adaptation of the the TNG finale episode "All Good Things..." Later, Marvel Comics ran a series before DC took the licence back for its Wildstorm imprint, and later IDW Publishing got the rights.
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Portal Door
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Portal Door: "Contagion", in which an Iconian gateway is critical in the resolution of the plot.
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Mental Time Travel
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Mental Time Travel: In the episode "Tapestry", Picard dies and to his horror is greeted by Q in the afterlife. After admitting that he regrets a lot of his brash actions as a young man, Q sends him back to the incident that gave Picard his artificial heart so he can change things. In the series finale "All Good Things", Picard finds himself continuously shifting between three separate timelines, one in the "present", one several years ago when the Enterprise was just launched, and one several decades in the future when Picard is mostly retired.
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Completely Off-Topic Report
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Completely Off-Topic Report: Picard tells about a speaker at a conference who went on at length about some engineering topic "not realizing that the topic was supposed to be psychology."
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Let Us Never Speak of This Again
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Let Us Never Speak of This Again: "The Naked Now".
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The Federation
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Because the Klingons had become allies of The Federation by this point, their previous role of recurring antagonists went unfilled. The Ferengi were the first attempt at creating a big bad, and were found to be too comical. Then the Borg came along, but were found to be Too Awesome to Use by the writers. They eventually settled late on in the run of the show on the Cardassians, who were indeed developed into a true Big Bad on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (only for their own Big Bad status to be subverted towards the end of that show's run, following in the footsteps of the Klingons.) Ultimately, the Romulans come closest to filling out this niche, and it's a bigger plot twist to find that they are not the masterminds behind the insidious scheme of the week.
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Too Awesome to Use
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Too Awesome to Use: The Borg were this for the show's creators. The Borg were so awesomely powerful (and impossible to negotiate with) that they only got used four times (6 episodes, because of 2-parters) over the entire 7 seasons of the show. It was just that hard to come up with a way to defeat the Borg without making them seem less awesome. Of those 4 times the Borg show up, the crew is saved once by essentially Divine Intervention, once they are merely facing an individual drone and the challenge is to make him an individual, not to defeat him, and only twice during the run of the TV series do they actually defeat the Borg.
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"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Picard gives an epic verbal beatdown to Armus.
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Wrote the Book
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Wrote the Book: In "The Best of Both Worlds part 2", Guinan and Riker have an extended discussion of their strategy centering around this metaphor.
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Freak Out
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Freak Out: Had by Captain Picard in "Sarek", on behalf of the titular legendary diplomat. Sarek is suffering Vulcan Alzheimer's, and "borrows" Picard's emotional self-control to complete one last mission. Troi had a handful of these, most severely (for her and those around her that had to suffer her) after she lost her empathic powers due to the influence of two-dimensional creatures.
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Establishing Character Moment: The Child for Dr. Pulaski. Her highly irregular entry onto the ship and her treatment of Data establish her as the polar opposite of Dr. Crusher.
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How We Got Here
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How We Got Here: In the episode "Suspicions", Beverly is telling Guinan how she got into professional trouble for most of the episode.
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Satanic Archetype
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Satanic Archetype: In the episode "Devil's Due", an alien claims to be the Devil-figure from any number of worlds' mythologies (including Klingon) and "proves" it by taking their forms.
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Actually Pretty Funny: In universe, Riker can barely keep a straight face when Worf delivers a simple but savage retort to Q's latest personal problem. Q: I'm mortal Picard! What can I do for you to believe me? Worf: Die.
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AM/FM Characterization
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AM/FM Characterization: Commander Will Riker's love of jazz shows a softer, easier-going side than his military bearing suggests. At one point in "Suddenly Human", Picard walks past the guest quarters where the Talarian-raised human teenager Jono is staying, and hears this blasting in the room. Jono's enjoyment of "alba ra" seems to signify he's a typical teenager.
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Large Ham
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If the trope hadn't already been established, John de Lancie would've done it all by himself in his role as Q, which is a big part of what makes his appearances so enjoyable. (His Large Ham tendencies are another, and they're played to the full in the Star Trek: Borg FMV game, which is essentially an interactive Lower-Deck Episode of TNG. Its producers seem to have pretty much given him free rein, and the result is marvelous; he turns it all the way up to Chewing the Scenery at times, more or less carries the whole thing on his shoulders, and still manages to give the character that touch of capricious menace which sometimes seems lacking in the show proper.)
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"Join Us" Drone: This series was the introduction of the Borg who sprouted the infamous line when going after new victims:
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Mundane Fantastic: "Rascals" has Captain Picard and three other crew members turned back into children. Instead of examining the fact that they'd just discovered the proverbial Fountain of Youth, with the potential to change life as they knew it forever, the incident is treated as a droll annoyance by all involved.
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Pals with Jesus
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Pals with Jesus: Q, to Picard's chagrin.
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Mexican Standoff
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Mexican Standoff: A staple of later seasons. There is plenty of exposition at gun/disruptor/phaser-point.
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MegaManning
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Mega Manning: The Borg have the ability to rapidly analyze and assimilate technology and knowledge from other species. It is at the very core of their philosophy. As a result, most newly designed weapons or tactics will only be effective for a short period of time, until the Borg have seen enough to adapt their defenses in response.
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Exactly What It Says on the Tin
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Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The name of the ship's bar, Ten-Forward, is simply its location aboard the ship: the forward-most part of Deck 10.
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Alternate Universe
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Alternate Universe "All Good Things" depicted three universes in three different times where an anti-time disruption threatened to destroy the universe. "Yesterday's Enterprise" depicted the TNG universe if the Enterprise-C had not been destroyed defending a Klingon outpost from the Romulans. "Parallels" depicted multiple universes as Worf hops between them.
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My Biological Clock Is Ticking
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My Biological Clock Is Ticking: "Manhunt". More like My Biological Clock Has Gone To Red Alert! Played for laughs with Deanna's mother Lwaxana. It is revealed that Betazoid women in late middle-age experience "The Phase". This is a source of horror to Picard (the target of Lwaxana's attentions) and a source of amusement to almost everyone else, especially Riker (which might account for why he put his relationship with Deanna on hiatus for a couple of decades).
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Revival Loophole
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Revival Loophole: Used to save Tasha's opponent in "Code of Honor".
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Reality Is Unrealistic
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Reality Is Unrealistic: The fighting style used in the series of striking with open palms and the base of the hand is often mocked as ridiculous and unrealistic by audiences. However striking in this manner is widely recommended in self-defense training as it minimizes the chances of breaking one's own hand when hitting someone's face.
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Space Clothes
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Space Clothes: The uniforms worn by the engineering staff (a tunic-miniskirt one-piece and knee-high boots, to be specific - and yes, men and women wear the same uniform) and several other crew members during the first season are truly astonishing. And the clothes worn by the denizens of the utopian paradise in "Justice" make them look sensible.
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What Happened to the Mouse?
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What Happened to the Mouse?: We never do find out the final fate of Geordi's mother, whose vessel completely vanishes without a trace, in "Interface". The alien in "Future Imperfect". At the end of the episode, he beams up with Riker, with Riker promising he won't be alone, and is never seen or mentioned again. The clone of Kahless from "Rightful Heir". It's set up as though he'll have a fair amount of indirect influence on the direction of the Klingon Empire, but he's barely ever mentioned after this episode.
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Badass Boast
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Badass Boast: The Klingon ritual of roaring at the heavens is this on behalf of one who died in battle... they are warning the afterlife that a warrior is coming.
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Speed Echoes
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Speed Echoes: The "Picard Maneuver", wherein a ship performs a short-range warp jump directly in front of an enemy vessel, is an example. For a brief moment, the ship appears to be in two locations simultaneously: its location before the warp jump and its location after. Ships with low-grade sensors, such as the Ferengi vessel Picard was facing off against when he first used the maneuver, may also erroneously register the ship performing the maneuver in two locations, rendering them vulnerable to attack.
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I Thought Everyone Could Do That
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I Thought Everyone Could Do That: In "Heart of Glory", when they use a device to transmit the view from Geordi's VISOR back to the Bridge, Picard expresses surprise that Data appears to be glowing with a subtle aura. Geordi expresses surprise that no one else can see it.
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Cyborg Helmsman
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Cyborg Helmsman: Geordi was the helmsman in the first season.
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Space Mines
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Space Mines: Appear in "Chain of Command Part II". In "Booby Trap" the Enterprise is trapped in an asteroid belt seeded with "acceton assimilators".
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Casino Episode
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Casino Episode: In The Royale, the crew discover a replica of a 20th-century Earth casino on an alien planet. Turns out the aliens modeled it after a badly-written novel.
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Mind Rape
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Mind Rape: "Violations". More specifically, memory rape. Actually going inside someone's memories and raping them. They even classify it as rape. "Man of the People" involved an ambassador who was essentially a psychic vampire. "The Mind's Eye" has a variation of this that finds Geordi on the receiving end at the hands of Romulans who condition him to be mind-controlled via his VISOR implants, starting with forcing him to see horrible atrocities to break his mind.
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'80s Hair
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'80s Hair: Troi in the first season or so. The supporting cast of "Angel One". And "Haven". Any number of women seen on screen, however briefly, in the early seasons.
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Villainy-Free Villain
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Villainy-Free Villain: Bruce Maddox from "The Measure of a Man" wanted to disassemble Data in order to find out how to replicate his design. Although his goal is noble, Data refuses when it becomes obvious that Maddox doesn't have a very good idea of what he is doing, and Maddox spends the rest of the episode trying to legally force him into compliance. This is mostly because Maddox does not see Data as a self-determining individual and does not believe he has the right to refuse. He comes around at the end. Christopher Hobson, briefly Data's first officer, constantly second-guesses his orders under the assumption that an android would not be a competent leader. He justifies this with the idea that some races are naturally more or less suited to certain tasks, which does have some validity, but since Data is one-of-a-kind and Hobson has no real knowledge of what Data is or isn't capable of, his opinion comes off as arbitrary and bigoted. Like Maddox, Data eventually manages to earn his respect. Admiral Nechayev and Picard never saw eye-to-eye on matters of policy, since Nechayev was far more hawkish than Picard. Whenever she appeared in an episode, it was usually a sign that she was about to browbeat Picard over his latest command decisions in the most condescending and jerkassy way possible. Captain Edward Jellico could be considered a subversion of this trope. He is given command of the Enterprise during the "Chain of Command" two-parter and obviously doesn't get along well with the crew. His brusque and demanding style of command makes him easy to dislike, both for the crew and the audience, he appears to lack diplomatic savvy, and he even relieves Riker of his position. Despite this, Jellico is vindicated by his success in resolving the crisis of the day, saving Picard from the Cardassians and averting an armed conflict.
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Our Zombies Are Different
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Our Zombies Are Different: The Borg, arguably, with their grey pallor, soulless hive-mind and slow relentless movement.
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Harmless Villain
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Harmless Villain: The Ferengi. Despite the original intention for them to be the Big Bad, it soon became clear that the audience found them so laughably incompetent, they doubted they could find water in an oasis, let alone possibly take over the Federation.
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One-Hour Work Week
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One-Hour Work Week: Troi rarely seems to do any actual councilling.
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I Need to Go Iron My Dog
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I Need to Go Iron My Dog: In the episode "Menage a Troi", Lwaxana Troi wants to spend time with Picard. Picard, preferring to be light years away, explains that he needs to show the VIP with him the door mechanism on the aft turbolift.
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Great Gazoo
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Great Gazoo: Q has a bad habit of using his powers to mess around with the Enterprise crew, much to Picard's annoyance.
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Identical Grandson
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Identical Grandson: Also overlaps with literal Generation Xerox as Data and Lore were designed to resemble their creator, Dr. Noonien Soong. It's later revealed that he was also an Identical Grandson of Dr. Arik Soong from Enterprise. Michael Dorn, who plays Worf, played Worf's grandfather in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. In 'The Neutral Zone', one of the revived 20th century humans tracks down one of her descendants, who is apparently identical to her deceased husband.
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Invisible Main Character
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Invisible Main Character: In "The Next Phase", Geordi and Ro end up invisible and intangible.
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I Would Say If I Could Say
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I Would Say If I Could Say: Data uses this on occasion based on emotions he cannot actually experience. Once he comments upon visiting his "birth" planet that he would say "Home, sweet home" if only he knew what "sweet" really was. Another time he mentions that he would find a procedure insulting if he were not an android (and thus incapable of feeling insulted).
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Mystery of the Week
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"Aquiel," where the crew finds out that a shape-shifting organism is behind the Mystery of the Week. Two people, a Klingon and the titular Aquiel, are suspected of being the monster, but it's really Aquiel's dog, which served as a minor comedic subplot during the episode.
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Wham Episode
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Wham Episode: Fifteen minutes into one episode, the crew beam down to rescue Deanna trapped inside a crashed shuttle. A strange alien lifeform is blocking the way. The crew try to reason with it, as per usual. The creature isn't very friendly with them. Then, it kills Lieutenant Yar. "The Best Of Both Worlds". In two parts, we see the arrival of the Borg way ahead of schedule. They proceed to invade Federation space, defeat any and all attempts by the Enterprise crew to defeat them, convert Picard into Locutus of Borg and then Riker orders the crew to fire on said converted captain, all in the first half. The second opens up with that failing followed by The Battle of Wolf 359. "Descent: Part 1": Data begins to feel emotions after coming across a splinter group of Borg who exhibit individuality. Data becomes so addicted to the feelings of anger and pleasure he felt when killing one Borg that he is coaxed by another Borg into meeting "The One", the splinter group's leader. That leader is revealed to be none other than Lore, Data's Psycho Prototype brother, whom Data has joined...
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Oppressed Minority Veteran
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Oppressed Minority Veteran: Data has won numerous medals and awards from Starfleet, but he is still put on trial by them to determine if he is merely property.
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You Know Who Said That?
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You Know Who Said That?: Jean-Luc Picard, facing a Witch Hunt of a trial, quotes the prosecutor's father speaking out against just such actions. The prosecutor doesn't take her father's quote being thrown in her face well.
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Dangerous Forbidden Technique
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Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Deconstructed in "The First Duty" when one of these turns out to be the direct cause of a crash that killed a friend of Wesley's at the Academy while practicing for a commencement-ceremony flight demonstration.
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Recycled IN SPACE!
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Recycled In Space: "Starship Mine" is Die Hard ON THE USS ENTERPRISE! "Face of the Enemy" is The Hunt for Red October IN SPACE!, with Toreth essentially Sean Connery's Captain Marko Ramius. Very little of Toreth's dialogue was changed from her original male depiction. "The Next Phase" is basically Ghost IN SPACE, MINUS THE ACTUAL DEATH OF THE HEROES! Too bad Whoopi Goldberg wasn't there that particular week... "The Mind's Eye" is The Manchurian Candidate IN SPACE! "A Matter of Perspective" is Rashomon IN SPACE! "The Hunted" is basically First Blood IN SPACE! The Picard torture subplot of "Chain of Command Part II" is Nineteen Eighty Four IN SPACE! Brannon Braga described "Timescape" as The Abyss IN SPACE! "Sub Rosa" is Gothic Horror IN SPACE! (The writer specifically denies that it's The Witching Hour IN SPACE!)
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Just a Machine
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Just a Machine: "Measure of a Man". Fortunately for Data, they decide that no, he's not. It should be noted that the the judge's ruling is extremely specific: That Data is not the property of Starfleet. The ruling actually avoids addressing his sentience, innate freewill and status as a life form. Data, both before and after the trial, viewed Soong-type androids as unique life forms, as does most of the crew. In the episode "The Quality of Life" the crew discovers that a repair robot might be sophisticated enough to be considered alive. "Emergence": The Enterprise computer begins using the ship's replicators and transporters to change its own circuitry around, culminating in the creation of some sort of offspring. Unfortunately, this premise mostly took place in a broken holodeck simulation.
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Justified Trope
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A lot of the functions of the Enterprise, including the interactive computer AI, are treated as if they're bleeding edge and something other Starfleet officers haven't encountered before being on the flagship. Riker seems altogether flummoxed by things such as it helping guide him where he's going. Later on these would be treated as standard for every ship. Justified in that many may have become standard after being tested aboard Enterprise.
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Laser-Guided Karma
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Laser-Guided Karma: In "The Price," the Federation and other powers are bidding on the rights to a wormhole. One of the diplomats, in league with the Ferengi, uses underhanded tactics to get the other delegates to drop out and secure the rights, with preferential treatment to Ferengi shipping. However, right afterwards, it's found that the wormhole is not as stable as was thought and so is completely useless.
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Fountain of Youth
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Fountain of Youth: "Rascals", in which a transporter malfunction turns Picard, Keiko, Ro and Guinan into children, during which time the Enterprise is captured by hostile aliens. Despite the fact that they clearly keep their adult minds, they still have to save the day using childlike cleverness rather than their usual methods. As children, they would lack the strength and speed to do many of the physical actions an adult could perform. It's established that as far as Crusher can tell, the four would develop normally with no ill effects, but this is never explored as a means of extending people's lives.
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Motivational Kiss
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Motivational Kiss: In one away mission, Data gets such a kiss from a local girl. He is perplexed.
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Complete Immortality
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Complete Immortality: The evil liquid entity Armus in "Skin of Evil" is stated to be immortal and unkillable. He has already spent an immeasurable amount of time on a barren, uninhabited planet after his creators left him there. Picard ensures that he will be trapped there for as long as possible without any means of escape.
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Major Injury Underreaction
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Major Injury Underreaction: When he was younger, Picard's reaction to being stabbed in the heart by a Nausicaan... was to laugh!
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Arc Number
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Arc Number: the number 47 appears an inordinate number of times throughout the series. This is due to an in-joke amongst writer Joe Menosky and his alma mater, Pomona College, where it has been theorized that 47 is the ultimate random number. J. J. Abrams, who used 47 a lot in Alias and other works, has been known to say "47 is just 42 with inflation." Another mathematical proof written there claims all numbers ultimately equal 47. Other research has suggested the typical maximum attention span of humans on any one thing is 47 minutes, which is why high school and college course periods are typically 50 minutes in length.
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Racial Remnant
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Racial Remnant: The early episode "Haven" has a shipful of Tarellians, the last survivors of a deadly plague.
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Precursors
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The episode "The Chase" reveals that all humanoid life is this—a Precursor species that inhabited the Milky Way eons before life anywhere else was more complex than bacteria seeded planets all over the galaxy with DNA so that evolution there would result in people who resembled them after their eventual extinction. They left a message coded in DNA to explain all this. (This is less well-regarded by fans, since evolution does not work like that and it comes off as a justification for the Rubber-Forehead Aliens.)
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Hypocrisy Nod: In "The Drumhead" when Picard proclaims that it's intrusive to use a Betazoid to discern if someone is lying, Admiral Satie throws it right back in his face that he uses Troi to do it all the time. He does point out there's a difference between taking Troi's empathic sense of someone's dishonesty into account with other evidence and using it as the sole basis for an accusation. To his credit, Picard concedes the point and replies that he might reconsider this policy in the future. In "Ethics", Dr. Crusher turns on another doctor for trying unconventional techniques to save someone's life, accusing her of choosing which treatments to give based on her own bias. When she questions this doctor's judgement, she says "I made the choice that I thought gave him the best chance of surviving, isn't that what you would have done?" Meanwhile, Crusher is doing the exact same thing in Worf's case: picking and choosing which options to give him...except Worf isn't unconscious, and Crusher is ignoring his opinions and patient autonomy nonetheless. Picard also takes Worf's side in the debate, pointing out that he is a Klingon, and for him, his life ended when he was injured.
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The Bus Came Back
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The Bus Came Back: Tasha in "Yesterday's Enterprise" by way of an Alternate Timeline.
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Alternative Number System
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Alternative Number System: The Bynars use base 2. So does the title of the episode in which they appear.
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Ret-Gone
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"Remember Me" is a subversion, in which Beverly finds people she knew vanishing, and no one remembering they ever existed.
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You Keep Using That Word
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You Keep Using That Word: The flagrant misuse of "sentient". They seem to think it's a synonym for "sapient". Data also misuses the word "obviates" (removes [a need or a difficulty]; avoids, prevents) as "makes obvious" in the very same poem. For a species so obsessed with "honor", many Klingons depicted in the series seem to be perfectly comfortable with stabbing each other in the back to get ahead. Worf defies this trope, however, as he gives several epic verbal putdowns on just why this sort of behavior is hypocritical and just what having true honor actually means.
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From a Single Cell
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From a Single Cell: lots of instances of this too, where a single biological or mechanical cell (or unit) multiplies and creates an entire being, consciousness, species, or, in one case, civilization (although that started from 2 nanite cells not one).
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Back for the Finale
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Back for the Finale: Denise Crosby and Colm Meaney (crossing over from the neighboring DS9 set) return for "All Good Things." However, this pales in importance to Troi's miniskirt, which is also back for the finale.
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Not Named in Opening Credits
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Not Named in Opening Credits: Dr. Pulaski.
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All Cavemen Were Neanderthals
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All Cavemen Were Neanderthals: Downplayed in "Genesis". Sometimes they were spiders!
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Set Right What Once Went Wrong
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Set Right What Once Went Wrong: "Yesterday's Enterprise" highlighted the morality of both sending the Enterprise C back and whether any timeline is more valid than another. Most of the episodes where someone from the Enterprise went back in time, this trope was invoked. "Time Squared", "Timesape" (barely fits), and "Firstborn" are three examples.
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Lighthouse Point: "Aquiel", which had a space lighthouse.
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Take a Third Option
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Take a Third Option: In "Samaritan Snare", the Pakleds capture Geordi and demand access to the Enterprise's computer. Their options, summarized by Data, are, "We can either respond to the Pakleds' demands, or not. We can either use force, or not." Riker ultimately comes up with a ruse, communicated to Geordi in code — Geordi would seemingly arm the slow-witted Pakleds with sophisticated weaponry, and when the Enterprise released harmless plasma through the Bussard collectors, he would disarm the Pakleds' weapons, claiming that the Enterprise's "crimson force field" had done it.
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Not Me This Time: In the episode "Firstborn," Lursa and B'Etor of the House of Duras are suspected of an assassination attempt against Worf. It turns out a future version of Alexander, Worf's son, had traveled back in time to stage this attempt so as to motivate the young Alexander to become a Klingon warrior. In the episode "True Q", Q offers Amanda Rogers the choice to remain with humans if she can resist the temptation to use the powers of the Q. Amanda agrees, but almost the moment she and Picard leave the ready room, all hell breaks loose on the planet they're orbiting, endangering the lives of millions of people, as well as Riker and Geordi on the surface. Picard immediately suspects that Q had something to do with it, but he shrugs and says, "Not this time, Picard." Of course, Q's not only an inveterate liar, but he's also omnipotent. So even if he didn't have anything to do with it (which is dubious), he could easily have known that something was about to happen and waiting to offer the choice until that precise moment.
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Big Bad
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At the time, fans seemed to be divided between four possible scenarios: Picard would die and Riker would become Captain, Picard would live but remain a Borg and thus become the show's recurring big bad, Riker would die saving Picard's life, or things would return to normal. Quite a few fanfics (and at least one official Star Trek comic) have been devoted to exploring the alternate scenarios. The alternate scenarios are also given a nod in later alternate-timeline episodes, most notably "Parallels".
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Pardon My Klingon: Worf occasionally uses Klingon curse words. Also, in Fanon, Picard frequently swears in French (something he actually did on-screen, if only rarely). Combining the two, during a tense on-screen moment on a Klingon planet, the governor of this planet accuses Picard of speaking "the lies of a taHqeq" (He claims to have confiscated Federation weapons used by separatists—they turn out to be Romulan replicas), which prompts Picard to get right up in his face and unload a barrage of unintelligible but vile-sounding Klingon back at him... leaving the dignitary (favourably) impressed enough to comment: "You swear well, Picard. You must have Klingon blood in your veins." A perfect example is an exchange involving Worf, Riker, and the eponymous Romulan admiral in the episode "The Defector":
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Turing Test: Data, as a very sophisticated AI, often demonstrates he passes this test. Data tests this out on Juliana Tainer when he realises that Doctor Soong recreated his wife, and Data's mother as an android.
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Obsessive Hobby Episode: In "The Game", Riker brings home a game you play with your mind that turns out to be addictive and mind-altering, so soon everyone but Wesley who did the research and Data who Dr. Crusher turned off are obsessed.
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Ominous Adversarial Amusement: Young Picard starts to laugh, seemingly without any reason, after a Nausicaan has stabbed his heart. Picard survives, but his heart has to be replaced by an artificial one. Many years later, this artificial heart brings Picard into a potentially lethal situation, and in what may or may not be limbo, Q offers Picard the bargain that he will live if he goes back in time (replacing his younger self) and prevents the situation that got him the artificial heart in the first place. Picard does just that, but discovers that this has steered his live into a completely different path—an unbearably boring one. After Picard has learned his lesson about not regretting your past choices, Q allows him to go back in time once again and restore the original timeline. And this time, Picard actually has a reason to laugh when he gets stabbed.
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Cerebus Rollercoaster: The second season episode "Q Who" introduces the iconic villain race the Borg, and puts the Enterprise in a desperate situation against this genocidal antagonist, one they have no chance of defeating, so they have to literally beg Q to save them. After this dark and serious episode, the next three episodes deal with, respectively, comically dim-witted aliens, comically rural Irish colonists, and the comical sex antics of Troi's mother.
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Caught in the Ripple: The episode "Yesterday's Enterprise" opens with the Enterprise-D coming upon a time rip with the Enterprise-C (lost decades earlier) emerging. Suddenly, reality is changed and the Federation is now involved in a war with the Klingons. On top of that, Tasha Yar (killed in season one) is still on the bridge crew. No one notices anything is different, although Guinan suspects something is wrong. The episode "Conundrum" has an unknown alien ship cause a bit of Laser-Guided Amnesia on the crew and alter the computer records of the ship to make the crew think they are at war with another alien race called the Lysians, who are enemies of the race that screwed with their minds. For good measure, they also have a member of their race infiltrate the crew and pretend to be the Number Two. Everyone is initially caught in the ripple, but Picard eventually does some Spotting the Thread.
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Better to Die than Be Killed
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Better to Die than Be Killed: In "Where Silence Has Lease", Picard chooses to set the Enterprise to auto-destruct (thus killing the entire crew) rather than allow Nagilum to continue with his experiments, which would kill one-third to one-half of the crew.
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Space Friction
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Space Friction: Averted for the most part, as in "Cause and Effect", where the plot's central crisis revolves around Enterprise and another ship, both unable to maintain steerage way, repeatedly finding themselves on a collision course resulting in the destruction of Enterprise.
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Once for Yes, Twice for No
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Once for Yes, Twice for No: "Darmok" ends up working this way in practice if not in theory.
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Not So Different
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Not So Different: In "The Vengeance Factor", as a means of building a bridge between Sovereign Marouk and Gatherer leader Chorgun, Picard notes the two really are quite similar as they are wise, intelligent, responsible leaders to their groups and seek what is best for them.
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"Ass" in Ambassador: Lwaxana Troi, Betazoid ambassador to the Federation, rarely misses an opportunity to mortify the senior staff, especially Picard and her daughter Deanna. She is an ambassador in the same sense that countries have ambassadors to the United Nations.
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Absent Animal Companion: Chief O'Brien shows Reg Barclay his pet tarantula Christina in the episode "Realm of Fear", who he got after ditching his fear of spiders. The spider is never seen in other episodes.
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Intrigued by Humanity: Q appears to be very interested in humanity. Or maybe it's just Picard.
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Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: Picard learned the hard way that if you refuse a nigh-omnipotent being's offer to join your crew, don't be an arrogant jerk about it lest he throw you into the path of the Borg.
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The Dog Is an Alien: In one episode, the crew of the Enterprise suspect a shapeshifting alien monster to have killed and impersonated a member of a remote science station. The two humanoid suspects (one of them Klingon) are eventually cleared by lab tests, but in a horrifying twist the dog from the station that nobody paid any mind to is revealed to be the alien, and it almost devours Geordi to take his form.
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Evolutionary Levels: "Genesis", which misinterprets evolution as a phenomenon that happens in individuals, as well as invoking the theory (discredited in the mid 20th century) that our DNA retains a record of our species' evolutionary tree. "The Chase" has some undertones of this as well, although it isn't Evolutionary Levels so much as Precursors with implausible sufficiently advanced skill at genetics. Plus any scene where someone mentions DNA breaking down into protein/amino acids, or vice versa.
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Fantasy Keepsake: In "Pen Pals" Data becomes friends with a little girl named Sarjenka and saves her planet from earthquakes that would render said planet uninhabitable. In the end our crew is forced to wipe her memory before returning her to her home, but Data still puts a "singer stone" in her hand that she was admiring earlier, despite knowing that she won't remember where it came from.
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What Measure Is a Non-Human?
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What Measure Is a Non-Human?: The plot of "Measure of a Man" is Picard has to prove that Data is a sapient being.
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Blunt Metaphors Trauma: Data, though his Character Development starts to negate this towards the end.
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Unwanted False Faith: In the episode "Who Watches the Watchers" Picard inadvertently becomes a deity to a group of vaguely-ancient/medieval-tech-using Vulcanoids.
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Future Spandex: Early-season uniforms; later seasons replaced them with something looser. This was a case of Real Life Writes the Plot. The original jumpsuits were so tight and form-fitting that they were rather uncomfortable; Patrick Stewart once mentioned that, "they... hurt." Because of this, the jumpsuits were replaced with high-necked tops and pants (at least for the main cast; background characters still wore the one-piece jumpsuits, which were later modified slightly to better resemble the main cast's uniforms).
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Cure Your Gays: "The Outcast" has a variation of this, in which a monogender race uses psychotherapy to cure those who identify with being male or female.
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Public Secret Message: The name of Data's creator ("Noonien Soong") was Roddenberry's third (and last) Real Life attempt to attract the attention of his World War II buddy, Kim Noonien Singh.
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Made of Evil: Armus, the eponymous skin in "Skin of Evil", is a being made up of an entire civilization's discarded negative thoughts and emotions. He also killed Tasha Yar.
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Barbie Doll Anatomy
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Barbie Doll Anatomy: Averted in "The Naked Now" regarding Data:
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Continuity Nod: One of the most commendable aspects of the show. TNG is excellent at making references to previous events in a variety of contexts, including other Trek shows. In Season 2's "Time Squared", when about to face the vortex that sent the other Picard back in time six hours, Picard draws comparisons to The Traveler from "Where No One Has Gone Before" and Manheim from "We'll Always Have Paris". There are several instances during the third season that allude to the fact that Dr. Crusher wasn't on the Enterprise during the previous season— and not all of them were directly related to Wesley. For example, in "Who Watches the Watchers?", Picard asks Crusher if the Mintakan's memory can be erased, mentioning it's been done before. Crusher replies that she's familiar with Dr. Pulaski's research (as seen in "Pen Pals" with Sarjenka). Then in "The Best of Both Worlds, Part I", when about to join the away team onto the Borg ship, she asks Data what kind of resistance they can expect. (The fact that she wasn't around for the first Borg encounter in "Q Who?" was even pointed out in the screenplay). Fan Favorite episode "Relics" was written by Promoted Fanboy Ronald Moore and featured Continuity Nods to TNG and TOS in nearly every scene, most especially the holodeck recreation of the original series bridge. One of the most interesting, yet little-known ones is the opening Captain's Log of episode 80 ("Legacy"), where Picard mentions the ship having recently left the same planet in which the last episode of ToS (Which officially was episode 79) happened on. One of the most unexpected nods is that Picard in an early Season 2 episode "Samaritan Snare" privately told Wesley Crusher that when he got stabbed in the heart by a Naussican, he inexplicably started laughing. Cut four years later to "Tapestry", when we find out why young Picard started laughing. Another example is in Season 7, Episodes 11 and 18 ("Parallels" and "Eye of the Beholder"). In the latter episode, Worf awkwardly discusses the theoretical case of being interested in someone Riker was, had been, or might want to be involved with in a Suspiciously Specific Denial sort of way. In the former episode, where Worf got stuck constantly skipping through parallel universes, Troi was his wife, and it's stated that Worf discussed the issue with Riker before officially courting her—as it would have been dishonorable to do otherwise. One of the episodes is titled "Genesis." Season 1 episode "Coming of Age" has an inspector question the crew about several earlier episodes in the season.
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Punctuated! For! Emphasis!
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Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Picard's "THERE! ARE! FOUR! LIGHTS!!" from part 2 of "Chain of Command".
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UnPerson
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Un-person: Subverted in "Remember Me". People begin disappearing from the Enterprise, leaving no trace whatsoever of their existence. However, it is not because of any conspiracy, but because they were never real to begin with, and the entire universe is a false reality created by an Applied Phlebotinum experiment gone wrong.
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Devolution Device
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The seventh-season episode "Genesis" had Barclay devolve into one for a Jump Scare.
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Leitmotif
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Leitmotif: Aside from the standard Alexander Courage fanfare, which shows up throughout the series, and Jerry Goldsmith's TMP theme, which was featured in a few early episodes, Ron Jones wrote several, which he used in the episodes he scored. The Enterprise and her crew had a three-note motif, similar to a cue from TOS, which appeared in the first two seasons. For Worf and the Klingons, he used a truncated, brassy variant of Jerry Goldsmith's Klingon theme. The Romulans had a sinister, repeating, four note motif which was introduced in The Neutral Zone and appeared in many episodes after, featuring prominently in The Defector. One of the themes used to represent the Borg in The Best of Both Worlds got its start in Q Who?, cropping up in the climax of the episode.
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Not Now, Kiddo
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Not Now, Kiddo: Wesley gets this treatment sometimes, most notably in "Where No One Has Gone Before", where he tries twice to tell Riker some important observations of their mysterious Alien of the Week. To his credit, Riker owns up to his mistake when he realizes what happened.
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Lizard Folk: The snakelike Selay in "Lonely Among Us". They look great but were probably too inexpressive by Trek standards, so the Cardassians eventually stepped in.
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Imposter Forgot One Detail: ("Datalore") Lore accidentally uses contractions, which the episode establishes that Data doesn't use.
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Captain Picard is the subject of an Alien Abduction along with several others, who conspire to escape. It turns out that one of them is really a member of the alien race which captured them all.
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Robots Think Faster
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Robots Think Faster: Data can process sixty trillion linear operations per second. On a number of occasions, he uses this speed to make decisions and calculations far faster than the average human. In "In Theory", Data dates a human woman. Near the end of the episode, she kisses him passionately, then asks what he was thinking of in that moment. She breaks up with him, among other reasons because she realizes that she will never truly have his full attention.
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The Dog Was the Mastermind
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The Dog Was the Mastermind: "Aquiel," where the crew finds out that a shape-shifting organism is behind the Mystery of the Week. Two people, a Klingon and the titular Aquiel, are suspected of being the monster, but it's really Aquiel's dog, which served as a minor comedic subplot during the episode. Riker finds himself flashing forward through time in "Future Imperfect", but when the details don't add up, the surroundings change to that of a Romulan holodeck, with Riker as their prisoner. Actually, the real person in charge is Ethan, Riker's "son" who appears throughout each illusion. "Ethan" turns out to be an alien orphan in disguise; he was lonely and just wanted a playmate.
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Recorded Spliced Conversation
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Recorded Spliced Conversation: In the episode "The Naked Now", Wesley has created a device that can splice together sound bites that he's recorded from the ships comm system. He uses it to create recordings of Picard "ordering" the Chief and Assistant Chief Engineers away from Main Engineering.
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Living Ship
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Living Ship Gomtuu, and the shapeshifting life form from the pilot.
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My God, What Have I Done?
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My God, What Have I Done?: In "The Survivors", Kevin Uxbridge, an immortal being with incredible powers and a lifelong pacifist, admits that when he saw his wife Rishaun murdered by the Husnock, in a fit of blind rage he wiped out every Husnock, everywhere. And as heartbroken as he is about Rishaun's death, he's even more devastated by his retribution. The terraformers in "Home Soil" are devastated to find out that there were lifeforms on Valera III after all. Picard in "Galaxy's Child" after accidentally killing a cosmozoan in self-defense. The Enterprise ends up playing mommy to it's baby. In "The Measure of a Man," Riker is forced to argue the case against Data's rights. Riker does his job very well, including a devastating moment where he turns Data off to prove his point. After sitting down, though, Riker silently laments what he's doing to one of his closest friends. Even after Picard wins the case, Riker is still hung up on his actions until Data reassures him that it's okay.
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Capture and Replicate
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Capture and Replicate: A group of aliens capture Captain Picard and replace him with a double in the episode "Allegiance". This was part of an experiment to examine the nature of authority, as they were a Hive Mind with no concept of individuality or hierarchy. The real Picard was locked in a cell with three others to see if they could work together to escape; the fake Picard on the Enterprise gives his officers increasingly insane orders to test their loyalty.
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Techno Babble
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Technobabble: Teraquads of it. While it's only very rarely at all concerned with any correspondence to reality, it is for the most part internally consistent; you can actually follow the scientific discussions between characters, which is of course the primary purpose of technobabble. (Besides, there's only so close to real science that a sci-fi show with FTL travel can hew.) Even Reverse the Polarity is used in the correct context.
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Sapient Cetaceans
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Sapient Cetaceans: A frequent theme in the series. The Diane Duane The Next Generation novel Dark Mirror involves an alien race that's essentially dolphins IN SPACE! (They're not related to the whales IN SPACE from Star Trek IV.) The Star Trek The Next Generation: Technical Manual notes that the Cetacean tanks on board contain the dolphin and whale navigational specialists. This is pretty much shout out to Gunbuster, where cybernetically enhanced dolphins form the main navigational computer of the Eltreum. One The Next Generation novel had a dolphin as a supporting character, who held the rank of commander in Starfleet. At one point, after having failed in several other attempts, Riker gets its attention with a loud cab-hailing whistle. This earns Riker a compliment on his grasp of swearing in Delphine.
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Living Memory
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Living Memory: Picard became one of these for a long-extinct people in "The Inner Light".
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Space Is Cold
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Space Is Cold: Played more or less straight, as in the first-season episode "The Naked Now", wherein a ship's crew, intoxicated by the same infectious disease as in the TOS episode "The Naked Time", shut off their ship's life support system. Not long after, the Enterprise crew finds them frozen solid, complete with a thick layer of snow all over everything.
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No Poverty
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No Poverty: Or money, either. Replicators and antimatter generators with a new social philosophy did away with poverty.
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Continuity Overlap: Because it was the first of the post-TOS shows as well as the first 24th Century-era series, TNG only overlapped with Seasons 1-2 of "DS9". The biggest instance of this trope is during the close of Season 7. The episode "Journey's End" establishes the Federation-Cardassian Demilitarized Zone. This leads into "DS9"'s "The Maquis", which then leads back into TNG's penultimate episode and causes recurring Bajoran Ro Laren to defect.
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Language Barrier
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Language Barrier: In "Darmok", the crew encounters friendly aliens called the Tamarians who communicate solely in metaphors and cultural references. The Universal Translator completely failsnote Specifically, it does translate their words, it just can't interpret the metaphors the words describe into regular speech. It takes almost the whole episode for Picard and the Tamarian captain to understand each other.
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Stockholm Syndrome
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Stockholm Syndrome: Beverly shows signs of this towards Finn in "The High Ground". When Picard is captured by the separatists, he's quick to point this out to her.
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Year Inside, Hour Outside
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Year Inside, Hour Outside: "The Inner Light" has a variation that happens in a Mental World.
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Ascended Extra
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Ascended Extra: An odd case in Colm Meaney, who originally signed on to Star Trek: The Next Generation as a day player, and first appeared as a nameless Lieutenant in "Encounter at Farpoint." As the seasons progressed, Meaney got work more and more consistently with TNG, and positive fan response developed a single character out of Meaney's many appearances in the show. The character of O'Brien was created in Season 3, but it was not until the series finale "All Good Things..." (two seasons after Meaney left the TNG cast to become a lead character on sister show Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) that it was firmly established that all of his appearances were, in fact, as Miles O'Brien.
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You See, I'm Dying
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You See, I'm Dying: Evil Twin android Lore is about to walk out on his creator, Dr. Soong, when the latter reveals that he is dying — as Lore, for all his faults, does have emotions, this makes him stop.
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Extreme Graphical Representation
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The biggest exception, though, is painfully noticeable to the kind of computer nerds who tend to love Trek. In the late 80s and early 90s, the LCARS computer interface looked incredibly slick and high-tech (touchscreen controls?!)... but as of the 21st century, many people would wonder why there doesn't seem to be tabbed displaying, the apparent inability to have multiple applications running at once, and the laughably slow speed at which text appears on screen, line by line, although the latter could easily simply have been implemented as a form of Extreme Graphical Representation.
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Amicable Exes
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Amicable Exes: Riker and Troi are this in the series, although they get back together and eventually marry in the films; Star Trek: Picard establishes that they went on to have two children together.
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Toxic Phlebotinum
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Toxic Phlebotinum: In "The High Ground", the Ensata terrorists resort to using a teleporter device called an inverter to carry out their attacks on the occupying Rutian forces without being tracked, although the downside is that it caused severe cumulative distortions in the cellular chemistry of anyone using it, a process which, with prolonged use, could prove fatal.
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Status Quo Is God
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Status Quo Is God: While often played straight, it was first seriously averted by the episode "Sins of the Father", which episode writer Ronald Moore cited as the series' turning point towards ongoing story arcs. While permanent changes had happened before (like the death of Tasha Yar), "Sins" really sparked Worf's entire character arc, leading to "Reunion", "Redemption" and more.
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Karma Houdini
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Karma Houdini: The solanogen-based lifeforms in "Schisms", who experimented on several crewmembers and caused the death of one of them, weren't really retaliated against. The crew simply sealed the rift into their universe. The writers decided they looked too non-threatening to ever be brought back, too. Vulcan Ambassador T'Pel who is really a Romulan spy called Sub-Commander Selok in "Data's Day". Krola, the paranoid Malkorian defense minister, tries to make himself a martyr by putting a phaser in an injured Riker's hand and shooting himself with it. The phaser was set to stun and the Malkorian chancellor knows the truth, but Krola suffers no punishment, and he gets what he wanted: The Enterprise leaves at the request of the chancellor. Taibak, the Romulan scientist who brutally tortured and brainwashed Geordi in "The Mind's Eye". In "The Next Phase", a Romulan ship thanks the Enterprise for their help by setting up a muon wave to destroy them as soon as they go to warp. As far as we see, nothing happens to those Romulans.
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First Contact
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First Contact: The episode "First Contact" shows the Enterprise crew making first contact from the aliens point of view. The movie of that name reverses the polarity by having the aliens be the ones experiencing first contact with humans. In a similar manner, the episode "Homebound" involves Worf's brother sneaking a handful of people from a pre-contact dying world on to the holodeck. One of the people accidentally gets out and we see from his point of view the sheer terror of not only the situation he was in but the very premise of aliens.
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Self-Healing Phlebotinum
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Self-Healing Phlebotinum: In some episodes the dilithium crystals can develop cracks if overused, but will heal themselves as long as the warp drive is rested for a while.
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Cultured Warrior
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And I Must Scream
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And I Must Scream: Lore is burdened with this sort of fate after his first appearance. In order to get rid of him, Data beams his evil brother into outer space, where the Nigh Invulnerable android will be cursed to drift around aimlessly in the endless vacuum, completely helpless. It's downplayed, since he's rescued after a "mere" few years when the crew of an alien ship discover his body floating around in space at a thousand-to-one odds, not to mention that as an android, he probably can't get bored. The fate of Armus. He was created out of the darkest aspects of the psyches of an entire alien race and then abandoned. After he murdered Tasha Yar in a rage, the crew of the Enterprise decided that it was fitting punishment to leave him again and deploy a warning beacon that meant no-one would ever venture near the planet again. Armus even ends the episode screaming. To say nothing of those that the Borg assimilate. As Picard implied shortly after being removed from the Collective in "The Best of Both Worlds", they're privy to everything the Borg-them is doing, but are helpless to do anything about it. That Picard was able to break through his "Locutus of Borg" personality and tell Data how to defeat the Borg was nothing short of a miracle. Earlier when we see him being physically altered into a Borg - consisting of a lot of surgery while conscious, the most reaction Picard can manage is a single tear. Moriarty — the self-aware hologram intended to outsmart Data — is still conscious when he is deactivated, and speaks of "brief, terrifying periods of consciousness... disembodied, without substance." Eventually, he is trapped in a small device running a permanent simulation in which he thinks he has escaped into the real world. Geordi couldn't get him into the real world, but this is still an ignominious and condescending end. Particularly since Star Trek: Voyager revealed that without regular maintenance, holodeck simulations eventually start to glitch, which can destabilise or even destroy the program. And if that happens to Moriarty, he has no way to signal for help... The Ux-Mal criminals encountered in "Power Play" had their consciousness separated from their bodies, and left adrift as anionic energy to suffer in a moon's intense electromagnetic storms. They'd been trapped there for five hundred years when the Enterprise came along, so one can hardly blame them for trying to hijack the ship.
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Working with the Ex
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Working with the Ex: Will Riker & Deanna Troi are ex-lovers.
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Disappointed by the Motive
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Disappointed by the Motive: In the episode "Starship Mine", Picard battles a group of terrorists on the Enterprise after he's stranded on there when the ship is going through the middle of a decontamination sweep. When their leader Kelsey captures him near the end, he reveals his identity and offers himself as a hostage if she'll forget about the weapons-grade material she took. She admits that she doesn't have a political agenda, she's just a thief. This disgusts Picard even more.
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Humanity Is Infectious
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Humanity Is Infectious: Hugh from "I, Borg" seems to fit this one to a degree. And after he's returned to The Collective, his acquired humanity spreads to every drone on his ship, which is quickly severed from the rest of the hive-mind lest it cause a Galactic BSOD.
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Never Give the Captain a Straight Answer
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Never Give the Captain a Straight Answer. In one episode Captain Picard calls up Riker and asks what's going on and all Riker can say is "Trouble."
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Asskicking Equals Authority
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Asskicking Equals Authority: The Klingons, as usual, since they respect martial ability above all else. See Klingon Promotion.
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Private Eye Monologue
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Private Eye Monologue: Parodied in "The Big Goodbye". At the denouement, after Riker asks Data what happened in the holodeck, Data puts on an exaggerated Humphrey Bogart-esque voice and manner and begins to monologue "It was raining in the city by the bay. A hard rain. Hard enough to wash the slime —" before Picard tells him to shut up and he meekly turns back to the Ops console (while still wearing his 1940s gangster costume).
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Alas, Poor Villain: In-universe in "Elementary, Dear Data" and "Ship in a Bottle." After being accidentally made sentient, the Moriarty hologram never does anything overtly villainous, indeed acting polite and well-mannered at all times. The reasons he hijacks the Enterprise twice are due to his frustration that he simply cannot leave the holodeck and his belief that Picard failed to keep his word about researching a way to give him autonomy: the fact that he somehow managed to remain conscious during the 4-year gap between activations didn't really help his mood either. Picard even laments having to thwart him, as while he was programmed to act as an arch-villain, Moriarty is still a decent man.
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Future Imperfect
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Future Imperfect: Episode of the same name. An interesting Alternate History arises and thanks to a fake Trauma-Induced Amnesia Riker (now Captain of the Enterprise) can't recall any of it.
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Red Shirt
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In many ways, Deanna Troi filled this role too. She was always being possessed by aliens, abused by aliens in crashed shuttles, abducted by aliens for political gambits, impregnated by an alien, being nearly forced to marry an alien, having her psychic powers robbed by aliens, suffering nightmares at the hands of aliens, forced to listen to a virtual music box in her head for days by an alien, the list goes on. Her only real use on the show was to counsel the random crew member of the week and to tell Picard when she sensed weird things happening while on the bridge. Maybe this makes her closer to Butt-Monkey. Troi did manage to Take a Level in Badass during a two-episode arc where she was sent to spy on the Romulans... but left that level somewhere for the rest of the series, never to be seen again. Those episodes are the reason A Day in the Limelight used to be named "Good Troi Episode".
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Worth It
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Worth It: After Worf kills Duras at the end of "Reunion", in revenge for Duras' killing K'Ehlyr, Picard calls him out and puts a formal reprimand on his record. Worf's attitude makes it clear that he doesn't really give a shit about the reprimand.
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Save the Villain
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Beverly Crusher in "I Borg" - it's understandable that she would want to care and help a single injured Borg, and even that she wouldn't want said Borg to be used as an instrument of destruction... But her constant complaining and refusal to treat the Borg race as what they actually are, especially considering the And I Must Scream hell Picard went through and the thousands of Borg mooks the Federation has destroyed, is not only hypocritical and insulting, but contrary to her own actions in helping to destroy or detain other alien threatsnote basically she only wants to help the Borg because it is human shaped and she identifies with it.
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Aesop Collateral Damage: "Q Who" sees eighteen crew members killed by the Borg when Q tries to teach Picard a lesson about human arrogance.
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Oh, Crap!
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Oh, Crap!: The classic episode, "The Best of Both Worlds". The Borg kidnapped Captain Picard and are ready to conquer the galaxy, having turned Picard into their mouthpiece, Locutus of Borg. Riker steels himself and orders the Enterprise to fire its main deflector dish, a jury-rigged Wave-Motion Gun capable of vaporizing a small continent. — "Mr. Worf... FIRE." The ship cuts loose with its Doomsday weapon... which does precisely jack shit against the Borg. The moment is beyond words as it slowly dawns on the crew that they've come up against the one enemy they will not defeat. Locutus even taunts them over it: In "I, Borg", the entire senior staff has one when they realize that the wreckage they are investigating is a Borg vessel, and there's a survivor. Picard is so shocked, he briefly entertains Worf's suggestion that they kill the drone, make its death look like an accident, and get the hell out of there. That honor-obsessed Worf is the one to suggest that course of action speaks to the horror of the situation. In the episode where Barclay is introduced, Capt. Picard accidentally calls him "Broccoli". His reaction is quite expressive. Implied in "Parallels", where a Bajoran ship begins attacking the Enterprise in a universe where they're becoming more aggressive. Cue interference with the temporal fissure causing thousands of Enterprises (at least) from other alternate timelines to suddenly appear. The Bajoran ship immediately stands down. One can only imagine this is what that ship's crew were thinking...
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Apocalyptic Log
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Apocalyptic Log: The Enterprise has received a few of these, including a couple from themselves.
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Robot Hair
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Robot Hair: Data, and his brothers, who are androids designed to be superficially similar to human beings in many ways. Their hair is made to look artificial by heavy application of gel, and keeping Brent Spiner's hairline sharply trimmed.
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Trademark Favorite Food
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Trademark Favorite Food: Counsellor Troi is always eating chocolate desserts, or drinking hot chocolate.
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Arc Villain
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Arc Villain: Because the Klingons had become allies of The Federation by this point, their previous role of recurring antagonists went unfilled. The Ferengi were the first attempt at creating a big bad, and were found to be too comical. Then the Borg came along, but were found to be Too Awesome to Use by the writers. They eventually settled late on in the run of the show on the Cardassians, who were indeed developed into a true Big Bad on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (only for their own Big Bad status to be subverted towards the end of that show's run, following in the footsteps of the Klingons.) Ultimately, the Romulans come closest to filling out this niche, and it's a bigger plot twist to find that they are not the masterminds behind the insidious scheme of the week. Individually, Commanders Sela and Tomalak and the Sisters of Duras fill the role of recurring villains, though even they don't go out of their way to antagonize the Enterprise except when Starfleet interferes in their schemes. However, it turns out that they too were just Romulan pawns. Q seems to be set up as Picard's Arch-Enemy in the pilot and his appearances in the first season see him portrayed as malevolent and even sadistic. In later seasons, his appearances were usually played for laughs, although he would occasionally resume the role of antagonist, notably in the finale "All Good Things" which revisits the scenario of the pilot. Q's personality, however, means you're not really sure whether he really means you harm or is faking it For the Lulz. Furthermore, Q's nature as a time-traveling Energy Being who lives outside of time and can not only take any form he likes but can create matter and illusions out of thin air means not only that different events could be happening out of sequence with his personal timeline, but that the nature of his interactions with the crew could in fact seem very different from what is really happening - and the audience knows all this uncertainty but never gets a firm answer out of anything.
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Promoted Fanboy
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Fan Favorite episode "Relics" was written by Promoted Fanboy Ronald Moore and featured Continuity Nods to TNG and TOS in nearly every scene, most especially the holodeck recreation of the original series bridge.
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Deadpan Snarker: Picard is one of these to some extent throughout the series, most notably in "The Survivors", after he beams Kevin and Rishaun Uxbridge to the bridge. If the trope hadn't already been established, John de Lancie would've done it all by himself in his role as Q, which is a big part of what makes his appearances so enjoyable. (His Large Ham tendencies are another, and they're played to the full in the Star Trek: Borg FMV game, which is essentially an interactive Lower-Deck Episode of TNG. Its producers seem to have pretty much given him free rein, and the result is marvelous; he turns it all the way up to Chewing the Scenery at times, more or less carries the whole thing on his shoulders, and still manages to give the character that touch of capricious menace which sometimes seems lacking in the show proper.)
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In "The Survivors", Troi is being driven to maddened despair by a constantly repeating music box melody, which is coming from the music box in Kevin Uxbridge's house. The music was keeping her (and presumably other telepaths & empaths) from learning the truth.
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Double Don't Know: In "The Battle".
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Data Crystal
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Data Crystal: Played fairly straight with isolinear chips, which are oblong, transparent, and decorated with circuitry squiggles on either flat side.
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The One Who Made It Out
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The One Who Made It Out: Tasha Yar was originally from the planetary equivalent of Bosnia, but managed to get a job with Starfleet.
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Fish out of Water: In "A Matter of Honor" Riker gets to be the first officer on a Klingon ship.
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Robo Family: Data has a 'brother', Lore, and even creates his own android 'daughter' Lal. There's an android copy of his "mother" out there as well, who believes she is the REAL woman and is designed to age and eventually die like a human being.
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Catchphrase
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Catch Phrase: Many, including:
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Ms. Fanservice
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Ms. Fanservice: Troi. Marina Sirtis said that she was thrilled with the role because "There's a little ugly girl inside of me going 'Yay! I'm a sex symbol!'"
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Awesomeness-Induced Amnesia
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Awesomeness-Induced Amnesia: When Barclay gets a brain upgrade by some aliens, after it wears off he tells Troi that he remembers doing everything he did, he just doesn't remember how.
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Fridge Brilliance
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In the episode "Haven", Deanna Troi wants to fulfill her arranged marriage promise to Wyatt Miller. He had given her a chameleon rose as a gift. It was blue when Miller held it and turned red, then white when Troi held it. It later turned purple while still in Troi's hands (which becomes Fridge Brilliance when you take into account that the marriage is called off when Wyatt found his fantasy lover, Ariana, aboard a Tarellian ship);
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Fate Worse than Death
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Fate Worse than Death: For Klingons, this is what discommendation is. They are stripped of not only their personal honor, but also the honor of the next several generations of their entire family. Their House is forfeit and they are forbidden from interacting with most other Klingons. Being assimilated by the Borg.
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IAmYourWorstNightmare
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I'm Your Worst Nightmare: Uttered verbatim by Riker while showing off his poker skills.
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Baby Factory
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Baby Factory: One episode ends with Doctor Pulaski telling two merged colonies they have to use this trope to insure "genetic diversity".
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Mayfly–December Romance
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Mayfly–December Romance: In "The Survivors", an immortal alien has been married to a human woman for many years.
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Just Between You and Me
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Just Between You and Me: A lot of enemy plots are foiled when their plans are revealed, only to have the crew member in question escape and foil the whole thing.
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Milky White Eyes: Geordi's blindness, later dropped in Star Trek: First Contact, where he gets cybernetic eye implants that instead gives his eyes a silverish color.
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Klingon Promotion
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Klingon Promotion: Trope Namer. First explained in "A Matter of Honor" that an acceptable method of promotion on a Klingon ship is to kill one's superior if the superior has done something to deserve it.
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Captain Morgan Pose
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Captain Morgan Pose: A favorite pose for Riker, to the point where he's the former trope namer. Because Jonathan Frakes is freaking huge, at least in comparison to most of his costars, and if he didn't he wouldn't fit in the frame. Some fans, in homage to the behind-the-scenes use of the term Picard Maneuver, call this the Riker Maneuver.
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Reversible Roboticizing: Picard's extensive Borg implants are removed offscreen and he physically looks back to normal afterwards, though the psychological scars persist. Oddly in the later Star Trek: Voyager Seven of Nine can't have all of her implants removed. Also in Star Trek Voyager, in the episode "Unimatrix Zero" Janeway, Tuvok, and Torres are temporarily assimilated, yet this can be reversed later. Just as with Picard, one must assume that the longer a drone stays assimilated the harder it is for the process to be reversed. Hence Seven having permanent implants, she was assimilated as a child.
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Civilization Destroyer
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Civilization Destroyer: The Borg would not destroy any planet they conquer, but they would assimilate all the sentient life forms in such planet essentially eliminating any form of native culture and civilization.
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Collector of the Strange
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In "The Most Toys", Data is captured by a Collector of the Strange and treated as just another piece of property. This is the only villain whom the Technical Pacifist Data ever attempts to kill in cold blood, as opposed to self-defense. It should be noted that Data did not attempt to kill the villain to free himself — it was because the villain had already horribly murdered one of his subordinates with an extremely painful weapon and indicated that he was willing to do so to the rest of his subordinates to punish Data for his disobedience. Data was effectively trying to protect innocent lives. He even said "I cannot permit this to continue."
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Matron Chaperone
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Matron Chaperone: In "The Dauphin", Salia, the future queen of Daled IV, is accompanied by her governess Anya, who is very protective of her. When Wesley is attracted to Salia and they get together, Anya turns into a giant monster and breaks into Wesley's cabin to stop them.
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Cuckoo Nest
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Cuckoo Nest: In "Frame of Mind," Riker is captured and forced to believe that he is in an asylum.
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No OSHA Compliance: Quite a few instances of cargo containers not being confined or strapped down (including ones marked with radioactive or biohazard warnings!). For instance, Worf gets paralyzed by a falling container in one episode, and Riker would've gotten creamed by one rolling off a catwalk in "True Q", had he not been saved by timely intervention. There're also railings in Engineering too short to keep a person from falling off, and the long-lampshaded lack of seatbelts and circuit breakers. Not to mention the outrageous frequency of safety failures that seem to occur on Starfleet ships. Holodecks, transporters, the ship's antimatter containment. They all supposedly have tons of redundant safety features (particularly the warp core, which is the 24th century equivalent of a nuclear reactor), yet Rule of Drama dictates that they will all fail utterly at a moment's notice. Geordi almost falls down a long shaft after getting dizzy in "Cause and Effect", and is only in one peice because a crewman was around to grab him. One wonders why Starfleet has abandoned the use of harnesses, as OSHA would require for repairs under these conditions. Averted in "Unnatural Selection". Pulaski wants to bring one of the potentially-infected children out of stasis using a force field as protection. Picard refuses to allow it, pointing out that force fields are prone to failure.
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Squick: Intentional in-universe example in "Rascals", the scene between O'Brien and Keiko, his wife who is now her 12-year-old self. He has no idea how to handle the situation, especially when she tries to cuddle up to him, and is visibly extremely uncomfortable.
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Sense Loss Sadness
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Sense Loss Sadness: "The Loss", where Counselor Troi loses her empathy.
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Take That!
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Take That!: "Relics" chimes in on the iconic "Kirk vs. Picard" argument (specifically, which is the better captain) that tends to plague the fandom by the simple expedient of having Montgomery Scott brought back from the transporter pattern buffer to comment on Kirk's more active, aggressive, and decisive command style versus Picard's more measured, careful style. The verdict: Both styles have their places - but look! Picard can do both!
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This Is My Chair
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This Is My Chair: Picard to Wesley in the pilot. "Get out of my chair!" Played with the time Worf was temporarily put in command of the Enterprise to deal with recently thawed Klingon Popsicles who were unaware that the war between the Empire and The Federation was over.
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Too Dumb to Live
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There was an inversion in which an alien was too dumb to die. He attempted a Thanatos Gambit by shooting himself with Riker's phaser in order to frame Riker for his murder. There were a couple of holes in his story: Riker was near death at the time of the supposed murder and Crusher could tell from the angle of the blast that the shot was self-inflicted. On top of that, his suicide attempt failed because he didn't know how the Federation's phasers worked and shot himself with the phaser set to stun.
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"Groundhog Day" Loop: "Cause and Effect" - Actually occurred two years in advance of the Groundhog Day movie. Unlike the Groundhog Day movie (in which Bill Murray's character is fully aware of what's going on, and only once does anybody else mention a slight feeling of deja vu) everyone on the Enterprise, except Data, starts to get that feeling.
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Face Framed in Shadow
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Face Framed in Shadow: For a surprise revelation about long lost Tasha Yar's fate.
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Tin Man
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Tin Man: Played absurdly straight with Data. In "I, Borg", he not only notices and is concerned by Picard's unusual behavior in the wake of an away team having found and rescued an injured drone, but with a Meaningful Look passes Troi a suggestion that she follow him into his ready room and try to talk it over with him. If he understood emotion as poorly as he's so often at pains to suggest, even the former would be unlikely at best, to say nothing of the latter.
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Planetary Nation
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Planetary Nation: played straight usually, but one episode had an aversion. The planet was ruled by two separate governments, the Kes (not to be confused with the character on Voyager) and the Prytt, who were engaged in a cold war with each other. The Kes were applying for Federation membership and Picard lampshaded this trope when he mentioned planets that join the Federation are usually unified. It's never said whether or not the Kes would be admitted but it's implied they won't be.
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Double Standard
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Crusher's decisions and view of medical ethics and patient care are often steeped in Double Standards. She professes to care about her patients, but she ignores what they want, patient autonomy and their personal, cultural and racial viewpoints. She decides what her patients want, what they need, and ignores all informed consent. In "Ethics" she even gives a patient only the options she thinks are best, and then turns around and criticizes the doctor who does. She also has a very bad habit of blaming other people when patients die under her care, such as blaming Worf for the death of a Romulan because he wouldn't donate his blood (despite the Romulan refusing to take his blood anyway), and pushes her opinions onto other people despite what they may want. It gets so bad that she not only decides what they should want, she completely invalidates their opinions and flat-out ignores them. Not a single person picks her up on this despite Picard talking about "respecting others and their cultures" just minutes before.
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Bothering by the Book
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Bothering by the Book: In the episode "The Ensigns of Command," Captain Picard prevents a rather bureaucratic race of aliens from wiping out a human colony before it can be evacuated by using a technicality in a treaty to deter them (specifically, naming another species as a mediator who're currently in the middle of a hibernation cycle that'll last for another 6 months).
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Sequential Symptom Syndrome
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Sequential Symptom Syndrome: In "Realm of Fear" Barclay has the computer read the symptoms of "transporter psychosis" and acts out the symptoms as he hears them.
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Moral Dissonance
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Moral Dissonance: Beverly Crusher in "I Borg" - it's understandable that she would want to care and help a single injured Borg, and even that she wouldn't want said Borg to be used as an instrument of destruction... But her constant complaining and refusal to treat the Borg race as what they actually are, especially considering the And I Must Scream hell Picard went through and the thousands of Borg mooks the Federation has destroyed, is not only hypocritical and insulting, but contrary to her own actions in helping to destroy or detain other alien threatsnote basically she only wants to help the Borg because it is human shaped and she identifies with it. Crusher's decisions and view of medical ethics and patient care are often steeped in Double Standards. She professes to care about her patients, but she ignores what they want, patient autonomy and their personal, cultural and racial viewpoints. She decides what her patients want, what they need, and ignores all informed consent. In "Ethics" she even gives a patient only the options she thinks are best, and then turns around and criticizes the doctor who does. She also has a very bad habit of blaming other people when patients die under her care, such