Discussion in 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' started by The Illusive Man, Feb 15, 2013.
PICARD: Of course you will. We've a long voyage ahead of us.
Riker: What do we do now, Captain? With them monitoring our every move and every word?
PICARD: We do exactly what we would do if this Q never existed. If we're going to be damned, let's be damned for what we really are.
Personal log, stardate 41153.8. Of the twenty-four hours Q allotted us to prove ourselves, eleven have now passed without incident. And yet I cannot forget Q's prediction that we will face some critical test.
Riker: This planet's interior heat provides an abundance of geothermal energy, sir. But it's about all this world does offer.
Picard: And it's your belief that this is what made it possible for them to construct this base to Starfleet Standards?
RIKER: Yes sir. We have to assume that they've been trading their surplus energy for the construction materials used here. According to our ship's scans, many of the materials used are not found on this world.
Picard: Perhaps it's like those incidents you describe in your report, as almost magical attempts to please us.
RIKER: Those events did happen, sir.
PICARD: None of it suggests anything threatening. If only every life form had as much desire to please. Ready to beam down? I'm looking forward to meeting this Groppler Zorn.
Riker: I have a feeling there's more to it than just pleasing us, sir.
Picard and Riker enter the Bridge.
Picard: As if it's something Q is doing to trick us? Over here. I've asked the Counselor to join us for this meeting. May I introduce our new First Officer, Commander William Riker. Commander Riker, this is our ships Counselor, Deanna Troi.
TROI (telepathically to Riker): Do you remember what I taught you, Imzadi? Can you still sense my thoughts?
TROI (speaking normally): A pleasure, Commander.
RIKER: Likewise, Counselor.
PICARD: Have the two of you met before?
RIKER: We have, sir.
PICARD: Excellent. I consider it important for my key officers know each other's abilities.
TROI: We do, Sir, we do. (Projecting her thoughts) I too could never say goodbye, Imzadi.
PICARD: My crew and I need a bit more information before we make our recommendations to Starfleet.
ZORN: No objections to that, but but I'm puzzled over you bringing a Betazoid to this. If her purpose, sir, is to probe my thoughts
TROI: I can sense only strong emotions, Groppler. I am only half Betazoid. My father was a Starfleet officer.
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