Discussion in 'The Next Generation' started by LeadHead, Oct 3, 2012.
Troi: We should talk about this later.
(Riker and Troi leave)
Picard: All right, Q, that's enough. You've made your point. Q?
LaForge [OC]: La Forge to Lieutenant Picard. I'm still waiting for that statistical analysis.
Picard: I'm on my way, sir. (Picard gets up and leaves Ten Forward. Picard is next seen entering the turbolift)
Picard: Main Engineering. Are you having a good laugh now, Q? Does it amuse you to think of me living out the rest of my life as a dreary man in a tedious job?
Q: I gave you something most mortals never experience. A second chance at life. And now all you can do is complain?
Picard: I can't live out my days as that person. That man is bereft of passion and imagination! That is not who I am!
Q: Au contraire, he's the person you wanted to be. One who was less arrogant, and undisciplined as a youth. One who was less like me. The Jean-Luc Picard you wanted to be, the one who did not fight the Nausicaan, had quite a different career from the one you remember. That Picard never had a brush with death, never came face to face with his own mortality, never realised how fragile life is or how important each moment must be. So his life never came into focus. He drifted for much of his career, with no plan or agenda, going from one assignment to the next, never seizing the opportunities that presented themselves. He never lead the away team on Milika Three to save the ambassador, or take charge of the Stargazer's Bridge when its Captain was killed. And no one ever offered him a command. He learned to play it safe. And he never, ever got noticed by anyone.
(Q begins to walk away from Picard)
Picard: You're right, Q. You gave me the chance to change and I took the opportunity. But I admit now, it was a mistake!
(Q stops and turns back toward Picard)
Q: Are you asking me for something, Jean-Luc?
Picard: Give me a chance to put things back the way they were before.
Q: Before you died in Sickbay. Is that what you want?
Picard: I would rather die as the man I was than live the life I just saw!
(Q moves toward Picard - and suddenly...)
[Bonestell Facility casino]
Nausicaan: Coward. Like all Starfleet. You talk and you talk but you have no guramba.
[Picard steps to the Nausicaan and give him a stony look]
Picard: What did you say?
NAUSICAAN: I said, you are a coward.
PICARD: That's what I thought you said.
(Picard hits the Nausicaan. Corey and Marta take on the other two but don't do nearly as well. Finally, Picard gets stabbed, sees the knife sticking out of his chest, and laughs)
CRUSHER: His vital signs are stable. Captain. Jean-Luc. You've been injured, but I think you're going to be all right.
PICARD: I still don't know what to make of it. Was it a dream? Was it one of Q's elaborate tricks?
Riker: A lot of people near death have talked about strange experiences, but I've never heard one so detailed.
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