The Single Worst Line of Dialogue in the entire Star Trek Franchise

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  1. Jeyl

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    Even if that was the case, how does that make David responsible for the damages and deaths that Saavik is blaming him for? If you write a book about cookies and you decided to go through a different publisher to release the book early, are you responsible for the deaths of fans who died trying to get your book before it's original launch date?

    I mean, how the heck was David supposed to know that if he had used Protomatter to get Genesis working that it would cause the Reliant to not notice that Ceti-Alpha Six exploded and that Ceti-Alpha Five was now a barren waste land? There is no way he could have known, so why pass judgement on him?
     
  2. Captain Clark Terrell

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    He wasn't, but that's not the point. The crux of Saavik's argument is that David acted rashly by incorporating the proto-matter into the Genesis matrix. A more responsible scientist might have waited until a safer option were available before proceeding with the Genesis experiments, even if meant putting the project on hold for months, years, or longer if that's what was necessary to find a better solution.

    Instead of waiting, David decided to use the proto-matter. In doing so, he set in motion a chain of events that led to Khan's escape for Ceti Alpha V, the theft of the Reliant, the death of Spock, the destruction of USS Grissom, the theft and destruction of Enterprise, David's own death, and the death of the BOP crew. Did he mean for each of these things to happen? Of course not. But his behavior paved the way for the events that encompassed the creation and demise of the Genesis planet.

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  3. The Old Mixer

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    I always wondered about Carol's culpability in the protomatter thing....She was the head of the project, how could she not know what was in the special sauce?
     
  4. T'Girl

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    Certainly it was Carol (and not David) who arranged for the Reliant to begin a search for a suitable planet. The sequence of event leading to the deaths and destruction orginated with her determinating that genesis was ready.

    Could David have slipped a few hundred thousand lines of code into the Genesis program? While a possibly, as project head Carol really should have seen the protomatter solution that David came up with.

    Didn't she at least wonder how he fixed the problem that the protomatter was the solution for?

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    Whether Carol knew or not, it was David's idea to use proto matter to solve the problem. We don't know how the device actually works, but if the use of proto matter is just part of code, Carol might not have known.
     
  6. The Old Mixer

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    I think she looks bad either way. If she knew, she was the one ultimately responsible....If she didn't know, it makes her look gullible. The simple fact is that she never had to face the music because STIII ignored her existence. Thus it all fell on David's shoulders by default.
     
  7. Captain Clark Terrell

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    Nothing's explicitly stated, but I always thought that Carol's involvement was more administrative than scientific. As the more established scientist, her involvement gave the project name recognition and credibility that it wouldn't have with David running the show. The younger Dr. Marcus, by contrast, was much more involved with the day-to-day running of the project: when the proto-matter was added to the Genesis matrix, it would have happened under his watch rather than his mother's.

    That's not to say Carol doesn't bear some of the responsibility. But it's suggested that David added the proto-matter without consulting his mother (and possibly the rest of the team). As I said before, I don't think David anticipated the problems that eventually popped up, but his insistence on finishing the project on schedule set in motion a chain of events that lead to several deaths and an embarrassing political situation for the UFP.

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  8. Captain Clark Terrell

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    That suggests she knew there was a problem to begin with. That's the funny thing about research labs: the person who runs the lab doesn't necessarily know everything about every project that's going on. They certainly know who's working on what, but the day-to-day management of each project is handled by whomever is assigned to work on it.

    The team leader or director of the lab is usually consulted if there's a need to significantly modify the project or to request additional funding in the event the project needs to be extended beyond its original timetable. But most of the time, people are left to their own devices in terms of making their project or part of the project work.

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  9. Bad Thoughts

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    Janeway, in Scorpion pt. 1: "Then I guess I'm alone, after all."

    It's not stupid or bizarre. It was just so mean and petty that it damaged the character in the long term, IMO.
     
  10. Forbin

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    Sounds more like something Sarah Connor would do!
     
  11. -Brett-

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    "Dilithium chambers at maximum!"

    The fuck?
     
  12. JarodRussell

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    "Thrusters on full."




    Ha, that movie is crowded with literary gems.
     
  13. Praetor

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    This too. And I liked that movie. It just seemed... unneccessary.

    "I'm with Starfleet, we don't lie." ...is probably my overall choice.

    The Borg Queen's "Was that good for you?" was pretty stupid, too.
     
  14. JirinPanthosa

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    I thought the entire role-reversal segment in STID was terrible. It was contrived and it forced them to have a really anticlimactic ten minutes. They should have come up with their own scene instead of bogarting the TWOK scene just for the sake of giddying the fanboys.

    Another one: "Unfortunately we only have room for one candidate in the academy this year."

    That entire thing in Coming of Age where every academy recruit has to win a techie decathlon against other recruits and only the winner of that particular group gets admitted was one of the dumbest things ever.
     
  15. CaptainBearclaw

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    "Nothing in the universe can go Warp 10" - You know where it's from. :klingon:

    I know Brannon Braga wasn't a TOS fan, but someone should have told him that there's well over 10 episodes where the Enterprise goes over warp 10. In "Wink of an Eye" they went to 14.4!!!!!!!
    Hell, in the Filmation series they went 36!

    P.S. I am aware of the change in the Warp scale, but my point still stands.
     
  16. Captain Rob

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    I agree. The second time I watched STID, I stuck my fingers in my ears during that scene. And so did the dozen or so people in front of me. And we were the only ones in the auditorium.
     
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    Fan service should not come after an emotional death scene.
     
  18. sojourner

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    If you knew all this then you also know that Gene Roddenberry came up with the reformatted warp scale. Braga is not at fault here and the line makes sense in context of the new scale so I am not sure how your point stands at all?
     
  19. Forbin

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    How did it go? "Warp flight, no left or right"?
    Bullshit. It's like whoever wrote that had never seen a single episode of any of the series.
     
  20. King Daniel Beyond

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    Yet said new scale has never been alluded to in canon, and so-called "official" warp scales in the manuals have never ever matched whats in the shows anyway - according to "By Any Other Name", the old Enterprise would have made Voyager's "75 years at warp 9.975" journey in a month at warp 8.4.