Dialogue You'd Like to See Slipped into Novels

Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by Captain Clark Terrell, Aug 25, 2015.

  1. Captain Clark Terrell

    Captain Clark Terrell Commodore Commodore

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    Had the privilege of listening to David Mack's interview with the folks at Literary Treks about his new book--one of the best interviews I've ever heard. I'd highly recommend it if you haven't already listened to it.

    Anyway, one of the many topics that came up was David's use of lines from various films or television shows and his use of these lines as homages or references to the shows or films themselves (i.e., Animal House). His comments got me thinking about lines of dialogue I'd love to see included in Trek novels referencing other works of fiction (novels, movies, TV, etc.).


    • "Heeellloooo!" (Seinfeld)
    • "Newman/Whatley!" (Seinfeld)
    • "No soup for you!" (Seinfeld)
    • "Time out!" (Saved by the Bell)
    • "Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey! What is going on here?" (Saved by the Bell)
    • "Must go faster! Must go faster!" (Jurassic Park)
    --Captain Terrell
     
  2. hbquikcomjamesl

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    • "Just what do you think you're doing, Dave?"
    • "I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly, take a stress pill, and think things over."
    • "This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it." (all from 2001)

    Incidentally, the perennial "very bad feeling about this" line in the SW franchise may be an allusion to Poole's line, in reference to HAL (in a powered-down pod, with Bowman, unaware that HAL was reading their lips, in the scene just before intermission), "I've got a bad feeling about him."
     
  3. JD

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    I would would love to see the Doctor Who line, "wibley wobley, timey wimey", worked into a time travel Trek novel.
     
  4. Brefugee

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    More swearing when the shit hits the fan.
     
  5. Iamnotspock

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    I'm irritated enough that it's become a catchphrase in Doctor Who (when the original line in "Blink" was so great in context), let alone wanting to read it in another franchise.
     
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  6. Elias Vaughn

    Elias Vaughn Captain Captain

    I'm really surprised The Doctor (VOY) doesn't get more lines originally said by The Doctor (WHO).
     
  7. DarrenTR1970

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    I'd like to see Kathryn Janeway say "Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit drinking coffee".
     
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  8. JonnyQuest037

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    Peter David had Captain Morgan Bateson tell Sulu "I'm listening" during a viewscreen conversation in The Captain's Daughter.

    When I finally got the in-joke during a reread, I laughed.
     
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    In Losing the Peace, I had one of the refugees explain how he knew the Federation observer wasn't one of them with a paraphrase from Monty Python and the Holy Grail: "You don't have filth all over you."
     
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    "This is how a harem girl dances" from Cabin Boy. :)
     
  15. Mr. Laser Beam

    Mr. Laser Beam Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    I would like to never, EVER hear Sulu say "Oh, my", as IMHO that joke has been beaten into the ground so thoroughly as to form its own compost heap.
     
  16. hbquikcomjamesl

    hbquikcomjamesl Commodore Commodore

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    What in-joke? Some reference to Cheers?

    Don't mince words, Mr. Laser Beam. What do you really think?
     
  17. Idran

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    To Frasier; it was his catchphrase on his radio show there.
     
  18. hbquikcomjamesl

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    Ah.

    How about an Academy professor (preferably with a strong mid-Atlantic accent) dropping a Kingsfield-ism from The Paper Chase, perhaps one of these:


    • Speak louder, Mr. Hart! Fill the room with your intelligence!
    • Do you know what a deadline is? It's a line drawn 'round a prison, and any prisoner crossing that line is subject to disaster, and sudden death.
    Especially in an Abramsverse story, that first one would work really well with "Mr. Kirk" instead of the original "Mr. Hart."
     
  19. ClayinCA

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    From Ghostbusters:
    "I love this plan! I'm excited to be a part of it!"

    "Back off, man. I'm a scientist."

    "When someone asks you if you're a god, you say 'yes'!"

    "I couldn't help it. It just popped in there."

    "Listen... do you smell something?"

    "Nimble little minx, isn't she?"


    From Galaxy Quest:
    "I see you've managed to get your shirt off."

    "That was a hell of a thing."

    "You broke the ship. You broke the bloody ship."


    From The Princess Bride:
    "Surrender."
    "You mean you wish to surrender to me? Very well, I accept."

    "That may be the first time in my life a man has dared insult me."
    "It won't be the last."

    "You rush a miracle man, you get rotten miracles."

    "There will be blood tonight!"

    "Please consider me as an alternative to suicide."

    "We'll never survive."
    "Nonsense. You're only saying that because no one ever has."


    That's all I got for now....
     
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  20. trampledamage

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    The problem with all these quotations is that I don't recognise most of them, so they'd all go over my head :lol: Still, I enjoyed L.A. Graf's habit of casting their background characters as members of the Pittsburgh Penguins :techman: