Star Trek: TNG — Collateral Damage

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{4.5/5} “You might think yourself guilty, only to discover exculpatory factors. Or you might think yourself not guilty, only to find out that you’ve committed crimes of which you were unaware. But most important of all: It’s irrelevant. Because all that matters when this mess is done is what the state can prove — and […]

Her

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{5/5} “I can understand how the limited perspective of an unartificial mind would perceive it that way.” Her, released in 2013 Theodore works at a company that writes letters for people. On the street everyone is in their own little world, using their ear buds to do things they used to do on their phones […]

Star Trek: TNG — Available Light

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{4.5/5} “Our search for the truth must be unrelenting. We have to use every legal means at our disposal, shine all available light into every corner, so that no one can hide. It all has to come out. Every last distasteful shred of truth has to be laid bare for all to see. Otherwise, we’ll […]

The Oppenheimer Alternative

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{4.5/5} “I mean, look, if someone said we should put a man on the moon within a decade, I’d balk. But men — and women and children — on Mars, within eight decades? A massive space habitat far enough from the sun to survive the photospheric purge within the same timeframe? Easy.” The Oppenheimer Alternative […]

Counterpart (season 2)

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{5/5} “It’s just a precaution. It should never be used.” Counterpart season 2, aired in 2018-19 The doors between the worlds are shut. In one world, Howard is in a small room with no windows. In the other, he is living with the other Howard’s wife — Emily has woken up from her coma but […]

Star Trek: TNG — The First Virtue

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{4.5/5} “Listen to yourselves! … Squabbling like children tearing at a new toy! You are diplomats, every one of you. You represent the highest virtues your people have to offer. I understand that tempers are running high, but let us move forward with our eyes open — so that we may truly see and understand […]

Star Trek: TNG — Double or Nothing

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{4/5} “You see on that screen a dazzling array of species… but as year upon year has gone by, they have slowly lost that which made them unique, special. The Federation must pay for that loss. And the Federation must, and shall, pay for the disservice that it has done to you. You, the outcasts, […]

Star Trek: TNG — Double Helix: Quarantine

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{4.5/5} “One of the drawbacks of being in a loose-knit organization like the Maquis was that orders were not always followed immediately. Sometimes a commander had to explain the situation in order to convince his subordinates to act. Of course, fighting a guerrilla war against two vastly superior forces would make anyone cautious, and Maquis […]

Star Trek: TNG — Double Helix: Red Sector

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{4.5/5} “Unfortunately, the empress must walk a very thin tightrope. For her own survival as a ruler, after nearly two hundred years of anti-Federation propaganda, she must not be seen as cowardly or complacent toward the Federation. The Romulan people on the outskirts, including those in command of ships, have been told all their lives […]

Arrival

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{5/5} “Like their ship or their bodies, their written language has no forward or backward direction. Linguists call this non-linear orthography. Which raises the question: Is this how they think?” Arrival, released in 2016 Twelve alien ships come to Earth and park themselves in seemingly random places. Louise, a linguist, is summoned by the army […]