Monday, September 05, 2016

Star Trek 50th Anniversary Week: 50 Things Star Trek Taught Us

1. "Above all else, a God needs compassion." ("Where No Man Has Gone Before")

2. "Raising my voice...doesn't mean I was scared or couldn't do my job.  It means I happen to have a human thing called an adrenalin gland." ("The Corbomite Maneuver")

3. "The sound of male ego. You travel half way across the galaxy and it's still the same song." ("Mudd's Women")

4. "We all have our darker side. We need it! It's half of what we are. It's not's human." ("The Enemy Within")

5. "There are a million things in this universe you can have and a million things you can't have. It's no fun facing that, but that's the way things are." ("Charlie X")

6. "Space still contains infinite unknowns." ("The Naked Time")

7. "Worlds may change, galaxies disintegrate, but a woman always remains a woman." ("The Conscience of the King")

8. "War is never imperative." ("Balance of Terror")

9. "The more complex the mind, the greater the need for the simplicity of play." ("Shore Leave")

10. "Life and death are seldom logical." ("The Galileo Seven")

11. "I think children have an instinctive need for adults. They want to be told right and wrong." ("Miri").

12. "When there is no emotion, there is no motive for violence." ("Dagger of the Mind")

13.  "I speak of rights. A machine has none. A man must." ("Court-Martial")

14. "Sometimes a man will tell his bartender things he'll never tell his doctor." ("The Menagerie.")

15. "Madness has no purpose. Or reason. But, it may have a goal." ("The Alternative Factor")

16. "Do you know that you [mankind] are one of the few predator species that preys even on itself?" ("The Squire of Gothos")

17. "We're a most promising predators go." ("Arena")

18. "Freedom is never a gift: it has to be earned." ("Return of the Archons")

19. "If there are self-made purgatories, then we all have to live in them." ("This Side of Paradise")

20. "Superior ability breed superior ambition" ("Space Seed")

21. "A lie is a poor way to say hello." ("City on the Edge of Forever")

22. "Pain is a thing of the mind.  The mind can be controlled." ("Operation: Annihilate")

23. "You may find that having is not nearly so pleasing a thing as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true." ("Amok Time")

24. "You can't think a man to death. ("Catspaw")

25. "Threats are illogical." ("Journey to Babel")

26. "In every revolution there's one man with a vision." ("Mirror, Mirror")

27. "Vulcans never bluff." ("The Doomsday Machine")

28. "Logic is a little tweeting bird chirping in a meadow. Logic is a wreath of pretty flowers which smell bad..." ("I, Mudd")

29. "The idea of male and female are universal constants..." ("Metamorphosis")

30. "There's an old, old saying on earth, Mr. Sulu: "Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me." ("Friday's Child")

31. "Everyone feeds on death, even vegetarians." ("Wolf in the Fold")

32. "Too much of anything -- even love -- is not necessarily a good thing." ("The Trouble with Tribbles"")

33. "They used to say if mankind could fly, he'd have wings, but he did fly. He discovered he had to." ("Return to Tomorrow")

34. "No one may kill a man. Not for any purpose. It can't be condoned." ("Spock's Brain")

35. "Without followers, evil cannot spread." ("And the Children Shall Lead")

36. "Physical reality is consistent with universal laws. When the laws do not operate, there is no reality." ("Spectre of the Gun")

37. "Only a fool fights in a burning house." ("Day of the Dove")

38. "The release of emotion is what keeps us healthy. Emotionally healthy." ("Plato's Stepchildren")

39. "We must acknowledge – once and for all – that the purpose of diplomacy is to prolong a crisis." ("Mark of Gideon")

40. "Herbert was a minor official, notorious for his rigid and limited patterns of thought." ("The Way to Eden")
41. "To be human is to be complex.  You can't avoid a little ugliness from within and from without." ("Requiem for Methuselah")

42. "Hours can be centuries. Just as words can be lies." ("The Cloud Minders")

43. "There's no honorable way to kill.  No gentle way to destroy. There's nothing good in war except its ending." ("The Savage Curtain")

44. "A library serves no purpose unless someone is using it." ("All Our Yesterdays")

45. "We all create God in our own image." ("The Motion Picture")

46. "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. Or the one." ("The Wrath of Khan")

47. "The needs of the one... outweigh the needs of the many." ("The Search for Spock")

48. "To hunt a species to extinction is not logical." ("The Voyage Home")

49. "Maybe he's [God] not out there, Bones. Maybe he's right here. The human heart." ("The Final Frontier")

50. "Logic is the beginning of wisdom...not the end." ("The Undiscovered Country")

1 comment:

  1. Nice work, John!
    A very thorough and comprehensive list.
    We watched the show for entertainment, but it always had something more to say. This is why it endures.