Star Trek: Obsession – SF Debris

Opinionated Star Trek Episode Guide salutes truth in advertising as Kirk has an obsession with a murdering alien cloud, although who among us hasn’t?

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  1. Picard when faced with the silicon entity:
    Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Doctor, the sperm whale on Earth devours millions of cuttlefish as it roams the oceans. It is not evil; it is feeding. The same may be true of the Entity.
    Dr. Kila Marr: That would be small comfort for those who have died to feed it. We’re not talking about cuttlefish; we’re talking about people!
    Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I would argue that the Crystalline Entity has as much right to be here as we do.

    Kirk when faced with the blood-sucking cloud:
    Captain Kirk: “Let’s blow it up real good!”

  2. I think this episode really gives insight into Kirk’s refusal to accept failure. It’s highlighted in Wrath of Khan, but here’s where it’s most raw. Unfortunately, it makes Saavik’s comment about him not having faced death seem somewhat ridiculous, unfortunately. However, it shows how even as an Ensign, he couldn’t accept that there wasn’t an alternate way things could have played out.

    It also even plays into why he puts himself in danger so often. He doesn’t want his inaction to result in other deaths, even for people who might actually be better suited to the job.

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