When I was in university, I was always the last person to leave the room during a final exam. I could be the only one sitting there, the invigilator could be yawning, and a janitor could be starting to sweep under the desks, but I wouldn’t leave until the time was up. I wanted to be sure I had checked all my answers so I could get as many right as possible…

Except for that one time I needed to get back to the dorm to watch an important episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. It was the year 1992, and there were no VCRs in our common room, so we had no way of recording anything. Netflix and online apps were just twinkles in someone’s eye, so we couldn’t watch shows at our leisure the next day. Our only hope of seeing the second part of a two-part episode involving Captain Jean-Luc Picard being kidnapped by the Borg and renamed Locutus was to strategically place someone in the common room to claim possession of the TV and then be there ourselves when the episode started.

Needless to say, I rushed through the exam and ran across campus to meet my fellow Star Trek fans in front of the TV. It was great. And as a bonus, I later discovered I had passed the exam too, despite my quick departure.

Now years later I find myself quoting Star Trek as much, if not more, than Star Wars, and so do many of my friends, so on request I’m writing this as a companion post to my earlier one on Star Wars (May the Fourth Be with You).

Once again, it was fun to see how my friends have assimilated (to use a Borg term) a lot of Star Trek lingo into their daily conversation. I posted a question on Facebook asking them to share any quotes and in what context they use them.

Here are some examples from the original Star Trek series:

  • “Dammit Jim!”
  • “My brother used to like to parody the original series with ‘Dammit Jim, I’m a doctor, not a physician!'”
  • “Not logical… according to Spock.”
  • “If something’s going on in another city and I don’t want to miss it, I usually say, ‘I wish Scotty could beam me there.'”

And here are some from Star Trek: The Next Generation:

  • “Make it so.”
  • “Engage.”
  • “Tea. Earl Grey. Hot. (every time I drink earl grey tea!)”
  • “I used to say ‘Engage’ when the old Westy would start up, but we don’t have her anymore, and it just isn’t the same with an F-350.”

Well, it’s time to bring this post to a close. If I understood how to create a stardate with the current date, I’d end with “Captain’s Log, Stardate something or other,” but I can’t quite figure the numbering system out, so instead I’ll sign off with a familiar greeting from Mr. Spock.

Live long and prosper, my friends.

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