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A Love Letter to Darmok from ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’

Love is in the air at Fanboy Comics! In this magical month of romance and enchantment, the FBC Staff and Contributors decided to stop and smell the roses. In the days leading up to Valentine’s Day, a few members of the Fanboy Comics crew will be sharing their personal love letters to the areas of geekdom they adore the most.

Dathon (Nicholas D. Wolfwood, his prayers unanswered)[1],

Before (Temba, at rest)[2], you were (Isuldur, before the Ring)[3].  The Children of Tama saw the Federation as (Toothless, before his pain)[4], but you were (Tyrion at the Moon Door)[5], looking past (Mal and Jayne, when the money’s too good.)[6] to perhaps become (Poe and Fin, when the Force Awakened)[7].  You knew this might (Spock, when Genesis loomed)[8], but you (Luke, with the targeting computer off)[9].  Picard was (Gollum at the pool, with Master beckoning)[10], but you (Gold Leader in the Trench)[11]. (The Balrog on the Bridge)[12] awaited, but (By your powers combined, I am Captain Planet)[13], then Picard and Dathon at El-Adrel IV would be Darmok and Jalad at Tenagra!

But as (Luke, his tail cleared)[14], the Enterprise (Gollum at the Pit of Doom)! Dathon, you were (Scotty on the Jenolan)[16], (Westley at Miracle Max)[17], then Picard (Gandalf on the Morning of the Third Day, from the East)[18].  The Beast (Wedge, when Vader came)[19], and Picard (Zoe, when Kaylee was shot)[20], but (Spike says “Bang”)[21].  Before (Frodo at the Grey Harbor)[22], you and Picard (Kirk and Gorkon’s daughter, after the plot is foiled)[23].  Your crew (Temba, his eyes closed), but you (Faramir letting the Ring go)[25], and your efforts (Neo and the Designer at the City of Machines)[26].  You knew that (Tony Stark in Tennessee)[27], facing (Stronger than the Rock Biter’s Hands)[28] would (Anakin, his Braid Removed)[29], and that (Jack, flung into the future)[30] you would (Neo and Seraph in the Tea House)[31].  You (Captain America on the Plane)[32] for that ideal, and (Picard and Q in the courtroom, the last time)[33].

I (Aragorn King with the Hobbits at Minas Tirith)[34].  You (Sturm Brightblade on the Wall)[35], and I can only hope that (Glenn, who follows Cyrus)[36].

(See you, Space Cowboy)[37]


[1] Trigun: Episode 23 “Paradise”—Greetings and sadness

[2] ST:TNG: Episode 107 “Darmok”—Death

[3] Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring—A great Hero

[4] How to Train Your Dragon—Unknown danger

[5] Game of Thrones—Danger, confidence in positive outcome

[6] Firefly: Episode 9 “Ariel”—Betrayal

[7] Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens—“Poe-mance”

[8] Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan—Self-sacrifice for the greater good

[9] Star Wars IV: A New Hope—Faith

[10] Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers—Wariness, caution

[11] Star Wars IV: A New Hope—”Stay on Target!”—Determination, willingness to see the job done

[12] Lord of the Rings: The Fellow of the Ring—Great beast

[13] Captain Planet: Every episode—Teamwork

[14] Star Wars IV: A New Hope—The moment before victory

[15] Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King—Betrayal of final victory

[16] Star Trek: The Next Generation: Episode 130 “Relics”—Alone, lost

[17] The Princess Bride—Mostly dead, which you can work with

[18] Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers—Return of reinforcements

[19] Star Wars IV: A New Hope—Escaping

[20] Firefly: Episode 5 “Safe”—Attempt to save a gravely wounded person by an amateur healer

[21] Cowboy Bebop: Episode 24 “Real Folk Blues Part 2″—Mortally wounded

[22] Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King—Final ending

[23] Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country—Final scene, Kirk saves the Chancellor Azetbur (had to go with Gorkon, I’m a huge Trek nerd and don’t think I’d ever heard her name aloud, this damn thing’s hard enough to read)

[24] Star Trek: The Next Generation Episode 107 “Darmok”—Not understanding

[25] Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers—”Showing his quality”

[26] The Matrix Revolutions—Agreement of two sides for mutual benefit (And I think each film is better than the last, a minority opinion

[27] Iron Man 3—Stripped of everything

[28] The Neverending Story—The “Nothing”, which even the Big, Strong Hands couldn’t fight.  Long odds

[29] Star Wars: The Clone Wars Animated Micro Series—Anakin reaches the rank of Knight, like Obi-wan (No idea if this is still canon…Gendy Tartakovsky is the man, though.)

[30] Samurai Jack: Animated series—Protagonist sent into a dark future where he is separated from everything he knows.  What I said about Tartakovsky above.

[31] The Matrix Reloaded—”To know someone, you must fight them.”  Though in this case it would be “Fight with them”

[32] Captain America: The First Avenger—Sacrifice for the greater good, again

[33] Star Trek: The Next Generation Episode 178 “All Good Things…Part 2″—Vindication, proof of worthiness

[34] Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King—”No my friends, you bow to no one.”  I will cry every time I see it, regardless the CGI nonsense.

[35] Dragonlance Chronicles: Dragons of Winter Night—Dying an example of that which most that live never attain.  Following through on the truth in your heart above all else.  Est Solarus Oth Mithas

[36] Chrono Trigger: Frog’s real name and the knight he followed—Striving to live up to a legend you serve.

[37] Cowboy Bebop—Sign off


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