Artist Inspirations: Relics (2023)

Left: Star Trek: The Next Generation S:6, E:4 “Relics”
Right: 2023 Hallmark “Relics” ornament.

SCOTT: Here’s to you, lads. 
PICARD: I hope I’m not interrupting. I was just coming off duty and I wanted to see how you were doing. 
SCOTT: Not at all, not at all. Have a drink with me, Captain. 
PICARD: Thank you. 
SCOTT: I don’t know what it is, exactly, but I would be real careful. It’s real 
(Picard knocks it back in one) 
PICARD: Aldebaran whiskey. Who do you think gave it to Guinan? 
PICARD: Constitution class. 
SCOTT: Aye. You’re familiar with them? 
PICARD: There’s one in the Fleet museum, but then of course, this is your Enterprise? 
SCOTT: I actually served on two. This was the first. She was also the first ship I ever served on as Chief Engineer. You know, I served aboard eleven ships. Freighters, cruisers, starships, but this is the only one I think of. The only one I miss. 
PICARD: The first vessel I ever served aboard as Captain was called the Stargazer. It was an overworked, underpowered vessel, always on the verge of flying apart at the seams. In every measurable sense, my Enterprise is far superior. But there are times when I would give almost anything to command the Stargazer again. 
SCOTT: It’s like the first time you fall in love. You don’t ever love a woman quite like that again. Well, to the Enterprise and the Stargazer. Old girlfriends we’ll never meet again. 
PICARD: What do you think of the Enterprise D? 
SCOTT: She’s a beauty, with a good crew. 
SCOTT: But. When I was here, I could tell you the speed that we were traveling by the feel of the deckplates. But on your ship, I feel like I’m just in the way. 
PICARD: Seventy five years is a long time. If you would care to study some technical schematics or 
SCOTT: I’m not eighteen. I can’t start out like a raw cadet. No, there comes a time when a man finds that he can’t fall in love again. He knows that it’s time to stop. I don’t belong on your ship. I belong on this one. This was my home. This is where I had a purpose. But it’s not real. It’s just a computer generated fantasy. And I’m just an old man who’s trying to hide in it. Computer, shut this bloody thing off. It’s time I acted my age.

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