Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)
Kate Mulgrew: Captain Kathryn Janeway, Captain Jenkins, Shannon O'Donnell
Captain Janeway : Dismissed. That's a Starfleet expression for "get out".
Captain Janeway : Mind melds... the last time I heard the words "my mind to your mind", I had a headache for two weeks.
Seven of Nine : You would deny us the choice as you deny us now. You have imprisoned us in the name of humanity yet you will not grant us your most cherished human right - to choose our own fate. You are hypocritical, manipulative. We do not want to be what you are. Return us to the Collective!
Captain Janeway : You lost the capacity to make a rational choice the moment you were assimilated. They took that from you. And until I am convinced you've gotten it back, I'm making the choice for you. You're staying here.
Seven of Nine : Then you are no different from the Borg.
[Last line of the series]
Captain Janeway : Set a course for home.
[When attacked by a fleet of small ships]
Captain Kathryn Janeway : It's like being pecked to death by ducks.
Captain Janeway : There are three things to remember about being a starship captain: Keep your shirt tucked in, go down with the ship, and never abandon a member of your crew.
Chakotay : ...If Neelix has another Talent Night I hope you'll reprise it.
Captain Janeway : Oh no, not until certain other people take their turn, the ship's first officer, for instance.
Chakotay : Me, get up in front of people and perform? I don't think so.
Captain Janeway : Come on, Chakotay. There must be some talent you have that people would enjoy. Maybe I could stand with an apple on my head and you could phaser it off.
Chakotay : Sounds great. If I miss I get to be captain.
Captain Janeway : We're Starfleet officers. Weird is part of the job.
[Talking about the hologram she has become interested in]
Captain Janeway : You know the story. Girl meets boy, girl changes boy's subroutines.
Captain Janeway : Who wanted to muck around in the dirt when you could be studying quantum mechanics?
Captain Janeway : I have a boyfriend that malfunctions.
Chakotay : Captain.
Captain Janeway : Is there something wrong?
Chakotay : I wanted to talk to you about Lieutenant Paris. His attitude lately has been less than professional.
Captain Janeway : I've noticed.
Chakotay : I know crew discipline's my responsibility, but in this case I thought I should let you get involved before I took any action. In a way, Paris has been your personal reclamation project.
Captain Janeway : I appreciate your bringing this to my attention, Commander, but I trust you to handle the problem any way you see fit.
Seven of Nine : [Janeway and Seven are behind a forcefield on the bridge of the Dauntless, an alien ship disguised as a Starfleet vessel with Arturis, their deceiver at the helm] Where are you taking us?
Arturis : [without turning around] Home.
Captain Janeway : How'd you create the Starfleet Bridge? Holograms?
Arturis : Particle synthesis. Beyond your understanding.
Captain Janeway : Is this what your people do? Prey on innocent ships?
Arturis : Innocent? Typical of Captain Janeway... self-righteous.
Captain Janeway : [that gives Janeway pause for thought] If I've offended you or your people in some way... please tell me.
Arturis : [wheeling around] Diplomacy, Captain? Your diplomacy destroyed my world!
Captain Janeway : [aghast] What? What are you saying?
Arturis : [slowly approaches them both] You negotiated an agreement with the Borg Collective - safe passage through they're space... and in return, you helped them defeat one of they're enemies.
Seven of Nine : Species 8472.
Arturis : In your colourful language, yes... Species 8472.
[back to Janeway]
Arturis : Did it ever occur to you that there were those of us in the Delta Quadrant with a vested interest in that war?
[months of suppressed anger now comes pouring out of him]
Arturis : Victory would have meant annihilation of the Borg... but you couldn't see beyond the bow of your own ship!
Captain Janeway : In my estimation, Species 8472 posed a greater threat than the Borg.
Arturis : Who were you to make that decision? A stranger to this quadrant!
Captain Janeway : There wasn't exactly time to take a poll - I had to act quickly.
Arturis : My people managed to elude the Borg for centuries. Outwitting them... always one step ahead. But in recent years, the Borg began to weaken our defences... they were closing in... and Species 8472 was our last hope to defeat them. You took that away from us! The outer colonies were the first to fall. 23 in a matter of hours. Our sentry vessels tossed aside... no defence against the storm... and by the time they had surrounded our star system... hundreds of Cubes... we had already surrendered to our own terror. A few of us managed to survive. 10... 20,000. I was fortunate. I escaped with a vessel. Alone... but alive.
[pointing at Seven but still talking to Janeway]
Arturis : I don't blame them. They were just drones... acting with they're collective instinct. You... you had a choice!
Captain Janeway : [more sympathetic now] I'm sorry for what happened to your people but try to understand... I couldn't have known.
Arturis : It took me months to find you. I watched... and waited for my opportunity to make you pay for what you'd done. Then, the Starfleet message... and I knew that you're selfish desire to get home would surface again. That I could lure you to this vessel... that I could see to it that you'd all be assimilated and spend the rest of eternity as Borg. I was hoping to get your entire crew... but I'll settle for the two of you.
[he returns to the helm]
Arturis : In a matter of hours, this ship will return to my homeworld... inside Borg space.
Seven of Nine : When that happens, you will be assimilated as well.
Arturis : That's irrelevant.
Arturis : This is what you wanted all along, isn't it... to go back to your Collective? You should thank me.
[focuses all his attention on piloting the Dauntless now, oblivious to a worried Janeway and a pensive Seven]