Commander Riker gives the order to fire on the Tamarian vessel. The shot disables the generator, allowing Chief O'Brien to beam Captain Picard aboard just as the creature is about to attack him again. The Tamarians return fire, severely damaging the Enterprise and crippling the ship's warp drive. As Picard returns to the bridge , he orders hailing frequencies to be opened with the Tamarian vessel.
The Tamarians reply angrily but they quickly calm down when Picard addresses them in metaphor. He explains that although the mission was a success as far as establishing communications between the two peoples is concerned, Dathon gave his life to accomplish it. Picard holds up Dathon's journal, and the Tamarians beam it into the first officer's hand, after which he pronounces that this successful contact will henceforth be known as the story of "Picard and Dathon at El-Adrel".
Picard offers the knife to the Tamarian officer, but the Tamarian insists that Picard keep it. Later, Picard is reading the Homeric Hymns in his ready room when Riker stops by with the damage reports for Picard to review. He notices the book and Picard explains that maybe more familiarity with their own mythology may help them relate to the Tamarians.
Picard also notes to Riker that Dathon sacrificed his life in hope of communication, and wonders if he would have been willing to do the same. Riker leaves the ready room, and Picard picks up the knife and looks out of the ready room window into space while repeating the possibly religious gestures he saw the Tamarians engage in upon learning of their captain's death, paying silent tribute to his fallen comrade.
I would like to believe that these are qualities that we have in sufficient measure. By citing example… by metaphor! Uzani's army… with fists open… " " Sokath, his eyes uncovered! It embodies their emotional states, their very thought processes. It's how they communicate and it's how they think. Gilgamesh, a king.
At Uruk. He tormented his subjects. He made them angry. They cried out aloud, "Send us a companion for our king! Spare us from his madness! They fought in the temple. They fought in the streets.
Gilgamesh defeated Enkidu. They became great friends. Gilgamesh and Enkidu at Uruk. Enkidu caught the Bull by the tail. Gilgamesh struck him with his sword. But… Enkidu fell to the ground, struck down by the gods.
And Gilgamesh… wept bitter tears, saying, "He who was my companion, through adventure and hardship, is gone forever. The river Temarc in winter! Darmok and Jalad… on the ocean. Uzani, his army. Shaka, when the walls fell. Sees Picard's book " Greek, sir. One of the root metaphors of our own culture. The Tamarian was willing to risk all of us just for the hope of communication…, connection.
Now the door is open between our peoples. That commitment meant more to him than his own life. Thank you, Number One. Of the Starship Enterprise. Of the planet Earth! Fandom may earn an affiliate commission on sales made from links on this page. Sign In Don't have an account?
Start a Wiki. Real World article written from a Production point of view. Contents [ show ]. Categories :. Stream the best stories. Start Your Free Trial. Try Now. Picard must learn to communicate with a race that speaks in metaphor under a difficult set of circumstances. Director: Winrich Kolbe. Added to Watchlist. Year by year: Share this Rating Title: Darmok 28 Sep 8. Use the HTML below. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. Edit Cast Episode cast overview: Patrick Stewart Jean-Luc Picard Jonathan Frakes William Riker LeVar Burton Geordi La Forge Michael Dorn Worf Gates McFadden Beverly Crusher Marina Sirtis Counselor Deanna Troi Brent Spiner Data Richard Allen Tamarian First Officer Colm Meaney Dathon Ashley Judd Ensign Robin Lefler Majel Barrett Edit Storyline The Enterprise approaches the uninhabited El-Adrel solar system, near the territory of the enigmatic, presumably pacific race known as the Children of Tamar, which is now establishing contact.
Edit Did You Know? Trivia This episode is also notable as it is the only time a phaser beam is emitted from the main photon torpedo tube. Of the mistake, Rick Berman said the producers received hundreds of letters from fans pointing it out. This was corrected for the Blu-Ray disc release by replacing the shot with a close up of the phaser array from "The Best of Both Worlds". Goofs The Tamarians would have to have once had a language without the use of "metaphor" or they could never have developed any words with which to make metaphors.
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