Data Stellare 42402.7: Nei pressi dei pianeti gemelli Madena, l'Enterprise incrocia un piccolo cargo in avaria. Thadiun Okona, il giovane Capitano del cargo, si stupisce che i sensori della nave della Federazione siano in grado di diagnosticare a distanza i suoi guasti e spera che una tecnologia così avanzata possa aiutarlo a ripararli. Picard decide di far salire a bordo Okona, mentre La Forge e un team tecnico supervisioneranno le riparazioni. L'uomo si dimostra subito affabile, anche se un po' arrogante, e la descrizione che Deanna Troi ne dà è canaglia...
Riker: The unexpected is our normal routine. [T:03:14]
Okona: What about love?
Data: The act or the emotion?
Okona: They're both the same.
Data: I believe that statement to be inaccurate, sir. [T:09:12]
Data: She said I spoiled the joke.
Guinan: Actually «killed» would be a better word. [T:36:37]
Wesley: Say good-bye, Data.
Data: Good-bye Data. [T:41:52]
A [T:01:22] era previsto che Picard dettasse il suo diario di bordo in diretta:
6 ON PICARD He speaks calmly. PICARD Captain's log, supplemental. We have just encountered and identified an interplanetary cargo vessel which is apparently in need of emergency assistance. We will make every effort to do so. (beat) Open hailing frequencies.
A [T:08:54] era prevista una scena più lunga in sala macchine. La parte in grigio è quella presente nell'episodio:
OKONA ...I'm forced to add a flamboyancy and a zest to the doldrums of my existence. Geordi laughs. Wesley looks up at Okona with some admiration. WESLEY Captain Okona, I don't know whether I'd rather take a flight with you or listen to you talk. Okona roars. OKONA Thank you Ensign Crusher, Crusher. WESLEY (getting into it) It's Wesley, Wesley. OKONA I'll make it easy on both of us. I'll just call you Tiger. 21 NEW ANGLE Data has entered Engineering in time to hear the end of the conversation. DATA Captain Picard is not fond of nicknames. OKONA Your gallant Captain Picard. I'd like to meet him... I'll stroll on the bridge and say hello. DATA You are not permitted on the bridge. You are restricted to your quarters or the Ten-Forward lounge unless escorted by a crewmember. OKONA (shrugs) I've broken some small rules before. GEORDI You do and besides the bells and lights that will go off, our benevolent and kindly Lieutenant Worf will offer you a new kind of greeting. OKONA Well then, would you escort me to C deck? Geordi studies Okona for a beat, then nods his approval. GEORDI I'm busy rebuilding your ship. Wesley ducks down the Jefferies Tube. Okona glances over to Data, smiles his best. OKONA Then Mister Data sir, I would feel privileged if you allow me to be in your company while you escort me to my destination... Geordi laughs... Data nods. Okona nods, looks a little speculative.
A [T:09:05] dopo che Okona chiede a Data «Have you ever been cold?» e poi «Warm?» a cui Data risponde sempre «No» nello script era previsto un chiarimento da parte dell'androide:
DATA The temperature on this vessel is regulated to within a fraction of a degree of the perfect comfort range. I am also able to react to any changes just as a humanoid.
A [T:09:08] quando Okona chiede a Data se si sia mai ubriacato, Data dice che non è possibile per lui ubriacarsi, ma nello script dava una risposta leggermente differente:
DATA That is not possible. One moment. Data stops dead in his tracks and runs through his program. Only his eyes show a sort of blinking symbol as he checks out his circuits for the answer. DATA (continuing) I was correct. I am not designed to react to any synthenol intake but apparently it is possible for me to become intoxicated. OKONA I don't understand that at all. DATA It seems that I have been adapting some human peculiarities over the last three tours of duty.
A [T:11:44] nell'episodio Guinan fa un gioco di parole indicato nella versione italiana, ma nello script la battuta era differente:
GUINAN (overlapping) Whoa, slow down. Now Data, there's just you and me here and nobody is going to know what we talked about. My job here places me under some obligations, like a vow of secrecy. I can't repeat anything I hear or see. Now the obligation of the patron is to tell the truth, otherwise I'm being placed under a commitment to keep a secret about "nothing." That's not fair. It's called wasted honor. You understand?
Il primo incontro tra Data e il comico riportato nello script è piuttosto differente da quello visto nell'episodio.
31 INT. HOLODECK The image comes to life. The Comic takes a bow and announces. THE COMIC Thank you ladies and gentlemen. And thank you for bringing me here. DATA I want to know what is funny. The Comic steps off the stage and takes a seat next to Data. He stares at the blank open expression on Data's face and realizes that he's in for it. THE COMIC Things that make you laugh are funny? DATA Nothing makes me laugh, but I still want to do it. THE COMIC How much time do e have? DATA Time has no meaning in this instance. It could be endless. THE COMIC I think we're going to need it all. DATA I assure you, I am completely trainable and capable of indoctrination. Show me what is funny. THE COMIC Okay, try this. The Comic distorts his face and posture, does a piece of "business," a comical imitation, using his clothes, motion, perhaps a prop. He glances over to Data, who stands motionless and passive. THE COMIC Well? DATA That is considered funny? THE COMIC It was till a few seconds ago. DATA You mean if you twist your face, bend over at the waist, mess up your hair, and cross your eyes it is a pretense that would be funny. THE COMIC (uncomfortable) I have to admit it's a little ridiculous, but that's part of being funny. Clowns are ridiculous, but they make people laugh. Now try it. Data makes a couple of vain efforts to twist himself and imitate the imitator. His attempts are clumsy, inept, and bring a troubled look to the Comic's face. THE COMIC (continuing) Can you juggle, whistle, sing? Data shakes his head. THE COMIC (continuing) How about write or paint? I have a house that needs painting. It's hard work, but at least you don't have to be funny. Just a strong wrist, a good eye, and an affection for watching water base off-white dry slowly. The Comic laughs at his own humor. Data's sterile look causes the Comic to grimace. DATA I can do everything else that I want to do. I just want to know what is funny. I want to be able to involve myself in other people's laughter. (quieter beat) I want to "join in." The Comic eyes Data, understanding and sympathizing with his dilemma. THE COMIC We'll try. You have to remember your "body English" and gestures. (beat) Now you're going to learn some jokes. DATA Proceed.
A [T:17:10] dopo che Data ha raccontato la barzelletta a Guinan, e le chiede se è stata divertente, Guinan nell'episodio risponde «No», ma nello script la sua risposta era molto più pungente:
GUINAN That joke has been funny for over four hundred years. (sad beat) We'll now have a minute's silence for its passing.
A [T:24:30] nello script la scena in cui Picard chiede a Okona il motivo per cui è ricercato sia da Debin sia da Kushell era pensata per svolgersi nell'ufficio di Picard, mentre nell'episodio si svolge in plancia.
A [T:28:30] Dopo che Picard interrompe la comunicazione con Debin e Kushell in videoconferenza, nell'episodio si dirige nel suo ufficio con Okona. Nello script viene invece descritta una riunione nella sala conferenze, con tutti gli ufficiali superiori:
PICARD Okona, Doctor, Counselor, Lieutenant Worf, Geordi, the conference room if you please. Have Doctor Pulaski join us... The Observation Lounge door slides open and the group files in. 55 INT. OBSERVATION LOUNGE They take seats around the table. Okona takes the opportunity to move to the food slot and concoct a healthy snack. PULASKI Dishonesty, lust, and now hunger. You really are extremely basic Mister Okona. OKONA Last meals always taste the best and hunger won't make me a better person. PULASKI That's probably true. TROI Neither one of the allegations is considered a capital crime. OKONA I'll never reach either of those planets alive. They have lost too much face over these incidents. PICARD And yet it provides the possibility of even more violence. OKONA You're not afraid of those two or what they can do to you. PICARD It's what I may have to do to them that concerns me. If I turn you over to Debin, I will have to deal with Kushell. If you go to Kushell, I will have Debin to administer to. Or perhaps both of them would decide to attack us. Fatalities could be total. OKONA I hate to have to be the one to say this, but you don't owe me anything. PICARD I'm well aware of that, but it doesn't change anything. (beat) Are you innocent, Thadiun Okona? Okona can't resist the glib one liner and the smile. OKONA Innocent? Absolutely not, Captain Picard. I'll make no excuses for my lifestyle. (beat) But I have not committed the crimes that I've been accused of or any others similar. Okona turns to give Troi a questioning look. Troi nods to Picard that he's tellig the truth. PICARD Then my predicament is confirmed. OKONA In that case, Captain, I can't make it any easier on you. PICARD (reacts) Apparently you've never been concerned about making it easier on anyone... There are two men out there who do not consider this a joke and are willing to face death as a matter of honor. They should be respected, not laughed at. OKONA You seemed to have reached a decision about me, Captain. PICARD Only about what I think you are. What to do about it is still a problem. OKONA I'll help you with it. (beat) Stall Debin and Kushell. Give me enough time to get the guidance system re-installed and I'll go on my own. RIKER Their ships are bigger and faster than yours. OKONA You'll still be able to warp away and I'll take care of myself. PULASKI How will you get away? OKONA (smile) I'll dazzle them with my brilliance and dexterity. PICARD (beat) I don't like it. OKONA You have very little choice. PICARD (a few beats) I know. It will be impossible to stall very long. OKONA "Just long enough" is all I need... PULASKI What are you going to say to Debin and Kushell? PICARD (shrugging) Anything I have to. OKONA Now you're starting to sound like me, Captain. PICARD Heaven forbid. Okona holds Picard's look for a beat, nods, turns and enters the turbolift... Picard moves to the door to the Main bridge. The doors slide open. Picard, Riker et al walk through. 56 INT. MAIN BRIDGE Picard moves to the command chair; Riker next to him. Picard takes a breath. PICARD Engage Main Viewer. Screen -- the spilt screen of Debin and Kushell. PICARD (continuing) Ah, gentlemen... If you'll just bear with me, I have a few questions.
Nello script non era previsto che Debin e Kushell con i rispettivi figli si teletrasportassero sull'Enterprise per il faccia a faccia con Okona. Tutta la scena era prevista in videoconferenza dalla plancia dell'Enterprise, ed erano previsti alcuni interventi degli ufficiali di plancia. In particolare, quando Okona convince Yanar a sposare Benzan, al temine del suo discorso nello script dice «So for heaven's sake girl, you have to marry the boy because I've finally run out of words»; era previsto allora il seguente scambio di battute:
RIKER I don't believe that. DATA It is mathematically possible. PICARD Okona defies even the science of mathematics. Okona laughs. Data asks Riker. DATA Was that funny?
Sempre riguardo alla scena precedente, quando Yanar e Benzan dichiarano di volersi sposare e tutto si risolve felicemente, Picard si congeda e interrompe le due comunicazioni. Alcuni ufficiali si scambiano allora le seguenti osservazioni:
63 INT. MAIN BRIDGE There is a momentary silence as the crew lets its breath out. PICARD (to Riker) Take over, Will. Mister Okona and I are going to drink a toast to the newlyweds. Okona smiles, nods, moves off with Picard. As they pass other members of the crew, various comments can be heard. TROI Weddings bring out emotions in me that I never could quite understand. I get so sentimental. PULASKI Perhaps it's the way they drape the flowers over the shotgun that makes you cry. WORF We could have destroyed both crafts without even using our photon torpedoes. They were totally vulnerable. GEORDI (patiently) Maybe next time, Worf. Maybe next time. Data heads past them into the turbolift. The doors close behind him.
A [T:41:04] il dialogo tra Guinan e Data sull'importanza relativa che ha il senso dell'umorismo per un essere umano, non era previsto nello script.
A [T:41:46] quando Okona ritorna sulla sua nave, ringrazia l'Enterprise e Picard dell'aiuto nelle riparazioni. Nell'episodio Picard risponde semplicemente «Goodbye, Captain Okona», mentre nello script era previsto questo scambio di battute, sempre incentrate sul senso dell'umorismo (la parte in grigio è presente nell'episodio):
OKONA I'm under my own power. Thank you, Enterprise. Thank you, Captain Picard. PICARD I think it turned out to be "my pleasure," Mister Okona. OKONA You've got a bizarre sense of humor, Captain. PICARD Stretched to the limit wth you, but thankfully still present. I think I might miss your presence, but I would like it to remain a fond memory. OKONA Well put Captain Picard, and good-bye sir. PICARD Good-bye Captain Okona.
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