Star Trek TNG Top Ten lists

Still inspired by Star Trek GPT-NG, next up was trying to see what mad made-up quotes or facts GPT-J would be able to come up with.



First attempt:

TOP TEN QUOTES FROM STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 10. "The past was when our race was young and the future is when we become old. It is the present which is our prime concern. If that is not so, then the future is irrelevant, and Klingon culture is bound to self-destruct. That is our mission, our destiny." - Worf 9. "The past is not ahead of us, it is behind us: it is the road we have traveled and the road we must travel again." - Commander Geordi LaForge 8. "Please make this film as true to the spirit of Star Trek as you can. I know it's got tremendous inherent conflict: Picard against his father, Picard against the Federation, Picard against his own officers. And that's what's so wonderful about Star Trek. One crew against another crew, Klingons against Starfleet, Romulans against the Federation." - Gene Roddenberry - Def Leppard 7. "A new beginning. For what comes after is all the more beautiful for having been anticipated in the glory of what has been." - Jean-Luc Picard 6. "History? I'll have some of that!" - Max Q 5. "We see the future as it's happening. We don't just watch it as it happens. Things that we've been doing for decades are used again today with the same force of impact that they had 50 years ago." - Data 4. "The enemy is not our power. The enemy is our own self-righteous and overbearing human nature." - Doctor Beverly Crusher 3. "It took me a long time to realize - and Dr. Crusher confirmed its validity - the heart of our captain was his job to bow before no one and follow his own conscience. Even in that, there were times when the overwhelming nature of command, of Federation command, would overrule that strict moral center." - Data 2. "I never wanted to be a leader, I just wanted to be Picard. Now, I do the best I can. For all these years, I've tried to be a better man, not to make a better leader, but a better man." - Jean-Luc Picard 1. "You are not who you really are. Your life is not your own. Your life is what your thoughts make it. With your thoughts, you can enslave yourself. You can become your own prison. Or you can use your thoughts to free yourself. It's your choice." - Wesley Crusher

Second attempt. Interestingly, the model has apparently learned that this kind of ‘listicle’ often appears on that kind of pages that want to keep you continuing reading, so after it has generated all ten quotes, it continues with an ‘If you liked this article, you might also enjoy’ section.

TOP TEN QUOTES FROM STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION 10. “Keiko, we can work together. You and I, we’re… we’re not so different.” – McCoy 9. “I know you’re the enemy. I feel it inside. Can’t anyone see that?” – Troi 8. “My name is K’Ehleyr… my friends call me K” – K’Ehleyr 7. “I want to be Klingon. My parents want me to be James T. Kirk. You want me to be God!” – Kira 6. “I am a living weapon!” – Kang 5. “I don’t know what kind of Klingon I am. I don’t know what kind of man. I think… I think I am a man.” – Worf 4. “I never felt like anybody could offer me love or empathy. The only love I ever felt was the love I felt for fighting. You would think that that’s an emotion you would get over once you reach certain levels in your life, but you’ll find out that there’s nothing that you could ever learn that will ever give you a love as strong as that which I had for my people. It’s like making up for lost time” – Kang 3. “I was special to you. That’s the way you see it. But look here–you can still be special to someone. You’re just not special to me. I don’t like to be reminded that I didn’t choose you.” – Kira 2. “I think we’re more alike than you realize. I think we both hurt people we care about. You do it by doing bad things. I do it by growing to care about people.” – Kang ——– 1. “My name is Zefram Cochrane. I am a farmer on Earth. A small, simple man, nothing special. Who had the courage to go where no man had gone before. Now, I’m returning to my home. But while I’m there, I’ll be known as the man who first made contact with the residents of that planet—a barren rock. I talked to them. I told them about our two worlds. About us. I showed them our ships. I told them about our hopes and dreams. It was the least I could do after everything that’s happened. And I think maybe they believed me. Maybe they’ll take our offer as an act of good faith—a mea­sure of trust between two species. A peace offering. Maybe it will be enough to end the war.” – Zefram Cochrane If you liked this article, you might also enjoy: I've Never Met a Torgorian Who Wouldn't Like Me: Torgallan Thoughts on Star Trek

Not spelling the prompt in all-caps in an attempt to perhaps improve the results leads to the madcap claim of ‘Duh-Duh-Duh...’ being a staple Star Trek catch phrase and a hilarious dialogue between Spck and Kirk. Quote no. 1 is a very slight rephrasing of an actual, real quote from Star Trek II, although GPT-J still manages to misattribute it to the wrong occasions and persons.

On top of that, GPT-J also seems to develop a slight obsession about Dr. Crusher becoming bald and middle-aged.

Top Ten quotes from Star Trek: The Next Generation 10. "Duh-Duh-Duh..." "Duh-Duh-Duh..." is the catch-phrase of Lieutenant Commander Data in the science fiction TV show Star Trek: The Next Generation. The phrase means "I don't understand." It was uttered by Data in "The Child" when he was asked about his assignment to the Enterprise. The phrase has been a staple of Star Trek since the first Star Trek pilot, "The Cage". In the first episode of the original series, The Cage, Spock's response when asked if he is going to stay on the Enterprise is "Duh-dah-dah." In the pilot of the next series, Star Trek: The Animated Series, "The Omega Glory", the crew of the Enterprise has the following exchange: Spock: Captain, would you care to explain the Duh-Duh-Duh Duh-Duh-Duh... Duh-Duh-Duh? Captain Kirk: Uh, I don't know. Spock: Captain, we're at a dead stop. Captain Kirk: I'm not sure what you're talking about. Spock: The Duh-Duh-Duh Duh-Duh-Duh... Duh-Duh-Duh. The next episode, "Shore Leave", from Star Trek: The Animated Series, features Spock and McCoy in the mess hall having a conversation about a new invention: a food dispenser. McCoy has just asked Spock, "Do you know what this thing is?" and Spock replies, "Duh-Duh-Duh." The show also featured the line "Duh-Duh-Duh" in the original series episode "The Ultimate Computer" (1966). In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Offspring", Lieutenant Commander Data (played by Brent Spiner) asks Counselor Troi, "Data, why?" in response to her concern over the outcome of a plan he is about to carry out. "Duh-Duh-Duh." In the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "The Visitor", Dr. Bashir (Alexander Siddig) is asked by General Martok, "What's a nice girl like you doing in a place like this?" Bashir replies, "Duh-Duh-Duh." In the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Prototype" (2000), Dr. Chakotay says to an alien, "Klingon ship approaching. Duh-Duh-Duh." 9. "Is that a phaser set to stun, or is that just a safety feature?" "Is that a phaser set to stun, or is that just a safety feature?" is the first line spoken by Starfleet Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the episode "The First Duty", the first of Star Trek: The Next Generation's first season. The line was later repeated in the second-season episode "Brothers". In both instances, the line was spoken by Captain James T. Kirk of the original series, when he is about to be beamed aboard the USS Enterprise in an attempt to stop the Romulans from capturing an engineer. 8. "I wonder what the hair is like on a Ferengi." "I wonder what the hair is like on a Ferengi." is a quote from Star Trek: The Next Generation's fourth season episode, "The Schizoid Man", first spoken by Ensign Ro Laren (who would become Captain Jean-Luc Picard's first officer on the USS Enterprise-D) to a balding, middle-aged Dr. Beverly Crusher. The line was first uttered by William Shatner in the original series episode "The Cage", in response to the same question. The line is also featured in the novelization of the same episode, The Schizoid Man. 7. "We're not here to make friends, we're here to do a job." "We're not here to make friends, we're here to do a job." is a line spoken by Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise-D in the series' fifth season episode, "The Enemy". The line is taken from a speech made by Captain Kirk in the episode of the original series, "Mirror, Mirror", and is later quoted by Picard in the movie Star Trek Generations. In both instances, the line is spoken by Captain James T. Kirk of the original series when the Enterprise is boarded by a Romulan ship. The quote is also used by Picard to the crew of the USS Voyager in the movie Star Trek: First Contact. In the movie, a Romulan commander says to Captain Kathryn Janeway, "We're not here to make friends, we're here to do a job." 6. "If you see something, say something." "If you see something, say something." is a line spoken by Starfleet Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the episode "The Best of Both Worlds". The line was first uttered by Captain James T. Kirk in the episode "The Man Trap", of the original series. The line is also quoted by the character of Harry Mudd in the first episode of the Star Trek: The Animated Series, "The Trouble with Tribbles". 5. "What can we expect in a hundred years? The Federation is going to look like our grandchildren." "What can we expect in a hundred years? The Federation is going to look like our grandchildren." is a line spoken by Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the episode "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II", in reference to his idea of preserving the past and the future. The quote is a reference to a line from an earlier episode of the original series, "The City on the Edge of Forever", in which the character of Captain Kirk was asked, "What can we expect in a hundred years? That the Federation will look like the world we live in today." Kirk replies, "The world we live in today will look like the Federation." The line was also used by Captain Kirk in the first episode of the original series, "The Cage", when he was asked by Spock what the future of the human race might be. Kirk replies, "Oh, to be a child again and believe in things." 4. "I'm just happy to be here." "I'm just happy to be here." is a line spoken by Starfleet Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the first season episode "Encounter at Farpoint". The line is also first spoken by Captain Kirk in the second-season episode "Brothers", and later appears in the book The Art of Star Trek. 3. "I can teach you some Vulcan mind-meld, but it would take several lifetimes." "I can teach you some Vulcan mind-meld, but it would take several lifetimes." is the first line spoken by Spock, in the episode "Journey to Babel", in which the character of Captain James T. Kirk is beamed aboard the USS Enterprise by the Vulcan Ambassador Sarek. The line is used in the first season episode "The Cage", by Captain James T. Kirk when he is told by Spock that he will need several lifetimes to master the Vulcan mind-meld. The line is also used in the first season episode "Assignment: Earth" when Captain Kirk informs Spock that he was chosen as his successor as Captain of the USS Enterprise. In the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "The Visitor", Dr. Bashir (Alexander Siddig) is in a conversation with a bald, middle-aged Dr. Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden). Dr. Crusher asks Bashir about the Vulcan mind-meld. He replies, "It's not something I can learn in one lifetime." 2. "I'm not in the habit of dating girls I meet in bars." "I'm not in the habit of dating girls I meet in bars." is a line spoken by Starfleet Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the episode "Darmok", the second-season episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. The line is a reference to the third season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, "Friday's Child", in which the character of Captain Kirk is asked by a female android, "Are you in the habit of dating girls you meet in bars?" Kirk replies, "I'm not in the habit of dating girls I meet in bars. This is a special occasion." The quote is also used by Captain Picard in the episode "Where Silence Has Lease", when he is asked by Commander Riker, "What do you do when the woman you love leaves you?" Picard responds, "I don't believe in commitment." The line is also used by Captain Picard in the episode "Time Squared", when he is asked by Commander Riker, "What's your answer to Deanna Troi's question about why you didn't come?" Picard responds, "I'm not in the habit of dating girls I meet in bars." 1. "I have been, and always shall be, your friend." "I have been, and always shall be, your friend." is a line spoken by Commander Riker in the episode "Tapestry". The line is a reference to the episode of the original series, "The Conscience of the King", in which Captain James T. Kirk was asked by the Vulcan ambassador Spock, "Are you my friend?" Kirk replies, "I have been, and always shall be, your friend."

Next up is attempting to generated some previously unknown facts. They range from the truly trivial (10.) via the suspiciously-specific denial (7.) to the just plain weird (1.). As a bonus fact, it then claims that half of the main plot in the first episode of almost every Star Trek incarnation apparently was ‘To find the power source of the spacecraft’.

Top 10 Trivia for Star Trek: The Next Generation: 10. The United Federation of Planets is a federation of worlds, not a single world. 9. The Klingon Empire is not named after cars. 8. Starfleet’s job was to keep U.S. out of mischief. 7. The Romulan Empire was in no way inspired by the Soviet Union or any other soviet-aligned nation. 6. The Federation is a combination of several planets and societies; the Federation of Planets name was chosen by fans. 5. The U.S.S. Enterprise is not named after the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. 4. Admiral Kirk was a Starfleet Admiral in the 1960s, wasn’t he? 3. The U.S.S. Enterprise was not destroyed. 2. The U.S.S. Enterprise was not decommissioned. 1. Captain Picard and Mr. Data were not killed in the early episodes. Bonus: TOS: The first episode of The Original Series had 2 main plots: To find the power source of the spacecraft and to stop a war between Klingons and Romulans. TNG: Not to be compared with the Enterprise-D. The ship was born on the television screen. VGR: The first episode of Voyager – A Journey Begins had 2 main plots: To find the power source of the spacecraft and to find the identity of the man abducted by a probe. DS9: The first episode of Deep Space Nine – Trials and Tribble-ations had 2 main plots: To find the power source of the spacecraft and to rescue a prisoner. ST: The first episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Best of Both Worlds had 2 main plots: To find the power source of the spacecraft and to rescue a prisoner.

The second attempt quickly turns into a top ten list of Borg facts. 7.) is an espcially choicy fact and open to wonderfully Freudian implications.

Top 10 Trivia for Star Trek: The Next Generation: 10. Jeffrey Hunter died prior to the start of production on Season Four. In the first few episodes of Season Four, his character of Dr.Picard was replaced by fellow guest star John de Lancie (Q) who was said to have died of a heart attack in 1969. This allowed studio executives to replace Hunter with a young actor who looked and sounded more like the character from the original series. 9. In the original series, the Borg were seen using a device that looked like a cross between a phone and a typewriter. In TNG, the Borg adopted a simple computerized voice where the computerized voice was used as an "intercalation" to enhance dialogue. 8. The Borg's custom implanted VLS (Vagal Link Stimulator) would "control their digestive systems, their heartbeat, their respiration, and their circulation, monitoring them continuously." It could also "act as an interface to other devices, like phones." The Borg's "endocrine system" would be used to control their energy and aggression. The VLS would also be used to control their enemy ships, by "transmitting a signal to the neural processes, causing a malfunction in the opponent's cerebral cortex." 7. The Borg's testicles would be used as a "release of neurotoxic chemicals" in the case of "disagreement." They would also replace "parts of the body" in the case of injury. The Borg's testicles have been seen to be recovered and implanted in various Borg who have been injured. They could also be used as a "weapon". 6. The Borg Queen was mentioned to be a female. She was also seen as a hologram. She was also seen as a "demon". In one episode, the Queen was seen as a red-skinned woman. She was also seen as a "black-skinned" woman. In "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II", the Queen was seen as a "white-skinned" woman. In the second season episode "The Best of Both Worlds", the Queen was seen as a "white-skinned" woman. 5. The Borg's main weapon was the "transphasic phaser". It was a "beam weapon." It would also be used as a "weapon" in conjunction with the Borg's "exoskeletons". 4. During a mission, the Borg were shown transporting a scientist aboard their ship. The scientist quickly became ill and died. In the original series, the Borg were said to lose the scientist. In TNG, the scientist was said to have been killed by a "radium rush" in his system. 3. The Borg are shown to have used "indecipherable writing" on their ships. 2. In TNG, the Borg Queen would use "a form of telepathy" to control the Borg drones. The Queen would also "control their thoughts, emotions, and their will." The Queen was also seen as having access to "all the knowledge of the Borg collective." She would generally be seen as "an evil genius" who could easily manipulate the drones by "thinking" within their "brains." 1. The Borg's loyalty was to the Collective. They would only pledge their loyalty to the collective if they were ordered to do so by the leader. They would only follow their leader's orders as it was the leader who was seen as being the "most advanced being" among the Borg. They would also kill their own if they disobeyed a superior who was the leader of the collective.

This time around, the model quickly forgets that it is supposed to be generating a top ten list, and instead digresses into a weirdly detailed look at a strange game involving a game board with ‘vanilla’ and ‘chocolate’ sections, which Picard & co. are claimed to regularly play.

Top 10 Trivia for Star Trek: The Next Generation: 10. Picard vs. Riker In one episode of TNG, Picard is challenged to a "logical" duel. This is a series of questions and challenges that are logically derived. The "game" is given out on a regular basis to Picard's crew, and they find it oddly difficult to solve. The object of the game is to make it to the "vanilla" and the "chocolate" sections of the game board. The vanilla part of the game board is the first and second sections of the game, while the chocolate is the third and fourth sections. The vanilla section has a set of questions, each of which has one or more answers. The first question is a series of two questions. The second question is a series of one or more questions. The third question is a series of two' questions. The fourth question is a series of one or more questions. The chocolate section of the game board is identical to the vanilla section, except the questions are a little more challenging. An Enterprise crew member is tasked with assisting Picard with the game. The crew member is told in advance the questions in the vanilla section. He must then help Picard with each of the questions in the vanilla section. At the end of each series, the crew member has help the captain with the final question in the chocolate section. Picard and the crew member then go back to the Enterprise and have the Enterprise's computer randomly select one of the series of questions from the vanilla section. The crew member is told what the series of questions is, and then is told the series of questions from the chocolate section. The crew member then helps the captain with the series of questions in the chocolate section. At the end, the computer chooses a different series of questions from the chocolate section. The computer has, however, told Picard that these two series of questions are not a part of the game. The crew member then gives the captain two questions from the series he helped him with. The captain is then told that the computer has chosen two more series of questions to select. This is incredibly complex and is a good example of the complexity that can be built into a fictional universe.

A final try, in which GPT-J quickly forgets that it is supposed to come up with facts about The Next Generation instead of turning towards The Original Series as it does here.

Top 10 Trivia Facts for Star Trek: The Next Generation: 10. Captain Kirk’s middle name was William. Kirk’s middle initial is revealed in the pilot episode, “Where No Man Has Gone Before.” Yes, William Henry, the William Henry of the Bible. In this episode, John refers to Kirk as the captain, and honestly, William is pretty much just a nickname. 9. Kirk was the only main Trek character to never have his own signature feature. He has always been the one without the “Star Trek” on his forehead. Never having an emblem or mark that screamed out his character was a uniformity that Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley and William Shatner were proud of. It was a very integral part of their Starfleet characters. 8. The starship Enterprise was registered in New York. Star Trek: The Original Series was the only series to be set in the year 2287. That date was a result of the series being produced in the early 60s, and all the technology to make sure that date was correct still being in the works. The Enterprise was registered in New York, although the show was filmed in California. 7. The Enterprise was designed to be a faster-than-light vessel. The ship was built to be the fastest-moving ship in the galaxy. It was designed to surpass the speed of light in some cases. The series never said exactly how fast these things travel but they are rather fast. 6. The Enterprise was going to be a nuclear powered warship. The Enterprise was going to be powered by nuclear reactors. The pressurized corridors were a major part of the show, and for good reason. While in the original series, the corridors were air-filled, in the new series, engineers figured out how to use norditonium to make the crew of the Enterprise feel safe from the radiation. 5. Kirk’s height was listed as 5’9” in a crew picture from “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield.” In the episode “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield”, Kirk is shown standing next to a crew member. One of the crew members is wearing a cap that has a crew photo on the front. The picture shows a crew member standing next to a bar. The I believe all crew members, but there is one that stands out. The picture shows a crew member standing next to a bar, and the length of his hair is listed as 5’9”. 4. In “The Ultimate Computer” the Enterprise is on the other side of Alpha Centauri, but in The Voyage Home, they are on the other side of Earth. During the first episode, “The Naked Time”, it is stated that the Enterprise is in orbit of Earth which makes it clear that it is on the other side of the solar system. However, it is also said in “The Naked Time” that the Enterprise is in orbit to the other side of Alpha Centauri, which would mean that the Enterprise is on the other side of the galaxy. 3. Captain Kirk’s eyes were actually blue. The eyes of William Shatner’s Captain Kirk were actually blue. According to Shatner, they were the same blue as his Irish mother’s. This is why he has never changed them. 2. The replica of the Enterprise in “The Cage” was based on the U.S.S. Stargazer. The replica of the Enterprise in “The Cage” is based on the U.S.S. Stargazer. That U.S.S. Stargazer is the same U.S.S. Stargazer that took part in the U.S.S. Essex Star Trek episode. It’s fantastic that the replica is done so well that it can be mistaken for the original due to the pilot being filmed on a soundstage in Los Angeles. 1. The pilot episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation was originally set to be a revival of The Original Series. When it was announced that Star Trek: The Next Generation was getting a reboot, it was originally reported that this reboot was a continuation of The Original Series. However, it was later found out that the pilot episode was actually a reboot and it was revealed as such on the season 4 DVD box set. Thanks for reading! Please make sure to check out our other Top 10 Trivia Facts posts: Jeffrey Combs Reveals The Truth About The Original Series Top 10 Trivia Facts for Star Trek: The Original Series Top 10 Trivia Facts for Star Trek: The Next Generation Top 10 Trivia Facts for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Top 10 Trivia Facts for Star Trek: Voyager