LAFORGE: There she is. She's beautiful. ...All right. Take a look.
COCHRANE: Well, well, well. What have we got here? ...I love a good peep show.
(Cochrane looks through a telescope and sees the Enterprise orbiting)
COCHRANE: Ha, ha, ha. That's a trick. Ha, ha, ha. How'd you do that?
LAFORGE: It's your telescope.
TROI: That's our ship. The Enterprise.
COCHRANE: And Lily's up there right now?
TROI (OC): That's right.
COCHRANE: Can I talk to her?
RIKER: We've lost contact with the Enterprise. We don't know why yet.
COCHRANE: So, what is it you want me to do?
RIKER: Simple. Conduct your warp flight tomorrow morning just as you planned.
COCHRANE: Why tomorrow morning?
RIKER: Because at eleven o'clock an alien ship will begin passing through this solar system.
COCHRANE: Alien? You mean extra-terrestrials. More bad guys?
TROI: Good guys. They're on a survey mission. They have no interest in Earth. ...Too primitive.
RIKER: Doctor, tomorrow morning when they detect the warp signature from your ship and realize that humans have discovered how to travel faster than light, they decide to alter their course and make first contact with Earth, right here.
LAFORGE: Sir, it's actually over there.
RIKER: It is one of the pivotal moments in human history, Doctor. You get to make first contact with an alien race, and after you do, everything begins to change.
LAFORGE: Your theories on warp drive allow fleets of starships to be built and mankind to start exploring the Galaxy.
TROI: It unites humanity in a way no one ever thought possible when they realize they're not alone in the universe. Poverty, disease, war. They'll all be gone within the next fifty years.
RIKER: But unless you make that warp flight tomorrow morning before eleven fifteen, none of it will happen.
COCHRANE: And you people, you're all astronauts, ... on some kind of star trek?
LAFORGE: Look, Doc, I know this is a lot for you to take in, but we're running out of time here.
RIKER: We need your help. ...What do you say?
COCHRANE: Why not?
This is why I LOVE Star Trek. It is a symbol of all that would-could/can-will be for the human race. What better thing to do on all-hallows-eve than to binge watch Star Trek movies?? In the movie 'First Contact' I was utterly galvanized when Troi says: "It unites humanity in a way no one ever thought possible when they realize they're not alone in the universe. Poverty, disease, war. They'll all be gone within the next fifty years." I got that energy explosion in the pit of my stomach and my jaw dropped because that is exactly where we are right now. Should the tech I ranted about in my last article be released, in 50 years we will have solved the world's problems and we will be that galactic race, finally.
I found the entire movie prophetic - in the fight against the Borg being a metaphor for the fight coming against transhumanism, an example of the right use of technology in the way the federation used it, in the stand a righteous man must make against a seemingly stronger force (Borg) to the extent of sacrificing his life for a moral philosophy, as we must all be ready to do, because the Borg symbolize the deepstate/cabal/elite/invasion force we are as a planet pitted against at this moment. We are at that tipping point. Really.
For over 40 years I have dreamt a secret dream that one day all that you see in Star Trek will become us. That the show was my perfect blue print for the future. And millions of people have agreed with me. There is no better structured creative dream out there for our future. As I have said before, give us a bone and we will worry it until we bring it to fruition, and this particular dream has the biggest, staunchest following of any creation that I personally know of. It is the most profoundly prophetic creation we have ever made.
It gives me hope for the future.