I used to hate this episode... then Picard mentioned Gilgamesh. Then I read several versions of The Epic of Gilgamesh. Then I decided that this episode was alright.
19 March 2013
The Epic of Gilgamesh
I was recently watching some old Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes and watched a highly acclaimed (though not particularly liked by me) episode called "Darmok". In this episode, Darmok (the alien) is trying to teach Picard how to converse. Darmok's people use stories to communicate everything which makes it very difficult for Picard to understand because the stories mean nothing to him. To overcome this, they tell each other cultural stories: