Darmok - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "'Darmok' is an episode of the television science fiction series Star Trek: The Next Generation, first broadcast in the United States on September 30, 1991. It was written by Joe Menosky. The episode contains a brief but notable recounting of the Gilgamesh epic, which is communicated by Picard to the Tamarian captain. The episode has an average rating of 4.4/5 on the official Star Trek website (as of September 8, 2007)."Oddly, this episode came up last night at Bible study, as we previewed Isaiah 13-23. The trigger passage was Isaiah 20:4.
so shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptian captives and the Cushite exiles, both the young and the old, naked and barefoot, with buttocks uncovered, the nakedness of Egypt.As I read, I could hear Picard telling the story of "Egyptians with buttocks uncovered." While this is mostly a humorous aside--something we often have in abundance--it is also a recognition of the power of characters and phrases to bring back entire, culture-shaping stories.