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.

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