Galen: Who are you?
Gideon: Captain Matthew Gideon.
Galen: What do you want?
Gideon: To find a cure for the Drakh plague before it wipes out all life on Earth.
Galen: Where are you going?
Gideon: Anywhere I have to.
Galen: Who do you serve, and who do you trust?
Galen: Who do you serve, and who do you trust?
Gideon: I don't know.
Galen: Then I will go with you.
Gideon: Just so we're clear: once we go, this is my command. I'll do whatever's necessary. If that means turning the entire galaxy upside down and shaking its pockets to see what falls out, that's what I'll do. I'm not subtle, I'm not pretty, and I'll piss off a helluva lot of people along the way, but I'll get the job done.
John Matheson: The more you make a big deal out of denying something, the more people think it must be true.
Galen: Never contradict a technomage when he's saving your life... again.
Captain Matthew Gideon: Personal Journal: Captain Matthew Gideon continuing. It's now three days since our visitors arrived on behalf of Earth Gov's Political affairs office. There's apparently some concern with how our work here is being perceived back home. They've been assigned to "help" us. Before their tour is finished, I may have to *kill* them. Assuming Lieutenant Mattheson doesn't beat me to it.
Gideon: [to Matheson] It's easier not to want forgiveness, or to expect it. We just keep trying to fix the mistake so we don't have to ask. But you end up trying so hard to atone for one set of mistakes, ...you overcompensate and make new ones, and then you can never break out of the cycle. You just keep going round and round, no way out, nowhere to go.
[cut to scene of Galen travelling aimlessly in the shuttlecar]
Gideon: Why me? There are others just as qualified.
Senator McQuate: During your time captaining an Explorer-class vessel you've come across more new alien lifeforms than anyone else in the Fleet. There are half a dozen captains riding Explorer ships; the rest are either too old or too cautious. You're a dangerous man when you want to be, Captain, and right now we need a dangerous man.
Senator McQuate: You know, Captain, folks think there might have been life on Mars once. If they did exist, they left no sign. We'll never know who they were or what they did, what songs they sang, what stories they told. Mars is a dead world. I can't imagine that happening to the Earth in a few years. I can't imagine that happening at all.
Captain Matthew Gideon: [Galen has led Excaliber on a wild goose chase] Now will you tell me what's going on?
Galen: Her name was Isabelle and she was the best of us. Every technomage knows the fourteen words to make someone fall in love with you forever. But she only needed one.
Captain Matthew Gideon: What word?
Galen: When you have reached the end of the road, then you can decide, whether to go to the left or to the right, to fire or to water. If you make those decisions before you have even set foot upon the road, it will take you no where... except to a bad end.
Technomage's Avatar: Our order says many things; does few, believes in fewer still.
Dureena Nafeel: Look, I don't like having to trust anyone because I'm always disappointed. But just once I'd like to know that I could actually trust someone, that for at least one person everything wasn't about money or power.
Captain Matthew Gideon: That's a benefit?
Dureena Nafeel: For me it could be.
Kendarr: The truth has never been in anyone's best interests.
Galen: There is always hope. Only because it's the one thing that no one has figured out how to kill yet.
Captain Matthew Gideon: I can see every detail of the Earth's surface as clearly as we're seeing it now. But after my father died, I tried to remember his face, but it always slipped away from me. Why is that I wonder.
John Matheson: Maybe it's because we can't decide which face to remember: the face of our father when we were children, the face of our father the first left home, the face of our father the last time we saw him. They all blur together we lose the details. But Earth is constant. Earth is forever.
Captain Matthew Gideon: You're too young to be having thoughts this old Lieutenant.
Galen: If I want to sit and talk with the dead I will draw a pentagram on the ground and conjure up someone more, interesting.
Galen: Do you think I'm hiding things from you, Dureena?
Dureena Nafeel: Gideon says we all have things to hide.
Galen: Did he? How unfortunate. I was hoping he'd come further than that. Not that isn't true of course. It's just that one simply doesn't have to say it... Matthew was right. We all have something to hide. We all have something to tell, we all have a secret name, we all have a question.
Galen: One question that unlocks our hearts.
Dureena Nafeel: And what is your question, Galen?
Galen: [pause] Why.
Captain Matthew Gideon: Married? You're telling me that some guy actually managed to land you? Got you to lower your defenses enough to commit and then he let you get away? Huh? God, he must be the biggest loser on the galaxy.
Elizabeth Lochley: Ah. Major loser. They don't come any bigger.
Captain Matthew Gideon: Loser have a name?
Elizabeth Lochley: John Sheridan.