Picard and Dathon at El-Adrel

Captain's log, Stardate 45047.2. The Enterprise is en route to the El-Adrel system. Its location is near the territory occupied by an enigmatic race known as The Children of Tama.

Picard and Dathon at El-Adrel
Star Trek: The Next Generation, Darmok
The Children of Tama are less interesting as aliens than they are as counterfactual versions of us, if we preferred logic over image or description.

If you are a Star Trek: The Next Generation fan, check out Shaka, When the Walls Fell by Ian Bogost at The Atlantic. I've always wondered if anyone else liked this episode from season 5 of TNG, Darmok. Bogost went deep on this topic and I'm happy to know others love this episode, too.

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