Broadway and Hudson decide to learn how to read.
Once again Matt Bluestone appears in this episode, but has no dialogue.
Xanatos doesn't appear in this episode.
Star Trek Voice Actors: Paul Winfield (Jeffrey Robbins) played the starship captain Clark Terrell in the movie Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (1982).
Jeffrey: The written word is all that stands between memory and oblivion. Without books, we are cast adrift, neither teaching nor learning. They are mirrors on the past, windows on the present, and prisms reflecting all possible futures. Books are lighthouses in the dark sea of time.
MacBeth: He was a singular spectacle, a bearded old man who took a ragged boy and, with magic and wisdom, turned him into the greatest king this world will ever see, a king who ruled with justice and compassion. He took the torn remnants of warring tribes and knit them into a country of beauty and civilization, with Merlin always by his side until it fell. Merlin's magic was stronger than everything except the human heart.
Hudson: Mm, Magic book.
Jeffrey: Aren't they all?
Broadway: Why stare at marks on a page when you can rent the video?
MacBeth: (to Broadway) You've got courage, beastie, I'll give you that. What you don't have is a prayer.
Jeffrey: Something about your voice made me think you were a soldier.
Hudson: Aye. I still am, I suppose.
Jeffrey: It isn't shameful to be illiterate, Hudson. It's only a shame to stay that way.
Brooklyn: Merlin? He was a wizard, right? Like the Magus.
Merlin was the great court magician in Arthurian legends. He was an ancient Welsh prophet and enchanter. He is often alluded to by the older poets, especially Spenser, in his Faery Queen, and also figures in Tennyson's Idylls of the King. In Le Morte d'Arthur by Mallory, Merlin is the prince of enchanters and of a supernatural origin. He is said to have built the Round Table to have brought from Ireland the stones of Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain.
Jeffrey's dog's name, "Gillie"
'Gillie' is short for Gilgamesh
, the famous historical king, adventurer, and epic heroe of Uruk in Babylonia of approximately 2700 B.C.
Jeffery Robbins: Lennox and Macduff were two characters in a play by Shakespeare -- Macbeth.
Like Jeffery Robbins points out, Macbeth's Lennox Macduff alias is taken from the two characters from Shakespeare's play. Lennox and Macduff were two Scottish noblemen often appearing together in scenes.
The magic of reading
A great lesson to be learned about illiteracy in this episode. At the beginning Broadway doesn't understand what all the fuss is about books ("Why stare at marks on a page when you can rent the video?). Lexington tells him they aren't marks when you know how to read. Later Hudson shamefully admits to Jeffrey that he can't read. Jeffrey tells him that it isn't shameful to be illiterate, only a shame to stay that way. The best line comes when Goliath threatens to burn the scrolls and Broadway realizes the importance of reading: "It's Merlin's life in his own words, when you read them, they take you there. It is magic, Goliath. Precious magic."