I have a memory of seeing Spock say the line "Impressive, Captain", but now I can't locate where that was. Am I misremembering this?

  • Are fanfics acceptable? :) google.com/… Commented Jan 8, 2015 at 16:44
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    You may be getting memories mixed around. I believe the line was in TNG and was directed at Captain PICARD, not Kirk.
    – Omegacron
    Commented Jan 8, 2015 at 22:05
  • You could be confusing Kirk with that other great starship captain, Major-General-Webelos Zapp Brannigan. He describes Turanga Leela as "one impressive piece of Captain" once. Commented Jan 8, 2015 at 23:03

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In a discussion between Spock and Kirk, "Unquestionably. Most impressive." is the closest quote I could find...

  • I looked at the context of your quote, and it's not what I'm remembering, because in your quote, Spock is saying that he's impressed with something external. What I'm remembering is a compliment by Spock to Kirk... i.e. Spock is impressed with something Kirk did or said.
    – JoelFan
    Commented Jan 8, 2015 at 16:41
  • @JoelFan Ah I see. Sorry I couldn't be of help!
    – Daft
    Commented Jan 8, 2015 at 16:43

There was one instance of that exact phrase in non-canon licensed books, but it wasn't Spock speaking.

Star Trek: Signature Edition: Worlds in Collision By Judith Reeves-Stevens:

Very Impressive, Captain. I would have sworn you had tuned me out completely. (src)

There didn't seem to be any phrase exactly like that in TOS episode transcripts, though it did occur in one TNG episode.

However, there were several quotes that were somewhat similar in nature:

SPOCK: Unquestionably. Most impressive. (Spectre Of The Gun)


SPOCK [OC]: If I may explain, Captain. She refers to the tape storehouse of knowledge of the builders of this place. I scan it. A most impressive store.

Kirk himself said something similar in a couple of episodes.

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    How did you dig that up?? Very impressive.
    – Daft
    Commented Jan 8, 2015 at 16:56
  • That wasn't Spock though. Looking at the Google books excerpt you gave, it looks like the speaker of that line is Mira Romaine.
    – Trish Ling
    Commented Jan 8, 2015 at 16:58
  • @Daft I came across that line & book myself by googling "Impressive Captain" combined with "Star Trek".
    – Trish Ling
    Commented Jan 8, 2015 at 16:59
  • @TrishLing I added "Spock" to my search. I can see you have discovered it was actually Mira Romaine that said it and not Spock, which is probably why I didn't find it.
    – Daft
    Commented Jan 8, 2015 at 17:01
  • @TrishLing - good point. Updated Commented Jan 8, 2015 at 17:25

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