I'm not sure if I'm hearing it right, but he appears twice in the episode and seems to be referred to by his real life name. Is this true?

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Picard refers to O'Brien (Colm Meaney) by his position; Flight Controller

O'BRIEN: All forward motion stopped, sir.

PICARD: Thank you, Conn. Commander, signal the following in all languages and on all frequencies. We surrender. State that we are not asking for any terms or conditions.

In TNG: Schisms, The script explicitly states that the left-handed chair on the Bridge is the "Conn" position.

  • The noun and verb ‘conn’ isn't related to ‘flight controller’; it's a separate word meaning ‘the duty of directing a ship’ or ‘to direct a ship’.
    – gidds
    Aug 20, 2023 at 22:49
  • @gidds - The etymology is, in point of fact, lost; scifi.stackexchange.com/a/203071/20774
    – Valorum
    Aug 20, 2023 at 23:06
  • This is ‘lost’ in the sense of ‘we're fairly sure we have it, but we can't prove it’? Either way, it seems highly unlikely to be related to ‘controller’.
    – gidds
    Aug 20, 2023 at 23:23
  • @gidds - Lost in the sense that the world's finest linguists and lexicographers don't know its origin. Their guess is better than ours, but it's still a guess.
    – Valorum
    Aug 20, 2023 at 23:47

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