Star Trek - The Next Generation, Episode 9: Justice
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It seems pretty cute now to think about those first dozen or so episodes ofThe Next Generation. Laboring to establish its own identity and figure out who its characters were, the young series occasionally stumbled into various retro-cliches from hokey, … see full wiki
Interesting, but the God-thing should have been avoided
Jul 17, 2002
While noble in statement and purpose, the prime directive of Star Fleet is unreasonable in practice. The very act of setting foot on a planet and interacting with the inhabitants changes the native culture. Therefore, establishing contact with new civilizations becomes an exercise is selective judgment concerning what actions to take. That is what makes this episode interesting. An Eden-like planet inhabited by beautiful, peaceful people, the Edo, is discovered and the Enterprise establishes contact. However, the laws on the planet are arbitrary, draconian and the Enterprise crew members are not informed of the rules. When Wesley Crusher is sentenced to death for damaging a flower bed, the captain is faced with a serious dilemma, whether to accede to the wishes of the Edo for noninterference or to prevent the execution of Wesley for what is clearly not a serious crime. The problem is further enhanced by the presence of an orbiting structure that is worshipped as God by the Edo and is probably more powerful than the Enterprise. This simplifies the problem for Picard and quite frankly was a plot feature that I could have done without. In my opinion, it would have been a better story if Picard would have had to make the choice in circumstances where he was not faced with the possible wrath of a superior power. For this reason, I only give the episode three stars.
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