After exhausting activities to help a human colony settle, the Enterprise crew is delighted to take their first-ever shore leave on Edo, an extremely friendly planet. Half in jest, Picard ... See full summary »



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Edo Girl


After exhausting activities to help a human colony settle, the Enterprise crew is delighted to take their first-ever shore leave on Edo, an extremely friendly planet. Half in jest, Picard says it seems to too good to be true, an Eden-like playground. Alas, it is, for while teaching native adolescents football, Wesley unwittingly commits a minor transgression in the zone where all errors suffer the single punishment: death by painless injection. Back aboard Enterprise, the senior officers struggle with an entity defying even the known laws of nature, which is facing and testing them. It turns out to be Edo's 'god', who is fiercely protective of his 'children', and learned all Federation knowledge from their database, and intends to hold them to their laws. Thus, violating the Prime Directive to save Wesley might arouse the fatal wrath of this 'god'. Written by KGF Vissers

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7 November 1987 (USA)  »

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Riker tells Worf "When in Rome..." while they are running with Rivan and Liator on Rubicun III. Julian Bashir says the same thing to Worf during their trip to Risa in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Let He Who Is Without Sin... (1996). Jonathan Archer also said this to T'Pol (who also did not understand the reference) while hosting a Tellarite delegation on Enterprise NX-01 Star Trek: Enterprise: Babel One (2005). See more »


In addition to the comment about the Prime Directive, this episode completely goes against what later in the series (and thus the Star Trek Universe) defines as being canon. In the episode 'First Contact' it is explicitly stated that The Federation only make initial contact with planets on the cusp of developing Warp travel (i.e. faster than light). It's also alluded to in Star Trek: Enterprise when they decide to put the Prime Directive into place, to try and avoid corrupting the natural evolution of a planet's indigenous cultures. See more »


Lieutenant Geordi La Forge: [about the Edo] They're wild in some ways, actually puritanical in others. Neat as pins, ultra-lawful; and they make love at the drop of a hat.
Lieutenant Tasha Yar: Any... hat.
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Edited into Star Trek: The Next Generation: Shades of Gray (1989) See more »


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Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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ST:TNG:09 - "Justice" (Stardate: 41255.6), this is the 9th episode to be made but the 8th episode to air on TV. This episode brings a moral dilemma - should you override one's own laws to rescue one life - should laws be that absolute? And as Data put it to Picard, "Would you choose 1 over a 1000 lives?" This is a question that for me hearkens back to what Spock said in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (when he said it was logical to sacrifice one for the many or a few), and one that fittingly reminds us that The Next Generation, which is still in its infancy at this point, still resides in the same universe as the Original Series. This is truly an episode which is at the very heart of Roddenberry's vision.

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