Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 1, Episode 7

Justice (7 Nov. 1987)

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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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jay Louden ...
David Q. Combs ...
1st Mediator
Richard Lavin ...
2nd Mediator
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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The model for the Edo God would later be re-used as the Lysian Central Command in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Conundrum (1992). See more »


The probe object sent by the Alien space station is seen to fly over the Enterprise in the view screen but in the very next external shot if flies under the ship and enters the bottom of the saucer section. In the very next shot, from inside the ship the probe is seen passing through a wall. It should be coming through the floor. See more »


Doctor Beverly Crusher: The Edo want to execute my son. I will not allow that to happen, Jean-Luc!
Lt. Cmdr. Data: [to Picard] Most interesting, sir. The emotion of motherhood is, compared to all others felt by human...
Doctor Beverly Crusher: SHUT UP!
[runs out]
Lt. Cmdr. Data: You were right, sir. I do tend to babble.
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Edited into Star Trek: The Next Generation: Shades of Gray (1989) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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The Prime Directive calls for Wesley to die...and I'm fine with that.
10 November 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The Enterprise arrives at a planet where everyone seems very happy, very athletic and VERY sexual. These people are very welcoming and Picard is interested in investigating the place for shore leave. Naturally, the intergalactic player, Riker, is in favor of this, as the place is full of good looking people who LOVE sex...much like Ryker! However, there is a hidden down side to the place. While it's mostly about pleasure and relaxing, there is a local taboo--one that is insanely arbitrary. And, when Wesley breaks the taboo, the locals want to put him to death. Based on what many people thought of this character, this MIGHT have been a great idea and would have been in keeping with the Prime Directive!

In addition to this plot, the ship's sensors see some anomaly--something that MIGHT be there but isn't. Eventually, they locate some sort of floating space craft that warns the crew NOT to bother the inhabitants on the planet. To further communicate with the humans, the entity takes over Data and makes him become inert--like he's dead.

The is a very good episode of the series--quite memorable and a great example of the problems which might result from the Prime Directive. Well worth seeing and a truly novel plot.

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