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 ...
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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 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
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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