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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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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Actor Josh Clark, who played the 'Conn officer' in this episode, later went on to play 'Lieutenant Joe Carey' on Star Trek: Voyager (1995). This was his only appearance on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). See more »

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The leg of a light stand can be seen to the left of Picard in the opening bridge scene. See more »

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Doctor Beverly Crusher: Your God is unfair. My son had no warning that his act was criminal.
2nd Mediator: We cannot allow ignorance of the law to become a defense.
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A visit to a white sterile planet results in Wesley Crusher being charged with a capital offense. He is sentenced to die for a kind of trespassing. This is an incredibly controlling environment. Captain Kirk had little trouble messing around with the prime directive. These guys seem to be falling into the same pit. In fairness, the crew doesn't belong here without knowledge of the rules. An ongoing theme is that very strict rules apply to these explorers, yet they must have a contingency for potentially destructive behavior. I've never been too fond of sacrificing life for something ambiguous and philosophical. I didn't think Socrates should have drunk the hemlock and the arbitrary sentence for a pretty insignificant action needs to be resisted. I know that cultures are sacred in many ways and all things should be done to avoid confrontation and changing their being. Still, is it right to give superiority to one over another, especially if morally the punishment doesn't fit the crime.


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