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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Jay Louden ...
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1st Mediator
Richard Lavin ...
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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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James L. Conway directed the episode, having just finished MacGyver: Jack in the Box (1987). 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 Worf: I am not concerned with pleasure, Commander. I am a warrior.
Commander William T. Riker: Even Klingons need love now and then.
Lieutenant Worf: For what we consider love, sir, I would need a Klingon woman.
Commander William T. Riker: What about plain old basic sex? You must have some need for that.
Lieutenant Worf: Of course. But with the females available to me, sir - Earth females - I must restrain myself too much. They are quite fragile, sir.
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Edited into Star Trek: The Next Generation: Shades of Gray (1989) See more »


Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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The Prime What ..........?
26 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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