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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Liator
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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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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 »

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Picard says he had no choice but to beam Rivan onto the ship to learn about the space station. Howevert Data had just recovered from his information exchange and urgently wanted to speak to the Captain. Picard ignores this request and instead of speaking to Data he beams Rivan aboard. For all Picard knew Data already had all the information he needed. In fact in the next scene we discover that Data now knows quite a lot more about them than the Edo on the planet. See more »

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Lt. Cmdr. Data: It was probably unwise of us to attempt to place a human colony in this area. Of course, there are 3,004 other planets in this star cluster in which we could have colonized. The largest and closest...
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Data, don't babble.
Lt. Cmdr. Data: Babble, sir? I'm not aware that I ever babble, sir. It may be that from time to time I have considerable information to communicate, and you may question the way in which I organize it...
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Please, organize it into brief answers to my questions.
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First season's worst one
16 September 2008 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

This episode does contain everything a really bad Star Trek show needs. A plastic conflict, created merely for moral purpose, a sentimental, naive way of raising theological and philosophical questions and an easy one dimensional solution at last. Furthermore there's not the slightest moment of suspense or innovation to this one. It's plain boring... Questioning death penalty is a highly complex matter, as is comparing different law and moral systems. But the biggest impudence is that God thing. Couldn't they have thought of something more intelligent and original?

The cast seems to have felt as uneasy with it during production as I did while watching. McFadden is unconcentrated and delivers one of her worst performances, showing that there is everything but a loving relationship between her and Wesley (or Will Wheaton). Picard's overly harsh treatment of Data quite set me up as well as the latter one's relapse to an earlier state of development. We may be in the 9th episode but Data already has learned a lot about humans, though surely not enough to prevent any conflict sufficient to know what is considered important. Picard's silly speech at the end finishes this one off and leaves the audience in despair (or should I say outrage?)...

The Edo do have some lovely girls and the idea of a paradise-like society is as old as mankind itself but that's not enough to get away with. We see Picard's quarters for the first time (why does Dr. Crusher enter without permission?) and the opening shot, showing the Captain's face from a low angle while circling around him has something to it but all the rest is pure rubbish (should I exclude Worf's remarks on Klingon sexuality?). And honestly, has anyone ever believed, Wesley would die in the end (I for my part kept hoping, although I knew better)?

I want to watch Star Trek to get inspiration and not a lecture on simple solutions.


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