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
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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 Geordi La Forge
[about the Edo
They're wild in some ways, actually puritanical in others. Neat as pins, ultra-lawful; and they make love at the drop of a hat.
Lieutenant Tasha Yar
Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more