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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Picard states that the Prime Directive was never intended for a member of any starship crew to lose their life. But in other episodes it is stated that the Prime directive is more important even than an entire starship crew, that members of Star Fleet are prepared to lay down their lives to protect it. See more
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Capital punishment in our world is no longer considered a justifiable deterrent.
So... we are not yet as "advanced" as they are. And since you are advanced in other ways, too, I suggest you use your superior powers to rescue the Wesley boy. We will record him as a convicted criminal out of our reach - an "advanced" person who luckily escaped the barbarism of this backward little world.
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