Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 3, Episode 12

The High Ground (27 Jan. 1990)

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While visiting a planet under civil war, Dr. Crusher is taken hostage by an opposing faction of the planet's ruling government.

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When most away-teams are visiting the Ruthian planet under civil war since 70 years between two continents, Dr. Crusher is taken hostage while attending local wounded by an Ensata (western continent) autonomist faction of the ruling government which uses terrorist techniques such as bomb attacks. Her son Wesley Crusher is assigned to Lieutenant Worf's technology team, and spots radiation traces indicating the use of life-threatening dimension shift techniques abandoned by Federation research because of the health toll, which fit perfectly the Ruthian government's nightmare, 'inverters' used by the Ensata revolt to dodge all scans. Her keeper Kyril Finn, the Ensata leader, shows the great need for medical aid their side is not getting from the Federation, alas the inverter causes DNA warping she can't treat, and explains how he hopes to make the Federation end the bloody conflict at last. Discussions and attacks go on... Written by KGF Vissers

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Due to a line from Data, in reference to the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) and the Reunification of Ireland in 2024, the episode was originally banned in the UK and Eire, not airing in the usual running order on BBC television. In 2006, it showed on Sky One (who had assumed the broadcast rights) with the 'offending' line edited out. It was eventually shown unedited on BBC2 in September 2007 in the after-midnight repeat slot. See more »

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When the Away team beams into the underground lair of the terrorists, Commander Riker wears his Red Command/Operations uniform as normal. Shortly after the generator is taken offline, he seems to wear a Yellow uniform, but that is just a play of shadows caused with poor light conditions. See more »

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[Devos has shot Finn in order to save Picard's life]
Commander William T. Riker: You didn't have to kill him.
Alexana Devos: As a prisoner, he would have been a focus for violence, as his followers tried to free him. Now, he's a martyr. But the death toll might go down, at least in the short term. It's an imperfect solution, for an imperfect world.
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Science Fiction as scifi is intended to be
25 July 2007 | by (Maldives) – See all my reviews

This episode deals with the repercussions of terrorism. Not on its victims. But on the not inoccent-at-all bystanders: .

The crew of the Enterprise.

It poses the question of whether we should intervene in local affairs. Nowadays it can be seen as a commentary on the Israeli occupation, and annexation of the West bank,

or the Northern Ireland situation.

Hereby SF fullfills it function as social commentary on present day. This can be seen as Sci-Fi function to society. It is a mirror to our present day society.


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