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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The title refers to the higher elevated terrain that in military tactics is easier to defend since the attackers must sustain fire from above, tire advancing uphill and the defenders have a better view of the battlefield. It also refers to 'the moral high ground' which is often debated during periods where terrorists (or freedom fighters) are active. Indeed, it is often alluded to when discussing whether the aggressors can be considered terrorists or freedom fighters. See more »


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 »


[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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True Social Commentary at Its Best
16 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is certainly one of the best of "The Next Generation." An away team is enjoying a meal in a restaurant when there is a terrorist attack. An explosion results in several casualties. Unfortunately, Beverly Crusher, who as a doctor feels a moral imperative to help the wounded is captured and brought to the den of the insurgents. This turns into a classic representation of a civil war where there has been murder and mayhem for some time. Beverly is enlisted to attend to the needs of the insurrectionists as they also have casualties. She does her job but will not speak. A young charismatic man named Finn talks to her and tries to convince her to look at the events from two sides. The dominant culture has had a stranglehold on people for as long as he can remember and he is willing to die for his cause. Beverly smugly reminds him that there are other ways to do things and violence is never the way. He reminds her that the universe is scattered with bodies, the result of her own ship's actions, even if they are righteous. Many have compared this to the conflicts in Northern Ireland and it is no coincidence that the leader of the rebel forces is named Finn. A really provocative episode.

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