The "Enterprise" is to provide technical assistance to a 3-man anthropological field team on the planet Mintaka III, which is observing, in hiding, the Vulcanoid Bronze Age native population. When the holographic hiding place is ravaged by an explosion, the landing party and its advanced technology are observed by two natives, one of whom, Liko, gets hurt badly and is beamed up for life-saving treatment; Picard orders his short-term memory wiped out to prevent a breach of the Prime Directive, but that fails as Commander William Riker and Counselor Deanna Troi find out, after they are beamed down again, temporarily altered to resemble Mintakans, to look for missing anthropologist Palmer: this culture now revives an abandoned belief in a supernatural overseer, worships the Picard, and soon ponders to offer Counselor Troi as a human sacrifice.... Written by
Did You Know?
The title is related to the phase Quis custodiet ipsos custodes, a Latin phrase from the Roman treatise Satires of Juvenal
, written around AD 100, variously translated as "Who watches the watchmen", "Who watches the watchers", "Who will guard the guards", "Who shall watch the watchers themselves", or something similar. Another Juvenal expression provided the title of Star Trek: Bread and Circuses
(1968). See more
When Dr. Crusher contacts the Enterprise to beam up the injured Liko, the reply can be clearly heard as, "Yes, Captain" rather than "Yes, Doctor." See more
I wish you good journeys, Picard. Remember my people.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more