Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 3, Episode 4

Who Watches the Watchers (14 Oct. 1989)

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A proto-Vulcan culture worships Captain Picard and prepares to offer Counselor Troi as a sacrifice.

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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 KGF Vissers

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The Enterprise visits the planet Mintaka III in this episode. Mintaka is also the name of the Westernmost star of the three stars that form Orion's belt in the Constellation Orion. It is a white-blue Super Giant star located approximately 900 light-years from Earth, and is over 20 times larger and 7,000 times brighter than our Sun. See more »

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(at around 3 mins) When Captain Picard shows Nuria the view of her planet from the Enterprise, what appears to be a boom mic is visible on the top of the screen. See more »

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Nuria: [after seeing a human woman die] You do have limits. You are not masters of life and death.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: No, we're not. We can cure many diseases, we can repair injuries, we can even extend life. But for all our knowledge, all our advances - we're just as mortal as you are. We're just as powerless to prevent the inevitable.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) See more »

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Not sure what all the hullabaloo is about this average episode.
19 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am not sure what all the hullabaloo is about this episode and the reviews that want to argue a person's feeling about a show. Some people will like this show and some will not- that happens in about all shows when viewed by different people. if we all had the same review it would be a poor world.

In this episode the Enterprise responds for help from an federation outpost that are viewing the progression of a mild Vulcan like people called the Mintakins. The Mintakins are a developing people that have progressed as far as crossbows and fire. But when a power failure happens the hologram, the outpost was using, disappears and two of the Mintakins are witness to the federation power. When one of the Mintakins becomes injured, he is carried to the Enterprise for medical service. However erasing the memory fails and he can remember Captain Picard on the Enterprise and believes that Picard is a god that he has heard stories about. Now Picard has to think of a way to prove that he is no god to the Vulcan like people.

The first part of the episode was very entertaining and then for some reason the show slowed so much that the viewer was losing interest. There is nothing really wrong with this episode but became slow which ruined the experience of the first twenty minutes of the show. It seems there are strong emotions where you either love or hate this episode. I find this episode about average.


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