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
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The idea of observing another civilization from a holographic duck blind is used again in Star Trek: Insurrection. See more
The bow used in the show is a compound bow, a bow that has wheels or cams to increase power. A species at this point in their evolution would still be using a standard straight or re-curve bow. See more
[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.
Referenced in Star Trek: Insurrection
Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more