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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Trivia

The unusual-looking bow used by Liko is a Martin Dyna-Bo. See more »

Goofs

(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 »

Quotes

Nuria: [after being shown around the Enterprise] Perhaps one day, my people will travel above the skies.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Of that, I have absolutely no doubt.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) See more »

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Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith and Alexander Courage
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Clichéd title for above-average episode
18 August 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'Who Watches the Watchers' has sprinkles of action - attacks by bow-and-arrow, characters falling off mountain ledges, and the Prime Directive gets trampled - but the best stuff happens in conversation. Picard is mistaken for a deity by a pre-warp society and has to lay down some logic. You can get a general idea of where this is going: scrutiny over the belief of a god, etc. Naturally, all of this goes down while crewmembers' lives hang in the balance, but regardless, the whole episode's an ideal mixture of science, morality and philosophy. It's intellectual Trek, all the way; and entertaining primarily because of Patrick Stewart's massive skills.

7/10 Also, between the Prime Directive and the duck blind, you just know the movie "Insurrection" was written after watching this episode.


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