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 "who watches the watchers" quote is sometimes incorrectly attributed to Plato. Although one of his debates in The Republic has a similar theme, he never writes anything that could be translated into that line specifically. See more »

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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 »

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Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Dr. Barron, I cannot, I *will not* impose a set of commandments on these people. To do so violates the very essence of the Prime Directive!
Dr. Barron: Like it or not, we have rekindled the Mintakans' belief in the Overseer.
Commander William T. Riker: And are you saying that this belief will eventually become a religion?
Dr. Barron: It's inevitable. And without guidance, that religion could degenerate into inquisitions, holy wars, chaos.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Horrifying. Dr. Barron, your report describes how rational these people are. Millennia ago, they abandoned ...
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Not sure what all the hullabaloo is about this average episode.
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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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