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 title is related to the phase Quis custodiet ipsos custodes, a Latin phrase from the Roman poet Juvenal
, 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. See more
(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
Picard, I must protest. You're endangering Palmer with this delay!
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
I am aware of that. But each of us, including Dr. Palmer, took an oath that we would uphold the Prime Directive - if necessary, with our lives.
Referenced in Star Trek: Insurrection
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
and Alexander Courage See more