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  • The Next Generation - Justice is the first Prime Directive episode done on this series, although unfortunately, I do not think it is one of the show's better message type shows
  • Wesley's mother, Beverly Crusher, is understandably upset, and it puts Captain Picard in a very difficult spot - he cannot allow Wesley to be executed, but he also has the Prime Directive to consider
  • I think the script could have been better, but as it stands, this episode proved to be somewhat dull and not overly satisfying

    • by GenesisOne
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      Star Trek: The Next Generation - Justice is the first Prime Directive episode done on this series, although unfortunately, I do not think it is one of the show’s better “message” type shows. In this episode, the Enterprise crew visit a world that is very peaceful and quite laid back. The men and women both dress very lightly, so there is a lot of skin shown during the first half and even second half of this episode.

      This can, understandably, make some people a little uncomfortable. The Enterprise sends down a small away team to ascertain whether the planet is safe and suitable for shore leave.

      Security Officer Tasha Yar, who supposedly reviewed the


      laws of this civilization, which are very few, somehow misses a law that Wesley accidentally violates. He simply trips and falls onto a bed of flowers while playing with some of the society’s teens.

      The punishment for disturbing such a zone is death, and while to the viewer, this seems ridiculous, it is supposedly done to ensure that nobody violates any laws big or small because the punishment is always the same. This supposedly keeps people in check.

      Wesley’s mother, Beverly Crusher, is understandably upset, and it puts Captain Picard in a very difficult spot - he cannot allow Wesley to be executed, but he also has the Prime Directive to consider. His spot ...


      • becomes tougher when a mysterious alien structure that is partly entrenched in one dimension and partly in another appears in orbit with the Enterprise.

        The aliens on board this structure will not allow Picard to easily discard a directive that he claims to hold dear and violate the law on the planet by preventing Wesley’s execution. There are a couple of things that bother me about this episode, namely Picard’s decision in the first place to allow an away team to beam down to a planet that has not developed space flight or to their knowledge, encountered other beings from space.

        That right there violates the Prime Directive. Then, Tasha somehow overlooking the most

        serious law of them all, and finally, the awkward dialogue, usually spoken by Wesley.

        I will say that Picard’s speech at the end is a pretty good one, and the music is well incorporated into the story and the emotions expressed by the cast real. Still, the plot does not hold up too well to repeat viewings and the point that is made by Picard at the end of the episode about “absolute laws” is sort of a flimsy one that does not necessarily stack up against the philosophy and intention of the Prime Directive.

        I think the script could have been better, but as it stands, this episode proved to be somewhat dull and not overly satisfying.




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