The episode that turns our lovely Enterprise crew into little more than murderers, and seems to want us to be on their side. A ridiculous concept for an episode that shows the Prime Directive for the nonsense it is, and feels like it's completely against the spirit of what these characters have always stood for.

Redeemed a little by having Paul Sorvino as Worf's brother Nikolai and for a creative use of the holodeck (later recycled in Star Trek: Insurrection), but even that is contrived as it conveniently stops working for plot purposes. Plus, if they needed a way to fix it then why not just sedate all of the Boraalans while they're sleeping and carry out the reboot?

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I thought it's impossible to beam stuff out of the holodeck.. Weird that it worked with the tents. ;)

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I just rediscovered this episode for the first time in many, many years since I watched it for the first time, and I think it might be one of my favorites. Setting aside a deeper philosophical analysis of the Prime Directive, I was glad to see the tension between an idiotic ideal and its practical consequences dramatized on screen. Except for his apologies and accepting blame, Nikolai was absolutely in the right on all substantive points of disagreement between him and any of our main characters.

Data, presumably understanding a thing or two about logic, might have done a better job pointing out to Crusher that all of her worries are quite irrelevant, because they're relative to these people being dead. Any likely outcome is superior to that, consequences to their (otherwise eradicated) culture be damned.

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