SF Debris – Star Trek (TNG): Ethics

Opinionated Next Gen Episode Guide returns with Ethics. Worf’s back is broken and his only thoughts now revolve around one thing, stopping Bane from destroying Gotham City.

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  1. Did you really expect better in cargo safety from an organization that, with the exception of one movie, seems adverse to seat belts on their ships that are being frequently attacked and hit by space phenomenon?

  2. Plasma Mongoose

    Theory: Life in the Federation is so safe and boring on the whole that the only way to feel alive is to abandon even the faintest hint of Occupational Health and Safety, hence the work stations that explode with every power surge and lack of restraining devices for shipping containers.

    • Damn straight!

      Life just isn’t right, if i’m not dodging, massive, unrestrained containers when i go to work in the morning. You guys in the 21st century just don’t know how good you’ve got it.

      • TragicGuineaPig

        Why do you think life at Hogwarts is so much fun? Three-headed killer dogs, giant spiders, giant snakes, trolls, shifting staircases, and the main sport being one that frequently results in broken limbs, concussions, disappearances, and the like. Even the candles in the Great Hall constantly dripping wax on you. Man, OSHA would have a freaking Field Day with Hogwarts.

        • thespecialneedsgroup

          “Okay, Mr. Dumbledore, could you explain why your school has a tree that punches people?”

          “You planted it to protect the school’s werewolf…I see. While we’re on the subject of botany, We’ve had some complaints that your school cultivates plants whose cries are fatal to anyone who hears them.”

          “Oh, so they’re used to cure the paralysis caused by the giant snake that lives in the plumbing?”

          “Right… We don’t usually do this at OSHA–especially in foreign countries–but at this point, I’m going to have to ask you to turn around and place your hands behind your back…”

  3. thespecialneedsgroup

    I have a couple thoughts on this:

    1) I would watch the *crap* out of “Far Beyond the Stars” with Garak as Benny. I’d love to see what happens when a racist publisher refuses to print a story written by an Obsidian Order operative.

    2) Starfleet loves Gilligan’s Island. The actual, canonical motto of the starship Brattain, as seen on the on the dedication plaque: “…a three hour tour, a three hour tour.”

  4. i don’t realy know in wich order both episodes where released but i think it was a genius decision to give picard the role of the guy who understands worf and defgends his decision.

    afterall in the episode tapestry picard is faced with a similar situation, Q offers him the chance to contue living the life of a lesser man and picard took the oportunity, he later found himself regreting this decision and called upon Q to put things back the way they where, he got to choose between death and the life of a lesser man and he himself had expirienced both sides of the argument before deciding that he would rather die then to live the life he just saw.
    as i said before i don’t know wich episode came first but either way it makes a lot of sence, if this episode came first it further strengthens the point he made in tapestry, that his lidentity is more important to him then his life.
    if tapestry came first this episode makes a lot of sence because picard has actively expirienced both sides of the argument and came to the same conclusion worf came to.

    • That is a pretty good way of looking at it. Though “Tapestry” is about 25 episodes after this one (I did not know that off the top of my head, I had to look it up).

  5. The “Denver” theory that the ship was named after Bob Denver is plausible. Supporting your theory is the fact that Bob Denver starred in the seminal science fiction masterpieces, “Gilligan’s Planet” and “Far Out Space Nuts.” However, I would also propose that the “Denver” could have been named for:

    Denver Pyle – He was in Escape from Witch Mountain and a couple of the old “Commander Coty” shows. Damn, this guy was in everything, I am surprised he was never in any of the incarnations of Star Trek before he died.

    John Denver – He was thoroughly annoying, but his father Henry John Deutschendorf Sr., set the B-58 speed records in the early 1960s and was a complete bad-ass.

    Okay, the last one is a stretch. What were we talking about?

  6. You say Worf’s injury was probably resolved by the next week. In fact, he didn’t do anything physically strenuous onscreen until A Fistful of Datas, 18 episodes and a season break later.

    • thespecialneedsgroup

      Uh…the very next episode was “The Outcast,” where Worf volunteered to go on a commando raid with Riker to save his genderless “girlfriend” form her government. He kicked the crap out of two guards!

      They weren’t all that tough looking, but still, Worf beat two people unconscious THE VERY NEXT EPISODE!

      • But is the Stardate higher? If not, it could be aired out of in-universe order.

        • thespecialneedsgroup

          Oh. Good point, I’ll check…

          Memory Alpha lists “Ethics” as taking place on stardate 45587.3, and “The Outcast” is stardate 45614.6. Keep in mind that MA’s a wiki, so those numbers aren’t necessarily written in stone, but it does appear that Worf voided the warranty on his new spine.

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