Star Trek (TNG): Justice – SF Debris

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Plotspider
Guest

Did you not realize that this episode was, primarily, a cash in on the Singapore caning incident? It was attempting to show that justice is not an absolute. It’s basically the same thing as the Simpson’s episode in Australia when Bart’s supposed to get booted on the butt. I agree it’s stupid, but it was basically a parable or a fable.

cdrood
Guest

The problem is that in the TNG episode, if they’d been doing their jobs the way they were supposed to, Wesley would never have beamed down to the planet. If the basis is so stupid, then there’s no way the point is ever going to come through

AlucardNoir
Guest

Did you not realize the Singapore caning incident of M.P. Fay happened 7 years after this episode aired?

jean-luc.2305
Guest

In the 90s, in my earliest teens, I was one of those mindless fanboys who loved just about anything Trek.

Even then, I thought this episode sucked.

AlucardNoir
Guest
This was actually one of my favorite episodes. As for all the laws the Enterprise crew break when they stop Wesley’s execution, I think you missed the whole point. They’re alien, they’re laws are different and have a tendency of being enforced by a literal higher entity. The episode both comments on the presumed knowledge of the law (otherwise put as: not knowing the law excuses no one) and the fact that the law on this world is absolute, there being only one punishment indifferent of transgression. Hell, if I recall the episode even the death punishment is supposed to… Read more »
mbellardini
Guest

In Wesley’s case extradition would only come into play if he had escaped to Enterprise before they could apprehend him. Even if there had been extradition, Enterprise could have refused, since stepping on some flowers isn’t a crime in the Federation.

AlucardNoir
Guest

You’re right, I was thinking of him as being part of a diplomatic mission, in which case he’d have to be released in the custody of the Federation and the planet would have to require his extradition for the crime of … well, falling on flowers. (I should have probably reread that and reworded it a bit)

Isolder74
Guest

This stupid episode hurts so much. From what I can tell it was another case of attempting to modernize a TOS story for the new generation. Ones that top my head are The Apple, A taste of Armageddon and Wolf In The Fold. While all of those aren’t great episode, other the the middle one, they are still lightyears better then this one.

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