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Seaplane
Thu, Jul 7, 2016, 11:25am (UTC -6)
Re: ENT S3: Anomaly

This is an excellent episode and Brock is right to question the unrealistic squeamishness of those Trek canon moralists who wince and whine about the use of torture by a Federation captain less experienced in saintliness than the Divine Captain Picard. It is a refreshing if jarring bit of reality badly needed for dramatic enhancement in this series. The troubling thing about torture is not that it never works and is therefore illogical as well as immoral, but that it often does work (as with non-lethal waterboarding) to extract accurate information and probably has saved lives, possibly yours and mine, in recent years. Please don't think I'm being callous about the use of torture by supposedly advanced civilizations. The technique, whether lethal or not, should always raise serious moral questions, whether for our fictional hero models or our real world leaders. That's why as a dramatic device it works so well in this episode.
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