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Carol the Dabbler
Tue, May 5, 2020, 2:07pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S6: Man of the People

Two points: First, I too was puzzled as to why Troi became sex-crazed -- until it occurred to me that sexual thoughts could be very distracting for someone needing to focus. So to Alkar, sex was one "negative emotion" (and apparently the main one) that he dumped on Troi.

Second, because a scene from TWOK has been referenced numerous times in this discussion, I would like to point out that Spock was *not* faced by a choice between "the needs of the many" and his own needs. Because he was the only one capable of making the necessary repairs, his only choice was between A} saving the ship and crew by sacrificing his own life, or B} dying with everyone else when the ship exploded. I will forgive him for his temporary lapse of logic, on the grounds that his brains had just been fried. But it annoys me no end when somebody seems to think the scene is a good example of the maxim. (Please note that I'm not saying anyone did that here; near as I recall, people were just referring to the maxim as such.)

Please forgive me if someone else has already made these points. I must admit to having read only about 2/3 of these many comments.
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