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Charlotte
Thu, Mar 12, 2020, 4:31pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S5: Nothing Human

It's a clever title to a though-provoking 'thought experiment' of an episode, so sci-fi at its best in terms of confronting a variety of issues. All sorts of questions posed... if the Krell hologram had the original's moral compass but no recollection of the atrocities, does that make the decision to delete him less justified? Is the knowledge gained through experiments on unwilling weaker individuals or species something that should automatically be discounted? Can we ever justify experiments that exploit unwilling weaker individual or species from a utilitarian perspective (needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few)? Btw, a commenter above states that non-human animals are not sentient... 'Star Trek' is a bit notorious for confusing this word with 'Sapient' - rats can most definitely feel and perceive. Interesting that the attacking alien looked so very 'nothing human' as a reminder of how quick we are to let our pro-humanoid prejudices surface.
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Charlotte
Sun, Mar 1, 2020, 1:37pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: DS9 S3: Improbable Cause

This episode also links back to 'Defiant' with Thomas Riker also discovering the Obsidian Order plan.
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Charlotte
Tue, Feb 11, 2020, 3:49pm (UTC -5) | 🔗
Re: VOY S4: Prey

I can't believe the anti-Janeway sentiment on here. I do wonder - if the 8472 looked more human and less obviously 'alien' perhaps people would be more on her side...?? As it was, I don't agree that this was all to do with following - or not- the Prime Directive... more of a single moral judgement on the captain's behalf, and it's pretty likely that Tuvok and Chakotay at least would be in agreement with her. Seven had intriguingly strong feelings too but at their heart was an obvious grudge against this particular species. Far from a logical utilitarian judgement about saving the crew hers was just as emotionally grounded as Janeway's. Anyway, an excellent episode of a highly underrated series... I'm really enjoying seeing in again on the Horror Channel (UK) after 25 years!
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