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EatsGlue
Wed, Oct 7, 2020, 7:22pm (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Prey

I see multiple people who defend Janeway's decisions in this episode lack understanding of the opposition to her perspective and ascribe the support of Seven's decision as utilitarian vs moralistic. This may be the case for some people, but I don't think you'd get the pronounced emotional reaction this episode has received if it was just that Janeway made a "tactically stupid choice."

I actually see Janeway's behavior in this episode as morally reprehensible... just not for her choice to save the 8472 creature.

I could see Picard in this situation making a very similar decision to save the alien, even if it came at the expense of his ship and possibly his life, but with one key distinction: he would make an announcement on the intercom of his decision, and allow for any crew members on board to leave the ship, as it would likely be destroyed. This way the crew had the choice on whether they were willing to sacrifice their lives on a moral stand or not, and if necessary, he would pilot the ship by himself to do it.

Janeway, instead, made a unilateral decision to save the creature, and imposed that decision on the crew, even in the face of direct opposition, even at the cost of all of their lives. She did this directly with Seven first by using persuasion, then by ordering her to do it: she gave a false choice then used her authority to force the decision. This is not the first time in the series that Janeway has done this either.

You cannot force someone to do the right thing, when you do that you're just a tyrant. This is a continual problem with Janeway, and I think the primary reason why people side so clearly against her in this episode, and probably why they dislike her in general.
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