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IkesNephew
Mon, Dec 16, 2019, 1:23pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: The Measure of a Man

Fun trivia about the episode's background: Melinda Snodgrass had written an original series Star Trek novel, Tears of the Singers, in 1984, but had never written for TV. Her friend, George R. R. Martin (working on the Beauty and the Beast series at the time), told her that her writing strengths would lend themselves to television.

Melinda then wrote The Measure of a Man and sent it to George, who liked it and immediately sent it to Star Trek. And the rest, as they say, is history.
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IkesNephew
Sun, Dec 15, 2019, 4:42am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S2: Pen Pals

Given how much discussion over the Prime Directive there's already been, I'll simply make a single observation.

Had a Trek-like civilization decided that it was their ethical responsibility to stop the Chicxulub asteroid that killed the dinosaurs 66 million years ago, we wouldn't be here to even have this discussion. Interference, even in the form of preventing global catastrophe and mass extinction, may have profoundly negative effects down the line that cannot be predicted. Which is why non-interference, and the Prime Directive, may actually be the more responsible position to take concerning other worlds.
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IkesNephew
Sun, Dec 1, 2019, 6:02am (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: When the Bough Breaks

Why do the Aldeans even need children specifically for repopulation? Why not ask young adult crew members if they'd like to be the heirs of an entire planet by having sex and using godlike technology on a hidden Eden? I'm sure they'd find a few takers.
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