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Kobi
Mon, Jan 13, 2014, 6:39pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S3: The Survivors

I have two main qualms with this episode. First I totally agree with SkepticalMI in that we can and should judge Kevin for his act of genocide. It seems anti-Rodenberry to make such a subjective statement about right and wrong.

Secondly, Kevin says he couldn't help the colonists because he didn't want to kill. However, killing is not the only way to protect people. If it was then what is the point of defensive shielding and maneuvers? Kevin could have done a multitude of acts to prevent the colonists from being killed. Shields, camouflage, cloaking, I can't think of anything else right now but there would be other things a super powerful being could do that wouldn't break his code of pacifism. If Kevin was smart the colonists wouldn't have to know he was behind it either. Kevin did say he tried to lure the Husnock away, but if this is all he could think of then although he is powerful he isn't very imaginative.

On the plus side the acting by "Kevin" especially was great and the step-by-step build up of the mystery was great and this episode definitely got me thinking about morals, guilt and judgment and in that way is very Trek.
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