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Limiting Factor
Fri, Feb 11, 2011, 3:47pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Dear Doctor

The problem is Phlox's "philosophical and scientific assessment of the situation" is pure nonsense. And the morally appalling decision to let Valakians die is then based solely on this nonsense (note that Phlox and Archer don't have any problem with helping Valakians before meeting the Menk).

How does Phlox know that Menk are ever going to evolve to replace the Valakians? What, did he see it in his crystal ball? Because theory of evolution sure as hell doesn't say that. For all he knows, Menk are also going to die out when Valakians are no longer around - certainly many of them will once there is nobody to take care of them. But Phlonx just handwaves it all as inevitable and is so sure he is fine with letting Valakians die. Christina's analogy with a diabetic is right on the money here - this is genocide. For the sake of an imagined future civilisation that exists only in his head he is letting millions of very real people die now. And this guy is supposed to be a doctor?!
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Limiting Factor
Mon, Jan 10, 2011, 7:40am (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S1: Dear Doctor

About the "people are commenting on this episode, so it must be good" argument - some of the very worst ST episodes reviewed on this site are also heavily commented (as are some of the best). So no, the number of comments is no indication on the quality of the episode. People just like to complain about things.

And speaking of complaining, this episode killed all interest I had in this show. Others before me have already given reasons for this - the idiotic misinterpretation of the theory of evolution and the morally appalling decision based on it.
Phlonx just KNOWS that the Menks are evolving to replace the Valakian civilisation. The Valakians are simply in the way of this grand natural plan (that Phlonx just made up) and should just stop resisting and die. So our "heroes" are withholding the cure that would save millions for the sake of the possibility that another civilisation might replace them after they are all dead. WTF?!
When I was watching this nightmare I kept hoping that T'Pol or maybe somebody else with a shred of intelligence in their brains would put a stop to this insanity by delivering a verbal (and maybe physical as well) smack-down on the "dear doctor" for his ignorance and the captain for even considering his opinion and not firing him on the spot. No such luck.

@Paul Smith
Ah, the good old ad hominem. That will show everyone just how wrong their arguments are.
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