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Skefler
Wed, Oct 11, 2017, 10:52pm (UTC -5)
Re: ENT S4: Observer Effect

ARCHER: ...I understand why you won't get involved with a species' natural development. I've faced that decision myself. It isn't an easy one to make.

An obvious reference to 'Dear Doctor' by the writers, and seen that way by other posters, but I don't see how this episode is somehow analogous to 'Dear Doctor', or it's opposite.

In this episode all Archer (and earlier, Phlox) wanted was for the aliens to cure three people of a sickness that they could prevented them from getting in the first place. Asking someone to save three people isn't asking them to interfere with the human species' 'natural development'.

That would be like Enterprise finding a planet infected by a virus and then three Vulcans show up and he doesn't warn them and they travel down to the planet and they get sick and he refuses to help them, letting them die, even though he has the cure. Of course he would warn them first. And if he couldn't for some reason, he would certainly help them afterwards.

That situation is a very very different scenario than what was presented in DD.

In DD they happened upon this planet and discovered them already in the midst of this worldwide epidemic genetic disease. They had no control over how or whether or not they got it in the first place. And in DD there is an entire species facing extinction, which prompted some huge moral dilemmas for Archer and Phlox. Should they interfere with the development of an entire planet? Who are they to say that one species is more worthwhile than another to live? Etc. They weren't just deciding whether or not to save a few people.

In DD if they had come upon that planet and three of the people living there had been shot and been about to die, say, and the people there didn't know how to keep them from dying, of course they would have helped them. But that's not even close to the same thing as what the episode was actually about.

Good episode. 3 1/2 stars.
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