The prime directive means that sometimes you let kids die, unless you can hear them beg for help on the radio. Also, after you help the kid (and her whole planet) you have to make it right with ethically questionable surgery. The Federation is messed up, man.
Paul and Jason talk over the episode TNG episode “Pen Pals” with guest host Dean, this week.
The Worf stuff in this episode is really good – it should be the main focus. It’s not. BUT – we manage to have fun with an episode that doesn’t really know what to do with Riker and his Dad, but manages to expand the character of Worf considerably with only 10 minutes of screentime. “Other Jason” guest hosts.
Watch the Icarus Factor – because “anbo jyutsu” is American Gladiators in space. We’ll discuss this episode next week!
This week Patrick joins us to talk about S2E13: The one where Picard needs more time. Basically, the crew plays Where’s Waldo with Q, but surprise: Q isn’t there! Picard gets a time transplant, Riker hosts a dinner party, and everything works out in the end.