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TNG Season 7, Ep# 165: "Homeward"

PICARD VO: Captain's Log, Stardate 47423.9. We have arrived at Boraal Two in response to an emergency distress call from Lieutenant Worf's foster brother, Nikolai Rozhenko. He has been stationed on the planet as a cultural observer.

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DATA: It appears the planet's atmosphere is dissipating, sir. Intense plasmonic reactions are destroying it.

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DATA: The stratosphere is already breaking down, and there are turbulent radiation storms across much of the surface. I estimate the planet will be uninhabitable in less than thirty-eight hours.

RIKER: The distress call was only four days ago. Why would Doctor Rozhenko have waited so long before sending it?

Realism: "plasmonic reactions?" What will they make up next? I had no idea that ordinary atmospheric gas could suddenly ignite and blast itself out of a planet's gravity well.

TNG Season 7, Ep# 165: "Homeward"

PICARD VO: Captain's Log, Stardate 47423.9. We have arrived at Boraal Two in response to an emergency distress call from Lieutenant Worf's foster brother, Nikolai Rozhenko. He has been stationed on the planet as a cultural observer.

...

DATA: It appears the planet's atmosphere is dissipating, sir. Intense plasmonic reactions are destroying it.

...

DATA: The stratosphere is already breaking down, and there are turbulent radiation storms across much of the surface. I estimate the planet will be uninhabitable in less than thirty-eight hours.

RIKER: The distress call was only four days ago. Why would Doctor Rozhenko have waited so long before sending it?

Propulsion: it took them four days to come charging to Nikolai's emergency distress call. Yet again, we're looking at travel times of days rather than minutes or hours.

TNG Season 7, Ep# 165: "Homeward"

NIKOLAI: I propose we create an atmospheric shield on the planet. We can camouflage the equipment just like my observation post. No one will ever know it's there.

RIKER: You can't be serious.

NIKOLAI: I realize it would only provide atmosphere for a limited area of the surface. But it would be enough to save one village.

PICARD: I have no intention of compounding what you've already done by committing another gross violation of the Prime Directive.

Culture: why would the Prime Directive prohibit protecting other societies from natural disasters, even if such protection is rendered without their knowledge? Can Federation isolationism really be that harsh a doctrine? According to Picard, the answer is yes.

TNG Season 7, Ep# 165: "Homeward"

PICARD (addressing the crew): This is one of the times when we must face the ramifications of the Prime Directive... and honor the lives we cannot save.

Culture: sometimes Captain Picard really annoys me. How can a man talk about "honouring" the lives of people that he is deliberately and callously allowing to die?

Even if he must let an entire society die, and even if he hides the immorality of his neglect by using the "just following orders" excuse, there is no reason to make a pompous speech about it. He should be hiding his face in shame.

TNG Season 7, Ep# 165: "Homeward"

WORF: You never had any intention of obeying the Captain!

NIKOLAI: I wasn't going to let those people die just because your Captain started quoting Federation dogma to me.

Culture: some of the Federation's citizens are aware that the Prime Directive is just dogma. I can't help but wonder how common that is; Ted Collins pointed out that Nikolai was portrayed as a "bad" Federation citizen; a chronic misfit. Could that be the only personality type willing to question the Federation's mindless support for the Prime Directive?

TNG Season 7, Ep# 165: "Homeward"

WORF: We must leave. Gather your belongings.

VORIN: One of the scrolls is gone ... I must have dropped it in the passageway ... I'll go look.

WORF: We must stay together. You will have to leave it behind.

Misc: Worf doesn't want Vorin to leave the group because if they don't stay together in one group, the physical limitations of the holodeck will be revealed. But he relents, and sure enough, Vorin manages to find his way out of the holodeck.

TNG Season 7, Ep# 165: "Homeward"

DOBARA: Please go to him... make things right between you. I want us to be a family.

WORF: Us?

DOBARA: Yes. I want you to consider yourself my brother. After all -- you're going to be the uncle of my child.

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WORF (later, to Nikolai): How could you have mated with a Boraalan? What were you thinking?

Culture: the Boraalans are human, or at least they are so close to humans that Nikolai could successfully mate with one without any medical assistance whatsoever. The level of biochemical and genetic commonality among Alpha Quadrant "species" is so ridiculously high that I find it unthinkable that 24th century biologists still insist on believing that they all evolved independently. This tells us a lot about the scientific ignorance of the writing staff, whose collective comprehension of evolution is obviously non-existent.

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