Wesley breaks an idyllic world’s trivial law by accidentally stepping on flowers and faces the death sentence. .
Review: A lot of people didn’t like this episode. I did. I like the fact that ignorance isn’t a reason to get out of doing something wrong. But what about if you didn’t know you were doing something wrong? Well this episode goes through that. The Enterprise and the crew think they’ve found the ideal place for a bit of rest and recreation. The local population is made up of beautiful people who are open, honest and very, very friendly. Picard sends Riker and an away team to check if the local conditions are as ideal as they seem on the surface. They learn that while the people are all that they have been made out to be, they also have only one form of punishment regardless of the severity of the transgression: death. When Wesley Crusher damages some flowers, he is caught by Mediators who are judge, jury and executioner. Picard has no intention of letting any member of his crew be executed but has to find a way to do so that will respect the local culture as well as the Federation’s prime directive. It was a solid episode that makes you root for Wesley for once. Haha.
My Rating: 3 out of 5
Quote of the episode: “When has justice ever been as simple as a rulebook?” – Commander Riker
Season 1, Episode 8
Prod #: ST:TNG 109
Air Date: 11.09.87