You know, if they had done a few episodes asking those kinds of questions, that would have ROCKED. They're really good questions. I mentioned the crew debate in the episode "Pen Pals," and they talked a little bit about it. Everyone was saying that, of course, the Federation should intervene to save the population from extinction, and the Captain asked, "what if it's a war?" Should the Federation intervene is, say, a nuclear war would extinguish a civilization?
I really wish they'd explored thee questions more.
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