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# 32
11-28-2012, 08:46 PM
Originally Posted by drogyn1701 View Post
no contest: "The Wounded" is the best Trek episode ever IMO. It deals with far-reaching political intrigue, several very human and personal issues and heavy stuff like prejudice (I know Gene didn't like things like that, but I think it far more likely that humans will always harbor prejudices), and the lingering after effects of war, something that we often as a society shy away from.

But most of all because of that scene between the two. They start singing and the camera just slowly pans around them, no cutting away. Then they stop and the song starts up very feint in the background music and you see Maxwell come to the realization of everything he's done and everything he is, just with a look. Man it makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck. That's just absolute perfection in drama, acting, writing, sound design, set design. Everything comes together in that scene.

And to top it off, Picard's "We'll be watching" to Gul Macet at the end. Picard ain't no fool.
You are misreading the scene.

Someone once observed, "There are times when the end justifies the means. But when you build an argument based on a whole series of such times, you may find that you've constructed an entire philosophy of evil."

That is the point of the scene. Maxwell liked that military life gave him a sense of purpose and camaraderie, and he couldn't give that up. In assuming that what was necessary was good in its own right, he became an agent of evil.

People today lack moral courage, and they easily argue that the evils they choose to partake in - militarism, greed, "us-versus-them" - are good because they are inevitable. An entire philosophy of evil based on a single faulty premise.

This is also why so many people find the "Hogan's Heroes" world of DS9/ENT less disturbing than TNG.

Originally Posted by psycoticvulcan View Post
I believe it was stated somewhere in Voyager that they don't just assimilate cultures with useful tech/biology, they also assimilate cultures who pose a threat. The Queen said in "Dark Frontier" that humans were unremarkable, but they were dangerous. Hence their backup plan to go back in time and eliminate the threat before it started.
By that logic, the Kazon received the ultimate diss. One wonders how they feel about that.

Last edited by aestu; 11-28-2012 at 08:49 PM.