4 comments on “Justice

  1. Troi’s character is played pretty aloof here. I might’ve mentioned it before, but I think they’re leaning too heavily on TMP’s Deltan bio (poised intellectual exterior concealing a “splendid” sense of fun and good-humored jokes at their companions’ expense). I’m glad she loosened up in later seasons.

    The sexy Eden is an obvious inversion of the sexless Eden from TOS’ “The Apple.” Where Kirk killed a god-machine in a cave to force its platinum-wigged worshippers out of idyllic stagnation, Picard negotiates with one in the sky to prevent *either* side imposing their values on the other; TNG is pointedly rejecting a piece of the TOS-era ethos. It’s also kind of interesting that where Kirk’s “sin” is to introduce sex and violence to Eden, Picard’s is to introduce lawyers.

    I agree that people can be sexy without showing skin. I’m going to take the contrary tack though and wish displays of skin were too common and mundane to be used as shorthand for sexiness.

    Would have been nice to have casting directors with an eye for both genders, and with the capacity to cast a multi-ethnic society without screwing up the intended social commentary… the monocultures from here and “Code of Honor” do look even weirder contrasted with each other, but I think the white court and landing party here make for relevant social commentary: the naivete of a white society which thinks zero tolerance works; and the cliche of a powerful white guy being immune to the judicial system.

    I think Picard’s “everything is a something” remark is a meta-complaint about vague dialogue. I mean, sure, the audience doesn’t need full techno-babble, but on the other hand it’s not like anything’s lost by letting the crew report what little information the sensors *do* show.

    • I think you mentioned the Deltan thing, and I forgot about it.

      The parallels with “The Apple” are strong. The lawyers/sex contrast is strong. Would be interesting if this was the same planet.

      Having skin be common enough that there’s no reaction is laudable. That’s what I’d prefer. I’d imagine that’s what Roddenberry was going for, but I know a bit too much about Roddenberry for that. :-\

      We definitely missed the bus on an explicit connection to “zero tolerance” policies. Ugh, zero tolerance policies.

    • Almost a season into DS9 now, and I’m beginning to regret my endorsement of sensor dialogue.

  2. On reflection, I guess I should’ve opened by saying that, no, although themes can be extracted from the episode, they don’t get developed with any depth.

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