||"Youth is wasted on the young." This episode illustrates beautifully the weakness that youthful arrogance brings. These *children* are intelligent, resourceful and well-trained; but they are unseasoned by wisdom and sorely lacking in compassion. It seems Star Fleet Academy doesn't teach critical thinking. A couple of philosophy courses would have done this crew a lot of good. Alas, instead, they are dead. But one cannot assign full blame to them and their youthful naiveté. They are products of a broken system that values obedience over moral fortitude and the TRUE courage it takes to stand up for what is right, regardless of the consequences. Well, Nog learned something, at least I hope he did. Jake comes out as the real hero of this little morality play. Good for him, good for all thinking people who challenge "group think" and the mob mentality, for they are the people who define civilization and keep us from sinking into barbarism.