||I really don't like this episode, for many different reasons. Firstly, it makes the regular characters, especially Picard, look like hypocrites. I cannot believe they ever gave him that line about 'honouring' the people he had just condemned to death. Apart from anything else, it was entirely out of character. Even if he had taken the 'just following orders' stance (which he did not, he actually seemed to agree with this inhumane law) Riker should have objected strenuously. At least Dr Crusher dissented. Nikolai, who does have some personal interests, comes accross as a positive and humane character. As far as I am concerned, he was doing the right thing. Still, did he save his new people? This resembles the 'Montserrat Oriole Problem', where a species of bird was saved by conservationists when its island home was devastated by a volcano. It was a natural disaster, and people still stepped in to save the species, but some criticised them for 'playing God'. Even so, they only saved a few hundred, and now the species suffers from inbreeding depression, because there were not enough to maintain genetic diversity. Still, these were people, not animals. I won't even discuss the twist where one person escapes from the holodeck.