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Title : Pen Pals Rating : 2
First Aired : 1 May 1989 Stardate : 42695.3
Director : Winrich Kolbe Year : 2365
Writers : Hannah Louise Shearer Season : 2
Rating : 2.0000 for 1 reviewsAdd your own review
Reviewer : Indefatigable Rating : 2
Review : Now, remembering a previous review of "Homeward" last repeat cycle, this makes an interesting contrast. The problem there was there was NO dissent about the Prime Directive, the problem here is that they overdid it. What might have affected most of the senior staff would be when the Dremans suddenly found a voice, and it was a little girl. Most, but why Data? After all, what feelings does he have to sway? Maybe it's in his ethical programming somewhere, but it's possible they used the wrong character as a conduit to the rest. Also, we did not hear that much of the 'correspondence' between the pen pals (and surely it was regular light-speed radio - wouldn't their conversations take years unless the ship's sensors can speed it up somehow?). Instead of that, we had Wesley and his little survey. Now it's likely that he would need to start somewhere, but unless we've missed a lot, this is a bit too much too early. It was clearly an attempt to give him a bit of character conflict and prove him right, more of an appeal to motive than an actual interesting storyline. They still wanted people to like him, and wanted it too much. Anyway, both this and "Homeward" show one thing, the Prime Directive is a tightrope, all too easy to fall off on either side. Finally, when this survey is published, I'd expect the sector to be crawling with prospectors.
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