Tyyr wrote:They might not have been so pathetic if we'd been shown a sustainable, significant culture. Instead we see a village with a garden barely big enough to handle one lunch rush at Olive Garden, and only 600 people. Now I'll admit that since they're aliens their sustainable population COULD be much lower than humans but 600 total individuals would be pushing it for a complex sapient life form.
Would the healing radiation cause the garden to grow faster/heal 'damage' from harvesting faster than normal? Imagine fruit trees that can give a full crop every month instead of every year for example.
Still, there might have been another reason for dealing with the Son'a, even if the radiation was junk. The Son'a are allies of the Dominion, and produced Ketracel White for them. Wasn't the Dominion war still going on at this time? If so, that would have made a nice undercurrent of 'we have to work with them, the survival of the Federation is at stake'. Maybe a speech from the admiral along the lines of:
"Why are we dealing with the Son'A? In case you forgot Captain, the Federation is at war and losing. The Dominion is using local materials to fight us, and the Son'A are providing critical military supplies. We get this group on our side, that gives us access to the rest to split them away from the Dominion and hopefully give us a fighting chance. Betazed has fallen, Earth is being threatened, and the Dominion is still ramping up production.
"Your little ceremony earlier with the Evora? Your job was to get them to join the Federation, so we could redeploy the ships to the front lines, and get them producing anything to help us out.
"Each night when I question working with the Son'A I call up the current casualty lists. When you got here, my three week old list had another fifty million names added to it.
"Either we work with the Son'A and get them on our side, or the Federation dies."
That should give enough background information to let the viewers know that the Federation needs to work with the Son'A, even if they don't like it. The admiral doesn't like it, but he is seeing a couple million people die each day, in the war, and knows that his actions will save other lives.