TNG Season 1, Episode 22 (Netflix: S1 E23): Symbiosis
Symbiosis is one of the more formative episodes for the Prime Directive. There’s some good back and forth about the moral complexity of the issue. That Crusher and Picard are the two that present either side of the argument adds a nice layer to their relationship.
I like the pre-credits business of getting close to the star.
Enterprise beams over some space losers
And some jerks!
They can electrocute people by touching them! So they have a touching fight
There is an interesting dispute for Picard to mediate.
These guys are addicted to a drug that is being sold to them by those other jerks as medicine! Crusher is getting worked up!
Picard doesn’t want to hear it
This turns into a prime directive issue.
File under: Prime Directive
Crusher doesn’t care about the prime directive! She’s such a rebel
Lt. Yar gives us a lesson on why drugs are bad. Thanks Lt. Yar!
The guy makes Riker feel uncomfortable
Crusher gives the drug dealers a stern talking to
Yar thinks these guys are dorks
Prime directive episodes are sometimes unsatisfying when they involve staying out of issues where they could help, but this one gives us a good impression that things are moving in the right direction anyway, with a little unofficial nudging from the Enterprise crew.
Memory Alpha points out that Yar waves goodbye near the end of the episode.
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