[TNG] Season 3, Episode 4: Who Watches The Watchers
The message of this episode is delivered in such an over zealous way that any hope of depicting truth is lost. Plus, the point of Who Watches is that Picard shouldn’t be worshiped. I was unconvinced.
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A federation outpost meant to be studying a proto-Vulcan culture has an accident and Enterprise has to go fix it
But then Leland Palmer from Twin Peaks sees them!
Picard tells Crusher to do that memory wipe thing that Pulaski did that one time. Crusher already starts making excuses about his species being different.
He still remembers stuff!
They find one of the federation observers that Enterprise somehow lost track of.
Riker and Troi go to the planet in disguise. Riker looks especially stupid
The guy tells everyone that he’s seen “the overseer” which is a god, and his name is Picard. uh oh. The Prime Directive is gonna be mad.
Troi tells them that she saw another “servant of Picard” and everyone except one guy follows her.
…Allowing Riker to get away with the federation guy. Basically this was a slightly more elaborate version of “Everybody! Look over there!”
They figure they should hurt Troi or something so that Picard won’t be as angry. Makes sense.
The observer suggests that Picard pretend to be their god, but give them some guidelines so they don’t go crazy. Picard doesn’t like this idea.
Picard beams their leader to the ship and tries to explain things.
The best part of this episode is Picard showing the woman the wonders of their technology, and explaining how he’s just a guy.
A storm comes, so they think they should probably kill Troi.
Picard shows the leader some more cool stuff. Picard knows Troi is in danger, right?
Picard beams to the planet, but the guy has a hard time believing he’s not a god. He wants to shoot Picard to prove that he can’t die
It’s cool how Picard is willing to die to prove he’s not a god, but the guy actually shoots him, and then Crusher saves Picard. You would think this might convince him that Picard really is a god.
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