[TNG] Who Watches The Watchers

[TNG] Season 3, Episode 4: Who Watches The Watchers

Who Watches the Watchers
Rating: 2

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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Notes:

outpost

A federation outpost meant to be studying a proto-Vulcan culture has an accident and Enterprise has to go fix it

But then someone sees them!

But then Leland Palmer from Twin Peaks sees them!

Picard tells Crusher to do that memory wipe thing that Pulaski did that one time. Cruser already starts making excuses about his species being different

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!

He still remembers stuff!

They find one of the federation observers that Enterprise somehow lost track of

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

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 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

Troi tells them that she saw another “servant of Picard” and everyone except one guy follows her.

It makes it so Riker can get away with the federation guy

…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 the Picard won't be as angry

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

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

Picard beams their leader to the ship and tries to explain things.

It's really cool how Picard explains 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

A storm comes, so they think they should probably kill Troi.

Picard shows the leader some more cool stuff. Isn't Troi about to be killed or something? Picard knows she's in danger

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

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.

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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  • Mike

    I’m a big fan of the pre-warp society episodes.

  • Malachi Ward

    I’m a sucker for pre-warp society episodes too. It was just really frustrating how the people immediately become murderous lunatics the second they believe Picard is a god.

  • Mike Longinotti

    Seriously? This one is at least a “3”. I think it’s a great prime directive episode, I give it a 4 myself.