Vela Kurv Assesses Star Trek TNG’s “Justice”

-Riley Rose McKesson, Writer

From Lorabella’s journals at the West Pipe Space Academy, before she becomes Vela Kurv

Captain Picard has to choose between justice for the Edos or justice for Acting Ensign Wesley Crusher. Wesley commits an unknowing transgression, but Edos local authorities on the planet Rubicun III impose a death sentence in accordance with their planetary law. Picard chooses to violate the Prime Directive of noninterference by violating laws to secure Crusher’s release.

Picard knows that Crusher can’t be allowed to be killed, this was not the Prime Directive’s intension, so he tries diplomacy but in the end, these negotiations fail. Instead he and Riker (Picard’s second-in-command) convince the Edos god, a powerful noncorporeal spaceborne entity, that laws cannot be absolute. Circumstances of the infraction must be evaluated.

This is a tall lesson for any leader, justice is truly about weighing the scales of inequity after evaluating all information and making an educated assessment of what’s right. It’s all about doing the right thing. So in this case, Picard’s judgment for the sake of Wesley’s justice must prevail.


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