Vela Kurv Weighs in on Star Trek TNG’s “Code of Honor”


-Riley Rose McKesson, Writer

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

Captain Picard must employ respect and nobility to Ligonian leader Lutan on  planet Ligon II and what begins as a diplomatic mission to establish a treaty quickly turns into a kidnapping. Picard must walk a tactical line between befriending this planet to acquire a rare vaccine needed to treat the plague on planet Styris IV or use the Enterprise-D’s technological advantage to secure Security Officer Yar back aboard ship from where she was taken.

When to exact might in a power struggle? Picard has to patiently acquire more information on this abduction to direct his next move and secure the needed vaccine because his medical staff is unable to replicate the formula. Further investigation reveals the abduction is an internal power struggle between Lutan and his own ambition. Non-action until a course is determined is Picard’s winning move.

In this scenario, mind instead of might reveals the successful move. The vaccine is acquired and a more nobile leader is determined without much interference from Picard. My lesson here is clearly to investigate, examine, and then act. Force is not always the answer.

I’m tired now, going to sleep, good night, Lorabella.

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