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ST:E, Dear Doctor - abates
Brilliant but slightly odd but very nice

Alden Bates
Date: 2005-11-14 18:44
Subject: ST:E, Dear Doctor
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Dear Doctor: An alien race contacts Enterprise to ask for help in curing a disease which is ravaging their population.

Phlox delivers dinner to the wildlife he keeps in Sickbay. That's... a bit unhygenic, surely. OMG, he didn't just eat a worm. Sick, dude.

Hoshi says Phlox is getting lots of letter from home. Apparently the human doctor he swapped with for the cultural exchange writes to him. Phlox writes back then pops down to engineering to treat someone. Oh, and Porthos has gas because Archer keeps feeding him cheese.

Then he attends a movie, and observes the audience behavior. Trip, you great girl's blouse! Phlox appears to be bonding with Cutler... who kisses him on the cheek. Oh, it's *that* sort of bonding.

Finally, a non-Phlox scene. Grief. They've found a wee spaceship with two faint life-signs on board. The people on board are in search of people who can cure a disease plaguing their planet.

Hoshi and Phlox converse in Denobulan (Hoshi ineptly) over dinner and she asks about him and Cutler. He asks for advice. They reach the alien world, and talk to the doctors there about the disease. They find there's a subspecies there (the Menk) who are somewhat less evolved than the others. They don't get the disease.

Phlox enlists Cutler's help in working on the disease, and asks T'Pol whether she's known humans to mate outside their species. She thinks humans are not emotionally mature enough.

Phlox concludes that the disease is genetic and unavoidable - the race will be wiped out in a couple of centuries. They examine some Menk to see what's up, and are surprised when one of them says a few words of English.

Phlox is impressed with the civilisation, but Cutler thinks the Menk are oppressed. Phlox says he has three wifes, who each have two other husbands. She just wants to be friends. D'oh!

My gosh, this is an exciting episode, he said and went for a mop to clean up the sarcasm he just dripped on the floor.

One of the aliens asks Archer for warp drive so they can search more distantly. Feh. Dude, transmit the data back to Star Fleet. I'm sure they've got plenty more doctors. Archer talks things over with T'Pol and concludes they're not ready for warp drive.

Phlox says the Menk may evolve, but not if the other species remains around, and thinks they should let nature take its course.

Phlox: "Evolution is more than a theory, it's a fundimental scientific principle" OMG! They just lost the Intelligent Design audience!

He's found a cure though. Archer ponders for a while and agrees with Phlox. OMG! GENOCIDE!

They drop off some medicine which should help with the symptoms, but they still COMMIT GENOCIDE!

Hoshi suggests Phlox get out more, so he doesn't commit genocide quite so often, and he goes to have a snack with Cutler. Teh end.

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Acetal: Sheep
User: acetal
Date: 2005-11-14 07:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
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I know! My reaction to that was always, "Why didn't they just arrange to have the Menk moved to another inhabitable planet?"
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2005-11-14 08:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Who would arrange that? And who would pay for it?
And the Menk wouldn't want to leave their own
world, either.

I think Archer was a son of a bitch for not
giving them the damn cure. Nuff said. :)
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Acetal
User: acetal
Date: 2005-11-14 09:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Well the Vulcans would be the logical candidates. There are unlikely to be more than a few hundred thousand Menk, for various reasons. Besides, you don't need to relocate all of them, just a viable population.

Forced relocation isn't exactly ethical, but neither is genocide. I doubt the Vulcans would have any trouble with it provided they were willing to help. I'm sure the dominant species would be willing to pony up in exchange for their cure.

*coughs* The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one or the few. *coughs*
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2005-11-14 08:48 (UTC)
Subject: Genocide? Not at all.
Further to my last comment, I must state here that
Archer and co. are not guilty of genocide. Genocide
is the actual or attempted deliberate extermination
of an entire species/race, or the act of allowing
said species/race to die out by an act of omission
- with the proviso that the party committing the
omission caused or helped to cause the problem in
the first place.

Where Archer's actions do not qualify as genocide
is in *intent* and *cause*. The Enterprise crew
did not cause the plague that were killing the
aliens, and thus were under no obligation to
render any assistance whatsoever. Allowing the
aliens to die is just a shitty thing to do, not
genocide.

It's vaguely similar to how watching someone fall
off a cliff when you could have stopped them is
not murder. You didn't cause them to fall, or
be in a position to do so, so you're not guilty
of the death. You're just a callous bastard.

Examples of genocide: The Holocaust, Mao and
Stalin's policy-caused famine atrocities against
their own nations' peasantries (70,000,000 dead
in Mao's case, 35-odd million for Stalin), the
Year Zero massacres in Cambodia, and (in fiction)
the Sixth Doctor killing the Vervoids in The
Trial Of A Time Lord.

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Alden Bates
User: abates
Date: 2005-11-14 09:23 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Genocide? Not at all.
Hooray for Star Fleet morals!
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