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"I've looked at life from both sides now
From win and lose, and
still somehow
It's life's illusions I recall
I really don't know life at all"
—"Both Sides Now", Judy Collins

"Back during a time when the "Big Three" networks (there were only three) operated out of genuine fear of offending their audiences, along with refusing to show any blood and guts here, no argument is too strong to elicit a counterweight appeasement thrown in the other direction, giving these Quincy, M.E. "message" plots an appropriately 1979 "safe" vibe. Despite the tragic nature of the deaths, this is, in the end, "feel good" social education that doesn't really challenge the system or the viewer, because it's frameworked into the fantasy unreality of a fictional TV drama, where complex, unsolvable problems are solved by caring, rebel loners like Quincy."

Joe: Could you kill Hitler then?
Simon: Ummm...what as a baby?
Joe: Who said anything about killing babies?
Simon: Sorry, when people say about killing Hitler they usually use the example of him as a baby.
Joe: You could just shove him in a cupboard.
Simon: Oh that was lame...

"They spend the entire story acting like generic monsters, with the Doctor being the only person who gives any sort of argument that they might be different. Then the Doctor finally meets up with their leader and gets told 'oh, no, we’ve gone generic monster' suggest the value of 'another way' when the script has been bending over backwards to ensure that all of the other ways didn’t exist is just cheap."
Dr. El Sandifer on Doctor Who ("Warriors of the Deep")

Jex experiments on people in order to create a cyborg supersoldier. His motive is to end a war which is killing his people. But were his people the attackers or the attacked? That this is ignored tells us a great deal about the writer/s but deprives us of the possibility of making moral sense of the story. It is ignored, presumably because it is considered irrelevant. Yet, the whole point of the story appears to be the question of whether Jex is a bad man or a good one... with the answer being, of course, "yes".


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