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  • Harsher in Hindsight: Wesley asks "What if it's something more important than a mineral survey? What if someone dies because I made a mistake?"
  • Retroactive Recognition: Not that you'd actually recognize her, but Nikki Cox plays Sarjenka. It was her third role with dialogue.
  • Vindicated by History: For many years after it was first aired this was seen as a pretty forgettable episode, overshadowed by the Wham Episode which directly followed it, and only really notable in retrospect for being one of Nikki Cox's first acting roles. However, the way the franchise treated the Prime Directive in subsequent entries — eventually culminating in the much-reviled Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Dear Doctor" — has caused many to look back on this episode much more fondly, since the characters actually discuss the ramifications and ways around the Prime Directive to help the suffering, rather than treating it as some sacred law to remain unbroken even at the cost of lives.
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