All The [Trek] 96 – The High Ground

There are two updates this Trek Tuesday, be sure to read about both The High Ground and The Hunted!

Episode 60: The High Ground

January 29th, 1990

The Enterprise makes a medical supply drop on a planet that is plagued by terrorist attacks. Dr. Crusher is having lunch with Worf and Data in a fairly innocuous cafe when a bomb goes off. Crusher rushes to help the wounded, and while she is tending to them a member of the resistance takes her hostage.

What follows is a fairly hefty foray into the morality of revolution. In summation, history is written by the victor and the realities of what it takes to obtain victory are often glossed over. For instance: the American revolution, any development that Earth underwent before joining the Federation, etc. This song from Wicked sums it up pretty well.

Anyway, the leader of the Revolution gets a gross-out crush on Crusher and she tries to convince him that, you know, killing children and civilians and everyone on the Enterprise is a bad idea. He tries to convince her that she maybe agrees with him a little, and she tells him the hard truth: he controls people with fear because he’s kinda a dickbag and doesn’t stand a chance with her. And then [SPOILER] he gets killed. Woo!

Yes, this is the perfect way to put a prisoner at ease after telling her you plan to kill her son, colleagues, and friends."

Yes, this is the perfect way to put a prisoner at ease after telling her you plan to kill her son, colleagues, and friends.”

Overall Rating: (4/5)

Two solid episodes in a row! I can’t tell whether this episode was good because of the budget (those costumes and sets!) or if there was something more cinematic about the script or…I don’t know. Everything just came together wonderfully. Admittedly there are weak points in the script. It was 0% surprising that the resistance leader was creepily attracted to Crusher. Crusher almost almost confessing her feelings to Picard was a cheap tease. But they did such a great job of making this planet not only have a different culture but also LOOK and FEEL different that I want to watch it again. It’s like someone mashed the brutality of Starship Troopers together with Star Trek.