I'd summarize the Le Guin story, but it's basically a description of a less high-tech society that runs the same as in this week's SNW, down to the terrible secret. Although,in Omelas, apparently no one ever tries to save the child, people just walk away if they decide they can't handle the ethical issues.
Yeah, this was a very classic Star Trek episode but I felt like the writing let it down in a few places.
The child’s consent was very much of the “well he didn’t say no!” instead of an empathic yes. That STILL wouldnt have counted since they aren’t an adult but it would’ve twisted the knife a bit more rather than Alora (over the child) saying he does indeed want this.
Wonderful contrast between Pike and Kirk’s command style too. Pike ended the episode staring out the window in introspection. Kirk would’ve unplugged the ******* machine. It could’ve killed the child, cast the Majalian cities into the rivers of lava, but it was wrong and he 100% wasn’t going to let it continue.
True, but having him writhing in pain in the chair and still saying he wants this would’ve hit different.
I think each approach has its pluses and minuses. Me and a friend were discussing how each Captain would’ve handled it and decided that Kirk and Sisko were probably the only ones that would’ve unplugged it. Maybe Burnham too