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Stardate: 43173.5 A primitive race, known as Mintakins, discovers a hidden federation outpost set to observe their planet and culture, when there is a explosion at there outpost. The Federation scientists signal for help and the Enterprise responds. However, Enterprise must walk a dangerous path, to try to fix this “too early” first contact.
*Captain's Log, Stardate 43173.5. We are en route to Mintaka III where a three-man Federation anthropological field team has been studying the inhabitants. Our mission is to resupply the outpost and repair their malfunctioning reactor.
*First Officer's Log, Stardate 43174.2. Counselor Troi and I are beaming down to Mintaka III to locate Dr. Palmer and to determine the extent of the cultural contimination. Dr. Crusher has temporarily altered our features and skin colour. She's also implaneted subcataneous communicators so that any transmissions we receive will be inaudible to the Mintakans.
*Captain's Log, supplemental. Dr. Crusher has repaired my injury with her usual skill. Mr. La Forge will supervise the dismantling of the observation post after I make one last visit to Mintaka III.
Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher) does not appear in this episode.
Title: Who Watches the Watchers?
A question of great importance -- the Romans had a term for it: "Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes?" more often stated as "Who Watches the Watchmen?" (also the source for the title of the graphic novel/movie, "Watchmen"). Dealing with the essential problem of how to monitor the behavior of those who monitor everyone else's behavior. How do you handle it when police, or politicians, or lawyers go bad? What can you do to prevent, or at least inhibit, those with special power from abusing that power?