Trent Roman wrote:
Gratuitous, perhaps, but why would Picard incur an 'emotional cost' from it? Given the length of his career, I'm sure it wasn't the first time he'd been obliged to use lethal force to defend himself and his ship.
Fictitiously yours, Trent Roman
Maybe it's just because it's been some time since I saw Starship Mine so my memories are a bit fuzzy, but I can understand where Christopher is coming from. Yes, they were thieves, but they also had set it up so that their thieving wouldn't harm anyone, stealing during the sweep that had the ship emptied. And then Picard goes and kills all of them. They weren't cold-blooded killers.