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.
Even so, you'd have to be a sociopath not to feel some regret at the necessity. Hell, it's even an established part of Picard's character -- recall the final log entry in "Conspiracy" where he expressed regret at the loss of life he had to inflict.
And just in general, I dislike it when writers treat the death of human beings (or in this case, sentient beings) as some casual, unimportant thing. Death is a loss that should be acknowledged, never trivialized.