Sadly, it is not to be, because "Half a Life" chooses to focus on the emotional drama rather than the social issues. It's a brilliantly written emotional drama, but I can't help but feel that it's a bit of a copout for Star Trek, given that we've seen both Kirk and Picard lead social revolutions, stop centuries of war between implacable enemies, and overthrow deities with extraordinary powers.
I actually give this episode points for -
- making Lwaxana bearable.
- not allowing our heroes to judge and fix everything in 42 minutes. Instead of shaking a few hands and spreading democracy, the NCC teams doesn't change anyone's ideas. The clash of ideals causes Timicin awful personal pain, and he can't finally leave his society behind. It's a rare and powerful note to end on.