Temis the Vorta wrote:
The sherrif patrolling the frontier part is what I'm calling a "cop show." I'm not thinking of a police procedural, more like what Kirk & co were doing when they were visiting Federation outposts - they're checking to make sure law and order is being upheld because there's no other authority out there on the frontier.
Okay, that sounds more reasonable, but then it's odd to use police metaphors to describe that. In any case, a frontier marshal or Texas Ranger would be a better analogy for that than a sheriff, since they have broader jurisdiction.