Re: The OFFICIAL TNG Blu-Ray Season 1 Discussion Thread
Riker: I could have saved that girl.
Picard: You were right not to try.
And what were the consequences that would have happened if Riker had brought that girl to life? I don't know. Maybe a slight gratification and sense of happiness that he helped a little girl live? There wasn't any "The girl or your crew!" situation going on where there were things at stake. Just some grumpy old man telling him that power corrupts and doing things easily is a sin!
The consequences were a human using a power that they simply didn't have the wisdom to yield. Much like Gary Mitchell.
"If we're going to be damned, let's be damned for what we really are." - Jean-Luc Picard, "Encounter at Farpoint"