Captain McBain wrote:
In "Genesis," why didn't Picard simply order Data to thrash the early Worf creature, instead of Picard having it chase him around the ship? Pretty risky decision there by the captain, when Data was certainly easily strong enough to subdue Worf without killing him.
For the characters to have any common sense would require the writers to. Clearly this is not the case given the premise of the episode is "turn the crew into mutants and attack Picard and Data!"