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Old November 26 2012, 01:07 PM   #24
Re: Why no comment on the number of human species?

Well, sure. But "Paradise Syndrome" was seriously underthought originally. Why does Kirk take it upon himself to stop a single asteroid from what he knows is a steady rain of such rocks, in some distant and unsurveyed system far away from Starfleet's regular patrol areas? Why doesn't he pay attention to the fact that the rain has had no effect on the target world so far? He doesn't even seem to know whether the target world is worth saving, which is why he beams down to have a look. And that look reveals a minuscule community of people whom the starship could easily evacuate in the two months allotted - but no attempt is made to start the evacuation, even though such is standard practice for Kirk, quite regardless of whether the evacuees are cooperative or hostile!

All of which could have perfectly logical explanations, even when the writer could come up with none... It's not necessary to dismiss "Paradise Syndrome" as the hack job it is, because having unexplained mysteries is actually a positive thing in science fiction!

Timo Saloniemi
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