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Old March 5 2013, 10:21 AM   #20
Re: Data and killing

Mojochi wrote: View Post
Ahh... The Fajo debate reignites. The man had a 24th century starship at his disposal, & declared that the only way to stop him was to kill him, surrender, or face the consequence of him killing anyone in his way in order to get what he wanted.
And you believe him?

Knowing Data as an exceedingly well reasoned individual, we can assume he weighed carefully his options & actions, and made the right choice, for the circumstance. Fajo's mistake was to assume Data can't grow beyond his programming, which we all know is certainly not the case
In other words, Data did it, Data always makes the best choices, therefore what Data did was right.

But, it wasn't Data, it was the writer of the episode. The writer of the episode dropped the ball.

Data was acting in the defense of himself & others while abducted, and was spared the actual consequence of having to kill the guy. Plus, as he may have considered his actions being of a personal nature & not as a Starfleet officer, when Riker asked him about the disruptor discharge, his response of "Perhaps something happened during transport" was a clear cut dose of "mind your own business"
Data was acting in defense? Fajo was disarmed and helpless. He was no threat to anyone.

And Data avoiding the issue the way he did with Riker is so far out of character it isn't funny.
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