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Old May 29 2013, 04:23 PM   #12
Re: Episode of the Week: 2x18 "Up The Long Ladder"

Significantly, our heroes, while law-abiding, seem to positively loathe clones. Riker in "Second Chances" seemed to be begging for the other heroes to reach the conclusion that the other him is a clone, so that he could point a phaser at him, and was devastated when this did not turn out to be the case!

An early killing would be contrary to the spirit of the law, which seems to be "clones are people, don't hurt them", but not illegal per se. Which makes sense: laws in general are about forcing people to do what they think is the wrong thing, otherwise they wouldn't be needed. And people in the 24th century want to kill their clones...

Timo Saloniemi
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