I don't see the point if it, if Sarat's not really dead. I carefully considered the alternatives and rejected them.
- There's no way that Grigory can involve anyone else on the ship without risking his career for violating the Prime Directive, if not his freedom, especially given that he asked for permission to do something and was denied.
- Girgory can't stay on the surface for an extended period for the same reason, certainly not longer than to retrieve the IDIC (which evidently isn't so easy to beam up as the equipment, e.g. since it doesn't have transtators, and which I assume will be the reason he logged for going back down one last time). So, putting Sarat on trial in a hypothetical sequel would be totally unbelievable.
- If it's just to stun Sarat, then all Sarat learns is that he is right that the Federation won't interfere. That would actually accomplish less than nothing, because Girgory would have to stick his neck out for a null result.
Now, don't get me wrong. Dennis Proulx did a terrific job. I suspected that Sarat would not follow Surak's teachings just by his infuriating smirk. However, as long as the Federation keeps the planet off limits, he can't make a recurring villain. And, if it's all just to backpedal, why go there in the first place?
Anyway, those are my thoughts. And, thanks for giving us something to discuss!
In science fiction there is always an "out" to death. Anyone care to guess how Sarat can live even after he's technically dead? I'll give you one clue..
Edit to add: Also, just because Starfleet declares the planet off limits, doesn't mean there's no way for other races not to beam down. I've already mapped out in my head just how to make a sequel work. And if I can do it and do it in an original way, then the Potemkin
producers can too.