It may take millennia, but the Menk have the potential to become the dominant species on this planet," Phlox says. Quantum supposes that the Menk will not become the dominant species if the Valakians are still around. Phlox tells him that the Menk need to be able to live on their own in order to flourish as a species. Quantum asks, "Now, just what are you suggesting? We choose one species over the other?" I don't think it's Enterprise's choice to make. Mother Nature has clearly already laid bets on her favorites; these humans have absolutely no power in this matter. Phlox elucidates my rantings much better by saying, "All I'm saying is that we let Nature make the choice." "The hell with Nature! You're a doctor. You have a moral obligation to help people who are suffering," Quantum insists. First of all, "the hell with Nature"? You are a putz, aren't you? And second of all, "moral obligation"? I don't believe we've heard anything about a Denobulan equivalent to the Hippocratic oath, so let's not throw the word "morals" around. Phlox tells Quantum that, as a scientist, he has to consider "the larger issues." Phlox continues, "Thirty-five thousand years ago, your species co-existed with other humanoids, is that correct?" Quantum closes his slacking jaw and says, "Go ahead." "What if an alien race had interfered, and given the Neanderthals an evolutionary advantage?" Phlox asks, pronouncing "Neanderthals" like "Neander-dolls. "Fortunately for you, they didn't," Phlox finishes. "I appreciate your perspective on all of this," Quantum says, "but I am living proof that a few Neanderthals squeezed through." Come to think of it, I could have been distracted by his hulking brow; what he really said was: "But we're talking about something that might happen. Might happen, thousands of years from now. They've asked for our help. I am not prepared to walk away based on a theory." Phlox gets frustrated and tells Quantum that evolution is "more than a theory, it's a scientific principle!" Phlox kicks all variants of butt in this scene. "Forgive me for saying so," he continues, "but I believe your compassion for these people is affecting your judgment." "My compassion guides my judgment!" Quantum thunders. He asks the doctor if he can find a cure. Phlox is silent. "Doctor?" he prompts him. Phlox tells him he's already found a cure. Quantum goes to pose by the window. Phlox VOs that when they found the alien vessel, he had no idea he'd be immersed in such a conflict with his captain.
Episode Report CardKeckler: B- | 330 USERS: C+
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