Originally Posted by Captain Tom Coughlin
The idea that it approved murder and theft loses all weight when the solution to the problem is for Enterprise to contact the Federation for help!
They simply have to phone home and set things right. It's a cop out.
Briar Patch, communication are down. Furthermore Picard doesn't wanna home phone (he is not fu*king ET
) as the Council is behind Dougherty. He has to turn rogue which is the point of the story, that he has to abandon his career in order to stand up for Federation principles.
But, and this is valid criticism, it is of course a fake sacrifice. But then again so is Spock's in TWOK, the show has to go on.