When a town meeting is called to discuss the life-changing decision, only a couple of dozen people attend out of a population of 15,000.
There are approximately 15,000 colonists, yet only one leader who speaks for them exclusively and doesn't answer to anyone else. And when he is challenged, he resorts to violence.
Trivia: This is a rare episode in which the Enterprise plaque is shown on the wall of the bridge.
Beverly: Data, telling us why you are going to fail before you make the attempt is never wise.
Data: But... is not honesty always the preferred choice?
Picard: Excessive honesty can be disastrous, particularly in a commander.
Picard: Knowing your own limitations is one thing. Advertising them to a crew can damage your credibility as a leader.
Data: Because you will lose their confidence.
Beverly: And you may begin to believe in those limitations yourself.
(after cutting communications with the Sheliak)
Riker: You enjoyed that.
Picard: You're damn right.
Picard: They don't have to answer, they just have to listen.
Ard'rian: You don't really understand human behavior, do you?
Data: That is something of an understatement.
Wesley: He wants the impossible.
LaForge: That's the short definition of Captain.
The colonist's planet is referred to as Tau Cygna 5. Assuming they are referring to a star in the constellation of Cygnus, the correct designation is Tau Cygni 5. According to the conventions of the International Astronomical Union, a star takes its designation from the Latin genitive case form of the name of the constellation it is associated with. Thus, Centaurus, Centauri, Cygnus, Cygni.
Unhappy with his part in this episode, Grainger Hines (Gosheven) requested that his name be removed from the on-screen credits; and all of his lines had to be re-dubbed by another actor.
Although shown second, this was actually the first episode produced for the third season.
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