Episode 5-16, Ethics

Ethics is another of the great Trek episodes. Part of its greatness is that it has elements of an over arching story with Worf’s son, Alexander. Having this history already in place makes the “miracle” of Worf’s recovery a legitimately earned emotional element and not just a convenient plot resolution. But what really makes this episode great is all the ethical concerns around Worf’s decision to want to commit suicide, which Riker is opposed to but Picard respects, and Beverly’s concern with a doctor who takes too many risks, even if it might save lives and which, again, Picard goes along with. The episode does make it clear which side they agree with but the episode is strong enough to still leave you mulling over all possibilities as being valid.