I wish there was a sequence (after returning Jona) showing a communication from Admiral Rossa to Captain Picard. I wonder what she and he would have said regarding his decision. --MJRivera 22:49, 28 January 2007 (UTC)

I know what you mean -- a Federation outpost was attacked; a Starfleet officer and his wife were murdered; a Federation citizen was kidnapped; and Picard decides to give the hostage *back* to the kidnapper? The ending seems really out of character -- not just for Picard, but for the whole series. I'm surprised he wasn't court-martialed. -- Heath 02:30, 18 February 2007 (UTC)
With respect, not at all out of character. A Federation outpost was attacked in the middle of a war. Those that died were casualties of war, and given that they were officers (essentially in the military), they were not "murdered". Jono was not kidnapped by the traditions of the Talarians, and as a good Starfleet officer, Picard is trained to be aware of and conscious of other races traditions and practices. So is Starfleet command. In the end, Picard made the decision that was both best for the Federation (keeping them out of another war), and for Jono. --OuroborosCobra talk 03:11, 18 February 2007 (UTC)
I sympathized with the Talarians during this episode, because the father's explanation was believable and sounded normal for Star Trek cross-culture adolescences with alien species built with titanium-strength rib cages and rhinoceros leather skin. If the boy was assumed to have no living relatives, and the adoptive father had as much understanding of Federation traditions as Picard did of theirs, then the adoptive father probably figured it would not be right to leave the baby alone. As more and more facts arose during the episode, it looked more like parental love rather than Stockholm's syndrome. It makes as much sense as babies switched at birth being forced to live with their "real" parents after fifteen years, and I'm glad Picard did the right thing.
Memory Alpha is a great website. It acts for me like a missing DVD commentary. 00:16, 29 July 2008 (UTC)
Maybe not out of character, but once SF Command was notified, I don't think the choice should have been up to Picard. Especially since refusing to return Rossa would likely instigate a war between the Federation and the Talarians. The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk).

Removed similarity Edit

The story is very similar to an episode of the radio western Have Gun Will Travel. "The Hanging Cross" was written by Gene Roddenberry and broadcast 21 Dec 1958.

Removed, as we only note deliberate similarities. If there is proof the writers of this episode has Roddenberry's earlier script in mind when writing it, this note can go back.--31dot 21:29, October 20, 2009 (UTC)