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Star Trek - The Next Generation. Banned Clip from 'The High Ground'

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Published on Dec 29, 2010

This clip is taken from an episode called 'The High Ground'. The result of this short conversation, and the general theme of the program being centered around insurgency as a means to achieve freedom, led to the BBC (The British Broadcasting Corporation- Britain's national broadcaster) and Sky TV (a Satellite Broadcaster) putting a ban on showing the episode.

When Sky did show the episode they cut the part about Irish reunification in 2024. In Ireland on RTE (Raidió Teilifís Éireann-Ireland's national broadcaster) the showing of the full episode came with a warning describing the content as "Fictional and Aspirational."

The complete episode was only shown for the first time on the BBC in September 2007, Sky TV soon followed suit and aired the full uncut episode. This was 17 years after the original air-date in the U.S. The full program can now be seen on a number of satellite channels unedited.

This ban covered the area of broadcast/transmission/coverage of the BBC (UK and Ireland), Sky TV (mainly the UK and Ireland at that time, but also including parts of Europe) the 'aspirational notice' placed on the program was by RTE (Ireland).

What the writer said about 'The High Ground'
"What I wanted to do was the American Revolution. They wouldn't let me, so we ended up doing Northern Ireland, which I felt made our people look incredibly stupid. I wanted it with Picard as Cornwallis and the Romulans would have been the French, who were in our revolution, trying to break this planet away. Suddenly Picard realized he's one of the oppressors. Instead we do 'Breakfast in Belfast'."
- Melinda Snodgrass, writer of Next Generation episode "The High Ground"

My sincerest and deepest thanks to everybody that has read the above description before posting mad comments. Yes I am aware 'The High Ground' was not banned in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Germany, Outer Mongolia, Mars, Jupiter, Heaven or Hell and yeah I know you "have seen it like ten times Dude on VHS/DVD/BluRay/Netflix" or whatever, but I'm sure "Debbie does Dallas" is also available on several of those formats as well, yet I can't see the BBC, SKY or RTE showing that any time soon.

We are willing enough to praise freedom when she is safely tucked away in the past and cannot be a nuisance. In the present, amidst dangers whose outcome we cannot foresee, we get nervous about her, and admit censorship.
E. M. Forster.

If you wish to learn more about the ban please follow the links below.
Thank you - GRMA
Howth Mauser.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/no...
http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2011-1...
http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/BBC
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_High...)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0708799/
http://www.trektoday.com/reviews/tng/...
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2011/12/star...
http://www.tv.com/shows/star-trek-the...
http://listverse.com/2010/03/17/top-1...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bliz...
http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/othelem/media/...
http://www.upworthy.com/banned-star-t...
http://fanlore.org/wiki/The_Four_Bann...
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0708799/r...
http://www.wellbeyondthepale.com/inde...
http://www.avclub.com/articles/the-hu...
http://www.trekbbs.com/showthread.php...
http://lettertoamerica.blogs.com/lett...
http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/0...
http://stng.36el.com/st-tng/trivia/sy...
http://mentalfloss.com/article/50066/...
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php...
http://www.theguardian.com/music/musi...
http://www.independent.ie/opinion/col...
http://www.davidmcwilliams.ie/2017/04...
http://www.denofgeek.com/tv/star-trek...
https://them0vieblog.com/2014/02/11/s...

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http://thelineofbestfit.com/features/...
http://mentalfloss.com/article/50178/...
http://saebpress.com/2012/02/bbc-cens...

Comments • 3,541

Charlesinfinite
This is the kind of stuff I love about star trek. Although I like the new reboot films, this kind of dialogue is entirely absent.
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provenelk
Only banned because of the Irish unification comment
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Cara Institute of Advanced Hypnosis
banned in the UK, re runs over and over again in Afghanistan
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killbilly2012
JFK - "those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent revolution inevitable"
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Sekhubara
"The Irish revolution of 2024". C'mon blokes, that's in eight years. Let's see what you got!
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WystenDraco
I remember this episode very well. It expanded my horizons on the ideas about terrorism in general as well as good and evil or right and wrong, and the like, it taught me they are more than words, they are perspectives. I learned that one group's terrorist is another group's hero. To us Francis Marian who used guerilla warfare in the American Revolution is a hero, but to the British he was a terrorist. Transposed to today, here's something to start a political fire here with. To the NSA and hardcore statists, Edward Snowden is a traitor, but to critical thinkers and far more people than one would think, Snowden is a hero. Life's unfairness includes the real heroes being often branded as traitors and terrorists, while the real traitors and terrorists are disguised as heroic patriots.
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Adrian Williams
Trek got too real for people to handle.
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Chaosmage42
i think its an interesting conversation about these kinds of issue after all one mans terrorist is another mans freedom fighter its complicated and its a question of who writes history.
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benjovi55
This decision led to the canning of the controversial episode (never aired) called, "Data uses a dynamite vest."
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Nicolas Cole
I guess the whole dumping the tea in the harbor is still a fresh wound.
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