So, to the question of this topic. One of the episodes is titled "My Three Crichton's" and the story goes as follows - an alien energy invades the ship of the main characters. It envelops the main character, John Crichton, and duplicates him twice. One duplicate is a cromagnon de-evolution, the other is a brainiac who has evolved well past the norms of current human development (hence the title "My three Crichton's"). The duplication was a by-product of the energy field meeting a new species it had never encountered (being from Earth, the other side of the galaxy). The energy form relates to the crew that it will destroy the ship unless a genetic sample of a human was given (ie, sacrifice the life of one of the three Crichton's).
The obvious answer (and the answer the crew initially comes to) is to offer up the cromagnon Crichton. He's just a cave man, and his death will save everyone else. But morality rears its head as the crew slowly decides that being a caveman is not reason enough to condemn a person to death. In the end, the futuristic evolution of humans decided that if they wouldn't give the caveman version of Crichton then he must give the normal Crichton to save everyone (after all, he's so evolved that to him, the normal Crichton appears to be a caveman-like intelligence). Ultimately, the caveman Crichton saves normal Crichton's life by turning on futuristic Crichton, killing him, and then picking up its corpse and carrying it into the energy form (thus killing both alternate Crichton's and returning the series to its status quo).
The moral questions here are obvious. And to be honest, I spent most of the episode yelling (not literally) at the screen and telling them to just give up caveman Crichton and move on. But it is a moral conundrum, and since this is the place to discuss morality and spirituality within evolved/de-evolved forms of life, I thought I'd see what other people thought of it. In some ways, caveman Crichton can be seen to be the truly evolved one (as per the story), giving his life so that others could live. My apologies for the length of this OP, unfortunately it's not a quick matter to explain entire storylines of tv shows
Any thoughts are appreciated
~ Regards, PA
Edited by Paranoid Android, 11 April 2013 - 05:56 PM.