High-security or low-security? Edit
The article on the penal colony on Elba II indicates that it's a high-security complex for dangerous criminals, as does the article on the planet Elba II itself. This article on Garth, however, specifically states that the penal colony on Elba II is low-security. Which is it? -- Renegade54 00:41, 22 February 2006 (UTC)
- Good catch. For one thing, the episode itself does not call Elba II a "penal colony". It's referred to as an "asylum" several times, and as a "colony" once. So it might be more comfortable looking than a prison, but between the poisonous atmosphere surrounding it, and the shields that Enterprise can't dent, it's pretty high-security to me. I think the perspective might be wrong, anything could be low-security from the POV of incarcerating a shapeshifter. I'll take a look at Garth and see if I can clean it up. BTW, I wrote the "Elba II colony" article today, based on seeing the link in "Wanted Pages"... But I think it really should be "Elba II asylum" now. --Aurelius Kirk 01:05, 22 February 2006 (UTC)
Is Garth actually human? Edit
I know he appears human, but so do like a million other species in Star Trek. The cellular regeneration trick he picked up was also "taught," not "gifted with" as the article suggests. "Of Izar" could be an affection he gave himself, but I doubt Starfleet would recognise it (Kirk /refers/ to him as "Garth of Izar") unless it was a naming convention from his home planet. (Izar?) --Jovan the Un1337 01:33, 11 June 2009 (UTC)
- Our policy has been to go by appearance in determining race unless other evidence proves otherwise. Even if he is from another planet as "of Izar" suggests, he could still be human. I don't recall if there was other evidence which would suggest he wasn't human, though. --31dot 01:50, 11 June 2009 (UTC)
- He says "You Earth people are a stiff necked lot, aren't you?" At one point. Could be interpreted as meaning he's not human, but could also mean that he's a Human from another planet. --184.108.40.206 03:38, July 2, 2015 (UTC)
- I agree that there is no definitive conclusion whether Garth is human or not. Many aspects as noted seem to imply that it is equally likely he is non-human. I would think a more accurate statement would be "unknown" as to species in his particular case. After all, given the multiple instances of known appearances of non-humans looking like humans, and the content of the episode, I would submit that a definitive answer is unwarranted as to Garth. – The preceding unsigned comment was added by 220.127.116.11 (talk).