Kirk and the Prime Directive.
Posted 14 November 2011 - 06:29 AM
And this was invariably the reaction to what was an entire established 'way of life'. Just the sort of thing the Prime Directive was introduced to prevent.
Kirk lacks the maturity and objective judgement to handle the difficult situations he finds thrust upon him. His decisions are impulsive and lack the structure of a long term plan. His heart is in the moment and rarely thinks beyond it. He claims to be impartial and free of prejudice and yet in case after case these decisions are clearly based on the aforementioned factors.
Aided and abetted by a man who would argue a problem from one aspect only to change horses mid stream should someone with pointed ears agree with him… the inestimable Dr ‘Bones’ McCoy.
And yet Starfleet must have been compliant in Kirk’s cavalier attitude towards the Prime Directive. He sent them reports, unless of course these reports were composed in such a way to hide the true nature of his actions. Leading to the inevitable conclusion that the senior staff were also prepared to mislead in order to protect their Captain.
The Apple is a perfect case study. It may not be the ideal situation but the Prime Directive would insist that the Enterprise in this scenario was expendable. Kirk’s not having that, no, in his eyes, encouraged by McCoy; it is Vaal who must go at the cost of an established way of life.
So what separates Kirk from Tracey?
Fortune it seems. Bend the rules and succeed and you are a hero, bend them and fail…
Well, we’ve all seen where that goes.
I’m not sure the Starfleet of NG would have condoned that view. In fact this very subject was addressed in ‘Too Short a Season’, where the consequences of action are revisited. Something Kirk never really had to face. Khan was a individual not a civilisation.
Of course it could be argued that times were more ‘frontier orientated’ back then and the letter of the prime directive was open to interpretation. But even with this generous interpretation of the PD in hand, I think we are still on shaky ground.
Posted 14 November 2011 - 08:12 AM
Kirok of L'Stok - Director of Media ..... "I love deadlines! I love the whooshing sound they make as they fly by!" - Douglas Adams
Posted 14 November 2011 - 06:13 PM
At a guess, 'Patterns of Force', 'A piece of the Action'... I'm sure there are others...
Posted 19 November 2011 - 01:03 AM