• Dear Doctor was just WRONG! (Spoilers)

    From tyvian82@gmail.com@21:1/5 to Alfred Aquino on Sat Jun 29 13:11:58 2019
    On Sunday, February 3, 2002 at 11:45:04 PM UTC, Alfred Aquino wrote:
    On Thu, 24 Jan 2002, Eric F wrote:

    Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2002 06:18:44 GMT
    From: Eric F <ericf@mediaone.net>
    Newsgroups: rec.arts.startrek.current
    Subject: Dear Doctor was just WRONG! (Spoilers)

    This show made me angry. Much of it made no sense and
    contradicted itself. The more I think about it, the more angry I get.
    I was thinking about doing "Archer is a MURDER!" for a topic, but I resisted. :)
    Ok, there is no Prime Directive. We know this. They worked
    this in in their not-so-subtle way, practically hammering us over the
    head with it for the full episode.
    The Valakians were in need, Flox had a cure and held back, and eventually the Capt. decided not to give it to them. Where is the
    sense in this? The society was already contaminated, they clearly
    knew of other races and warp technology, so what would be the point in
    NOT giving it to them? Because the Menk MIGHT only become dominant by withholding a cure? In thousands of years? What the hell is that
    Apparently Denobulan physicians have no equivalent to the Hippocratic oath. This is what confuses me the most, that the Capt.
    would go along with this. This was no pre-industrial society. The argument should also have been made that since the relationship
    between the Valakians and the Menks were symbiotic, the deaths of the Valakians could destroy their whole ecosystem. But this was never mentioned. There was no way to know what "could be" some 2000 years
    down the line, but a cure NOW would make a difference.
    First they start the series showing how much "not" like Star
    Trek "Enterprise" is, by having it be "raw" and "new". Now they go
    and do a "Prime Directive" show, without a Prime Directive existing
    and I can't but help thinking to myself, "Kirk would have given them
    the cure in a minute."
    Blech, where do they get their writers, out of a box of Cracker-Jacks?

    You forget the argument against providing the cure:

    What if, thousands of years ago someone gave the Neanderthals the evolutionary advantage?

    Would that have been a "violation" of the "Prime Directive"?
    If we today became a result of that act (if we decended from the
    Neanderthals and Homo Sapiens were wiped out) would we know the

    Think about it.

    And you've got to consider the fact that Kirk and his crew saved the Humpback Whale species in the fourth Star Trek movie The Voyage Home from extinction which in effect violated Archer's rule by the way to communicate with an alien probe of unknown
    origin in order to save all life on Earth possibly saving all life in the entire galaxy from extinction. Besides aren't the Menk caveman level? And the Valakian's nuclear level? And isn't it a fact that the Neanderthals never evolved past stone age
    tech level?

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