Re: The Prime Directive
It seems that the Prime Directive was thrown out the window in favor of plot like starship designs were kept because of their cool design, not because there was a good reason for them to exist.
That probably made no sense, but I hope you get where I'm coming from.
Judy Waxhorn: "Lighbulb is shot can't see a damn thing. Prepare to trash the ship. LaForge, disable the warp-core protection system. Troi, take the helm. All hands, prepare for DRAMA."