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Old May 10 2013, 04:07 PM   #45
Cid Highwind
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Re: Nibiru

Bry_Sinclair wrote: View Post
Firstly, why is the Enterprise underwater? How many times has a ship successfully conducted observations and away missions from standard orbit? Why would they need to complicate the entire operation and risk exposing the ship to the inhabitants by taking it all the way through the atmosphere and then into the ocean? It baffled me.
Because they needed another cool shot for the trailers.

Secondly, the crews actions on the planet (stopping the volcano) is in itself a violation of the Prime Directive, as they are interfering with the natural development of that species. As unpleasant as it may be to allow a race to die, had the Enterprise not been there the volcano would have erupted and that would be the end of them, by stopping the volcano they interruped the natural development of the native species--which is far worse than them just seeing a starship rise from the water.
Depends on what exactly you consider an "interruption of the natural development". Letting the vulcano erupt would have killed the entire civilization. Stopping the vulcano without being seen would have allowed the civilization to survive without their belief system being "polluted". I think the latter, but not the former, is what the Prime Directive initially was supposed to be about.
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