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Old May 13 2013, 01:57 AM   #25
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Re: Episode of the Week: 2x15 "Pen Pals"

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Some would say that treating something of importance like the Prime Directive as an absolute rule is a bad idea.
How many times have Kirk and Picard broken the PD and have never be punished for it? I consider it more of a suggestion than an absolute law.
Or, maybe the writers really did consult the writers guide:

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Just for the heck of it, from the Star Trek Writers/Directors Guide, third revision, April 17, 1967:

TOS Writers Guide wrote:
GENERAL ORDER NUMBER ONE
The only Starfleet Order that concerns us in most stories. It is a wise but often troublesome rule which prohibits Starship interference with the normal development of alien life and alien societies. It can be disregarded when absolutely vital to the interests of the entire Earth Federation, but the Captain who does violate it had better be ready to present a sound defense of his actions.
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