Charles Phipps wrote:
I'll never get why the TNG PD is so despised. What, you think the Feds should go around handing out Warp Cores to Cavemen or something?
Part of it is the Prime Directive was CREATED to be defied and provide some dramatic tension.
It's treated as if it has actual moral substance in TNG, despite literally being made to be a stupid rule.
Creating a silly rule just to do a "Break the Rules!" episode is a lazy writing tactic. Creating a rule that makes sense and is respected, yet still might have to be violated for dramatic purposes is less lazy.