Re: On making references: For or Against
King Daniel Into Darkness wrote:
ARCHER: Someday my people are going to come up with some sort of a doctrine, something that tells us what we can and can't do out here, should and shouldn't do. But until somebody tells me that they've drafted that directive I'm going to have to remind myself every day that we didn't come out here to play God.
...it treated viewers like complete idiots who needed their hands held and to be told, "Look! He's talking about the Prime Directive!"
Another cringe-worthy example was "The Augments", where Arik Soong jumps up and down waving a big sign marked "TNG REFERENCE HERE! HE'S TALKING ABOUT DATA!"
SOONG: I've been thinking. Perfecting humanity may not be possible. Cybernetics. Artificial lifeforms.
ARCHER: Good-bye, Doctor.
SOONG: I doubt I'll finish the work myself. Might take a generation or two.
This is the kind of crap that irked the hell out of me when I'd watch. And the hilarious/sad part is that the writers thought they were being clever and subtle and completely failing to the power of 10. About as subtle as an anvil in a cartoon. Horrible.
"You have been examined. Your ship must be destroyed. We make assumption you have a deity, or deities, or some such beliefs which comfort you. We therefore grant you ten Earth time periods known as minutes to make preparations."