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Old January 19 2014, 03:05 PM   #30
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Re: Kirk, the PD, "The Omega Glory" and "Miri"

Dale Sams wrote: View Post

Kirk, for all his mouth service, blew the PD out of the f***ing water. All Tracey did was try and save a peaceful nation from savages. (putting aside any other motives he may have had).
Quite incorrect. The Khoms took the Yangs' land by force, and frankly, no peaceful nation has a practice of beheading enemies (recall how we were introduced to Cloud William).

By the way, this calls into question Kirk's actions in "The Apple". There Kirk says the PD only applies to a living, growing civilization. WHAT?? Well obviously the civilization on the Omega Glory planet isn't growing, in fact it's about to take a giant step backwards. But the PD very much applies.
The civilization on Omega was growing--until war, followed by oppression followed. Kirk used the "Holy Words" to restore the idea of fair play and justice, rather than the revenge and domination model employed by the Khoms.

edit: A couple of other things, I'm watching the episode now. The psychopathic and greed angle of Tracey is completely unnessecery. His character would have been much more compelling if he felt some grief over killing Galloway and if he had violated the PD out of a true desire to provide immortality to people and not out of greed.
It was not textbook greed. His obsession with immortality was a desperation-induced response to grief. He had the option to just stay on Omega and survive, but his focus on immortality tied into the rapid death suffered by the Exeter's crew.

Also, in Miri a couple of things.

1) So the landing parties are in the habit of beaming down without ascertaining if the dangerous germs are about? Smart Kirk, real smart.

2) Had this been a TNG episode, Picard would have held back the cure from the inhabitants because curing them would violate the PD.
Really? Picard and his crew were no angels, as in "The Best of Both Worlds" (part 2), Riker, et al, had no trouble destroying the Borg cube---full of life forms (yes, the Borg are still partially living beings)...just to save their own asses.

I guess in the TNG era, the end finally justifies the means.
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