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Old December 18 2012, 01:30 PM   #46
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Re: Prime Directive violation? [Spoilers?]

Agreed, even if it may be a bit odd to send Starfleet's supposedly greatest assets (newest flagship and an exceptionally heroic captain) out on anything as mundane as the old TOS mission... Shouldn't Kirk have better things to do?

What valuable starship time? What else do they have to do that's more important?
Judging by the TV shows and movies, plenty. Like Q points out, mankind is always suffering and dying. Starfleet has to make choices - and the choice to spend any time rescuing a single village from destruction is odd indeed. We learned from the last movie that Starfleet doesn't really have ships to spare in this timeline, either.

Not in the 24th century, see the TNG episodes Pen Pals and Homeward.
Not really. In the first one, a covert mission to save the planet was indeed conducted, after a risk analysis of sorts; in the second, no such mission was even theoretically possible.

I must have watched a different preview or something.
Well, most of us haven't watched the nine-minute preview at all - it's either impossible or illegal for us. The online description suggested Kirk and McCoy lured the locals out of their village to escape devastation, but doing this in order to make them miss the shuttle is of course a more consistent plot development.

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Old December 18 2012, 04:06 PM   #47
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I don't know, but I get the impression that part of the movie is gonna be Kirk + crew being reprimanded for violating the prime directive, which is why the Enterprise is back on Earth. Sounds like a good idea you have there too. I was reading Orci was a big fan of the TOS book Prime Directive which had a story about that.
I don't think this beginning scene has very much bearing, if any, on the overall plot of the film.

I think the only story-telling purpose of this scene was to show us (the audience) that the Enterprise and her crew (our heroes) are out there doing their job, which is conducting missions on behalf of the Federation -- just like the TOS crew did.

In that respect, this scene's only purpose may be to establish the fact that following the whole Nero incident, Kirk and crew have been busy with something akin to TOS's "Five Year Mission".
I'd like to add to my own post :

Besides quickly establishing that Kirk and crew are now out doing various stuff for the Federation, I think another purpose of these scene is also to quickly establish that our heroes may have been doing this kind of stuff for at least a little while -- which would lead to some bonding among them...

...at least I felt that the "big seven" seemed very comfortable with each other in that relatively brief 9 minutes of footage, as if they had bonded -- especially Kirk and McCoy, and even McCoy and Spock, with McCoy's line to Spock (which I won't mention due to it being a mild "spoiler of a fun line", but it was right out of TOS Immunity Syndrome).
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Old December 18 2012, 06:39 PM   #48
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Frankly, if there are aliens out there watching this planet I hope they have a Prime Directive - all of us here might not agree with their definitions of "offering help," after all.
That's true. The sci-fi classic, The Day the Earth Stood Still certainly explores that possibility. [both old and new versions]

My problem with the PD as depicted in TNG and as how Picard interpreted it - it was so rigid that virtually any aid - even during a natural disaster was unacceptable. That seems like an unreasonable policy.
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Old December 18 2012, 11:10 PM   #49
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Well, most of us haven't watched the nine-minute preview at all - it's either impossible or illegal for us. The online description suggested Kirk and McCoy lured the locals out of their village to escape devastation, but doing this in order to make them miss the shuttle is of course a more consistent plot development.
Then instead of ranting on and on about something you're completely ignorant about, maybe you should just wait until you either see this preview or another one so that you can approach it from a position of strength and knowledge? As opposed to just using second-hand and terribly erroneous information to do the former. Especially if you're going to keep ranting on about it even after being told the information you're basing the ranting on is wrong. (For example, they're not just trying to save a village but the entire planet instead. And in fact, Kirk and McCoy aren't saving the villagers at all in the preview; that was just a happy coincidence.)

Just a thought.
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Old December 18 2012, 11:23 PM   #50
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I got the impression that it was such a major eruption that it would doom the planet. But I may be wrong.
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Old December 18 2012, 11:24 PM   #51
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That's because Spock clearly stated near the beginning of the preview, "if this volcano erupts, the planet dies."
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Old December 18 2012, 11:26 PM   #52
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...Well, most of us haven't watched the nine-minute preview at all - it's either impossible or illegal for us. The online description suggested Kirk and McCoy lured the locals out of their village to escape devastation, but doing this in order to make them miss the shuttle is of course a more consistent plot development.

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I think you are reading to much into what you heard about that scene. We really don't know why Kirk was running with the scroll (or whatever it was), nor do we know why he was being chased (other than he being an obvious outsider), nor do we know if Kirk is purposefully leading the natives away from anything.

There are many reason why Kirk and the natives could be running, but here's my speculation (which could be completely wrong). Maybe Kirk wasn't leading them away from the erupting volcano, but maybe he was leading them away from the result of whatever Spock was about to do in the Volcano...

...Or maybe not. Maybe they were simply chasing him, and he wasn't leading them anywhere. I suppose we will need to wait to until we find out more.
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Old December 18 2012, 11:51 PM   #53
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Well, most of us haven't watched the nine-minute preview at all - it's either impossible or illegal for us. The online description suggested Kirk and McCoy lured the locals out of their village to escape devastation, but doing this in order to make them miss the shuttle is of course a more consistent plot development.
Then instead of ranting on and on about something you're completely ignorant about, maybe you should just wait until you either see this preview or another one so that you can approach it from a position of strength and knowledge? As opposed to just using second-hand and terribly erroneous information to do the former. Especially if you're going to keep ranting on about it even after being told the information you're basing the ranting on is wrong. (For example, they're not just trying to save a village but the entire planet instead. And in fact, Kirk and McCoy aren't saving the villagers at all in the preview; that was just a happy coincidence.)

Just a thought.
Lighten up, Mister Fandango.

Timo said that he was basing his remarks on another person's description of the preview. Whether the description in question was an accurate one might be open to question, as would be his reading of it, but your "something you're completely ignorant about" crack wasn't called-for, nor did I notice anything especially ranty about Timo's post(s). If he's wrong, then he's wrong, but I'd be willing to bet that there was a way you could have said so without using the hostile and personal angle evident in the post quoted above.

Just a thought.
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Old December 19 2012, 01:34 AM   #54
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The TNG interpretation of the Prime Directive was seriously flawed.
This.

During the Original Series it seemed like a just a good idea to abide by, a guideline. But by the time of TNG (particularly in episodes like Pen Pals and Homeward) it had transformed into some sort of unquestioning Dogma. This gets exploited even more in Voyager and Enterprise (when the Prime Directive hadn't even been invented!!)
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Old December 19 2012, 01:43 AM   #55
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The TNG interpretation of the Prime Directive was seriously flawed.
This.

During the Original Series it seemed like a just a good idea to abide by, a guideline. But by the time of TNG (particularly in episodes like Pen Pals and Homeward) it had transformed into some sort of unquestioning Dogma. This gets exploited even more in Voyager and Enterprise (when the Prime Directive hadn't even been invented!!)
Captains in the TOS era seemed to have a bit more leeway to use their own discretion, too. Note Kirk arming the natives with flintlocks in "A Private Little War" or teaching the Yangs the true meaning of "We, the People" in "The Omega Glory."

(If you'll indulge me a shameless plug, I actually get into this in my next Trek book, where Kirk discovers--to his chagrin--that his reputation for playing fast and loose with the Prime Directive precedes him . . . .)
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Old December 19 2012, 04:51 AM   #56
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Timo said that he was basing his remarks on another person's description of the preview. Whether the description in question was an accurate one might be open to question, as would be his reading of it, but your "something you're completely ignorant about" crack wasn't called-for...
Not knowing what you're talking about is pretty much the exact definition of the word "ignorant." If you have a problem with the word, maybe you should take it up with the English language rather than the people using it?

Also, there's a very good reason why "I heard it from this guy" is not only absurd, but completely useless when talking about... well, just about anything. Especially when in the same breath you 1) continue to assume it's accurate and 2) oddly, admit that it might be mistaking because you are in fact ignorant yourself, but that you're still going with #1 because it suits your ranting/argument/inaccurate statements/whatever better. As he did in the entire post -- as opposed to the snippet I quoted, which apparently is also a sin around here.
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Old December 19 2012, 05:56 AM   #57
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Timo said that he was basing his remarks on another person's description of the preview. Whether the description in question was an accurate one might be open to question, as would be his reading of it, but your "something you're completely ignorant about" crack wasn't called-for...
Not knowing what you're talking about is pretty much the exact definition of the word "ignorant." If you have a problem with the word, maybe you should take it up with the English language rather than the people using it?
I'm quite familiar with the definition of the word, thank you, and you were not being invited to debate its meaning. The point was this: address the content of the post and refrain from making accusations or insinuations concerning the poster. That's the way it's done here.

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Also, there's a very good reason why "I heard it from this guy" is not only absurd, but completely useless when talking about... well, just about anything. Especially when in the same breath you 1) continue to assume it's accurate and 2) oddly, admit that it might be mistaking because you are in fact ignorant yourself, but that you're still going with #1 because it suits your ranting/argument/inaccurate statements/whatever better. As he did in the entire post --
If a description is all he has to go by, then it is all he has to go by; we don't exclude people from discussion of a movie trailer or preview solely because said trailer is not available for viewing in the country or area in which they reside. As I said above, if he's wrong, then he's wrong—in Timo's case, he may even be wordy and wrong—but that in no way excuses an attack upon him personally. Post, not poster.

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as opposed to the snippet I quoted, which apparently is also a sin around here.
There's nothing wrong with quoting only the pertinent portion of a post to which you are responding. In the case of lengthy posts, in fact, that's always been encouraged at TrekBBS, so I'm unsure what the "apparently is also a sin around here" is supposed to mean.

At any rate, we've spent enough time and column space on this side issue here. Anything further can be taken to PM, and the other folks can get back to discussion of Prime Directive violations and whether or not such a violation may have occurred, based upon what is known so far.
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