Warp Five 13: Moral Relativism / by Trek fm

Archer and The Prime Directive.

Non-interference with developing cultures is a cornerstone of Star Trek. Starfleet General Order 1—or The Prime Directive as it is more commonly known—is the rule that guides the exploration of our galaxy. It is also the source of great debate both amongst fans and inside the Star Trek universe itself. Is it an absolute rule or is it a relative one? In terms of Enterprise that's a question that is just beginning to take shape. In this episode of Warp Five hosts Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh discuss the precursor to The Prime Directive by looking at three key episodes that took Archer from Point A to Point Z—or at least Point T—as he worked through situations that would eventually lead to the development of Starfleet's highest rule.


Running Time: 59 minutes 27 seconds


Christopher Jones and Kate Walsh



Prime Directive Episodes
Adversely Affecting Societies
The Ethics of Intervention
The Communicator
A Directive In Progress
Final Thoughts


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