Kirk's best excuses for violating the Prime Directive.

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Kirk's best excuses for violating the Prime Directive

According to what we know of the Prime Directive, or Standing General Order number one, Kirk & Co. may not intervene in the normal social development of any planet. If the inhabitants of the planet are unaware of extraterestial life, Starfleet officers should not reveal their origins or operate any devices that may give the locals the impression that they come from the stars. Of course, Kirk can always find a reason to ignore this directive, he seems to see it as a suggestion, left up to his discretion.

i) The stupid computer that ran the planet didn't allow any touching and kissing. (Vaal in 'The Apple' is caused to overload.

ii) The stupid computer that ran the planet didn't know how to instigate a good riot. (Landru in 'The Return of the Archons'.)

iii) The stupid computers that run the girlish planetary war don't know how have a proper war, and to cause any real structural damage like Kirk and Spock can. ('A Taste of Armageddon')

iv) He couldn't find any stupid computers to talk into self destructing today.

v) Native women on backward planets get really impressed by you when you materialize in front of them.

vi) It always makes Spock raise an eyebrow.

vii) It was a new episode, and he hadn't broken it yet this week.

viii) It was a new duty cycle on the Enterprise, and the crew were bored.

ix) He wanted to get the day off to a good start.

x) The desk-hugging unhinged commodores at Starfleet command need a few court-martials to keep them from suicide missions against giant planet destroying robots.

xi) McCoy's blood pressure had dropped to 170/100.

xii) He noticed that his hairline was receding that day.

xiii) He had always wanted to take over a planet ('A Piece of the Action')

xiv) The U.S. Constitution in a 'Parallel Planet Development' is much more preferable to a communist state. ('The Omega Glory.')

xv) A Roman civilisaton in a 'Parallel Planet Development' is much too violent. ('Bread and Circuses.')

xvi) The Nazi regime in a 'Parallel Planet Development' is much too vicious. ('Patterns of Force.')

xvii) He was only undoing the damage that had already been done, when the directive was broken earlier.

xviii) It makes a change from "pressing of the lips" with a romantic interest, and usually leads to a chance for some two-fisted action scenes for him.

xix) Picard wouldn't have done it.
 

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Love the 'Picard would not have done it on'... LOL
 

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Loved the post, the excuses where great. Especially loved "Picard would never have done it" and "Always makes Spock raise an eyebrow"
 

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ooh ooh i got one

i was bored and i accidentaly forgot about the prime directive
 

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Re: Kirk's best excuses for violating the Prime Directive.

Originally posted by Dave
(xvii) He was only undoing the damage that had already been done, when the directive was broken earlier.

Spoiler for Enterprise episode 'Civilisation'.

Curiously, this is exactly what Archer does in 'Civilisation' ENT. There is no Prime Directive to break as yet, but T'Pol warns him against 'cultural contamination' while some aliens have already been contaminating the culture already.
 

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