Lion of the Blogosphere

The Orville and the Prime Directive

This post contains spoilers for episode 4.

In episode 4, “If the Stars Should Appear,” Captain Mercer (played by Seth MacFarlane) does exactly what Captain Kirk would have done in this situation, without any hesitation or moral qualms, which is let the inhabitants of the spaceship know that they are on a spaceship, and that their theocratic dictatorship has been lying to them.

On the other hand, if this had been a TNG episode, Captain Picard would have spent much of the episode agonizing about the right thing to do under the Prime Directive. According to what we were told in TNG, whenever they interfere with the development of other species, bad things always happen.

Why? Why do bad things always happen? One could imagine a different show in which the Federation believes in the very OPPOSITE of the Prime Directive, that theory most important mission is to help other intelligent species by giving them the information and technology they need to advance their civilizations, bringing them a better way of life, including advanced medicine to cure disease and unlimited food so no one starves to death. Does that sound so bad?

The Prime Directive is obviously based on the 20th century belief (which is still our belief in the 21st century) that colonialism was a great evil perpetrated by the White Man on the noble savages of Africa and the Americas. Gene Roddenberry, who was a 1960s version of an SJW, believed that morally evolved future man would not make those mistakes.

Many of the beliefs about the evils of colonialism are based on denial of HBD. The reason that Africa remains economically and culturally backwards is not because of cononialism, but becasue of the genetically lower IQ of the native people of Africa.

Star Trek, especially TNG, was a very HBD-denialist show. The implicit assumption was that every human and every alien had exactly the same IQ potential. Thus the show never encountered any alien species who were obviously less intelligent than humans. And vice versa, no aliens were ever shown as being smarter than us. Khan was smarter, but he was evil, because, you know, eugenics are evil.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

September 29, 2017 at 12:22 PM

Posted in Television

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  1. All this garage is prole, and nerdy.

    You are a prole nerd.

    There is no escape.

    Rifleman

    September 29, 2017 at 1:11 PM

    • Nerd’s created civilization.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      September 29, 2017 at 1:15 PM

      • Nerd’s created civilization.

        No they didn’t. That’s a nerd compensatory fantasy.

        Everybody were cavemen and athletes and bullies until NERDS!!!!

        Nerds are just wimps and paranoids and people on the autism spectrum with interests that normal people find weird.

        The fact that SOME have higher than average IQs doesn’t mean they are doing much of substance with those IQs.

        Rifleman

        September 29, 2017 at 3:52 PM

      • I suspect that hunter-gatherer tribes appreciated their nerds more than you think they did. The nerds crafted hunting weapons and did other useful stuff.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        September 29, 2017 at 4:11 PM

      • The nerds crafted hunting weapons and did other useful stuff.

        No way.

        The people who made the tools and weapons back then were like men today who like to work on cars or motorcycles or like to smith guns and alter factory weapons.

        Not nerds.

        Nerds are probably a relatively recent evolutionary mistake.

        Rifleman

        September 29, 2017 at 6:30 PM

      • Nerds used to work on cars, before modern tech.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        September 29, 2017 at 7:37 PM

      • I think this is the greatest comment exchange in the history of this site!

        Magnavox

        September 30, 2017 at 5:12 AM

    • Almost everyone watches TV. Doctors, biglaw lawyers (buffer the vampire slayer was popular), engineers. Only people with a serious hobby like mountain climbers don’t watch TV.

      JW Bell

      September 29, 2017 at 7:46 PM

  2. Guido congressman is out of jail and running for his old seat!

    http://www.silive.com/news/2017/09/in_oct_1_announcement_grimm_wi.html

    Pop

    September 29, 2017 at 1:38 PM

  3. The Vulcans are smarter than humans.

    JimBonobo

    September 29, 2017 at 2:14 PM

    • They were at first (in the ENT era), but the Federation still ended up adopted the human design for their flagships rather than the Vulcan one.

      Also, it’s worth pointing out that the Vulcans clearly haven’t read their Pinker or any EvoPsych book, else they would know that emotions and logic are not really separable.

      PrinzEugen

      September 29, 2017 at 3:17 PM

      • Enterprise is kind of based on that very premise, but in the other series the Vulcans are shown as being clearly successful in suppressing their emotions.

        JayMan

        September 29, 2017 at 7:40 PM

    • It’s pretty clear that no matter how much HBD denial most of the Federation is in, the Vulcans are not in denial. They clearly think they are more intelligent and they are. And a good thing they are bound by their various pacifistic philosophies or they would rule the galaxy.

      Mike Street Station

      September 29, 2017 at 11:31 PM

  4. Too bad liberals won’t apply the prime directive to the turd world or population control in the name of the environment.

    Mayor of Space

    September 29, 2017 at 7:08 PM

  5. Star Trek, especially TNG, was a very HBD-denialist show. The implicit assumption was that every human and every alien had exactly the same IQ potential. Thus the show never encountered any alien species who were obviously less intelligent than humans.

    The Pakleds (“The Samaritan Snare”).

    And vice versa, no aliens were ever shown as being smarter than us.

    Vulcans.

    JayMan

    September 29, 2017 at 7:38 PM

  6. It seems in this latest episode they are setting up a love triangle with the Captain, the hot young brunette, and his aging blonde ex. Hopefully the Captain chooses the young hot one rather than cucking out and going back to the woman that cheated on him.

    PerezHBD

    September 29, 2017 at 8:57 PM

    • The little alien girl is hot?

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      September 29, 2017 at 9:41 PM

      • She is extremely hot. Hotness is to some degree subjective, but in her limited career thus far she was cast as the sorority girlfriend of Zach Efron in the Seth Rogan comedy Neighbors and the “hot” chick who befriends a group of dorks in the indie comedy Paper Towns. She’s also dating Zach Efron in real life and Efron is widely considered to be one of the better looking young guys in Hollywood.

        Do you think it could be that you don’t like her because she’s Jewish? Palicki is more exotic from the perspective of a New Yorker? I guess I can see someone preferring the aging but still reasonably attractive Palicki but I can’t see how someone could say Halston isn’t attractive at all. She’s a very pretty girl.

        PerezHBD

        September 30, 2017 at 8:55 AM

      • With alien makeup, she doesn’t look attractive.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        September 30, 2017 at 8:57 AM

  7. Ever heard of a song called Crazy Baldhead? What’s mentioned in that song is what the Prime Directive’s meant to guard against in Starfleet officers, Lion.

    Neville Ross

    September 30, 2017 at 6:30 PM


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