Ep 63: The Orville’s Prime Directive

Trek and Orville

Is Star Trek’s concept of the Prime Directive the only ethical way for one culture to act toward a less developed one? What are the rewards, and dangers, in intervening? And what do you do when someone builds an entire religion around you doing one nice thing?

 

In this episode, Jacob and Matthew look at Mad Idolatry, the final episode of Season 1 of the Orville, and dig into the larger question it examines. Whether you are a hard core Orvillian, or never seen the show, there is a lot here to think about and enjoy. We summarize the episode and focus on the larger issues at play, digging into questions asked by this show, Star Trek, and so much of Science Fiction.

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Want to continue the discussion with us? Agree or disagree with what we talked about, or want to add your own thoughts? We’ve got options for you!

You can post questions, or respond to our episode threads in our Superhero Ethics Facebook Group, or talk to us on the podcast’s Twitter account, or email us at superheroethics@gmail.com. Each of your co-hosts also has their own twitter,

Matthew is CapedEthicist, https://twitter.com/CapedEthicist

Jacob is BotsRPeopleToo https://twitter.com/BotsRPeopleToo

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Lastly, you probably heard some great music ending our podcast. This thanks to the deeply talented Jack Hesse, who also composed our intro music. You can follow him on Twitter at Jack_608, https://twitter.com/jack_608

 

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