Season 1b -- Season 1d
Enterprise remains uneven. However, it does still try to present moral and cultural observations and not mere stories. What emerges, though, is a lot less certainty regarding the Humanistic ideals that Roddenberry never allowed to be undermined. But that doesn’t have to be a bad thing.
Episode 13: “Dear Doctor”
The Prime Directive has always felt like a convenient rule to follow. It takes moral quandaries out of the picture. There is no need to try to do the right thing, because the right thing is to never interfere. If feels like the guiding principle of nature documentarians and journalists who tell themselves that they are meant to observe and never interfere. Even if intervening means saving a life, it is seen as the wrong thing to do.
The truth is that morality is not easy. The Prime Directive is the way intellectuals make themselves feel better when they should make an effort for good. It is sitting by and allowing genocide to occur when to stand against it might be dangerous or costly.
All of that is why Kirk almost always flew in the face of the Prime Directive. Even the rest of the captains broke it multiple times.
Episode 14: “Sleeping Dogs”
Episode 15: “Shadows of P’Jem”
Episode 16: “Shuttlepod One”
Episode 17: “Fusion”
Episode 18: “Rogue Planet”
Episode 19: “Acquisition”