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The Orville’s Prime Directive

Is Star Trek’s concept of the Prime Directive the only ethical approach for one culture to interact with a less advanced one? What are the benefits and risks of intervention? And how should one respond when a single benevolent act leads to the establishment of an entire religion?

In this episode, Jacob and Matthew examine “Mad Idolatry,” the season finale of The Orville Season 1, and delve into the broader questions it raises. Whether you’re a hardcore Orvillian or have never seen the show, there’s much here to ponder and appreciate. We provide a summary of the episode and concentrate on the overarching issues, exploring questions posed by this show, Star Trek, and a vast array of science fiction literature.

Riki Hayashi and Matthew Fox explore the ethical questions from the stories geeks love—superheroes, sci-fi, anime, fantasy, video games, and so much more.
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