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Star Trek *spoilers*

And since we keep comparing shows, here's the rest of the recorded Prime Directive violations:

Captain Picard violated the Prime Directive circa stardate 41255 when he prevented the Edo of Rubicun III from executing Wesley Crusher for having unwittingly broken one of their laws. Picard felt that absolutely enforced law can never result in true justice. (TNG: "Justice")

In 2365, Lieutenant Commander Data made a violation by answering a call for help from Sarjenka of Drema IV and maintaining communication with her for eight weeks. A highly emotive discussion took place between the senior staff on whether or not to interfere by resolving the problems on the planet. There were mixed views where Doctor Katherine Pulaski and Lieutenant Geordi La Forge believed that it was the right thing to do while Lieutenant Worf felt that there was no degree to the Prime Directive and that it should be followed absolutely, almost blindly. Picard initially ordered Data to cease communication with Sarjenka but he took a change of heart considering the "Human" condition and went ahead with Data's "In for a penny, in for a pound" proposal for neutralizing the seismic activity of the planet.

Under the Klingon Right of Vengeance, Lieutenant Worf confronted Duras for murdering K'Ehleyr in early 2367 and killed him in the ensuing fight. Under normal circumstances, Worf (as a Starfleet officer) would have faced serious disciplinary action alone but Duras was contending against Gowron to be Chancellor of the Klingon Empire, following the death of K'mpec. Worf's killing of Duras directly affected the outcome of the race for leadership of the Empire, resulting in Gowron becoming Chancellor – a violation of General Order #1. Understanding that Duras was both the murderer of his former mate and the son of the man who was directly responsible for his father's death, Captain Picard forgave Worf although he placed a reprimand on his permanent record.

A malfunction in a observation team's duck blind caused an explosion which was viewed by the People of Mintaka III. This caused the Mintakans to revert into belief of an Overseer. Captain Picard violated the Directive to make the people understand the science team's purpose.

Benjamin Sisko would walk a very fine line concerning the Prime Directive during the entire course of his command of Deep Space 9, the line becoming thinner over the years as he increasingly embraced his role as "Emissary". His influence over Bajor was so great that they backed out of Federation membership at the very last moment on his advice.

In 2369, Chief Miles O'Brien was reprimanded for having assisted a Tosk in escaping from a group of Hunters. Having done so both violated the Prime Directive and went against Commander Sisko's orders.

Doctor Julian Bashir wondered if assisting the Ennis and the Nol-Ennis escaping their moon prison might be breaking the Prime Directive. Sisko told him he was aware of that fact.

Despite the fact the Cardassians were behind it, Admiral Chekote ruled that the Prime Directive meant that the Federation could not get involved in thwarting Jaro Essa and the Alliance for Global Unity's coup d'état against the Bajoran Provisional Government.

In 2371 (Stardate 48315.6), Captain Janeway destroyed the Caretaker's Array to prevent The Kazon from using it aginst the Ocampa, even after Tuvok said "[destroying the array] will alter the balance of power... the Prime Directive would seem to apply". Janeway justified her action by stating, "We didn't ask to be involved...but we are."

In 2371, Captain Janeway and Lieutenant Paris inadvertently violated the Prime Directive when they traveled back in time on a class M-Planet in the Delta Quadrant – their presence alone affected events that occurred in that timeline.

In 2372, Lieutenant Torres made a proposition to captain Janeway to assist the Pralor Automated Personnel Units in developing a way to propagate themselves but Janeway refused as it would be a violation of the Prime Directive and that the repercussions are almost impossible to imagine. However in order to save the lives of her shipmates from the Units after she was abducted, B'Elanna was forced to assist the Pralor in developing further units. However after successfully building a prototype, she learned that this would provide the Pralor with a substantial tactical advantage, almost certainly changing the war between the Pralor and Cravic Units in their favor.

In 2374, Captain Benjamin Sisko arguably committed a major Prime Directive violation when he worked with Elim Garak to force the Romulan Empire to enter into Dominion War under false pretenses. The Romulans up to this point had remained neutral in the conflict. Sisko felt that Federation and Klingon Empire would lose the war with the Dominion if they did not gain another ally in the war. Both Sisko and Garak, with the knowledge and approval of Starfleet Command, created false evidence that ultimately convinced the Romulans that the Dominion were planning to renege on the Peace Treaty between the two governments and mount a full scale invasion. Participation in the war resulted in massive military and civilian casualties, and likely resulted in major economic, political, military and social shifts for the Romulan Society. But for Sisko's intervention, the Romulans may not have suffered such consequences. It should be noted that since Sisko erased the log entry in which he admitted his actions, there is no official record of this incident occurring. That, coupled with the fact that Sisko carried out this mission with Starfleet's blessings resulted in Sisko facing no consequences whatsoever for his deception. Apparently, Starfleet Command is willing to overlook the Prime Directive when the Federation is in a state of interstellar war.

In 2375, Worf again entangled himself in internal Klingon politics when he challenged Gowron for leadership of the Empire due to the latter's deliberate mishandling of Klingon forces in an attempt to destroy the reputation of General Martok. Worf defeated Gowron in single combat, and for a few moments became Chancellor of the Klingon Empire. However, he immediately abdicated in favor of Martok, who assumed the mantle. Worf had previously been authorized by Captain Sisko to use whatever means necessary to resolve the issue, as Gowron was risking the entire war effort to satisfy his political agenda.

Also in 2375, Tom Paris is demoted to the rank of Ensign and incarcerated in Voyager's brig for a period of thirty days for violations including insubordination, unauthorized use of a spacecraft, reckless endangerment and conduct unbecoming an officer. All of these offenses are the result of Paris' attempt to save the Monean Word Ocean. When Paris confronts Janeway, prior to the actions resulting in his demotion and imprisonment, she explains to him that helping the Moneans would be a violation of the Prime Directive. Paris is never directly charged with violating the directive, however. Janeway's punishment seems unusually harsh, compared to how other similar violations are handled in other incidents.
One very big violation of the Prime Directive in ST:TOS was omitted from your list. I don't recall the title of the EP, but it had the Yangs vs the Coms...
One very big violation of the Prime Directive in ST:TOS was omitted from your list. I don't recall the title of the EP, but it had the Yangs vs the Coms...

I almost mentioned that myself, but, was afraid the Nazi/Roman episode was what I was thinking of.
Your episode is The Omega Glory, which, IMO, is TOS' worst episode. Way more painful than Spock's Brain, which is great in the same way Ed Wood's movies are great.

Omega Glory is good, Spock's Brain is good.

The one B5O cites, on stardate 3156.2, with Maab, and Eleen, is pretty dreadful. But the worst is The Trouble With Tribbles, which I would call ST:TOS's Ewoks... Yeah, I know that is the most popular ep of all time... :rolleyes:

But, the best is I, Mudd.