I have finally managed to watch all of the Star Trek TV series, wrapping up with Enterprise. (Series views: The Original Series once; Next Generation four times; Deep Space Nine three times; Voyager four times; and Enterprise once, just to show I do like it). While I truly love them as a whole, I noticed a common, somewhat annoying trait...
All captains force help on individuals, or ships, whether they want it or not, even if they specifically ask to be left alone. I think Starfleet would have a reputation of sticking their nose in where it's not wanted. (Which I think the Klingons correctly observed once or twice!) A lot of the episodes' storylines begin with bad judgment by forcing help or Starfleet beliefs on other cultures and for those episodes, I seem to be on the side of the 'baddie'.
Was this intentional by the writers, or GR to symbolize something? Maybe it's meant to show a flaw or a naivety or maybe an innocence with these "enlightened" explorers or with humanity as a whole? On the other hand it may be a reflection of the writers' bad judgment.
An example from Enterprise: Captain Archer finds a small vessel trapped in an anomaly. He has no idea if it is an experiment, some extravagant re-animation device, a burial ritual etc. He doesn't even know if the anomaly is dangerous. But he still grapples it onboard and takes the occupant to sickbay, where, despite his pleas to be put back and left alone, he is poked and prodded and examined by Dr. Phlox and the vessel is also poked and prodded and examined by Trip until their exploration quotient is satisfied.
Surely the writers can see this is a violation of the being's privacy and may be a violation of their beliefs? Captain Picard is the most respectful when it comes to other cultures, but even he is guilty of these apparent transgressions. Sometimes I think they don't really want to help anyone, they just use it as a means of exploring, gathering information and protecting their interests.
So do you know if any of this has been mentioned by the writers? Is it intentional?