There definitely are no TV censors anymore--to my great dismay--(except by many
producers who feel a right and responsibility to force smut on viewers).
Wow! This article is way off. Star Trek TOS covered a lot-Drugs and addiction, sexism, feminism, war, peace, racism, race relations,
labor and unions, the right to life and death, terrorism and freedom fighting,
colonialism, aging.....someone needs to back and rewrite this article.
Mr Whitley. It's a tv show, let it go.
Actually, I remember that half-white half-black race story with fondness.
Especially when a Star Trek crew member asks what's the difference?
"Can't you see? He's white on the right and black on the left,
while I am white on the left and black on the right." It was a
goofy difference that any 12 year old boy (as I was) would laugh at, and then
see the wider point about race in general.Subtle, it wasn't.
I also must say that the writer of this commentary must be too young to have
lived in the time of the original Star Trek or else he would know what a
groundbreaking series it was. It was after all merely a TV show, but it went
where none had gone before and boldly explored new worlds. To be so dismissive
is to show a lack of a deeper understanding of the time.
"But the Cold War ended 25 years ago, so maybe it’s time to move
on."===========I get the point. BUT, there are enough
echoes of the Soviet vs. U.S. Cold War of the 50's - 80's going on
right now between us and N. Korea and Putin that there's an almost spooky
resemblance. Not to mention the ongoing lukewarm war with ISIS/Al Qaeda in
Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria that is has been stressing the military to near
maximum for over 16 years now.I'm sure there are many story
lines that the new Star Trek series could use that could be reminiscent of the
old "Cold War" as well as touching on the many (too many) issues of
today.However, as I watched the opening episode I was already
feeling overwhelmed by the strained and humorless effort to seem topical and
"progressive" within the sci-fi setting that seemed, most of all, simply
over produced and soggy with profundity. It burned me out at the beginning.
Have to wonder if this writer is so young that he doesn't realize that what
was groundbreaking in the late '60s can easily seem dated today. (He's
probably also a "Star Wars" obsessor.)
Hogwash, hogwash, and hogwash. Star Trek has done far more than this article
writer seems to realize. Shame on you! Never badmouth Star Trek!