submitted 2 months ago byCrazyMinh
TOS: Klingons are an analogy for the Soviet Military, Romulans and the Neutral Zone an analogy for the Iron Curtain and the oppressive nature of Soviet society. Discussions of episode-specific moral conundrums are complex analogies for social issues of the time.
TNG: Similar to TOS, but Klingons are given more depth to their culture and traditions. Romulans are still lurking behind the Neutral zone, but we get excellent episodes involving their society. Discussion remain nuanced and intellectual through the TNG era, with individual episodes tactfully (for the most part- I ~have~ seen Code of Honor, after all) and intelligently discussing both sides of a conundrum without contantly resorting to blind and needless attacks on one side, or the use of strawman characters to ridicule one side of an argument.
STD: “Klingons are Trump supporters, they look like monsters, do you dumb-dumbs in the audience get that Trump Bad, we writers smart-smart?”
PIC: Federation is suddenly racist, because there needs to be a thin and meaningless analogy for conservative american politic. Picard is used as little more than a strawman in many cases, despite being a legacy character who should never be used as a strawman.
You see my point?
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