Star Trek, Sci-Fi, and Political Parallels

I have been watching Star Trek since it was new (I'm in my early 50s) ["Star Trek Marks a Shift in the National Mood," usnews.com].

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I have been watching Star Trek since it was new (I'm in my early 50s) ["Star Trek Marks a Shift in the National Mood ," usnews.com]. I think the new movie is great, not politically correct, just a great action/adventure with a positive view of the future. I happen to be politically conservative, and I know there are lots of liberals who also enjoy Star Trek. This is encouraging, and transcends politics. Hope for the future is what we had in the 1960s, and we can have hope again, and it doesn't begin in Washington, D.C. It begins at home. Just enjoy the movie and have an open mind about the changes. It opens up new possibilities for stories, and that means Star Trek will continue to be part of our culture.

Comment by Leon of MN

Just saw the new Star Trek movie and it was sad. The writer had to change the characters to suit whatever he liked without thinking of the integrity of the original. The integrity is what gave it longevity. Scotty and Sulu were the only ones close to the true characters. All the others were a rewrite of history. Have the writer make a new movie with his own characters instead of riding on another person's success. It's time to get off the politically correct fad now. It's old, phony, and look where it has gotten the world.

Comment by Was Fordem of CA

Movies like The Dark Knight have a place in exploring how we deal with personal tragedy and universal evil. Rightly, we all have some mix of both. A la Aristotle, it is not a good idea to mix your character with too much of one or the other. But, given the number of movies and media selling so many stories about the "dark side" of politics, technology, religion, and economics, and using the past in many cases to justify conclusions, any film that can address technology, politics, and religion, even if it is science fiction (after all, the future is science fiction), a vision of hope is not extreme. Visionaries are the creators of the future, and looking at different combinations of future ethics, politics, race, religion, technology is worth the investment the producers made. Who needs Oscars if screenwriters, producers, and actors work together to create another alternative vision? Films are just brainstorming looking for a profit, or at least break-even. In our time, we need all the visions we can muster. But if we cannot sell optimism, as one of those visions, we are in dire straits.

Comment by James Martin of FL

Star Trek was a fun movie, a pleasant change from the grim shows of Batman and Battlestar Galactica (which took itself way too seriously). Yes, people wanted change, and we needed a change, but the change we are in now is not good. President Obama is working diligently to march us toward socialism and further away from the principles upon which this country was founded, i.e., freedom. People don't seem to realize that with every law, and every tax increase, we lose a little more freedom. In California, with revenues dramatically increasing from 2000-2008, did our legislature put that money away for the inevitable rainy day? No, they spent it all and significantly more. Now with people losing jobs and taking pay cuts to keep their jobs, the state is raising taxes dramatically. President Obama's proposed tax increases are hidden from the paycheck for political gain, but are much higher than we pay now (value added tax). It is a frightening time.

Comment by Steve of CA

You cannot travel back in time. It is impossible. You can, however, travel to a parallel universe to what appears to be back in time. In multiverse theory, all possible universes happen. So Spock and Nero had influence on another timeline, not the one we were raised on, and that is OK. Our Trek Universe still exists. Star Trek needed to be reframed for the millennial generation anyway. While the baby boomers' future was always threatened by the press of a button, the millennials have never had to live under that cloud of fear. Their cloud is more of uncertainty with a dash of fear. Global economics, global warming, more people competing for fewer resources, and of course terrorism are the things that keep a millennial generation person up at night. The Star Trek mythos of a future where we finally realize our potential simply needed to be reframed so that the door was open to the millennials.

Comment by Jose Kuhn of TX


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