how come on Star Trek, they say they gon’ boldly go “where no man has gone before,” and then when they get there, there’s always some guys?

how come on Star Trek, they say they gon’ boldly go “where no man has gone before,” and then when they get there, there’s always some guys?

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  1. This is hilarious, but also, a very real critique of Star Trek is that it is written and produced from a pro-colonial perspective.

    I did some watch-throughs of the 90’s Star Trek series recently – and something that stood out to me as an an adult who’s studied colonialism, is how Kira Nerys’s character is treated as *equally evil* as the Cardassian colonizers she fought to expel from her planet – they emphasize that she was a *terrorist,* she “got her hands dirty.” Entire episodes were devoted to the idea that *she* needs to learn to forgive *them* and “get over the past.”

    They even did an episode where they literally had Bajoran *comfort women* and the ultimate theme was that “some colonized people are complicit in their oppression.”

    Anyway, yeah – that’s why there’s always some guys there when they show up – the show was secretly always about how great colonialism is.

  2. Roddenberry believed we weren’t the first planetary human civilization. It was kind of a setup like for a joke, because most 1960’s people thought we’d evolved from slime mold or GD had blinked us into existence 5,000 years ago.

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