#but TOS wasn’t ridiculous #literally every episode had a greater meaning behind it #and every character represented something about humanity #be it in general or in the then current era of the late 1960’s #do you guys grasp the concept that a woman of color in an intelligent and prominent position on a crew of an important vessel #or the fact that someone with a strong Russian accent from the Soviet Union was working together with a crew of ‘American’ shipmates #in the middle of the cold war and only a few years after the cuban missile crisis #or the fact that the show had television’s first interracial kiss #and the first show to portray a man putting on his boots to tell the audience out in the open that he and a consensual unmarried partner had sex #and the fact that Spock existed as a way to show that even in the utopian future there will STILL be racism but even those who judge him by his literal race only do it out of their own insecurities #and shows that people of other races #literal races but meaning race as we know it today #ARE CAPABLE OF INCREDIBLE AND VERY IMPORTANT THINGS IN THE WORLD #or how about the fact that a woman subordinate officer who accused her captian of sexual assault was treated with respect #and the CAPTIAN WAS PUNISHED #or ongoingly how it reiterated how women should be respected and are not some plaything form men #but all women are individuals equal to them #and as stated above not objects #and the fact that the series was set in a future where there is no money #no famine #no poverty #not even hatred on earth #and then they did something so wonderful as EXPLORING SPACE #the entire series isn’t stupid it’s about the betterment of man kind and how we are essentially good #but we can only overcome our negative traits when we vanquish our hatred #following a semi apocalyptic ‘World War III’ #and humanity TRIUMPHED (x)
And you know, TOS didn’t always get it right. It can be rather dated.
But for its time? It was years ahead of itself.
Same thing goes for TNG and DS9 and Voyager and even Enterprise.
Trek didn’t always get it right, but it used to try.
Oh my god don’t even fucking get me STARTED on DS9 and how it dealt with a culture recovering from an attempted genocide, or the moral implications of war, even a ‘just’ war, or how it had SO many female characters in prominent roles—for fuck’s sake the SCIENCE officer was female and the SIC was a woman from said culture recovering from attempted genocide—or how it dealt with different cultures and how they interacted, or with MEDICAL ETHICS (oh hai Bashir) or with relationships between species and how they are totally different (oh hai Worf and Jadzia) or with dealing with the fact you come from a culture of fucking assholes (Odo) or the whole biowarfare thing or how they dealt with the sentience of clones (Jem’Hadar) or oh yeah CAPTAIN FREAKING BENJAMIN SISKO.
I have a lot of feelings about DS9.
It’s still my favorite.
Also, this whole thing makes the general crap of the new movies EVEN MORE DEPRESSING. They took this wonderful thing and turned it into mindless entertainment. It’s fucking gone BACKWARDS.
(Dear followers, if you saw the movies and enjoyed them, no judgement on you, just go explore the rest of the Star Trek universe. You are in for a HUGE treat.)