September 19, 2006
To Boldly Go...
Posted by scott at September 19, 2006 09:33 AM
Pat gets a no-prize with pointy ears for bringing us this Op-Ed by none other than Ron Moore, creator of Battlestar Galactica. Star Trek definitely loomed large in my own house. With a dad who worked in the space program and literally no other SF on TV, it was hard to avoid it. I can't say I took all the same lessons as Moore did (but then again, who does), but I did take a few similar ones.
It's nice to see someone else who remembers it was more than just goofy costumes and bad special effects.
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Heh. Like most Trekkies, he conveniently forgets that James T. Kirk would impose all variety of the Federation's cultural norms, often violently, on any society that threatened his ship and crew.
Of course, many Trekkies prefer to think of episodes like "The Apple" or "A Taste of Armageddon" as non-cannon, since Kirk didn't diplomatically chat / seduce his way out of those situations like Will Riker did in "Angel One." Because there's ALWAYS a diplomatic way out of any situation, just like there's ALWAYS a way to break The Laws of Thermodynamics, and we would have free energy and warp drives if it wasn't for the oil company conspiracies.