Monday, September 5, 2016

Fiftieth Anniversary of "Star Trek"-- Part 2: "The Trouble With Tribbles"

These are the words of William Shatner (Captain Kirk)   This show really launched his career.

"Star Trek" was driven by Science Fiction.  It wasn't "Buck Rogers."  At its best, it was complex.  Many great science fiction writers suggested story ideas for the television series.  Creator Gene Roddenberry had the vision to hire the right people to tell and dramatize those stories and viewers were captivated.

For example, one of the most memorable life-forms in the series was the Tribbles: small, cute, furry creatures.  Without the rules and regulations of nature, these Tribbles multiplied beyond belief and consumed exponentially more food, indicating the potential of annihilation because of overwhelming reproduction, which is what we are seeing in overpopulation right now.

At its best, "Star Trek" tackled global issues and clumped them into Science Fiction.

Another favorite one of mine was when the Enterprise got caught up in a kill zone for a planet which had cleaned up war so it wasn't so terrible. People deemed to be in kill zones had to report to kill sites and go into chambers to die.  The war had been going on for ages and only ended when Kirk forced their hand into a real war.


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