LILEKS ON TREK
Leave it to James Lileks to take a ridiculously obvious point–that the Star Trek series are political and reflect their times–and fashion a long, thoughtful column out of it. His introduction to Enterprise, the current series, is brilliant:
So how is this Trek a reflection of the zeitgeist? Well, it was different right out of the box; itÃ¢€™s set before the Federation was incoporated. It gives us the future as pre-history. The only other aliens on EarthÃ¢€™s side are the Vulcans, who are in this context the Europeans – the older, more cynical, Ã¢€œwiserÃ¢€ culture attempting to restrain this brash upstart planet. ThereÃ¢€™s no way the showÃ¢€™s creators could have anticipated how prescient this would seem when they thought of the show, but after 9/11 this theme stood out in hot glowing letters. And then came the season finale:
Earth is attacked by a suicide bomber. There’s much death and devastation. The Enterprise is sent to a far-off place to retaliate. The Vulcans refuse to help.
Quite right. Go read the rest.
Update (11:16): NZ Bear hates Enterprise but otherwise agrees with Lileks’ take.