This weekend at Instapundit Randy Barnett linked to an interesting piece on Star Trek TNG that discussed how the 3rd Season Cliffhanger led to acceptance in the Star Trek Community.
“MR. WORF, FIRE!”: The Story of the Most Daring Cliffhanger in Star Trek ‘Next Generation’ History:
If you are a star trek fan you’ll likely find the story interesting, but at the end of the piece there was a really telling bit concerning the third story in the arc.
Memory Alpha summarizes an early scene:
Captain Picard, himself undergoing repairs of the emotional kind following his assimilation, is packing to go to Earth. He is visited by Troi, who asks him where he’s going. He tells her he is going to go to La Barre, France, his home village. It will be the first time he has gone home in nearly twenty years. Troi says she finds it interesting that Captain Jean-Luc Picard is going on vacation so easily and they could hardly pry him out of his command chair for a vacation for three years. Picard tells her simply that it’s Earth, it’s home and he doesn’t think he needs a much better reason. He tells her her assistance has been invaluable to him, but that he’s much better now, saying his nightmares have ended and that what he needs now is some time to himself. Troi agrees, but states that his destination could stand some scrutiny. Picard tells her if she wants to think that his going home is a result of being assimilated, feel free. Troi reminds him that it’s just going to take time. His assimilation was an extremely traumatic event and he won’t recover so quickly and that it’s perfectly natural to spend time trying to find oneself again.
In the episode the homecoming isn’t as easy as it seems because Picard and his brother have unresolved issues that rise to the surface. It is the meat of the episode but apparently Gene Roddenberry didn’t think so as related by writer Ronald Moore: (emphasis mine)
We had to kind of fight for “Family.” [Star Trek creator] Gene Roddenberry hated it. He wanted to throw it out. My only story meeting with Gene was that episode. It was me and Michael and Rick Berman, who was running the production side of things, we all met in Gene’s office and Gene just said “this isn’t the 24thcentury.” “These brothers reflect outdated, 20th-Century modes of childhood development. Mankind had solved these kind of issues by then. I hate this.”
And that my dear friends speaks volumes about how the left sees things.
One of the great truths of the universe is that Humanity really hasn’t changed in millennia , the basic drives and desires are the same and have been the same, the only difference that Technology provides is the ease of doing so.
It’s one of the reasons why things like scripture resonate because the same sins of the past are the one that plague mankind thousands of years later
Yet Gene Roddenberry a man who was driven by his chemical and sexual drives hated the very idea that in the 24th century those same drives that consumed him might exist in his utopian world.
Now cooler heads prevailed and this episode became an excellent one but the point is this, our liberal friends believe that the world is just one invention, one law, one moment away from suddenly becoming heaven on earth.
It reminds me of this story from the book The Battle for the Falklands by Max Hastings and Simon Jenkins concerning 3rd world armies.
An SAS officer remarked during the campaign on the problem that affects many Third world armies of concentrating on acquiring expensive technology rather than applying basic training and skills. On his own travels abroad, he said, he found again and again that his hosts disbelieved all that he told them about the achievements of the SAS being based on intensive, ceaseless meticulous training and preparation. “They all secretly believe that there is some pill you can take if you will tell them what it is.”
This should sound familiar all we have to do is restrict guns, make laws against “hate” or allow a 3 women to marry 2 men and suddenly the world will be everything you dream it to be.
And while that might be great if you want to create an entertaining fictional universe it just doesn’t work when the camera yells cut and the real world comes calling. I’ll give the last word to CS Lewis on the difference between the liberal and the conservative
It occurs when the boy who has been enchanted in the nursery by Stories from the Odyssey buckles down to really learning Greek. It occurs when lovers have got married and begin the real task of learning to live together. In every department of life it marks the transition from dreaming aspiration to laborious doing.
Look at any liberal endeavor vs any conservative one and you will see this is true.
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