1. Lisa Smith says:

    I definitely think Roddenberry’s vision of a human Utopia where all races live together in harmony and peace has influenced our culture, in generally a good way. And you certainly can’t deny it’s influence in other ways – would people have started work on building a teleporter if Star Trek hadn’t shown us how cool it would be to say “Beam me up!” and have it work? However I can also see how the show (like many others) tends to portray the “value” of the “all roads lead to God” mindset.
    I have to say that Picard is my favourite Captain. But I have a soft spot for them all. My favourite episode of the original series is the one where they discovered Christianity beginning again on an alien planet – they though everyone was worshipping the “sun” until they realized at the end that they were actually worshipping the “son”. Loved it!

  2. Lisa, I do think Star Trek’s worldview has had a lasting influence, if not simply to popularize an existing position. It’s somewhat Hindu in it’s view. Somewhat, because they may all be doing peaceful exploration, but a lot of humanoids die!

    Still, the idea that all of us should live in harmony and that all life should be respected is clear throughout, as you say.


What do you think?