What is it about Star Trek that seems to keep getting it brushed under carpet? Not cool? Too nerdy? Well forget you, Star Trek is not only awesome, but it’s one of the most important franchises of the last 50 years. It broke the rules and encouraged equality amongst men by having Uhura (a black woman), and Sulu (a Japanese man (born in San Francisco according to Star Trek 4)) on the bridge of the starship Enterprise. They even had a Russian kid on board, during a time when the Russians where considered our enemies in real life. But these weren’t blatant token minority characters, they were normal characters and treated as such. They were never given special treatment or pushed into the background. They were simply there, doing their duties.
What else has Star Trek done? Oh let’s see…
It had the first interracial kiss on television.
It encouraged a generation of young scientist and engineers who owe Star Trek as the driving force that inspired them.
It inspired our modern day gadgets from cell phones, to bluetooth headsets, to iPads, to universal translators, to even transparent aluminum.
Star Trek has helped make our world a better place.
So WHY is it such a bad thing to want to share this with the next generations of kids? Why does Star Wars take the front seat? Why is it cool to have your kid want to learn about Obi-Wan and Anakin, yet Kirk and Spock are left in the dark? I don’t know about you, but I would much rather have my kid want to engage in franchise that encouraged equality amongst men, and the urge to better ourselves as a species.