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Star Trek: Brave New Worlds was supposed to be the show that fixed all the many, many problems of Star Trek: Discovery (STD). Specifically, STD represented a fully woke version of Trek, entirely focused on a Messianic minority female lead, with the established history of the Trek universe retconned, coupled with dark, dreary, and nonsensical storylines about time-traveling “red angels” and all the dilithium in the universe exploding because an alien was sad or something. (Red Letter Media nailed STD.) STD capped this off by casting Stacey Abrams as the president of United Earth. (Eyeroll)
Producers supposedly developed the series in response to fans’ demand for more episodic shows that were more in line with the original Star Trek vision of an optimistic future. The premier episode of STSNW featured Captain Christopher Pike explaining to an alien race how World War 3 began on Earth. It apparently was MAGA that started it.
Pike then says he is going to show the leaders their future and the video cuts to what appears to be the Save America Rally, where thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump rallied at the Ellipse in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021. Pike narrates and says, “Our conflict also started with a fight for freedoms,” as in the montage, people are holding American flags, Trump flags and signs, allegedly from the rally, that say “audit the vote” and criticize Joe Biden, COVID restrictions and the MRNA vaccine.
The next image is a noose hanging from gallows in front of the US Capitol, which was spotted during the riot. Pike says, “We called it the Second Civil War,” as the scene then flashes to what appears to be a social justice march in New York City. Thousands can be seen holding signs including ones that say, “no justice, no peace,” and “in union there is strength.”
Pike continues “Then the Eugenics War,” referencing Star Trek timeline events, as the scene then flashes back to the Jan riot at the US Capitol where people in MAGA gear can be seen scuffling with officers as Pike says, “and finally, World War Three.”
A brief glimpse of what appears to be a left-wing riot in the streets of a city can then be seen before Pike says, “This was our last day, when Earth we knew ceased to exist,” before the video shows nuclear explosions destroying cities around the world.
Are your eyes rolling back so far in your head you can see your medulla oblongata? They should be.
Woke television can work. The 100 was seven seasons of feminist and LGBT empowerment (obviously, post-apocalyptic tribes of barbarians would choose petite teenage lesbians as their leaders,), ridiculously stupid science, and at the end, blatantly ripping off ideas from Stargate SG-1. But it worked because the writers kept the story moving. Modern Star Trek isn’t written or produced by people who love science fiction, it’s written by woke soap opera writers who think the only way to give a character depth is to give them some dark internal trauma to struggle with. And they think the only way to make a point about contemporary social issues is to slam them into your skull with a rainbow-striped sledgehammer yielded by a pair of ham fists.
The old Trek episode with Frank Gorshin running around in half-black and half-white make-up like one of those cookies seems like a masterwork of subtlety and nuance in comparison.Published in