Skip to comments.Star Trek: Discovery to tackle Trump-era political divide [Trump Supporters are Klingons]
Posted on 09/08/2017 10:38:52 AM PDT by Red Badger
Exclusive: The Klingons are going to help us look at certain sides of ourselves and our country
Star Trek: Discovery will continue the venerated sci-fi tradition of using a fantastic setting to tackle real-world issues only in a bigger way than any Trek series has done before.
The upcoming CBS All Access drama tells the serialized story of a war between the United Federation of Planets and the Klingon Empire. The show is set a decade before 1966s original series which premiered 51 years ago today during which the Federation and Klingons were in a Cold War standoff that reflected yesteryears U.S.-Soviet relations. In Discovery, war breaks out and the Klingons leading the charge have some ideological ideas inspired by the 2016 electoral divide.
The allegory is that we really started working on the show in earnest around the time the election was happening, showrunner Aaron Harberts says. The Klingons are going to help us really look at certain sides of ourselves and our country. Isolationism is a big theme. Racial purity is a big theme. The Klingons are not the enemy, but they do have a different view on things. It raises big questions: Should we let people in? Do we want to change? Theres also the question of just because you reach your hand out to someone, do they have to take it? Sometimes, they dont want to take it. Its been interesting to see how the times have become more of a mirror than we even thought they were going to be.
While such topics have been explored across Star Treks six previous series and 700 episodes before, the serialized nature of Discoverys 15-episode debut season allows for a greater depth of storytelling. The thing about the war is it takes Starfleet and the Federation and forces them to examine their ideas and ethical rules of conflict and conduct, Harberts says. It provides a backdrop to how we want to be as a society and that analysis and self-reflection is new for Trek. Theyve done it in certain episodes in the past, but this is a true journey for the institution in itself.
In times of stress and conflict it can bring out the best of us and the worst of us, adds fellow showrunner Gretchen J. Berg. But but ultimately brings out the best in our Starfleet officers.
The Toronto-based production is currently shooting its 13th episode, and producers note that President Donald Trumps tense stand-off with North Korea has some reflections in the show as well.
North Korea is in our thoughts as we finish the series, he says. What began as a commentary on our own divided nation in terms of Trump supporters and non-Trump supporters has blown out to North Korea and how were right on the brink. [The U.S. is] actually right at the place where Starfleet finds itself in episode one and we couldnt have anticipated that happening. But how do you end conflict when both sides have such strong opinions?
In the series, Sonequa Martin-Green (The Walking Dead) plays First Officer Michael Burnham, an ambitious Starfleet officer whose carefully planned career is upended when she makes a decision with far-reaching consequences. The Klingon characters are led by TKuvma (Chris Obi), a leader of an ancient Klingon house who goes to extreme measures to unite his people. Star Trek has a long history of allegorical commentary, including Deep Space Nines Past Tense (which tackled the separation of economic classes), Voyagers Workforce (labor issues), and The Original Series A Private Little War (the Vietnam War).
Heres the latest trailer:
Star Trek: Discovery debuts on CBS on Sept. 24 before switching to the CBS All Access streaming service.
They can kiss my Uranus........................
Liberals have no honor.
And Demonitwits who require you to confirm/assimilate to the groupthink? their borg identity
I’m OK with being a Klingon. Mr. Worf was my favorite character on Star Trek TNG and DS9. He was self-reliant, knew exactly who he was, and stood up for himself.
Are there any muslims in Star Trekwars yet?
I thought the Ferengi were the conservatives
Remember what I said back in November 2016 right after Trump's victory: the entertainment industry faces a huge problem because the vast majority of movie and TV shows "greenlighted" for production or in production 18 months prior assumed that Hillary Clinton would be the next President. As such, the entertainment industry could face a major problem of movies and TV shows "out of sync" with voter sentiments. The fact that movie box office receipts for Summer 2017 are down 16 percent compared to Summer 2016 is proof of what I said back then.
They were all taken over by Borg hives that immediate self destructed......................
They should have named it “Star Trek: DOA”.
This show series set takes place approximately 50 years before Kirk and Spock................
Not so long ago were were rodentine Ferengi , weren't we?
Better to be portrayed as a race of manly men and manly women than a race of gerbils, no?
It is a good day to die.
Uh, let me guess, she's playing the role of a he who gets his pecker chopped off and thinks that makes him a girl.
>>>North Korea is in our thoughts as we finish the series<<<
In their thoughts like the Victims of Hurricanes?
No,the future space travellers had the set their phaser on kill with a wide beam and they wiped out all of the Muslims back star date 2056.