The malady is so ubiquitous and to some, so irritating, Star Trek references are forbidden in The National Review.
re “Why are 9 out of 10 conservative intellectuals Star Trek geeks?” EASY:
“Star Trek” was a wonderfully constructed world of Sci-Fi that incorporated the best of American values, was well written, featured good actors/actresses, and was entertaining. EXAMPLES:
* Self-Sacrifice: “The Doomsday Machine”, William Windom, a WW2 combat vet, as Commodore Dekker. Leonard Nimoy as Spock in “The Wrath of Khan”.
* Patriotism: “The Omega glory”, esp. the scene in which Kirk begins to recite the “forbidden words” that were those in the introduction to the Declaration of Independence, and then the unravelling of an old American flag.
The most beautiful sight I have ever seen of the American flag was when two U.S. riverine patrol boats (Mekong Delta, So. Vietnam) passed under a bridge I was on, with the flags fully flying.
I guess the most beautiful sight my father-in-law saw (and has a picture of), was a large American flag flying at the top of Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima. His Army Signal Corps Signal Assault Company had taken very heavy casualties during the fighting and were taken back down the mountain to get patched up.
* Humor: Something the Left doesn’t have much of. “The Trouble With Tribbles” series and “Harry, Mudd” (Harcourt!) says it all.
* Nice looking women: Nichele Nichols, Sherry Jackson, Julie Newmar, Terri Gar, etc. from the TV series plus any from ST; Deep Space 9 (Farrell, DeBoer, Visitor, Materson), Seven of Nine (Jery Ryan, beautiful in person with very little makeup), Kate Mulgrew, Marina Sirtis, etc. (You should see my autographed photo collection. Eat your hearts out, peasants).
* Technology: “Phasers”; “Communicators”, Time travel, “transporters”, etc. Great imagination in creating things that didn’t exist, some of which were created later.
* Humanity: The sacrifices of the Enterprise and other Federation ships in helping to protect weaker peoples is typically American, or else the French would have been speaking German ever since 1944 (i.e. a failure of the D-Day invasion).
* Exploration: An unique human trait is that of exploring the unknown, be it in space, on earth or in the seas. “To Go Where No Man Has Gone Before”, “City on the Edge of Forever”, and “ Out there, Mr. Sulu” quote.
Star Trek was not just a show or movie, it was the creative imagination of Gene Roddenberry and company who took us “where no man has gone before” in one helluva ride into space.
Trekkies at FR know exactly what I’m talking about. We could go to new worlds and new times without ever having to leave our chairs, and enjoy the trip both visually and in our minds.
Freeper Trekkies rule!
“Live Long and Prosper”
Love your tag line.