History Analysis / StarTrektheOriginalSeries

15th Dec '15 2:45:53 PM HeraldAlberich
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The show's attitude about the uniting force of humanity is perhaps best summed up in the episode "Who Mourns for Adonais?". Guest character Carolyn Palamas considers betraying the crew of the ''Enterprise'' to become the lover of the god-like being Apollo. Kirk tells her "We're human. We couldn't escape from each other even if we wanted to. That's how you do it, Lieutenant - by remembering who and what you are. A bit of flesh and blood afloat in a universe without end. And the only thing that's truly yours is the rest of humanity." On that note, the show held that the destruction of life was the ultimate evil, thus tying this into the theme of pacifism.

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The show's attitude about the uniting force of humanity is perhaps best summed up in the episode "Who Mourns for Adonais?". Guest character Carolyn Palamas considers betraying the crew of the ''Enterprise'' to become the lover of the god-like being Apollo. Kirk tells her "We're human. We couldn't escape from each other even if we wanted to. That's how you do it, Lieutenant - by Lieutenant--by remembering who and what you are. A bit of flesh and blood afloat in a universe without end. And the only thing that's truly yours is the rest of humanity." On that note, the show held that the destruction of life was the ultimate evil, thus tying this into the theme of pacifism.
4th Nov '14 2:50:32 PM margdean56
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In one episode, a supercomputer was developed whose purpose seemed to be to dispense with the need for a commanding officer to oversee the ship's operations. However, the machine almost immediately initiates a killing spree; an unfortunate side-effect of it's over-literal interpretation of its orders. In another episode, "I, Mudd" the crew outsmarts a group of androids using [[LogicBomb simple lack of logic]] to defeat them.

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In one episode, a supercomputer was developed whose purpose seemed to be to dispense with the need for a commanding officer to oversee the ship's operations. However, the machine almost immediately initiates a killing spree; an unfortunate side-effect of it's its over-literal interpretation of its orders. In another episode, "I, Mudd" the crew outsmarts a group of androids using [[LogicBomb simple lack of logic]] to defeat them.
26th Oct '12 1:51:33 AM AugustDerleth
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The original series often posited questions on the role of technology; and it's effect on society. This theme would be continued in all subsequent series/movies.

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The original series often posited questions on the role of technology; and it's its effect on society. This theme would be continued in all subsequent series/movies.
17th Jun '12 12:38:41 PM nombretomado
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Interestingly, the series did not go the AIIsACrapshoot route OR the Technology Solves All route. StarTrek overall seems to suggest that as with all things, it can be good or bad (just like Tropes!). Perhaps in keeping with the idealistic/pacifist nature of the series, whether or not technology was a blessing or curse seemed to hinge on whether or not it was tempered by actual moral judgement.

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Interestingly, the series did not go the AIIsACrapshoot route OR the Technology Solves All route. StarTrek Franchise/StarTrek overall seems to suggest that as with all things, it can be good or bad (just like Tropes!). Perhaps in keeping with the idealistic/pacifist nature of the series, whether or not technology was a blessing or curse seemed to hinge on whether or not it was tempered by actual moral judgement.
5th Mar '12 2:32:02 PM SeptimusHeap
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Another common theme was the nature of human existence. The nature of the series and especially the continued presence of Spock allowed the writers to examine HumansThroughAlienEyes. A touch of existentialism came into play whenever an alien would assume human (or at least humanoid) form with emphasis placed on the strange sensations and emotions said aliens were experiencing for the first time. In particular, these aliens would invariably be overcome and confused by the very human need for love. If female, Kirk often elected to [[IfYouKnowWhatIMean help]]. Due to his half-human heritage, Spock was alluded to be dealing with these issues on a daily basis.

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Another common theme was the nature of human existence. The nature of the series and especially the continued presence of Spock allowed the writers to examine HumansThroughAlienEyes. A touch of existentialism came into play whenever an alien would assume human (or at least humanoid) form with emphasis placed on the strange sensations and emotions said aliens were experiencing for the first time. In particular, these aliens would invariably be overcome and confused by the very human need for love. If female, Kirk often elected to [[IfYouKnowWhatIMean help]].help. Due to his half-human heritage, Spock was alluded to be dealing with these issues on a daily basis.
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