History YMMV / StarTrekTheOriginalSeries

16th Nov '16 1:52:55 PM CaptEquinox
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** Aside from Uhura, the series also showed that black people definitely had a place in the future ''decades'' before ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine DS9]]'' and Sisko; Commodore Stone from "Court Martial" (the highest-ranked black character to appear in the original series) conducted Kirk's trial because he actually ''outranked'' him! Not to mention that the computers used by Starfleet (and presumably by everybody in the Federation) run on the "duotronic" system invented by a black man! (Yeah, Daystrom goes off his rocker, but it's clear it's a case of TeenGenius becoming a NervousWreck trying to live up to a prior reputation, leading to insanity, and it's implied he will be all right.)

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** Aside from Uhura, the series also showed that black people definitely had a place in the future ''decades'' before ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine DS9]]'' and Sisko; Commodore Stone from "Court Martial" (the highest-ranked black character to appear in the original series) conducted Kirk's trial because he actually ''outranked'' him! (And on the court martial board, we saw Capt. Chandra, played by Reginald Singh.) Not to mention that the computers used by Starfleet (and presumably by everybody in the Federation) run on the "duotronic" system invented by a black man! (Yeah, Daystrom goes off his rocker, but it's clear it's a case of TeenGenius becoming a NervousWreck trying to live up to a prior reputation, leading to insanity, and it's implied he will be all right.)
3rd Nov '16 11:32:54 AM CaptEquinox
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** When Creator/NeilDegrasseTyson was talking to Takei about how Uhura was an example of how progressive the show was, Takei remarked, "Please! Uhura was the secretary. She answered the phone..." (What Takei is referring to is the fact that [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switchboard_operator#Women_as_switchboard_operators women were accepted as telephone switchboard operators.]]) The importance of Uhura is played up even today, despite the fact that Uhura was horribly under-utilised and shows like ''Series/ISpy'' and ''{{Series/Julia}}'' were doing a much better job of showcasing black characters.
** Having a woman officer stationed on the bridge, in an important position on a spacegoing vessel, was ''extremely'' radical for the time. Even when she primarily served as TheChick, casting a ''[[HumansAreWhite black]]'' woman in the role was a huge deal in the 1960s. (A black woman who sat at ''rear center stage'', right behind the Captain's seat where viewers could not possibly miss seeing her. Holy diversity, Batman!) And novels written as early as the '70s indicate that Uhura was far more than a glorified switchboard operator--she is in fact a linguistic genius who can leave Kirk's head spinning with language theory. Even in the episodes, there are occasional hints of her mechanical abilities implying that she can take apart and fix the communications equipment as well as operate it. Also, Uhura was technically fifth in command of the ''Enterprise'' (and did take command for at least one episode of the animated series) meaning that out of the ''entire crew'' only Kirk, Spock, Scotty, or Sulu could override her decisions (although in one episode MauveShirt [=DeSalle=] takes command ahead of her).

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** When Creator/NeilDegrasseTyson was talking to Takei about how Uhura was an example of how progressive the show was, Takei remarked, "Please! Uhura was the secretary. She answered the phone..." (What Takei is referring to is the fact that [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switchboard_operator#Women_as_switchboard_operators women were accepted as telephone switchboard operators.]]) The importance of Uhura is played up even today, despite the fact that Uhura was horribly under-utilised and shows like ''Series/ISpy'' and ''{{Series/Julia}}'' (both also on NBC) were doing a much better job of showcasing black characters.
** Having a woman officer stationed on the bridge, in an important position on a spacegoing vessel, was ''extremely'' radical for the time. Even when she primarily served as TheChick, casting a ''[[HumansAreWhite black]]'' woman in the role was a huge deal in the 1960s. (A black woman who sat at ''rear center stage'', right behind the Captain's seat where viewers could not possibly miss seeing her. Holy diversity, Batman!) And novels written as early as the '70s indicate that Uhura was far more than a glorified switchboard operator--she is in fact a linguistic genius who can leave Kirk's head spinning with language theory. Even in the episodes, there are occasional hints of her mechanical abilities implying that it's clear she can take apart and fix the communications equipment as well as operate it. In "Who Mourns for Adonais" she rewired the entire communications system and connected the bypass circuit. Spock praised her work and could think of "no one better equipped" to handle the necessary repairs. Also, Uhura was technically fifth in command of the ''Enterprise'' (and did take command for at least one episode of the animated series) meaning that out of the ''entire crew'' only Kirk, Spock, Scotty, or Sulu could override her decisions (although in one episode MauveShirt [=DeSalle=] takes command ahead of her).
6th Oct '16 7:27:02 PM StarSword
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* WordOfGay: Inverted. When Creator/GeorgeTakei came out, a lot of fans began to speculate if Hikaru Sulu was gay too. Takei was among the first to quash these rumors, stating that Sulu was not only firmly heterosexual, but also HappilyMarried and a father.
17th Sep '16 6:44:46 PM htuttle
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### Captain Ronald Tracey, considered "one of the most experienced men in Starfleet," flips his wig after miring his crew on a bronze age planet. Tracey takes sides in an internal conflict, killing "thousands" of the planet's inhabitants. When Kirk beams down to talk to the Captain, he is promptly tied up Tracey's tribe. There is more than a touch of ''Heart of Darkness'' to this character.

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### Captain Ronald Tracey, considered "one of the most experienced men in Starfleet," flips his wig after miring stranding his crew on a bronze age planet. Tracey takes sides in an internal conflict, killing "thousands" of the planet's inhabitants. When Kirk beams down to talk to the Captain, he is promptly tied up by Tracey's tribe. There is more than a touch of ''Heart of Darkness'' to this character.
17th Sep '16 6:44:14 PM htuttle
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### Captain Ronald Tracey, considered "one of the most experienced men in Starfleet," flips his wig after miring his crew on a bronze age planet. Tracey takes sides in an internal conflict, killing "thousands" of the planet's inhabitants. When Kirk beams down to talk to the Captain, he is promptly tied up Tracey's tribe. There is more than a touch of ''Heart of Darkness'' to this character.
14th Sep '16 8:01:30 PM deathmaster87
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* RelationshipWritingFumble: If Kirk and Spock weren't intended to be in love with each other from day one, [[note]]They weren't.[[/note]] ''Franchise/StarTrek'' is guilty of quite possibly the greatest RWF in television history.[[note]]It is.[[/note]]

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* RelationshipWritingFumble: If Kirk and Spock weren't intended to be in love with each other from day one, [[note]]They weren't.[[/note]] ''Franchise/StarTrek'' is guilty of quite possibly the greatest RWF in television history.[[note]]It is.[[/note]]
8th Sep '16 5:38:13 PM Premonition45
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* MexicansLoveSpeedyGonzales: Scotty has a big fanbase among Scottish Trekkies.

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* MexicansLoveSpeedyGonzales: Scotty has a big fanbase among Scottish Trekkies. Creator/CraigFerguson has said that Scottish engineers may be stereotypical, but it was one of the few portrayals at the time that didn't follow [[ViolentGlaswegian another stereotype]].
5th Sep '16 1:31:33 AM quillers
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** "Miri" is sometimes uncomfortable viewing when Kirk flirts openly with a girl just on the verge of puberty (so she could be anything from age 13 to 16), telling her she's 'very pretty' and obviously playing up to the fact she is falling in love with him. It comes across as grooming given how child-like she is, especially when he asks her to go for a walk with him. True he doesn't do anything to her, but it's still icky.
29th Aug '16 12:27:55 AM wyattte
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* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: ''Fwoof''. TOS catches it ''bad'' these days. Not only has everyone who followed in its footsteps borrowed from it to some degree, but they've ''all'' tried to improve upon a lot of the problems the show had due to a limited budget, technological barriers of the time and the fact that the cast and crew were inventing a lot of tropes as they went. Fans who got into Trek with the newer installments can have trouble watching TOS nowadays.

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* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: ''Fwoof''. TOS catches it ''bad'' these days. Not only has everyone who followed in its footsteps borrowed from it to some degree, but they've ''all'' tried to improve upon a lot of the problems the show had due to a limited budget, technological barriers of the time and the fact that the cast and crew were inventing a lot of tropes as they went. Not to mention the ValuesDissonance of a show made in the 60s. Fans who got into Trek with the newer installments can have trouble watching TOS nowadays.



** "Day Of The Dove," speaking of brownface, is a particularly egregious example, as it's used for most if not all of the Klingons of this episode. As [[Blog/MarkDoesStuff Mark Oshiro]] detailed in his review of the episode, the Klingons in this episode, who appear to be darker than any Klingons seen before, are also at the most brutal that they've been in the series to date.

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** "Day Of The Dove," speaking of brownface, is a particularly egregious example, as it's used for most if not all of the Klingons of this episode. As [[Blog/MarkDoesStuff Mark Oshiro]] detailed in his review of the episode, the Klingons in this episode, Klingons, who appear to be darker than any Klingons seen before, are also at the most brutal that they've been in the series to date.
29th Aug '16 12:17:04 AM wyattte
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** "Day Of The Dove," speaking of brownface, is a particularly egregious example, as it's used for most if not all of the Klingons of this episode. As [[Blog/MarkDoesStuff Mark Oshiro]] detailed in his review of the episode, the Klingons in this episode, who appear to be darker than any Klingons seen before, are also at the most brutal that they've been in the series to date.
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