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Fri, Mar 13, 2020, 7:14pm (UTC -5)
Re: PIC S1: Broken Pieces


Saying those who do not agree with your opinion that Trek up to 2005 was family-friendly is a show of the precise kind of intolerant thought you claim to be opposed to.

One can certainly argue that the much of Enterprise, certainly seasons 3 or 4, were not family-friendly. (never mind that “family friendly” is not necessarily “good” in the first place). Also, to claim that some interpretations are “more valid than others” requires the interpreter to offer arguments instead of assertions, lest we head into “all animals are created equal, but some are created more equal than others” Orwellian newspeak-land.

I found, for example, ENT Season 4’s episode “Bound” to be a juvenile attempt at titillation. Manny Coto might say the episode was post-ironic mocking of those classic Trek shows some thought to be titillating, but the irony was lost on me. By the way, those episodes include such objets d’art as “The Gamesters of Triskelion.” I submit that episode was intended to titillate, which means it wasn’t family-friendly - unless you find repeated shots of a woman from the chest up, a handsy Shatner, and lame innuendo to be family friendly.

Also, what rulebook are we to follow when assessing whether something isn’t “Star Trek”? The writer’s bible? A producer’s after-an-episode-has aired say-so as to what the show is about? Popular consensus as measured by the average Trek fan? The average TV fan? The average sf fan? At some point the exercise becomes futile.

Not all interpretations are equal. All interpretations are, however, the product of at least some subjectivity and bias, hidden or otherwise. This concept resists understanding. Once one does understand, if’s harder for that person to say to someone of a different mind, “I’m right, you’re wrong, now shut up.”
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