Seriously Messed Up Things Everyone Ignores About Star Trek

Seriously Messed Up Things Everyone Ignores About Star Trek


Sorry, Trekkies, Gene Roddenberry’s final
frontier isn’t really the utopia that it might seem. For all of Star Trek’s progressive ideologies,
there’s plenty just below the surface that remains completely messed up, even hundreds
of years in the fictional future. When time is of the essence, and you’re not
too far away from your destination, most technologically-advanced humanoid species use their ship’s handy transporter
to get them from point A to point B. But there’s a reason that characters like Bones and Barclay
were fans of the less-convenient Shuttlecraft: they were adamantly opposed to being destroyed
and reassembled at an atomic level. The use of the transporter system is an existential
nightmare. The ship’s computer scans your molecular makeup,
stores the pattern of your entire existence in what’s basically a flash drive, then converts
your mass into energy which moves you from one place to another. The energy is then reconstituted into matter
into the shape of you…when it actually works. The person that steps into a transporter is
vaporized and then a near-perfect facsimile comes out the other end. And sometimes, it just creates a duplicate
of you that turns evil and you kinda just have to deal. And then, you might also just happen to run
into some terrifying subspace monsters. All in all, not cool. Gene Roddenberry had a bright vision of humanity’s
future: disease would be nearly eradicated, money wouldn’t matter, and racism would be
a thing of the past. Which still didn’t stop Bones from calling
out Spock’s alien heritage almost constantly. Aliens were apparently fair game. “You’re out of your Vulcan mind!” The end of all human racism was a pretty progressive
thought. But exactly what “no more racism” looks like
isn’t always handled with the most tact when it comes to making a weekly science fiction
television program. “We were warned about the Farengi at the academy.” “Warned about Farengi, were you?” “That’s right.” “Slurs about my people.” That’s why it’s super jarring when the world
of Star Trek accidentally bumps into race issues more complex than just accepting people
who have different foreheads. In the Next Generation episode “Code of Honor,”
the crew meets a society of people seemingly pulled out of a 1930s-era cartoon about African
tribes, complete with actual spears. Just about every Next Generation actor cites
this episode as the worst thing they’ve ever done, and it’s really no mystery why. Or how about the Voyager episode “Caretaker”
where Tom Paris, caught in a pickle with a Native American first officer, asks a pretty
racially insensitive question. “Isn’t there some Indian trick where you can
turn yourself into a bird and fly us outta here?” In a utopian society where equality is second
nature, it’s amazing how much of early Star Trek misses the mark. In the episode “Elaan of Troyius”, the titular
alien woman decides that she’d like herself a sweet new Enterprise to take over, to which
Kirk responds by threatening to, uh… “If I touch you again, Your Glory, it will
be to administer an ancient Earth custom called a spanking.” Luckily that never comes up again. Just kidding. “Captain, that ancient Earth custom called
‘spanking,’ what is t?” “It’s um….” Or how about “A Wolf in the Fold”, in which
Bones thinks that Scotty is going to become a violent misogynist because a woman accidentally
caused an explosion in Engineering? The only natural solution is to bring him
to a planet where he can get some action from the local concubines. That’ll fix everything. This sort of oblivious take on gender happens
again and again, mentally stuck in the 1960s while attempting to also portray a future
utopia. Kirk meets a woman in the second season episode
“The Gamesters of Triskelion” who’s so mentally stunted that he has to explain what “freedom”
means to her. And yes, they hook up. In the last episode of the series, it’s made
explicitly clear that women can’t be Starfleet captains since they’re too emotional. And if you think it gets any better in The
Next Generation, watch “Angel One.” The crew visits a planet run by women, and
the place is a full-on disaster. Nice try, Star Trek. Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek,
was a complicated guy. He was passionate about his work, an epic
boozehound, and a known womanizer. He womanized so hard that Star Trek was almost
cancelled when he snuck his mistress into the cast, under a fake name and a wig, after
she’d already been kicked out of an earlier pilot. That’s some next level shenanigans. True to the Roddenberry spirit, everyone on
the original Enterprise was down to clown with whoever they ran into. For the obsessively curious, there’s also
that LP that Roddenberry produced in the 70s where he interviews Spock’s dad on some pretty
intimate subjects, like Vulcan mating. “Ordinarily, an Earth woman could not endure
that. If she survived, she might be severely injured,
both physically and emotionally.” As such, Roddenberry may have been the first
content creator to write and publish adult fan fiction about his own creations. Next Generation wasn’t free from space-lust,
either. It took all of two episodes to get to an infectious
space-horniness story with “The Naked Now”. And you think Deep Space Nine was safe? Nope; the whole station went nuts and started
touching up on each other because of Zanthi Fever, during the episode “Fascination”. Coincidentally, patient zero for the disease
was the character Lwaxana Troi, played by Gene Roddenberry’s original series-threatening
mistress, now his wife, back again in a third Star Trek role. One of the most exciting concepts in Star
Trek is the idea that, in a post-scarcity society, one of the highest goals is no longer
getting rich, but adding new art or knowledge to society. That’s what seeking out new worlds and boldly
going is all about, but sometimes, information is uncovered which could fundamentally change
the way existence is perceived. And on those rare occasions, mind-blowing
news about the nature of humanity is just kind of shrugged off and it never comes up
again. In the Next Generation episode “The Chase,”
we finally get an answer to the question “why does every sentient race look like humans,
but with weird foreheads?” It turns out that all humanoid life in the
Alpha quadrant was created eons ago from the genetic material of a shared ancestor. In this single revelation, all of history,
philosophy, and religion are changed forever. And what happens next? “That’s all? If she were not dead, I would kill her!” Nothing. The existence of every known alien species
is summarized in one convenient, quadrant-unifying package…and nobody really cares except Picard
and one lone Romulan. Who the Federation just goes to war with later. Oh well. Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Grunge videos about your favorite
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79 Comments on "Seriously Messed Up Things Everyone Ignores About Star Trek"


  1. "Progressive" doesn't always mean "better" (when this guy forces his personal views in his videos is a prime example of that) besides in cases like racism etc, it isn't a problem to confront issues like that

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  2. IOW, Star Trek hasn't always been up to today's standards when it comes to being woke and that's just unforgivable! I think it's difficult for young people to understand that the original ST was 50 years ago. It was a different time with different standards.

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  3. Tom and Chakoty had past history. Tom was trying to goad Chokoty. It wasn't racial, it was personal. It never comes up again, between them.

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  4. Grunge doesn't understand that being a naval captain might mean that money isn't very important, because one is being paid far more than 10.00/hr?
    Star Trek is closer to Homeric oddessy's rather than novels.
    And talking about the transporter as 'something everyone ignores about Star Trek' is silly considering it's been written about since the original series.

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  5. My transporter is broke , it there anybody who known an engineer who can fix it so I can go home. I can't believe I'm stuck here. My wife it's going to be pissed that I'm not going to make it home for dinner again damn it……

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  6. Oh yeah I forgot to say Spock are you out of your Vulcan mind. The most funniest line ever spoken by Jim Carrey on In Living Color

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  7. The Transporter pulverising your molecules and reassembling them back on the ship or wherever you are , has always been my pet peeve with the franchise. Lieutenant Barclay and Doctor McCoy have every right to be wary. . Faced with an unfriendly alien's intimidation ? I know, let's get smashed to pieces and reassembled back on the Enterprise , Defiant, Voyager etc. Facing a meteorite storm? Let's get out of danger by getting smashed to pieces. Threatened by Kling-ons with a ring of bat'leths? Let's get out of danger by getting smashed to pieces. The means does not justify the end, as it were.

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  8. It’s also doubtful the 23rd century will have beehives and mini skirts for the girls, and quiffs with sideburns and bell bottom pants legs for the boys, but what can we do, take it to court for historical offences to modern fashion? 😉

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  9. Must it be necessary to dissect Star Trek or indeed any other form of entertainment in this manner? It's only a television programme made by flawed humans for flawed humans. Live with it or, if you don't like it, don't watch it.

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  10. I've also noticed that even though all the species are technologically advanced enough for warp travel it seems only the humans act so modern. Klingons have weird old traditionsabout honor and fighting which is more like humans in the middle ages or at least in middle-aged fiction for example.

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  11. Absolutely agree with you 100% with the transporter thingy, no way in hell would I agree to be transported after watching what happened to Riker, Picard,Data, Broccoli,the list goes on…👀

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  12. Yes, The Chase was a real snoozer when it came to the climax.
    But it is completely logical that this knowledge does not change anything and might make it worse.
    For example:
    Humans…we're all the same…with minor differences…we don't get along….

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  13. Ironically these older ideas of Star Trek were still more realistic than the fake progressive garbage presented in STD.

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  14. Lwaxana Troi would have been Majel Barrett's 4th Star Trek role. She was also the voice of the Enterprise computer.

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  15. as wonderful as they can be THE HOLODECK is another deathtrap now many times has the program run amok and almost caused mass destruction on the enterprise or deep space nine

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  16. Maybe people in the future aren't so thin skin and such soy fed pussy ,that they get pissed or offened over everything.

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  17. as far as the "racism" thing goes, maybe people in the future just arnt as bitchy and whiney about every other word out someones mouth like they are today

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  18. Yea but Chakoty is kind of magical. I mean know one knows exactly why but being native is as likely as anything else.

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  19. What makes this series different from other is the fact it broke many barriers. Racism sexuality and many other things. All which were issues at this time. At a sense this show helped shape the future of humanity.

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  20. Of course socialism is a terrible idea in 200 years just like now. Put a pink bow on a pig and it's still a pig.

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  21. Unfortuntely, the 'young people' who were supposed to be enlightened by technology and information, have turned out to be, if anything more like the Chinese during the deconstruction, when they dropped their own past; burning books (whole libraries), burning art, burning music, literally burning history (which can then no longer be learned from). What we have now is an exceedingly stupid, hypersensitive 'therapy puppy' safe-space generation. What nightmare world will this rotten generation engender? There is a great book on the subject of how our young were not helped by the infomation super highway, paradoxically, turning them instead into these drone-like carbon copies (or should I say 3D Printed Plastic…) the book:
    'The Dumbest Generation' by Mark Bauerlein decribes exactly this paradox between information availability and the walls in the mind that inevitibly go up when confronted with too much raw, dis-ordered and dis-organized information. Like shopping in the aisle with 50 types of cereal, too much choice can lead one choosing nothing! It's terrible not to want anything. Young people don't know what to want anymore. They are told working hard is the most important, then told College degrees no longer guarantee success or even work, that they will soon ve replaced by AI. They are told poor people are bad, they are told rich people are bad, but with steadily dwindling middle class, most eventually find the choice has made for them: poor.

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  22. 1. There've been books on Star Trek tech that talk about the transporter. Nobody's ignoring this thing, the debate rages on between realism and "Tech so advanced it might as well be magic."
    2. It's a fair point but that's heavily down to the genre and the writing. This wasn't originally actual scifi, it was allegory told through sci-fi. As such, all the species were boiled down to one culture for each, so our protagonists would have something to work against in each episode. So what we'd consider racism is kind of built into the story. Also, fuck Code of Honor. About the only good thing in that episode was getting to see Tasha strut her stuff in a fight.
    3. The sexism was normal for the times of both TOS and TNG. TNG could have gotten away with more, mind, but there was still only so much they could do to push boundaries without losing their audience and being censored. Female bosses are STILL looked down on, though not as badly as before.
    4. Roddenberry's Roddenberry. We get it. He was a visionary of his time, but he had his desires and indulged in them as much as he could.
    5. TNG was episodic. Of course nothing was going to come of that episode. You didn't even delve into DS9's living gods and the Holy War they engaged in with living demons. We didn't get any sequels afterward besides STO, and there was plenty else going on in that game to drown out the Prophets.

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  23. You know, I consider myself fairly progressive, but this interpretation of so many ST events and episodes is just ridiculous and overblown for TV shows that are 20-50 years old. TV shows reflect the times they are produced and trying to place everything into a negative frame just shows what a hack this channel is.

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  24. Who the hell is this vaganised pussy of a narrator? Let's get star trek back to normality
    ….born they will go broke !!

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  25. This is kind of a stupid video, first of all, the transporter isn't some death machine. You're overthinking it and even if it was, that doesn't make it a dystopia. Lastly, the fact that star trek the original series was filmed in the 60s doesn't make the universe some mysogynistic hellscape or racist because some episodes are poorly written. That's the writer's baggage, not the show.

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  26. Angel One was not a Federation planet. Indeed, it was a planet closer to our era, where people were evolving toward equality of the sexes, with the inevitable resistance by the powers that be. It's like saying Trek is sexist because of the Ferengi.

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  27. The no money thing always bothered me. In reality "money" is any sort of commerce, goods and services. How many people really get the dream of traveling in space? In TNG we hear how difficult it was to get on that ship, only the best of the best and those with the greatest value, were there because they wanted to be [except the kids]. The people performing services on the ship, had to be getting payed in some sort of way. TNG really only showed the "1st class" passengers. Voyager showed everyone. There are quite a few people on that ship who really didn't like their job. Though TNG was the fav, DS9 and Voyager always seem more realistic to me.
    I feel many of the different revelations are not brought up again is because: It's a large galaxy and an even bigger universe. ie If a new planet is found, I'm all over that.. does my coworker care, not in the slightest. People care about making their reality work. Picard and the Romulian had similar interest, the others did not.
    Sadly the sexism is the standard "boys will be boys" mentality that has been brainwashed into culture as normal. Heard many times, even now, that's just the way it is… what kind of lame excuse is that, nothing is "just the way it is". Seriously people, be better, take a good look at the world, be independent, and figure it out. AKA Don't be a jerk face. No one should have to be taught this..

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  28. Why would be spanking sexist? At this rate,everything will be sexist.
    For the ferengi,its also not racist,since they do some questionable stuff for profit,so they need to be aware of the dangers.Also,i think it wasnt racist for the doctor to bring up the vulcan stuff,since he probably hated the cold hard logic on which vulcans mostly run on,since he was a passionate person.Hating ppl for their deeds usually dont count as racist or atleast shouldnt.
    I dont think the same ancestor thing is a big thing either.Why would they care much about it,if it could bring change with unforseeable consequences and it also wouldnt was away the hatred or greed either.Thats simply how the world works.

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  29. Leftist gibberish. Bet you get a little thrill every time you call out a flaw with this virtue signalling progressive garbage

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  30. The transporter thing always bothered me.
    The other aspects didn’t bother me when I was a kid, but they are the reason that DS9 is SO good, it directly addresses a lot of the BS in a nuanced way and the hypocrisy of the Federation is shown in the way it interacts with societies that don’t agree with it.

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  31. you need to get out more you dickhead. i bet you look like comic book guy from the simpsons , close minded fucker

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  32. Actually according to the laws of physics, to reproduce an entity at quantum resolution is to produce that entity with ontoligical continuity of identity and continuity of consciousness.

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  33. You can’t be serious. What makes you think that you could possibly have a future utopia if women are “equal” in all ways. We are already experiencing civilizational decline because of feminism. One has to assume that any utopian future would only exist because humanity had survived by putting women back in their place…where the universe designed them to be…procreating instead of striving to be imitation men.

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  34. But…First Officer on the pilot for the original series was written to be a woman. The network said no, an alien was more believable in the part than a woman! Also, Roddenberry was having a relationship with Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) and Nurse Chapel (Majel Barrett) at the same time while filming the series.

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  35. I despise these obnoxious know it all videos where the smug narrator of some scrappy little you tube channel renders judgment from on high. Gene Roddenberry will still be a legend when you're long dead. And I am not even a star trek fan.

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  36. Shows are a product of their time. This constant nitpicking about a show that broke down racial and sexual barriers years ahead of society gets old. Star Trek predicted a lot about the future, but it missed one point, how progressives would completely lose their sense of humor and take everything said or done literally.

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  37. The OST series was the first to air a interracial kiss between Kirk and Nyota Uhura on American TV!
    While far from perfect in the early years, I think the whole franchise was pretty damn good, even the new movies, bout time we had another 7 season tv series, maybe one day?
    💪😎👍

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