Deep Space and Sacred Time: Star Trek in the American Mythos

Deep Space and Sacred Time: Star Trek in the American Mythos

Deep Space and Sacred Time: Star Trek in the American Mythos

Deep Space and Sacred Time: Star Trek in the American Mythos

Synopsis

This thought-provoking book challenges recent critical analysis of Star Trek that finds negative forces such as homophobia, sexism, and racism dominating life on the Enterprise. Citing dozens of episodes, from the original series to Deep Space Nine, the authors reveal Star Trek to he overwhelmingly optimistic and humanistic -- offering its audience a sense of hope and the possibility for empowerment.

Excerpt

I bring order to chaos.

--The Borg Queen

Somehow, I question your motives.

--Lieutenant Commander Data

This book owes its existence to some of life's most ordinary pleasures: marriage, coffee, and Saturday mornings before the kids wake up. And, of course, Star Trek.

In the-mid 1980s our children were little, and so was our black and white television set. So too was our list of favored TV programs, a modest handful that included, along with Sesame Street, reruns of the original Star Trek series. As our children grew, so did the entertainment possibilities that presented themselves daily, and we were faced with the universal parental problem of how passively we should admit media fantasies into our family's cultural life. Our solution was not to toss out the television, as some other academic couples have done, nor to let mass media culture simply have its way with us. Although we encouraged reading and storytelling along with movies and television, we also cultivated a habit--more like a game, really--of conversing about and comparing the cultural messages in popular literature and entertainment. No one was safe from this good-natured and generally commonsense deconstruction--not Indiana Jones, not Kipling, not Mark Twain, not even Spock. We enjoy certain television shows, and we love disassembling . . .

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