As If You Needed Another Reason

So the latest installment in the Trek-i-verse, Star Trek: Discovery is a hot mess. I’ve seen trailers, and I’m pretty sure there isn’t enough money to bribe me into watching it.

But wait! There’s more!

The co-executive producer of the new series “Star Trek: Discovery” has told Rolling Stone that President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign was “front and center in our minds” as they developed it — so much so that the rallying cry of the show’s villains is specifically patterned after the Trumpster credo “Make America Great Again”

“We felt like it would be interesting to really look at what’s going on in the United States,” Aaron Harberts told Rolling Stone, noting that the series’ primary villains — an extremist Klingon sect — scream “Remain Klingon,” something deliberately reminiscent of “Make America Great Again.”

As Harberts put it, “It’s a call to isolationism. It’s about racial purity, and it’s about wanting to take care of yourself. And if anybody is reaching a hand out to help you, it’s about smacking it away . . . That was pretty provocative for us, and it wasn’t necessarily something that we wanted to completely lean into. But it was happening. We were hearing the stories.”

Sigh. They couldn’t come up with something marginally clever, like “make batlefs great again!”. Stodgy, preachy, and full of themselves. When will they figure it out and just go away?

I mean, ST: Voyager was a bit much (even though I watched the first few seasons. Seven of Nine, FTW!!), but ST:D seems to have the suck turned up to eleven. Thankfully, there’s Star Wars. Oh, wait.

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