Starship Polaris wrote:
C'mon, Polaris, Trek DOES ask those big questions. Not always, but often enough.
If you say so. It usually poses superficial questions and offers "Sunday School" answers. That was pretty remarkable, as I recall, in 1966 because such things didn't come up much on commercial TV at all - but that was changing even as Trek premiered, and network TV would continue to become (occasionally) more provocative and topical throughout the late 1960s and early 70s. Star Trek
of a change in American TV and culture, not the lonely beacon that its boosters made it out to be.
And certainly by TNG, Trek
provided more pulpit sermons on our "social cancers" instead of posing any thought-provoking questions.
Ahem-"The Outcast"-Ahem... Ahem-"Ethics"-Ahem... Ahem-Prime Directive as Morality in Voyager
There were a few exceptions, like "In The Pale Moonlight" (DS9), but those were few and far between.