Re: OTHER Starship Captains - Symbolism, Foreshadowing & Plot Devices
^The Viet Nam allegory is interesting. I never looked at the episode that way - I thought "A Private Little War" was Trek's statement on that. But I can see it - Vaal as communism, "enslaving" those that want to be "free". Looked at from that view, then Kirk and company are imperialist jackasses just like we were. But from a pure sci fi story angle, I still think they can be viewed as freeing these people from the slavery of a machine, and an apparently unwanted servitude. I would still do what Kirk did.
"Enterprise, starship, the places you've been to, the things that you've shown us, the stories you tell, Enterprise, starship we sing to your spirit and the beings that have served you so long and so well"