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.
"Well, here's one thing you can be sure of: leave any bigotry you may have in your cabin, there's no room for it on the bridge. Do I make myself clear?" - JTK, "Balance of Terror"