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Old July 5 2013, 11:59 PM   #130
Jonas Grumby
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Re: Star Trek morality test - best and worst episodes

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Are you saying that you understood that I mentioned offering the chair as a measure of hospitality and respect rather than a figurative statement?
I'm saying you offered the lack of an offered chair, along with his being "forced to wander the transporter room" as examples that the sergeant was treated in a somehow inferior manner. I explained why it wasn't.

If an episode is to be taken as an example of behavior, values and attitudes promoted by the show, than all such examples must be taken: Christopher and the sergeant.
This, if I'm understanding you correctly, is nonsense. This is dramatic storytelling. It uses characters, not clones of some idealized perfect person. Different characters behave differently. There is no requirement whatsoever that every character should be "an example of behavior, values and attitudes promoted by the show."

On the other hand, the respect that each character was accorded may simply have been a reflection on how such characters were portrayed in 1960s narratives (and a pilot, even a captain, would enjoy prestige).
You've still shown me no evidence of any actual disparity in the respect shown to Captain Christopher and the sergeant. Is it Christopher's tour vs. the sergeant's restriction to sickbay? The episode itself clearly shows the reason for that. Is it something else? If so, what?

It would make more sense to compare the portrayal of social relations to other TV programs of the 1960s than to TNG.
Even given TNG's enhanced (as compared to TOS) tendencies toward preachiness, I wouldn't find the same situation and scenes at all out of place on Picard's enterprise.

Of course, once he had experienced matter-energy conversion for himself and been approached by alien life, there were likely few new secrets for the 23rd century to divulge.
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