R. Star wrote:
I always thought Far Beyond the Stars was just... way out of place . A great message but one that kinda derails from the whole Star Trek setting. I get the sense Brooks probably pushed this one, which hey... star demands happen. At least he didn't ask to drive a dune buggy like Stewart did in Nemesis.
I don't think he specifically advocated for such an episode. Instead, he conditioned the producers and writers by talking about his own interests in the portrayal of African-Americans. From my perspective, the episode provided an allegory for the development of the Emissary that fed into future episodes.