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Old September 27 2013, 10:51 PM   #4
C.E. Evans
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Re: What Makes Something 'Star Trek'?

I think that Star Trek can indeed be looked at as simply a space opera in space, but its basic premise--that of a diverse crew out among the stars--also allows it to be allegorical at times as well as tackle moral issues. But Trek is also an action-adventure series, so it can have big explosions, space battles, and fight sequences too.

In a real sense, Trek is not one single thing. It can be thought-provoking and silly; character-driven and non-stop action; seriously dramatic and unapologetically campy. As such, it appeals to an incredibly wide audience: people of different ages, races, creeds, nationalities, etc. Both an ivy-league college professor and a high school dropout can find something about Trek they like, even if they're totally different things.
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