^Well said. But, are those subtle shadings enough for Trek fans' claims that it is a "groundbreaking" show in the medium of television? And have the later incarnations done enough to truly break it out of the "american culture" mode? My answer, on the surface, is no. DS9 played with it, but even in that show, military force became the way to extend the "correct" culture of the Federation. Can a form of entertainment meet this criteria at all? Are there successful examples?