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TOS was forward thinking and idealistic. TNG did cover immediate political problems. The futuristic humanist element of Roddenberry's vision was all but abandoned in TNG. Stewart is a fucking idiot not even understanding the show he was in.
I'm sure I'll be challenged but I have no desire to preemptively go through every TNG episode to prove my point, there were rather a lot of them. Instead let's have would be challengers pick out a humanist episode and I'll either explain why they're wrong or present two political episodes. They'll run out of episodes before me.
Really Roddenberry's Grand Idea was mired in misunderstanding from the start. TOS was premised on perfect people being perfect, to the point where the entire Enterprise NCC-1701 crew was by definition multi-racial and multi-gender, huge back in the 60s. No mention of the Enterprise's associated faction, United Federation of Planets was present. Presumably it was forced on Rodders by the studios as a way to ground the show to the viewer, along with removing the woman and the latino. The show was supposed to be perfect people behaving perfectly, it only became a communist utopia because Rodders was forced to think up a convincing backdrop for the actions of the ship.
TOS never strove to bring up current political problems because it didn't need to, Rodders had existential ideas to deal with. God (literally every fucking episode), gods (Who Mourns For Adonais?), our relationship with god (The Squire of Gothos) and gods (Where No Man Has Gone Before), our relationship with those who saw us as gods (too many to fucking count, Miri, A Piece of the Action), our relationship with those who act like our gods and for all intents and purposes have the power of what we would call gods (The Cage, The Menagerie). Rodders really fucking loved exploring god like relationships. More importantly though and more persistently he explored the human aspect itself, emotion vs logic, compassion vs pragmatism, leadership vs anarchy, duty vs hedonism. I'm really understating how much of the human condition is explored by Rodders in TOS. It's not forward thinking humanism, it's WHAT THE FUCK ARE WE AND WHY ARE WE? I remember one episode where the crew goes a bit insane (The Naked Time) where a crew member holds a knife at his comrades and demands to know what humans are doing in space, claiming we weren't designed for it and we have no business being here.
I think the one thing Roddenberry loved more than god was psychology. All of TOS is an exploration of psychology, about a third of it has god themes in there as secondary to the psychology and the remaining two thirds are divided across various interesting subjects. I always recommend The Enemy Within to budding or aspiring Trekkies as the epitome of Roddenberry's fantastic dissection of the human mind in to its component parts as he understood them. TOS is actually a trinity of trinities and I'm going to stop there.
My overall point is Star Trek was never about whatever stupid twats say it was about. It was a psychological exploration of humanity, not a political one. Then P-Stew came along and made it all a thinly veiled analogy on the American wars of aggression or some such bullshit.
I don't mind Trek as focused on immediate political problems, it would be a novel and exciting adventure, contrary to what P-Stew believes. (I haven't seen DSC or ENT but I assume ENT was pew pew and DSC was identity politics which hardly counts.)