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> It’s this bizarre smodge of minority group agendas, dark horror-like scenes and modern political ideas disguised as the family friendly Star Trek that you could watch with your kids that we all actually loved.

Uh, every Star Trek series was, in its time, a “bizarre smodge of minority group agendas, dark horror-like scenes and modern political ideas disguised as” something else (“Wagon Train to the stars”, in the case of TOS.) It seems tamer retrospectively because it's usually been on the side that became the accepted standard on the issues, and because the presentation of horror evolves.

OTOH, the pervasive long story-arc thing hasn't been constant throughout Trek, but it's been a growing trend within Trek since at least DS9 (and also, within adult TV generally; static-background episodic fare outside of children’s shows seems to have been progressively going out of fashion for decades.)




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