CBS’ remake of the classic Star Trek will take a propagandistic turn as the classic arch-enemy will be retooled to represent Donald Trump supporters.
The upcoming season of Star Trek: Discovery will have the storyline of a wat between the United Federation of Planets and the Klingon Empire. The creators have said that the plotline will be a loose allegory of the 2016 Presidential election, The Washington Free Beacon reports.
Seriously. Trump supporters as the evil Klingons.
“The allegory is that we really started working on the show in earnest around the time the election was happening,” showrunner Aaron Harberts says. “The Klingons are going to help us really look at certain sides of ourselves and our country. Isolationism is a big theme. Racial purity is a big theme. The Klingons are not the enemy, but they do have a different view on things. It raises big questions: Should we let people in? Do we want to change? There’s also the question of just because you reach your hand out to someone, do they have to take it? Sometimes, they don’t want to take it. It’s been interesting to see how the times have become more of a mirror than we even thought they were going to be.”
Believe it or not, the story’s creators are hoping that their take on the election will “bridge the divide” in American politics in 2017.
“The thing about the war is it takes Starfleet and the Federation and forces them to examine their ideas and ethical rules of conflict and conduct,” Harberts said. “It provides a backdrop to how we want to be as a society and that analysis and self-reflection is new for Trek. They’ve done it in certain episodes in the past, but this is a true journey for the institution in itself.”
So how exactly are these Trump supporters turned Klingons described? In the official Star Trek website, they are described as a “well-statured warrior race [that] has a genetic predisposition to hostility and a well-known streak of fatalism.” It also notes that, “the Klingon people hold honor above life — although as with any culture, high-level politics and personal gain get in the way. In Klingon culture, lower-ranked officers consider it a duty to kill off a superior who is perceived as weak.”
Apparently, they also have a sub-plot that is an allegory of the tensions between th United States and North Korea.
“North Korea is in our thoughts as we finish the series,” Harberts said. “What began as a commentary on our own divided nation — in terms of Trump supporters and non-Trump supporters — has blown out to North Korea and how we’re right on the brink. [The U.S. is] actually right at the place where Starfleet finds itself in episode one and we couldn’t have anticipated that happening. But how do you end conflict when both sides have such strong opinions?”
So yeah – Hollywood depicting Trump supporters as a bloodthirsty race of ugly hominoids with a “genetic predisoposition to hostility.”
That’ll build bridges, right?
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