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Interviews | Robert H. Justman
Changing times

Have Star Trek storylines reflected the changing world around them?

Picture In the second season of Star Trek a prime example would be a show called A Private Little War. In which we find a people on a planet who are in conflict and one side is being helped by our enemies the Klingons and the other side is being helped by us, the good guys. Well that's an allegory. It was an allegory for Vietnam. And what was happening there.

Allegories have been important in literature in every culture. The Greeks did allegories, the Romans did allegories, Shakespeare did allegory and so do we.

These kind of shows hold people because they're so comparative to what is happening in the world at the time. We took allegory and put it in the future. But it belongs everywhere. It belongs in the past, in the future and in the present. Allegory is the tool by which we attempt to fix our times.

The Klingons, they were the bad guys. In other words, they were the Russians. They were the Soviets. And we were the good guys. I assume that somewhere in [the] Soviet Union they were doing a show in which they were the good guys and the Americans were the bad guys.

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