I’ve been a Star Trek fan ever since having watched the original series as they were broadcast over the airwaves and received on our Zenith color TV. I was not mature enough at the time to draw comparisons between the Star Trek story universe and what was happening in the real world of the late 1960s. I was just a kid who spent countless hours day dreaming about space exploration before and after violin practice, and ocassionally during practice. When Star Trek TOS left the airwaves, I felt like I had lost loyal friends. Time literaly stopped for me when Star Trek: The Motion Picture debuted on the big screen. Suddenly, all my friends and foes were back and life was once again normal for me. Admittedly, I still failed to make societal and politcal connections between the storyline and reality, but then I wasn’t intentionally looking for them either.
Only in the past few years have I sought to relive all things Star Trek in order to study the themes of each episode and movie, contrasting them with real history and events. In Deep Space Nine, life on Earth is often refered to as paradise, where the governments of Earth united to form a global socialist society based on the values of liberty, justice, equality, and peaceful accord. Humanity has evloved, according to Captain Sisko when defending the principles of Starfleet. The United Federation of Planets and Starfleet spread throughout the galatic quadrants, but it came with a heavy cost. I think Star Trek Axanar will deliver an example of the high price that was paid for “paradise” as Starfleet battles the Klingon Empire.