Extras in TV reveals are presupposed to be little greater than window dressing, folks employed to face round and fill out the background of a shot in order that fictional universes don’t appear to be they’re completely devoid of life. However someday they provide delicate clues to the state of the world they reside in. For instance, a few background actors in Star Trek: The Next Generation present that the sexes of that universe have lastly achieved full, unequivocal equality.
We know this as a result of within the background of a few episodes of Star Trek: TNG, you possibly can see male actors carrying, what’s recognized within the Star Trek universe as a skant. Basically a form-fitting mini-dress that appears simply, like, so fucking cool. Especially when its accessorised with a rad pair of leather-based boots.
Although there are solely handful of episodes the place you possibly can really see male crew members carrying this stuff, the implication is fairly clear. Nobody within the 24th century actually provides all that large a fuck in regards to the idea of gendered clothes. The e book, The Art of Star Trek, describes the skant as a “logical development” for the universe on condition that within the 24th century issues reminiscent of race and gender are now not thought of one thing folks give a shit about.
This is definitely a reasonably widespread theme in Star Trek and each sequence has gone out of its solution to present that sooner or later, ideas reminiscent of race and gender are now not a barrier to success. Going proper again to Star Trek: The Original Series, sequence creator, Gene Roddenberry famously insisted upon hiring a racially various solid to focus on this very thought.
The present additionally famously featured one of many earliest recognized examples of an interracial kiss in tv historical past. Curiously, though NBC was reportedly very fearful about any potential offence displaying a white man kissing a black lady might trigger, it’s reported that the one criticism the solid acquired was a letter from a mildly indignant southern man who opposed the blending of races, however admitted that he couldn’t blame Captain Kirk for eager to hit that.
Hell, the Star Trek universe is fucking progressive that they don’t even give a shit about folks being bald. We know this as a result of Roddenberry as soon as slapped down a smart-ass reporter suggesting the casting of Patrick Stewart, a bald man, to play Captain Picard was silly by asking in a painfully smarmy tone of voice.
“Surely by the 24th century, they would have found a cure for male pattern baldness?”
By responding, “by the 24th century, no one will care”, presumably earlier than flying by way of the air to dunk limitless basketballs by way of a hoop that materialised 11 ft above their head.
With this in thoughts, please contemplate the truth that supposed followers of Star Trek just lately criticised the casting a black lady to play the position of captain in Star Trek: Discovery as a result of it’s not trustworthy to the roots of the sequence.