Nerds Unite!

Screen shot 2014-02-20 at 3.39.06 PMWell, if there is anything more nerdy than a meeting of Star Trek fans and Civil War buffs I don’t know what is.

But if you are seeking that nexus – for whatever reason, allow me to direct you to one of my favorite episodes of Star Trek – featuring none other than President Abraham Lincoln.

It’s great – it really is. With all sorts of lessons for the late 1960s television audience. President Lincoln even refers to Lt. Nyota Uhura (played by Nichelle Nichols) as a “charming negress.” Yeah…that sort of makes us cringe today – and it gave the officers of the Enterprise a chuckle. But of course the point was to show the racially charged public of the 1960s – on the heels of church bombings, police dogs, and fire hoses – just how far we will have come in the future…stardate: 2265.

Captain’s log…..kudos. You know what else?  Star Trek was the first program ever to air an interracial kiss – between Captain Kirk and Uhura. That show had stones.

With compliments,

Keith

2 thoughts on “Nerds Unite!”

  1. Too lazy to look it up, but wasn’t there an episode where Kirk had to translate either the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution from guttural speech? Not sure if the same one referenced or not.

    1. Yes indeed – I forget the exact context of the episode but I do remember that the crew encountered a people who have come across the Constitution but have fused all of the words together into meaning gibberish. They worship the document as holy scripture though they do not understand its meaning. Kirk reads the document as it was written (in Shatner style = awesome) all to the amazement of the document worshipers.

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