Star Trek may be the only show on TV at the time to address Vietnam. They do it pretty indirectly but clearly via a reference to “the 20th century brush wars on the asian continent.” This is Star Trek doing politics right.
Making a Perfect Movie isn’t easy and it doesn’t happen by mistake, obviously. Wrath of Khan may just be a perfect sci-fi movie. This is it’s voyage.
Star Fleet vessels routinely encounter Dystopic Societies. Sometimes a mad computer has been left in charge by a vanished race, sometimes they cause their own problems, and every once in a while it’s Federation ineptitude. Because my buddy Paul suggested this episode as one of the best (and i pretty much agree) I’m going with… Continue reading The Crazy Dystopia of Star Trek A Piece of the Action
The Planet Killer is like the shark from jaws, and the episode is like Jaws in some ways. For one thing, they need a bigger boat, the Enterprise is presumably identical to the Constellation, which couldn’t have fared worse against the Planet Killer. Commodore Decker, like Captain Quint, is undeterred and commits everything to destroying his adversary.
Mea is pivotal in the episode. She represents everyone on the planet outside the political upper class