(Here’s an article I recently had published at Grandin Media on Star Trek, Jesus and his disciples, and the recent crisis in the Church):
When the original Star Trek premiered in the late 1960s, it was introduced as a western that happened to be set in space. Much like The Lone Ranger, you had a series which presented a noble, honourable, and selfless hero (Capt. James T. Kirk) who flew in on his trusty steed (the Enterprise) to explore, to do battle, or to rescue – depending on what the episode of the week required of them.
Unlike the Lone Ranger, however, James Kirk (and every Star Trek captain who would come after him) was not alone; he was the captain not just of a ship, but of a crew of hundreds whose training and talents were often necessary to resolve whatever crisis the Enterprisewould encounter.
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