Star Trek

Star Trek: Five Decades Later

By |2017-05-04T23:51:43-05:00May 4th, 2017|Categories: Books, Bradley J. Birzer, Ray Bradbury, Star Trek, Television|

Star Trek is a modern allegory and mythology for late Western Civilization. The series worked best when Captain Kirk stood for willful impulse; Mr. Spock for aristocratic reason; and Dr. McCoy for democratic passions… The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek by Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman (St. Martin’s, 2016) [...]

A Holiday Film Festival for Imaginative Conservatives

By |2016-12-28T22:17:38-05:00December 29th, 2016|Categories: Christopher Morrissey, Culture, Film, Star Trek, Superheroes, Whit Stillman|

One way to celebrate the Christmas season and the New Year is to relax with family and friends by coming together around a movie. Here’s a list of suggestions: 1. Rogue One To enjoy this film, you have to go into it realizing that you are not going to see a Star Wars episode. It [...]

A Story of Friendship: Star Trek and A Wagon Train to the Stars

By |2017-03-05T23:45:15-05:00July 2nd, 2014|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Culture, Friendship, Star Trek|

As young children, my older brother and I watched the original Star Trek series on Saturday mornings. We were not big TV watchers as a family, but Star Trek was special. To make it even better, it was the local PBS that aired Star Trek, presenting it free of all commercials. Every Saturday, Todd [...]

The Nazi Planet: Patterns of Force

By |2014-01-21T10:41:29-05:00October 22nd, 2011|Categories: Politics, Star Trek|Tags: |

There are few episodes from the original Star Trek series (1966-69) that I do not enjoy. But one that contains a thoughtful message beneath the thriller storyline is “Patterns of Force” from the show’s second season. Following on the popularity of the parallel Earth theme—including a gangster planet and a Roman planet—the producers came [...]