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The Women of Star Trek
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rowyn From: rowyn Date: December 4th, 2011 03:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Star Trek was radical for its time, and tried to be even more radical than the network allowed. The Number One was the original "Spock", and Nichelle Nichols was asked to read the part of Spock in her audition. (Which, okay, wouldn't *that* have been *awesome*?) Even as filmed, the cast was gender mixed and ethnically diverse, with only a couple of prominent characters who were white male Americans. In the 60s, having a Russian character as a good guy was pretty radical too. It had television's first interracial kiss, which was a Big Deal to Americans at the time but was not noteworthy at all to the characters.

The show had many flaws, and in a lot of ways it doesn't hold up to modern standards. But given what they had to work with, the cast and crew did an excellent job.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 6th, 2011 02:08 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

I always view the original series with an eye toward its historical context. It racked up SO MANY firsts. It really was radical at the time. Even today the best episodes stand out for addressing issues that people often ignore. I'll always love it.

Even if Kirk was the kind of guy who'd try to hit on me in college and get blown off with, "I'm sorry, I only date people with an IQ in the positive integers." Though I would happily have called on him if I'd needed cannon fodder.
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