I never got into Star Trek as a kid, always preferring the shallower sensibilities of Star Wars, but this caught my eye.
The newest series in the saga (Star Trek: Picard) will go fully woke, hitting on issues such as how terrible Donald Trump is, immigration, and Brexit. Yes, apparently Brexit is still a hot topic some 300 years from now. Who would have guessed?
— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) January 13, 2020
The new “Star Trek” series starring Sir Patrick Stewart isn’t being explicitly billed as “woke,” but it seems the series’ star, who will reprise his role as the legendary Enterprise captain, Jean-Luc Picard, believes “Star Trek: Picard” will have a message for anti-immigrant leaders and global isolationists.
The series will have a “more pessimistic take” on Starfleet, the quasi-military arm that handles discovery, research, and, generally, law enforcement duties for the United Federation of Planets, according to Newsweek. Stewart described the fictional organization, now years past the events of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” and the subsequent Star Trek films, as hopelessly corrupt and cruelly “isolationist” in the face of a galactic refugee crisis.
And just in case you thought there’d be some ambiguity, there is none.
But Stewart will play the role, he says, as a way of injecting some of his own virtue into a world torn by Brexit and by President Donald Trump, he tells Variety Magazine in an extensive profile.
“Picard,” he notes, is “me responding to the world of Brexit and Trump and feeling, ‘Why hasn’t the federation changed? Why hasn’t Starfleet changed? Maybe they’re not as reliable and trustworthy as we all thought.”
Stewart goes on to describe both the United Kingdom and the United States as “f***ed.”
I don’t know about you, but when I woke up this morning I thought to myself, “self, what the really world needs is Hollywood to destroy another classic franchise into a pathetic tool for leftist politics.” I’m just glad Star Trek is here to fulfill that vision.
This is just colossally stupid. Issues such as immigration, refugee crises, and Brexit are infinitely more complicated than some actor virtue signaling about them. The United States already takes in more people a year than any country on earth and we’ve been doing so for most of our existence. We are not an evil, heartless nation. Quite the contrary and it’s getting really tiring to hear entitled liberals lecture on how terrible we are.
The attacks on Brexit are even more perplexing. Britain is still a highly progressive country (and not necessarily in a good way) that has adsorbed hundreds of thousands of refugees over the last several years. All Brexit does is allow them to control their own borders again and not be dictated too by bureaucrats in Brussels. It also un-tethered them from the EU, which has allowed Germany to essentially become the defacto dictator of the continent while other nations like Greece, Italy, and Spain suffer.
I wasn’t going to be watching anyway, but I doubt this does much for ratings. If I ran a studio funding a project like this and my lead actor went out and trashed 50% of my potential audience just to make a stupid political point, I’d be pretty hot about it. But this is par for the course these days.