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Netflix Thailand: Review of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 1, Episode 3: The Worst Star Trek Episode Of All Time

June 21, 2021

I’ve never seen this episode before and you may find it strange that I’m seeing it for the first time. It first aired in 1987. Although I was alive in 1987, I don’t remember ever seeing it.
Now that I have seen it, I can’t believe how racist it is. This is especially surprising since Star Trek is supposed to be about respecting cultures. In this episode, no respect is shown for the alien race.
In this episode, the aliens are black humans dressed in traditional African garb. Those black characters sound like they’re from a 1950s American TV show set in Africa. As they do not allow women to be in leadership positions, they are sexist. They can own land, but they don’t make the laws. The alien race is not as technologically advanced as the Federation. They seem to have transporter technology, but no starships of any kind. The weapons they use are not laser guns, but conventional weapons laced with poison. Aliens are clearly inferior to the white and co-ed Federation.
The big question I have is who decided to put this show on television in the first place? Values depicted in this show are more reminiscent of the 1950s than the 1980s. Any actor on the show should know that the alien race is a racial stereotype, especially LeVar Burton. Anyone on the cast should have refused to appear on this show or at least protested in some way. However, it was broadcast on television despite its offensive nature.
As of now, this is the worst Star Trek episode I have ever seen. The racial offensiveness makes it stand out from episodes like Spock’s Brain or the Next Generation episode where Dr. Crusher has sex with a ghost.
Personally, I believe the Star Trek universe should never return to making bold, racist steps again. There should never be any other episodes like this again.