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Tandra Page 1737, Preferred Ignorance

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I’m sitting on my back porch looking out over the yard as the rising sun brightens the Eastern sky.

I’ve made note previously that I have been watching “Star Trek” on DVD from the first broadcast of the original series through to the last broadcast of the various spin-offs of the original shows. That means the “Next Generation” series of shows, “Deep Space Nine”, “Voyager” and through the final broadcast of “Enterprise”. The shows are generally quite good, some of them are excellent while there are shows that should never have been broadcast. This happens with every television series and is primarily the consequence of strict broadcast schedules in which the designated time slot has to be filled irrespective of quality.

I am presently early in the sixth season of “Deep Space Nine” which has more than a fair share of excellent shows. There is on You-Tube a series of videos that report on the various “Star Trek” efforts including information on Gene Roddenberry and his ideology that influences production of the shows, which is centralized in Roddenberry’s Secular Humanism pagan religion. In many cases, Roddenberry’s Secular Humanism does not colour the shows over much. Most “Star Trek” broadcasts remain enjoyable.

That said, I have watched several of the You-Tube videos and found useful the background material as to the creating of the “Star Trek” shows.

Something that is not so enlightening is the supposed sexual orientation of some of the secondary cast members. Also included is the political infighting among the cast and production staff that resulted is cast members being written out of the show. An actor written out of the show obviously affects the on screen narrative.

The video as regards “Deep Space Nine” makes the observation that two of the supporting characters, the young doctor and the character who runs the clothing shoppe are sexually infatuated with each other. Having watched the first five seasons twice, this is a plot twist that completely escapes me. In fact, observing the two characters are “queer” flies in direct opposition to several critical plot points over the extended run of the series.

I have the distinct impression the creator of the videos is shoe-horning his own deviate prejudices onto the show. Frankly, I see no evidence to support his commentary. I think the guy is making it up on the fly.

This is not the first time I have observed people attempting to impress their sexual agenda on a movie or a television series.”Ben-Hur” background material is famous for insistence that the two primary characters in the movie are queer for each other. There is no evidence for this in the movie itself.

There are other revelations as concern major characters in numerous popular television productions. It is revealed that actors who were prominent in other shows were secretly sexual deviates. Sorry, but that cramps my enjoyment of the shows. As I watch the shows, I have unwanted images in my head of the hero lip-locking with other male cast members. That is a definite turn-off and reason not to watch the shows in repeat.

I was better off not knowing about the actors’ sexual perversion. In some cases, ignorance is preferred.

“In the fight for Liberty, you will find the most intense opposition coming at you from slaves who are comfortable in their chains!”

“They’ll know where to find me,” -Rick Blaine, “Casablanca”

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