Star Trek The Importance of Friendship in Star Trek
The love/hate relationship between Spock and McCoy. The top quote is Spock's and the bottom is McCoy's, excerpted from Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. When most people think of Star Trek, they of course think of Kirk and Spock. This isn't surprising, as they were the star and the break-out. The heart of the original Star Trek show was the friendship between Spock, Doctor something about the Spock and McCoy relationship that made them come.
Yes I realize that McCoy did often call out Spock's Vulcan features and green blood but these lines were obviously meant to be funny.
If you don't find them funny what can I say, this was written in the 's. Heck just as a real life example please watch Match Game in the 's.
This was an extremely "liberal show" at the time. And I know for a fact than many of the panelists were involved in the civil right moments.
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But there were tons of jokes during the show that would definitely be considered politically incorrect today if not far worse than anything McCoy said about Spock. Times change and so is what is considered acceptable. But really if you think McCoy one of the 3 main heroes was meant to be racist when Gene Roddenberry was upset when a minor character might be a drug dealer on the enterprise in City on the Edge of Forever you must be kidding yourself.
On another note Kirk called out characters when he felt they were being racist against Spock. Notice how he never calls out McCoy. And no I don't think it is because McCoy is his friend. Sure McCoy could get away with a lot, but Kirk would tell him off when he went too far.
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The actor was actually born Jackson DeForest Kelley inbut used his middle name for his film career. Clearly, DeForest was meant to be an actor! However, his unusual name did cause some difficulties when it came to billing. Even after he hit the big time as Bones in Star Trek, he was routinely billed under the wrong name, often having his names inverted, so that he appeared in promotional materials and publications as Kelly DeForest.
In the late s, these two families lived in the Tug River valley, separating West Virginia and Kentucky. Bones is said to be related to this famous branch of the McCoy family, connecting the fictional character to American history, even though they are separated by dozens of generations.
Although this is a tiny detail in the vast scope of the Star Trek universe, it speaks to the level of detail that went into creating these characters and developing them over the years. He was born in Georgia, in the yearover two hundred and sixty years in the future at the time that Star Trek first aired.
These differences include intellectual differences, differences in value-systems, religions, technical abilities, and life-philosophies. One example is found in the Star Trek: Worf is tested by a vehement disagreement over culture and beliefs.
Riker is opposed to the ritual and yet wants to honor his friend. Riker finds the ritual despicable and one that exhibits beliefs regarding life that are fundamentally opposed to his own. What is most important here is that through this fundamental disagreement regarding core convictions about life their friendship remains strong.
Their dedication to and respect for the other remains constant. For these individuals, dedicated friendship does not necessitate agreement. What is missing is a dynamic account of the necessity of newness and difference in making that happen. In order to have the kind of society envisioned in the Federation, openness to novel experiences and relationships is a prerequisite for understanding. It requires the willingness to stick with someone in the midst of disagreement and continue to seek the betterment of others with whom we have little in common.
Aristotle says that friendship depends on community.
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In Star Trek, we see humans experience the misunderstandings and growing pains of expanding that community to increasingly encompass those we do not fully understand. One day we might have to learn how to get along with Vulcans or Klingons. Today, we can become friends with someone at the local community center, church, synagogue or mosque. We can become dedicated to someone with opposing political or philosophical beliefs.
Today, we can learn how to have better, more-inclusive friendships.