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"Kirk... Embodied an American Idea"

In yesterday's New York Times, Ronald Moore, the creator of the revamped Battlestar Galactica -- to me, the best show on television -- wrote about how Star Trek influenced him from his childhood years on:

[Star Trek] was a morality play, with Capt. James T. Kirk as a futuristic John F. Kennedy piloting a warp-driven PT-109 through the far reaches of the galaxy.

Kirk, for me, embodied an American idea: His mission was to explore the final frontier, not to conquer it. He was moral without moralizing. Week after week, he confronted the specters of intolerance and injustice, and week after week found a way to defeat them without ever becoming them. Jim Kirk may have beat up his share of bad guys, but you could never imagine him torturing them.


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