Since the original television series, there has been many other shows based on the original and they all share this same theme and idea, one in particular sticks out. Star Trek: Voyager not only shares Roddenberry's legendary vision of the future, but exceeds it with the way in which it represents women, generating an ideal template for other television shows to follow.
In 1966 Gene Roddenberry put his vision of the future into the most influential of television shows, Star Trek. From the beginning, Star Trek reflected the social and economic events that were happening at the time. Race segregation, and the Vietnam war were the major events among others. Roddenberry used his show to criticize these events and show not only alternatives, but the potential implications of our actions if we continue the self destructive behavior. John F. Kennedy's “moonshot speech” to congress in May of 1961 brought about a huge interest in space exploration and no doubt influenced Gene Roddenberry's vision.
While the entire film industry was dominated by white males, Gene Roddenberry enlightened the world to a different approach in the way a show could be cast. The original series featured a multicultural cast, which included a Russian man and a Black woman. Multicultural casting was unprecedented at that time. Russians were unpopular in the states with the cold war at its peak, and race segregation headlining the news daily. The character Lieutenant ...
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