HOLLYWOOD - 1987:  Patrick Stewart, star of TV's "Star Trek: The Next Generation," prepares to "engage" during filming at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California in 1987. Stewart portrayed the heroic Captain Jean-Luc Picard  (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
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Star Trek Wars: Why Star Trek's Pacifism Will Always Be So Important
Trekkies likely know all the nuanced differences between the variety of "Star Trek" shows, but there's one glaring difference that even newbies will notice about how the show handles violence and pacifism. The show has noticeably transitioned towards violence, making the franchise’s original pacifism that much more important.
The creator of “Star Trek,” Gene Roddenberry saw the future as a better time specifically because petty conflicts were behind us. This belief is written into "Star Trek," which is essentially about humanity reaching a time when violence, domination, and devotion to power have given way to exploration and intellectualism, yet, this theme gets lost in recent series.
Around 2009, with the release of J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” film, the franchise began noticeably shifting towards violence, as if emulating "Star Wars" with "Sar Trek" characters. This theme lasted throughout the Kelvin timeline, up through “Discovery,” which stopped being about pacifism, thoughtfulness, and exploration and started being about shooting, yelling, and explosions.
However, there seems to be a shift towards the original “Star Trek” ideology. A recent episode of “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” made the argument that all situations are better solved through a more pacifist philosophy. Likewise, “Star Trek: Lower Decks” while crass, signals that the most important currency in “Star Trek” is the prestige of saving the galaxy.