|Original Enterprise model from the 1970s|
As a teen of the 1970s, I was in total agreement with the Prime Directive, which was basically don't mess with other cultures, especially cultures less advanced than yours. With the Vietnam War raging until 1975, I agreed wholeheartedly.
Things were different back then. Videotape players (never mind recorders) were behemoth machines found only in school classrooms so you took the episodes as the TV station, home of Captain 20 and Count Gore De Val for the weekend horror movie fest, chose to run them. There were no cell phones, so the crew of the Enterprise's communicators were pretty cool ... not devices with ridiculously few apps as they are seen today.
We fans learned our Vulcan split fingered greeting and trained ourselves to lift one eyebrow like Dr. McCoy. We were taught that damaged starships tilt at radical angles in space (when you produce a show on a shoestring budget you have to cut corners somehow), Klingons will attack anything they run across whether they understand it or not, if trouble is afoot but you don't see anyone around, there's probably a cloaked Romulan cruiser nearby, and starship captains get all the babes.
We've come a long way since then, but the positive outlook toward the future presented in ST:TOS resonates as well today in another war torn era as it did back from 1966 to 1969 when the series was originally aired.
|Mego's Mr. Spock, 1970s|