Star Trek and the Old West


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I know what you’re thinkin’.  What in tarnation does a Science Fiction show have to do with tumbleweeds and cow patties?


Discovery, exploration, new life and new civilizations.

In fact, Gene Roddenberry originally pitched Star Trek to the studios as ‘A Wagon Train to the Stars.’

There are two memorable episodes which touch on the Old West, ‘The Spectre of the Gun’ from the Original Series

and ‘A Fistful of Datas’ from Star Trek The Next Generation.

I think I like this one best, primarily because it’s a father-son story involving the normally gruff Mr. Worf, a Klingon.  It also involves one of my favorite characters of all, the empathic Betazoid, Deanna Troi.


So, you see, just because one genre seems completely unrelated on the surface, doesn’t mean they have nothing in common.  Theme unites the great stories.