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Wrath Of Khan Director Nicholas Meyer On Star Trek’s Powerful Political Commentary

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While Star Trek was revered for telling allegorical stories about the society, Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan director Nicholas Meyer admitted that it took him a while to understand the potential of the iconic sci-fi series as a powerful metaphor.

“I saw the people in pajamas and the guy with the pointy ears and kept going,” Meyer told InnerSpace at the latest Trek Talk, held at the TIFF Bell Lightbox here in Toronto. “I really didn’t understand metaphor and what the potentiality of science fiction is for reflecting on human dilemmas.”

Meyer, often known as the man who saved Star Trek, spoke about the longevity of the franchise, and the show’s ability to comment poignantly on social issues like classism, racism and more.

“As long as the world is such a mess, they’ll always be place for something like Star Trek that wants to comment on that mess in an outer space venue,” he said.

“I know it’s about taking things that are happening now and trying to look at them through the wrong end of a telescope and just see if we see more that way or less.”

Trek Talks is a part of an ongoing series of discussions which invites keynote speakers to delve into the influence of Star Trek—not only in film, but in other areas like space exploration, technology, politics, and more.

The next Trek Talk will feature astronaut, physician, chemical engineer, and the first woman of colour to go into space, Mae Jemison.  She was also the first astronaut to appear in an episode of Star Trek. The Trek Talk takes place on December 5.