Star Trek is the subject of Newsweek’s upcoming issue, “To Boldly Go… How ‘Star Trek’ Taught Us to Dream Big.” The May 4th edition arrives on newsstands tomorrow, April 27, but you can check out some of the Star Trek-related stories online right now.
The essay We’re All Trekkies Now says “we’ve put a sort of Vulcan in the White House,” making comparisons between Human-Vulcan hybrid Mr. Spock and biracial President Obama.
As played by Zachary Quinto, the young Spock loves his human mother, but longs to assimilate completely into his Vulcan father Sarek’s ways, eschewing messy emotions the way all Vulcans do. Young Spock is constantly being told by Vulcans and humans alike that he’s either seething with inappropriate emotions–indeed, he takes Kirk by the throat at one point–or that he’s not emotional enough and shouldn’t be so repressed. Obama may or may not be a fanâ€”the White House says he isn’t, but Trekkies have claimed him as one of their breed ever since he said, “I grew up on ‘Star Trek’â€”I believe in the final frontier,” at a campaign stop last year. If he does check out the new movie, I can imagine he might feel a special empathy for Spock’s position, given the chattering class’s insistence that he needs to show more emotion, too.
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