An actual review of Nemesis. Racist. Fascist. Classist.
|Apparently to boldly go where no one has gone before, means to the areas of supporting slavery and racism for imperial gain. This is what Picard- a bold white captain- in an extremely authoritarian environment (several times in the series Picard, resorts to "That's an order!" ) puts down a slave rebellion of colored beings. I'm not making this up.
Simply put the story takes place on a binary system called Romulus and Remus. Remus is a planet or moon (whatever don't really care) where these "inferior races" called- get ready for it- the "Remans" (oh yeah btw the Romulans live on Romulus- amazingly creative isn't it? ). The Romulans keep the entire Reman population underground as slaves.
And for some bizarre reason (gee who knows why, big mystery) the Remans want to rebel. Something about being kept underground as slaves doesn't appeal to them apparently.
Well the rebel is about to succeed, and then the heroic crew of the Enterprise comes. And guess what? Heroically puts down the rebellion, thus keeping the Remans underground.
Now let's consider the heroes and protagonists. The Romulan Council/Empire- basically a collection of older, white males with pointy ears, a tribute to JR Tolkien's racist legacy writ futurist (remember the elves are the "fairest and wisest" of the races). This has been a staple in the Trek series from the beginning, starting with the Vulcans, beings of pure logic aka a "master" race. Note, for anyone who still disagrees consider episode 50 of the original Star Trek "The Patterns of Force".
In it some mad scientist creates a Nazi society. When asked why he says something like they were the most "efficient system ever", the most "logical choice". We then turn to the superior all knowing Spock who dryly notes "That is correct captain. They are the most logical choice." What?! I mean really, what was so efficient and logical about the Nazi system? Am I missing something, because to me the entire ideology seemed illogical in the extreme.
Anyways it is pretty clear the Federation has a hierarchy of races. Vulcans- then humans- then whatever. You rarely even see the other races. Sometimes the Klingons, who are black skinned and "fierce". In the original Gene Roddenberry explicitly said they were supposed to be Asians. At the beginning they are thus devious and sneaky. But later on in the series their skin grows darker, and their nature becomes fiercer.
And then there's the Romulans. At first likewise very sneaky, though intelligent, and while evil, clearly preferred over the Remans.
Keep in mind the Remans are ugly. They can't "stand light". They have wrinkled skin and sharp teeth like bat people. And they are crazed- for example- they want to destroy Earth. No reason is really given, they just do. It's almost like the writers wanted to find every conceivable way to justify this continued slavery.
So anyways the Enterprise comes in, heroically helps the Romulans keep the Remans as slaves for personal gain, and after restoring the patriarchal, oligarchical Senate to power- takes off.
And oh yeah, this issue of slavery is for the most part brushed aside. Like it is mentioned, but the central moral issue is get this- if you have a clone, would you be like your clone? I'm serious. Maybe ten minutes are spent on the slavery issue. But the real issue is that Picard finds out he has a clone. And Picard has to wonder if he'd be like his clone if he was born under the Clone's circumstances.
First of all this is so stupid. Apparently Picard's clone is some sort of super-human general. Why can't the Romulans find their own super-general? Why can't a Reman make a good general? What about an android or robot or AI- those are technically available. No, it HAS to be captain Picard. Doesn't make any sense at all. The clone doesn't even have any military training, he is just so "good" because he is a clone of Picard. Whatever.
Second, the answer is duh. Sure, if Picard was born underground as a slave he'd be pretty spiteful too and might relate to the slave race over his own people.
But for some reason Picard cannot accept it. It becomes paralyzing for him. And all I'm wondering is how self-centered is this guy? He goes to a political situation where millions or billions of people are being kept underground as slaves by this Roman like dictatorship- and barely even considers it.
He finds out he has a clone, and all of a sudden he is ready to literally start crying like a little girl who found out she isn't really a princess.
I mean, is this how older white nerds in their middle ages/30s think? I mean yeah- you may not be the most special person on Earth- crisis. A planet full of slaves being treated like animals? Minor issue. No wonder this country is so screwed up.