Gene would have been disappointed by Star Trek Discovery

I have been a huge Star Trek fan since watching TNG, DS9, and VOY episodes as they aired since I was 6. Additionally, I watched TOS reruns throughout my childhood and teens and have continued to watch episodes throughout my 20s. I have literally seen 1000s of hours worth of Star Trek, so yes, to get it out of the way now, I am that angry Star Trek nerd most of you hate.

The Problem: Everything is dark & pessimistic, it lacks Gene’s Vision

Many writers fought Gene Roddenberry (the creator of Star Trek) because he would not allow them to include crew conflict or portray humanity as vile or evil, Gene always cultivated an optimistic view of the future of humanity.

Gene really did want people to have hope in our future as a species, and although writers took liberties in later series, things never got to the level at which Star Trek Discovery is at. Here are many direct quotes from Gene and the people he worked with which should truly clarify that if he were alive today, he would be disappointed in the new show.

Below I provide the sections of quotes and the relevant of imagery of what old Star Trek did right and new Star Trek does wrong. (read the captions)

Star Trek was an attempt to say that humanity will reach maturity and wisdom on the day that it begins not just to tolerate, but take a special delight in differences in ideas and differences in life forms-
Spock mindmelds with “the horta” to share its pain, he along with Dr. McCoy and Kirk heal the creature, despite it killing many human miners. They even develop a working relationship with the creature so that it can live in harmony with the people, willingly helping the people’s mining efforts many times over.
-if we cannot learn to actually enjoy those small differences, to take a positive delight in those small differences between our own kind, here on this planet, then we do not deserve to go out into space and meet the diversity that is almost certainly out there. — Gene Roddenberry
Crew members of the Star Trek Discovery torture an intelligent creature and utilize it for their “Spore Drive” to make their ship jump around the universe, despite knowing that they were harming the creature & they might kill it.
The human race is a remarkable creature, one with great potential, and I hope that ‘Star Trek’ has helped to show us what we can be if we believe in ourselves and our abilities. 
— Gene Roddenberry
Despite believing a defector to be a Romulan spy, the crew of the Enterprise heal a man and treat him respectfully, and once they determine he was actually trying to help his family and was being sincere, they hope to help the man make a life for himself, a man who was ultimately a pawn in the Romulan game
The captain slaps a man down, leaving him to be tortured at the hands of the Klingons because, although a prisoner himself, he gave the Klingon’s information to escape his own torture. The captain has no remorse and no cares about the man.
If man is to survive, he will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between men and between cultures. He will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life’s exciting variety-
Picard maneuvers a dangerous Klingon Civil War, appreciating and respecting their culture, getting involved only so far as they wish it, respecting their differences as a people, and being cautious not to enter into a war.
-not something to fear. — Gene Roddenberry
Michael assaults a Klingon vessel killing multiple crew members. This comes after she wanted to start a war so bad she mutinied against her captain. The war she helps start also becomes the main point of at least the first five episodes.
I hope that I helped to build a fierce pride in what we are and what we can do if we set our minds to it.
— Gene Roddenberry
Picard joins the senior officer’s poker match for the first and only time in TNG’s history after helping to save humanity, deeply prideful in his crew and all their accomplishments.
The captain orchestrates the destruction of multiple Klingon ships like a passionate conductor of an orchestra. This is the happiest and most prideful I have seen him, maybe only matched by when he was showing off all of his dangerous and likely illegal weapons to Michael. Afterall, he makes mention in the show, The Discovery was a ship of peace, now it is a ship of war.
Gene Roddenberry continually reminded us that the Star Trek Enterprise was a metaphor for starship Earth. And the strength in this starship came from its diversity, coming together and working in concert as a team. That is the strength of our countries, Canada and the United States. We are nations of diversity.
 — George Takei (Actor who played Sulu in TOS)
Each crew member had special skills, they worked together as a team, each a part of a greater whole.
The single major point of view character and a lot of unlikable and minor characters, most seem short sighted, impulsive and idiotic. The other characters only exist to make a the point of view character seem more important.
It was towards the end of the show and I was really considering leaving the show, for no other reason than I wanted to return to the theatre. I went in to talk to Gene — this was I was getting up nerve to tell him I was leaving the show, but at this point I went in and I said “Gene, I’ve been watching each of the episodes and they each get better and better” and I said, “And I discovered something: you’re writing morality plays.” And he said, “Shhh. They haven’t figured it out yet.
 — Nichelle Nichols (Actress who played Uhura in TOS)
First interracial kiss on television, the scene where the actor William Shatner purposefully threw off the non-kissing shot so they couldn’t use it, trying to make a political statement to accept and treat black people as human beings. There are many more scenes like this including one of two men, one with black and white stripes, the other with white and black stripes and no one on the Enterprise can understand why they hate each other.
Star Trek Discovery teaches us how to fight in bars whether you are black or white. …I guess yay?
It is important to the typical ‘Star Trek’ fan that there is a tomorrow. They pretty much share the ‘Star Trek’ philosophies about life: the fact that it is wrong to interfere in the evolvement of other peoples, that to be different is not necessarily to be wrong or ugly.
— Gene Roddenberry
Captain Archer, in a series which takes place well before Star Trek Discovery, debates with the doctor about withholding medication from a sentient species at a level of technology not dissimilar from our own which could save their species. The reasoning, because it could prevent another species, treated poorly, from evolving to take their place, and it is not their place to play God.
In Discovery, they free up water from a well to save alien babies, while at the same time claim it doesn’t violate General Order #1, called the Prime Directive in later series, because the aliens “didn’t see them”


The original Star Trek series (and some later series) are like our cheesy looking cheaply made teddy bear that we all had as a child. Everyone else thinks we are crazy for still carrying it around with us. Sure it could be made to look better, cleaner, longer lasting, but we still love it. What other people don’t see is the love, the emotion, the complex stories, the good feelings, and the optimism behind it all. Our teddy is such a relief when the world around us is full of pessimism.

Star Trek Discovery goes much the other way, they rip the comfy soft teddy bear away and replace it with a cold, hard and sterile teddy. With Star Trek Discovery they give us unnecessary situations, darker tones, and more negative outlooks on humanity. They do nothing to keep it familiar.

Cheesy and old, but a comfy positive teddy that has been with us for years:

Metal teddy bear, dark, gritty, meaningless, we were told to love because it is shinier, unnecessary, and unfamiliar, but more like other cool modern things!

The unfortunate truth is that it is easier to write big explosions, war, and a grim future, than a story where humanity has risen above such violence with political maneuvering, morality and cheer.