Spokespersons for a media watchdog are disappointed how the latest iteration of a classic TV science fiction franchise – which heretofore has been considered family-friendly fare – has taken a turn towards explicit profanity and dark storylines.
Star Trek: Discovery – the new series produced by CBS – isn't airing on the broadcast network but on its streaming service, CBS All Access. Melissa Henson with the Parents Television Council says most of the iterations of Star Trek have been generally "pretty clean" and appropriate for family television viewing.
"[They were] something that you could safely watch, maybe not with very young children, but certainly with young adolescents 12, 13 and up," she tells OneNewsNow.
"But this latest iteration has scripted f-words and other kinds of language that's really out of keeping with what Star Trek has traditionally been – and I think probably also with what Gene Roddenberry originally intended for this series."
Henson is referring to the creator of the original Star Trek television series who died in 1991. "It's unfortunate that they've taken the franchise in this direction," she adds.
Dr. Christopher Gildemeister, PTC's head of research operations, writes that it's "beyond tragic" the Star Trek franchise has chosen to declare itself off-limits to youngsters by "choosing to revel in explicit profanity" and demonstrating "pathetic attempts at being 'edgy' and 'adult.'"
In addition, Star Trek: Discovery has become the first Star Trek TV series to feature an openly homosexual character.