The new Star Trek series premiering at the end of September has seemingly modeled the prototypical enemies of the series, the Klingons, after some of President Trump’s supporters.
Showrunner Aaron Harberts told Entertainment Weekly (EW) that the Klingons, unlike the Federation, which was represented by the Starship Enterprise in the original series, has an obsession with racial purity and xenophobia:
The allegory is that we really started working on the show in earnest around the time the election was happening. The Klingons are going to help us really look at certain sides of ourselves and our country. Isolationism is a big theme. Racial purity is a big theme. The Klingons are not the enemy, but they do have a different view on things. It raises big questions: Should we let people in? Do we want to change? There’s also the question of just because you reach your hand out to someone, do they have to take it? Sometimes, they don’t want to take it. It’s been interesting to see how the times have become more of a mirror than we even thought they were going to be.
EW writes, “War breaks out and the Klingons leading the charge have some ideological ideas inspired by the 2016 electoral divide.”
Events will be centered on the decade before the events of 1966’s original series; the Federation and the Klingon will be at war, a situation that Harberts likened to the current situation with North Korea. He said:
North Korea is in our thoughts as we finish the series. What began as a commentary on our own divided nation — in terms of Trump supporters and non-Trump supporters — has blown out to North Korea and how we’re right on the brink. [The U.S. is] actually right at the place where Starfleet finds itself in episode one and we couldn’t have anticipated that happening. But how do you end conflict when both sides have such strong opinions?