The lecture entitled “Conflict Resolution Mechanisms in Star Trek from the 1960s to the 1990s – Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: Voyager in comparison” looks analytically at the two Star Trek series, examines the background to the origins of both series and examines the reasons for the transformation of Star Trek.
While Gene Roddenberry conceived the Starfleet as a “Coast Guard in Space” in the 1960s, a clear trend towards militarizing stories and franchising can be observed from the 1980s onwards. Movies and series kept getting further and further away from Trek’s main characters acting like “enlightened detectives”. Against the background of increased violence in US society, growing social injustice and an increasing elbow society, it is analysed how a “Hegemony of Violence” prevails in Star Trek: Voyager. A trend that continues to the present day.