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Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch: "The Savage Curtain" - KRAD's Inaccurate Guide to Life
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Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch: "The Savage Curtain"
Kirk and Spock meet Lincoln, Surak, Kahless, Genghis Khan, and other crazy people and they fight for no compellingly good reason except that a big sentient rock told them to. The TOS Rewatch hides behind "The Savage Curtain."

An excerpt:
Part of the problem is that it’s a product of its time: portraying Genghis Khan as uncategorically evil—and on top of that, making him a sidekick who doesn’t even get dialogue—is an appalling misread of the historical figure of Temujin. But it was one that was endemic to the era, one that simply viewed the Great Khan through a yellow-peril lens and didn’t appreciate his tactical brilliance. The only differences between Alexander, called “the great,” and Genghis Khan, called “evil” in this episode and elsewhere, is the shape of their eyes and the color of their skin. Hilarious that an episode that has Uhura all but declare racism a thing of the past then proceeds to assign Khan to the side of evil solely based on the most appalling racist stereotyping.

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