Journaling: The Meaning of Time Travel on Star Trek

The Star Trek writers’ frequent use of time travel is not just a clever speculative plot device. In each episode where time travel occurs, the characters are forced to accept the present as it is. Even in imagining that one might go back in time and alter the course of history, the fact remains that the now cannot and must not be changed. As these episodes show, though we accept this with wrenching pain, it still must be accepted.

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