4th of July Flashback: 'Star Trek: The Omega Glory'

They must apply to everyone, or they mean nothing. Do you understand?

Every 4th of July, it has become my tradition to run this excerpt from “The Omega Glory,” episode #52 of Star Trek. (I’m running it a day early for 2020 as I did for 2019 and 2018 — we need it.) Written by series creator Gene Roddenberry (himself a WWII vet and LAPD officer), the episode takes Kirk, Spock, and McCoy to a planet revealed to have an almost too coincidental parallel history with Earth’s. It takes a Canadian-born actor playing an Iowan farm boy grown up to be a Federation hero to give us the dramatic interpretation of what should make America great. It’s not the Declaration of Independence, which we celebrate on the 4th. Kirk quotes the preamble to the Constitution.

“No words… have said this thing of importance in quite this way.” To my fellow Americans, honor this Independence Day and what it means, and to our global audience — well, we don’t always live up to these words, but some of us are trying. “They must apply to everyone, or they mean nothing. Do you understand?” I do, more than ever, in these times when we are being slapped in the face with the reality that we’re not applying them to everyone. I want these words to mean something. We must stand firm for truth, justice, and the American way — for what that really means, not the way we’ve been living it.

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In addition to running Fanboy Planet, Derek has written for ActionAce, Daily Radar, Once Upon A Dime, and The Wave. He has contributed stories to Arcana Comics (The Greatest American Hero) and Monsterverse Comics (Bela Lugosi's Tales from the Grave). He performs with ComedySportz San Jose and ShakesBEERience, in addition to occasional screenwriting and acting jobs. If you ever played Eric's Ultimate Solitaire on the Macintosh, it was Derek's voice as The Weasel that urged you to play longer. You can buy his book "I Was Flesh Gordon" on the Amazon link at the right. Email him at editor@fanboyplanet.com.