Brentai wrote:We tried this with Starship Troopers and nobody got it.
Okay trigger warning: Personal Bugbear but that might be because the movie was a satire of a book Heinlein didn't write about a political position he stood against by a director who was proud of not bothering to read the original text.
I mean, Heinlein was a fucked up guy especially in his later life, Oedipal complex a mile wide, infantilised women, did not get that power imbalance is the enemy of consent or that holy shit Grooming is Bad, but he was also a fiercely anti-authoritarian 1950s straight white guy that saw the 60s progressive revolution coming and was excited for it, and who trusted his legacy to the hands of hippie Buddhist punmeister Spider Robinson of all people. No way did he write a fascist propaganda piece, The Federation was just set dressing for a book about the insane bullshit personal sacrifice of signing up as General Infantry, even in a gung-ho militaristic space future where you get cool robot armour check this shit out. Maybe even especially then, btw this society requires eternal war to function and is perhaps not our best bet for first contact scenarios.
Might as well call Star Control pro-genocide for giving the bad guys understandable motivation lore.
The movie was fun, but AFAICT was about Cartoon Nazis are Evil and here's NPH in Hugo Boss fetish gear in case you missed the subtext.