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World According to Worf: Earth Could Use More Star Trek Right Now

•, By Scott Thill
 “I hate to say it, but we’re light-years away from the optimistic ’60s,” Dorn told Wired in an e-mail interview ahead of The Next Generation’s 25th anniversary Friday. “The political rhetoric that has permeated the airwaves lately is scary — in an Armageddon way.”

More Next Generation-style sci-fi optimism could bring more lasting hope, if only to illuminate our post-9/11 wasteland of paranoia and persecution. But one thing seems certain: Earth is worse off not having Star Trek on television, said Dorn, who has played the same character in more Star Trek shows and films than anyone.

Wired cornered the man behind Worf for a chat on these and other crippling sci-fi conundrums, as well as his most and least favorite episodes of The Next Generation.
Wired: It’s been 25 turbulent years since Star Trek: The Next Generation first aired. Any thoughts on its kinship with its epochal predecessor?

Michael Dorn: I think Star Trek: The Next Generation is just like the original Star Trek series, in that it was, and is, an escape from the day-to-day crap that we all face. It gives its fans a chance to forget their everyday trials and tribulations, put up their feet and get lost in the dream of a world without chaos, where people get along and there is no disease or hunger. Sometimes.

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