Star Trek “And the Children Shall Lead...” (part 2 of 5)

Cut to the Enterprise. We find the kids all gathered around Nurse Chapel, the formerly male, horse-faced wife of Gene Roddenberry. Okay, she’s not that bad, but you’ve gotta admit she looked a little manly at certain angles.

Chapel’s standing in some kind of whacked-out terrarium, and she has a set of plastic cards fanned out in her hands. She explains to the kids that “each card is a different flavor” of ice cream, and they only need to pick what they want and “the computer will mix your favorite combinations!”

The kids mob Chapel and just snatch the cards right out of her hands. They run to slip them into a computer, causing lights to flash and a little spooky theramin music to play. Soon, the panels on the machine slide up, and three of the boys grab bowls of ice cream. Nurse Chapel then asks “Stevie”, the short, dark-haired white kid of the group if he’d “like a surprise”.

She sticks a card at random into the machine, but Stevie gets a deflated look as he sees what the computer has resequenced for him. In fact, he seems much more bummed out about this than about seeing his parents dead. He yells, “It’s coconut and vanilla. They’re both white!” Damn! Ain’t it just like The Man, always keeping the chocolate down?

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