Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve probably heard of the out-of-nowhere smash Broadway hit Hamilton. This wonderful musical plays tribute to one of America’s less celebrated founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton. In a move some found controversial the casting called for almost exclusively Black and Latino performers. Needless to say Hamilton is not going for the traditional story you memorized in social studies. The musical has attracted a fairly impressive fandom, and good luck getting tickets anytime soon. No seriously, they’re sold out until 2018 but there is a ticket lottery you can enter.
And speaking of fandoms there’s hardly one more prominent in the American consciousness than that of Star Trek. This 1965 science fiction series from the mind of Gene Roddenberry addressed serious social issues of the time while also building a rich fantasy world complete with aliens, spaceships, and moral ambiguity. The series went on to spawn 8 television shows and 13 movies, and has become a media mainstay that we can’t help revisiting over and over. The franchise was also become a little bit of a punching bag because its fans are viewed as THE quintessential nerds.
It was really only a matter of time before these two fandoms collided. There’s likely some inherent crossover between history buffs and science fiction fanatics to begin with but add in some catchy music and you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of it.
Now that’s catchy. In a way these two seemingly unconnected works really do share similar themes. Star Trek is all about the defense of a post-scarcity utopia and Hamilton is really all about good men trying to form the best government possible. Hope and goodwill are prominent in these works, and they both leave you with a feeling of empowerment.