The Freudian Trio
This probably won’t come as a shock to many of you, but I’m a Star Trek fan. One of my favourite parts of the show is the interplay between Captain Kirk, the Vulcan First Spock and Doctor McCoy. Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek, made a genius decision when he brought these characters to life. Each represents and brings voice to the different ways that people approach problems and life situations. Some people call this the Freudian Trio where you have two extreme opinions and one balancing one. Freud called it the Id (representing instinct, emotions and passions), the SuperEgo (representing our knowledge, rules and logic) and the Ego which is always trying to balance those two out.
Until they started messing with it in the third year, each episode was basically the same. Kirk, Spock and McCoy land on the planet with one red-shirted expendable crewman named Ensign Smith. Within the first five minutes the expendable Ensign Smith goes and pushes a button, steps on a rock, or does something to get himself killed and then the other three need to figure out what to do. Read the rest of this entry »