Back in the 80’s, when Jane Badler was Queen of the V’s, the reptilian aliens were shown as Nazi-like, and just generally icky what with their eating habits and sneakiness. Now Nazis are mostly forgotten and people now believe that someone who looks a lot like Brad Pitt killed Hitler (thanks to Quentin Tarantino for that), and V’s now are portrayed to resemble Social Democrats. They are still a metaphor for German politics. They have merely been updated.
If the V’s were shown in a positive light, this would be a good thing. I like Social Democrats and dislike Nazis. Problem is, the V’s are still being portrayed as icky. And beyond that, downright threatening. And the reason for this, I believe, has a lot to do with their being reptilian. Reptiles, you see, are cold-blooded, and by implication unemotional.
Being cold-blooded means that one’s body temperature cannot be internally regulated, so if the weather turns cold, reptiles slow down. It does not mean that they has no emotions. But granting that this is the case for these particular reptiles, why does that make them inimical to humans?
Star Trek did a lot of good things, but one of the unfortunate things it perpetuated was the myth that the capacity for emotion is what gives humans a competitive edge over other species.
Nonsense. Intellect is what gives humans an advantage. My cat has emotions. Emotion is a sort of socialized form of instinct. Humans dominate the planet because of their capacity for abstract thought and the opposable thumbs that enable them to implement those thoughts, not for their ability to cry at weddings.