It’s 100% ageism. I saw the show from its inception with my grandmother in the mid 1980s, totally wowed by the special effects which at the time were better than most major movies, although by the early 90s it started to look a little tired — but the fx still hold up really really well.
Anyhow, I loved the whole progressiveness of the show. Eliminating money, respect for life, don’t interfere (unless you must – and be ready to pay the price when you do), etc.
Things not crazy about: When it was just “Space military”. When women and men parts were written to exaggerate differences to fit bad 80s stereotypes AND…
…how Wesley was treated – and written.
Here was the IDEAL opportunity. But any episode with kids or teenagers in it and they blew it. Not only ageism but also having 24th century psychologists spouting 20th century developmental psychology that was already WOEFULLY out of date by 1990.
Ok, only so much they can do. I get it. And I’m glad for what they did right.
But wow… the whole time I was disappointed with the ageism and with Wesley, I’d find myself saying, “Dude, STOP BEING A STEREOTYPE”…
What made it hard for me is:
Wil Wheaton: Born 1972
Kenneth Udut: Born 1972
That was me up there. Same age. Hard to watch.