Mistakes and stereotypes in The Paradise Syndrome
White super-race in The Paradise Syndrome
Noble savages in The Paradise Syndrome
I was curious to see if it was as bad as I remembered. Unfortunately, it was worse.
This should be one of the greatest discoveries in human history. Countless planets inhabited by people who are human down to the DNA level, but who have developed in alien environments. It would be like discovering lost civilizations on Earth--Atlantis, Cibola, the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Shangri-La, Pellucidar--but multiplied a thousandfold.
Every time the Enterprise crew encountered a "humanoid" race, they should've asked whether the people were human-like or actual humans. And noted the truly human races as if they were long-lost relatives. Yet the original series never mentions this fact again.
On the other hand, the station has edited out mentions of Kirk's "inventions": oil-based lamps and irrigation. It probably did this to add commercials, but it has the effect of making the episode slightly less racist. Indians invented these things long before Kirk did, of course.
For more on the subject, see The Indian-Star Trek Connection.