There Are Four Lights! – Revisiting Star Trek: The Next Generation’s eerily prescient torture episode.
The torture scene in the new Star Trek does not glorify the practice, but it doesn’t question it, either. From the interrogator’s perspective, it’s an effective way of extracting vital information. For Capt. Pike, it’s a winnable test. The Next Generation take is darker and more politically progressive: Torture is counterproductive for the interrogator and devastating—both physically and emotionally—for the subject. It makes one wonder it is still practiced.