Date: 11/26/2009 1:14 PM Title: Chapter 1
And none of these concerns likely entered the heads of the scriptwriters.
I doubt scriptwriters for children's shows ever really think about the further implications of what they write. They have rent to pay, food and clothing to purchase, and to do that, they have to churn out the scripts. There's no time to think about any unintended messages. In the BotP writers' cases, they had to tone down a fairly violent Japanese children's show to meet United States standards, and they also had to appeal to a post-'Star Wars' audience (hence the shape of that robot). Since U.S. standards won't much admit to people dying, those cities are said to be evacuated, or the Spectran soldiers are called 'robots', or some other dodge is employed. When people do die, the words 'die', 'dead', and 'death' are avoided if possible. (Meanwhile, the same children who watch the show read award-winning children's books that contain references to death and dying.)
Excellent dissection of the absurdities of the show.