The Ligonians are portrayed as laughably ignorant, wondering about the "soulless" projections of the holodeck (they big-big scared of magic sky sorcery!). Things take a turn for the dramatic when the Ligonian ruler kidnaps security chief Natasha Yar. He is prepared to throw away an important treaty just to force her into a marriage, which seems stupid even for a primitive culture that doesn't understand "holograms" or "shirt sleeves." The point is, the script establishes their culture then immediately disrespects it. Which is kind of offensive when their culture is every African stereotype the writers could remember from cartoons. The episode, of course, ends with the ruler tricked out of power and usurped for his silly, caricature ways.
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"Jesus, didn't one of the principle cast members of this show play Kunta Kinte?!"
You should know it didn't take a generation of better-enlightened pop culture historians to look back and spot how awful all of this was; this episode was quickly denounced by many as offensive, and its director, Russ Mayberry, never directed another episode. It should be noted that the writer of the episode had initially wanted it to feature a race of reptilian-Asians who were, like, space samurais. Which probably wouldn't have been much better.