Any good story potential is heavily marred by some grotesquely racist content. The fact that the racism probably comes from ignorance is no longer anAny good story potential is heavily marred by some grotesquely racist content. The fact that the racism probably comes from ignorance is no longer an excuse in this day and age.
We have a classic space western setting, a mining colony populated by a variety of alien species, ostensibly equal, but all the figures of authority are humans (and white). It is not these echoes of imperialism that are the real problem, however. That would be the Natives, who are such "disgusting, vicious, terrifying creatures", to quote from script notes at the end of the volume, that I was shocked to later find out that they were a sapient species that a treaty had been signed with. No no no no no HELL no.
Along with the script notes there are also development notes included in the volume, and they show that the creators were keen to not "turn this story into some allegory of how we mistreated the Native Americans or anything," with one of them mentioning that he was "still sore from being beaten over the head by Avatar". But you don't get to use a setting like a Western and say "this is analogous to that and that is analogous to that but that is NOT analogous to that." That's. Not. How. It. Works....more