Or it’s television—like Gene Roddenberry’s now-legendary 1966-1969 television series Star Trek, which uncannily simulated pop culture conformity. Rigid sets, contrived futurism and made-up aliens offered a cast that was “multi-culti” avant la lettre, while domesticating the sci-fi genre.
Rigid sets? As opposed to flexible sets, I presume. Made-up aliens? What other kind is there? Did Armond White expect Gene Roddenberry to find actual ETs to play the aliens? What the hell is White talking about? And the use of "avant la lettre" is just a pretentious way of saying trendy.