The 24th Century Utopia.
Star Trek has been described as a show about a utopian future; but only The Next Generation really showcased this vision. The Original Series showed the Federation fighting many battles with the Klingons, Deep Space Nine brought war and an undermining of Federation principles by Section 31, Voyager had terrorists serving on the crew, and Enterprise found early explorers struggling with morality.
During The Next Generation, it truly was peace time and the Federation and the ideals of Roddenberry that it represented were explored in a way no other series could. In First Contact, Picard remarked to Lilly that money doesn't exist in the 24th century and that wealth is no longer the driving force. Instead humanity works to better itself.
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez, and Lee Hutchison explore Star Trek's vision of a utopian future, whether the society portrayed on The Next Generation is possible, how it could be achieved, and the consequences of a world without money.
A Sequel (00:00:50)
Richard on Utopia (00:02:30)
Teachers on Utopia (00:04:30)
The 1% (00:09:30)
The Best (00:12:40)
Insular Society (00:15:25)
Stronger Together? (00:17:40)
Enlist in Starfleet (00:23:16)
Workers Rights and Jobs (00:26:30)
Not Everyone Can Be a Poet (00:29:38)
Intellectual Elitism (00:32:10)
Unstoppable Progress (00:37:20)
Money and Trade (00:40:20)
Starfleet Socialism (00:44:31)
What We've Learned (00:47:52)
Amy Nelson, Richard Marquez, and Lee Hutchison
Lee Hutchison (Editor) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Michael E. Hueter (Associate Producer) Stephen Boyd (Associate Producer) Ron Saarna (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)
Season 3 Unsung Episodes. Every fan has their favorite episodes, but what about the ones that get overlooked and disregarded? Each host brings their list of neglected season three episodes and makes their case why their choices should be included as a fan favorite.
The Game. The crew of the Enterprise become addicted to a game brought back by Riker from Risa. Trust is a powerful trait that can be used as a tool to gain control as expertly shown by the Ktarian's plot of expansion.
Mix-n-Match. The hosts of Earl Grey delve into a fun thought experiment that really get their creative juices flowing! Take a regular TNG episode, but switch out the characters with different characters from other series and let your mind go crazy. The number of combinations are plentiful and the different possibilities are extensive!
Nemesis. This Star Trek movie is famed for as the lowest box office sales in the history of Star Trek movies. For most fans, they either hate it or it's not their favorite. However, Earl Grey is setting the record straight on why this movie should be a fan favorite. Nemesis goes on trial to answer the many crimes it commits against Star Trek fandom.
Times Arrow. Deep Space 9 was ready to launch yet the writers wanted to make sure that The Next Generation wouldn't be forgotten. Time's Arrow cliff hanger would accomplish their goal. One only needs to mention the name and fans will either love it or hate it. However, it is a very memorable episode that keeps TNG relevant.
Star Trek Tech. Currently in the 21st century, the doubling of computer processing speed every 18 months, known as Moore's Law, is just one manifestation of the greater trend that all technological change occurs at an exponential rate. If we continue at with this same growth rate, we just might realize some of the amazing technology found in the 24th century such as androids, replicators, and interstellar travel.
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez, Amy Nelson, and Lee Hutchison discuss the imaginative technology used on Star Trek. Science and technology are making tremendous gains in the fields of energy, neuroscience, genetics, and nanotechnology which only feeds the fire for every geek's fandom. We debate whether some of Star Trek's greatest technological fiction could actually be possible.
Season 2 Unsung Episodes. Every fan has their favorite episodes, but what about the ones that get overlooked and disregarded? Each host brings their list of neglected season 2 episodes and makes their case why their choices should be included as a fan favorite.
Star Trek in the UK. Star Trek is a world-wide phenomenon in part because of the various ways to view the six different series and thirteen different movies. However, it wasn't always easily accessible. Join our hosts and guest as they discuss the struggles of what it was like to be a Star Trek fan in the early 1990s in the U.K.
Interview with Morgan Gendel. In this episode, Richard interviews Morgan Gendel about his work as a writer for The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and post Star Trek.
Uniforms and Costumes. The outrageous costumes of Lwaxana and Q do not go unnoticed in this episode of Earl Grey. What you wear is a glimpse into who you are and we see first hand how the Federation is portrayed on and off duty juxtaposed with how the Klingons are shown with their warrior-like clothing.