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)
Actors Who Got Their Starts on TNG, Part 1. The start of a two-part series on The Next Generation actors who had one of their first roles in film or TV on the show.
"The Quality of Life" Commentary. We provide a watch along commentary for the season six episode "The Quality of Life."
Unsung Episodes Season 7. Each host brings their list of neglected season seven episodes and makes their case why their choices should be included as a fan favorite.
Spooky Scenes. To celebrate Halloween, the hosts talk about their top three scary scenes.
Qpid. The hosts celebrate Earl Grey's two hundredth episode by discussing the two hundredth Star Trek production, "Qpid."
Michael Piller, Part 2. The conclusion of a two-part series on episodes of The Next Generation and TNG movies written by showrunner Michael Piller.
Michael Piller, Part 1. The start of a two-part series on episodes of The Next Generation and TNG movies written by showrunner Michael Piller.
Unsung Episodes Season 6. Each host brings their list of neglected season six episodes and makes their case why their choices should be included as a fan favorite.
The Next Generation's 30th Anniversary. The hosts discuss what TNG means to them and share interviews with actors and fans.
"Shades of Gray" Rewrite. Episode rewrite of what's often considered to be one of the worst episodes of The Next Generation.