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)
Is it possible to follow the council given to not trust anyone? Isn't this the exact type of phrase given to breed mistrust? Friendship is built on trust and how can you take risks for your friends if you don't trust them? Picard takes a very calculated move to trust his crew and find evidence of this conspiracy within Starfleet Command. But his decisions nearly get his crew under the control of the alien invaders.
The Salem witch hunts and McCarthy Communist hearings are suspicious times in the 17th and 20th centuries, respectively. But can suspicion raise its ugly head in the 24th century? Captain Picard must deal with it first hand with Admiral Satie in "The Drumhead".
Ensign Ro. Up until season 5, there has not been much contention among the crew of the Enterprise-D, as per Roddenberry's directive. However, Ensign Ro Laren's character is designed to add conflict to the crew. We look at the span of episodes Ro Laren appears in and discuss her contributions to The Next Generation.
Parallels. What choices have you made that change the course of your life? Worf lives this question in the episode "Parallels" as he continues to quantum flux between several alternate universes. Through identifying his RNA, he is returned to his "correct" universe.
Movie Trailer Reviews. Thankfully, The Next Generation has four movies along with its seven seasons on television. With each movies comes the anticipation of seeing the best writing, acting, and special effects for our beloved crew. The movie trailers whet our appetite and renew our desire to see the movies again.
Spock's Brain vs Shades of Grey. The idea of worst episode is subjective, yet most would agree that "Spock's Brain" and "Shades of Grey" are some of Trek's worst episodes within The Original Series and The Next Generation, respectively. With the help of Ken Tripp from Standard Orbit, your hosts of Earl Grey discuss the plot lines, the writing staff, and extenuating circumstances around the release of these two episodes.
80s TV Detective
In this episode of Earl Grey, hosts Richard Marquez and Lee Hutchison are joined by Duncan Barrett from Trek.fm's Primitive Culture to discuss how The Next Generation views mental health and the role of the ships counsellor.
Picard as Captain. Each captain portrays their own style of leadership. Leaders can be autocratic, laissez-faire, or transformational, just to name a few. From Archer to Janeway, we compare the captains of Star Trek to Picard.
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.