• Trantarius
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    010 months ago

    It sounds to me like they we were going for more of a realistic future than a utopia. The money free utopia thing never seemed that important, I suspect it’s only used in later shows for consistency with TOS. It’s far more important to trek to criticize and reflect modern society, which is a lot harder to do if your characters are living in a utopia. I haven’t seen Picard yet though, so I’m just extrapolating from your description.

    • @AeroLemming@lemm.ee
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      710 months ago

      A big part of the Trek universe is that it’s supposed to represent a society that has overcome the limitations imposed upon it by greed, oppression, and hate.

    • @the_sisko@startrek.website
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      410 months ago

      It’s far more important to trek to criticize and reflect modern society, which is a lot harder to do if your characters are living in a utopia.

      I disagree… if anything, the opposite is true! Having “Federation utopia” makes it incredibly easy to critique modern society. Just introduce planets which have whatever element of modern society you want to comment on, and then draw a painfully obvious comparison to the perfection that is humanity in the 24th century, and boom, it’s done! Heck, you could even make an entire alien race to critique an element of modern society like capitalism, not that anybody would do something that obvious :P

      I feel like TOS and TNG lived on this a little too much, especially in early TNG seasons. It was what made DS9 so interesting when the writers flipped the script. Instead of spoon feeding you the critique of modern society in the form of planet-of-the week, they throw in stuff that makes you question whether the federation utopia approach is actually right, or if it’s too naive.

    • Kuori [she/her]
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      110 months ago

      The money free utopia thing never seemed that important

      uh. i think you might have missed like, everything.