Star Trek needs conflict in order to keep going

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The passing of Gene Roddenberry

Gene Roddenberry passed away on the 24th of October 1991. He was the architect of the future, launching the initial series of Star Trek on the 8th September 1966. His death came around during the filming of the Next Generation, two years before Deep Space Nine was released and just before the sixth film arrived.

The war with the Dominion

This was foreshadowed at the end of the second season, with the arrival of the aforementioned, Dominion. They were introduced in passing continually to whet the appetite, which was another technique that began in the ’90s. People suddenly needed hooks to stay connected to shows, which at 26 episodes per season, Deep Space Nine needed.

We can always speak later

The move to fighting over talking was a little too much for fans and by the early years of the millennium, those at the helm of Trek moved into the past. The fifth incarnation of Star Trek, entitled, Enterprise, took place in the past. That is to say that the show still took place in the future but the ‘past-future’ of the Trek universe.

Bringing back the discovery at the end of a phaser

Discovery did not promote exploration as its name would have suggested. The majority of the first season is set in a universe that promotes war with the Klingons. It is a costly war, which includes graphic violence and ups the anti-that was first introduced with the Dominion.

Star Trek: Picard

Surprising many, Amazon went into produce a series of Star Trek, entitled, Picard. It was a series that promised a real return to exploration, as Picard was the lead of the second generation of Trek. It had real promise.

To conclude

Conflict is in our nature as humans. Just take any ten years from history and I would bet that there is at least one conflict per year. Murders also happen at an appalling rate across the world and so is it really that surprising that violence gets viewers? The news is full of news that is either sensational or tragic. There is no room for Gene Roddenberry’s vision of a utopia in humanity’s future.

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