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Gene Roddenberry, the utopian visionary/despotic lunatic creator of Star Trek, established a set of strict rules about how people would behave in the future. Roddenberry said that in the 24th century, there would be no money because futuristic technology would provide for people’s material needs. There would be no smoking, no piracy, no religion, and no prejudice. After Roddenberry cast Patrick Stewart as the captain in Next Generation, a reporter joked, “Surely they would have cured baldness by the 24th century!” Roddenberry replied, “In the 24th century, they wouldn’t care.”
Roddenberry also decreed that among the enlightened members of the Federation, there would be no interpersonal conflict. He banned “stories in which our characters do something stupid or dangerous.” The Next Generation writers hated these rules, because, to put it lightly, conflict and danger are traditionally considered important components of a good story.
Next Generation writer Ronald D. Moore (who would go on to write for DS9 and create Battlestar Galactica) said, “It was a constant problem that we just sort of gnashed our teeth about. It never made any logical sense or any dramatic sense. And we were always bitching and moaning about it. And my personal theory was that Gene sort of started to believe in himself as more of a visionary than a writer at a certain point. He started to believe the stuff that he was creating a utopian future and wanted the Next Generation universe to be reflective of the utopian universe that so many people had told him he had been creating for all these years.”
Gosh this sounds familiar. The "despotic lunatic visionary etc" had to die before his writers could create a better TV show. Unfortunately I suspect the loonier loonies have already hijacked the Wikipedia TV Show, and are turning it into a Star Trekkie fan site (as well as other broken or insane things). Trek outlived its asshole creator and I suspect Wikipedia will do the same.
I think one of the worst knocks against Star Trek is that it can be extremely hokey — full of what Ronald D. Moore described as, “stock characters, techno-double-talk, bumpy-headed aliens, thespian histrionics, and empty heroics.”
So is the "Wikimedia movement". But no bumpy-headed aliens, just fat basement dwellers.
(PS, Wikiproject Star Trek is now tracking 3,930 articles and files. They have fallen permanently behind Wikiproject Doctor Who, despite the far greater volume of Trek television and movies, with more new series on the way. THAT is a suitable condemnation of the "Wikipedia Way" all by itself.)