If you’ve ever wondered why StarFleet allowed families about the Enterprise in Star Trek TNG, Dan Holliday has the answer:
So the reason is rooted in Gene Roddenberry’s half-baked ideas about the future and his obsession with peace. Roddenberry was incredibly scarred by World War II, and he was obsessed with a future of peaceful exploration of the galaxy. While he accepted that there might be “others” outside of the Federation that were not idealists, for him the size of the United Federation of Planets’ space was so vast that the Galaxy-class ships would have families for their pathfinder voyages.
And what happened to Star Trek after Roddenberry died?
Roddenberry’s idea sucked. The moment he died, the producers backpedaled as quickly as possible from everything he wanted. And like George Lucas, he could not be trusted to materialize his dream because it was far too meta for most audiences to grasp. A TV show needs to make money, and to make money they need drama.
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