The Federation’s Dark Secret
There’s an unspoken yet terrible series of events in the Star Trek universe.
One of my favorite episodes of the Literary Outlaws podcast last year was the interview with Rysa Walker. And while the interview itself was fun, it was my co-host Kevin G. Summer’s theory on the Federation’s Dark Secret that makes this one a winner.
We find in Star Trek a world with a united humanity. A sort of secular society exploring the galaxy, hanging out on the holodecks, making fun of Klingons, etc. There’s a great episode of Deep Space Nine detailing the role Gabriel Bell had in galvanizing earth into making the change. But that episode doesn’t address how this all came about. How do billions of disparate people find the ability to join together as one? I mean, look at the world’s crazy fanatics: ISIS, rabid foaming socialists, people excited for the next Fast & Furious movie. How do you get all of them to fall in line and reach the Star Trek utopia?
The answer: The Federation’s Dark Secret
Kevin’s theory is that the only way this could possibly have happened is if the nascent Federation instituted a global “cleansing” that removed every element of society that would stand up to the new, unified vision. Maybe they did it knowingly, maybe they looked the other way while surrogates did their dirty work. But it happened. Those undesirable elements, the murderous terrorists, the drinkers of Nesquik strawberry, fans of the Bachelor…they’re all gone.
And seriously, do you see that happening today? Is there something that special going to happen in the next 220 years? Is the end of WWIII going to somehow usher in a universal peace unlike WWI & WWII? My money is on Kevin’s theory.