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  •  Deep Space Nine (6+ / 0-)

    Often underrated, the show was crippled in building popular appeal in that no regular network carried it - they went the syndication route, so it was on marginal stations often at odd hours.

    But it had some of the most powerful Star Trek episodes of all the series. They explicitly looked at economic issues as part of the show's charter, the Paradise problem. When people have gotten to the point that material wealth and the basic necessities are not a problem to provide enough for everyone, what is it in human (and alien) nature that is not satisfied? How do you deal with injustice? How do you find a way for everyone to realize their potential? When it's not a simple choice any more to either work or starve, what do people do?

    As with all Star Trek shows, they used the show as a mirror to give us another view of our own times. The show is more relevant than ever today - it would be a good time to start rerunning some of those episodes. The GOP primary race right now might as well be a battle among the Ferengi to become Grand Nagus and impose their economic 'morality' upon us forever.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Sun Jan 29, 2012 at 08:10:07 AM PST

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    •  You can stream it on Netflix. I loved that (2+ / 0-)
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      show. Ferengi indeed!

      "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

      by Lily O Lady on Sun Jan 29, 2012 at 08:34:32 AM PST

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    •  My favorite (1+ / 0-)
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      I was sad for weeks when the final episode aired, ending a powerful arch that tested the moral fiber of every character as well as turning up huge doses of hypocrisy lurking in the Federation's high-minded talk. Is it OK to have state sponsored assassination if the bad guy is bad enough? What level of action can you use in warfare when the tide is against you? Torture? Bioterrorism? Is there any li it at all?

      In short, it was a series I found much easier to identify with than any of the other ST series. We've been researching the shows on Netflix, and finding even more things to think about in this post Iraq world.

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