Is the Federation in “Star Trek” Evil?

I bet fifty quatloos it is:

The starship crews fly around like they’re enjoying a post-scarcity utopia, but the fact is that the Enterprise has a gas tank. That big shiny warp core is just a reaction chamber. Annihilating a half-kilogram each of matter and antimatter releases two hundred billion percent more energy than a kilo of gasoline, but it’s the exact same idea. The warp core isn’t a magic energy source; it’s an Internal Annihilation Engine. And it burns fuel. Which has to come from somewhere. …

This explains why a universe with replicators and holodecks isn’t an infinite utopia, and why they keep meeting people who are struggling and starving. When replicators run off antimatter supplies, they’re not infinite food, but an obscene luxury. That’s how you can have a Klingon restaurant right next to a replicator on the DS9 promenade. Those who haven’t signed up can’t afford the fancy Federation machine. Eating whenever you want is a Starfleet signing bonus.

That’s what the “Prime Directive” is really for. They’re not shielding developing species from undue influence. That would mean not going near them at all, and definitely not repeatedly beaming down and having sex with the natives, like in several episodes. They’re freeing themselves from the guilt of not helping thousands of underdeveloped worlds while squandering their limited supplies on immense military vessels.


  • You mean like the Evil Parallel Universe Star Trek?

    • andycanuck

      And is eating recycled poo molecules as replicated food really a signing bonus?

      • FactsWillOut

        Why not? That’s what plants do.

    • Not exactly but that could be discussed.

  • BillyHW

    The Prime Directive has always been a crock of shit. That’s why they keep breaking it.

    • Jabberwokk

      And why we love Kirk.

      more of a Sisko guy myself.

  • So Bearded Spock from the parallel universe was actually the good guy? Like Bearded Cartman from the parallel universe?

  • eMan14

    The Prime Directive is like Progressive Dogma. Kirk has always been the Rebel. He broke rules, insulted just about anyone, and slept with green women. He was a male slut, if you will. Our kind of leader.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I just learned in the past week that the actress who played that green woman was also Batgirl and she’d died.

  • Jabberwokk
    • See- the premise of “Voyager” was a wasted one.

      I would have written the series differently.

      And the Prime Directive is crap.

      • Clausewitz

        I thought Voyager was Gilligan’s Island in Space?

      • Jabberwokk

        Yest it was. Battlestar Galactica is what voyager could have been.

        • Exactly.

          The ship is in the @$$-end of space and yet always looked pristine.

          Episodes should have been more like “Year of Hell” and “Equinox”.

  • Georgina

    Wasn’t there an episode where they tried to force speed limits on starships to avoid smog or some such?
    Oh, and – unlike this planets oil supply – it would take more than the population of a few hundred planets to use up the matter/antimatter in the universe.
    It’s all Qs fault anyway.