First a little about me:
I’m not a huge Star Trek fan…or even a small Trek fan really, but I can tolerate the show on if there’s nothing else on and over the years, I think I’ve basically seen about every episode of every series in syndication. I never watched Voyager until Jeri Ryan joined the cast “hmmm…hot Borg chick…let’s see where they go with this.”. IOW, I don’t eagerly seek it out but it’s perfect to watch at oddball times like Saturdays before I go out or late weeknights before bed.
Here is what I’ve concluded:
-Somewhere between the Kirk years and the Picard years, the Federation became the most evil empire in the universe. Starfleet (which for all intensive purposes is a military organization) is so insideously ingrained in Federation culture and government that there is little disctinction between military and civilian. IMHO, they rank somewhere between the Imperials from Star Wars and the Sebatian Peacekeepers from Farscape.
-Federation foreign policy consists of 2 strategies - selective Laisez Faire (AKA The Prime Directive) and gunboat diplomacy (as evident by the proliferation of heavily armed starships).
-The Galaxy class starship is the Ford Pinto of starships due to the ease with which they explode.
-It was never clear to me what business the Federation had in the Delta(?) quadrant. Probably after WMD or something.
-All aliens are one dimensional stereotypical embodiments of human characteristics - arrogant Romulans, angry Klingons, shifty avarous Ferengi, etc.
-All aliens are esentially humans with odd coloring or some wierd feature like an ass on their forehead.
-The most powerful offensive weapon in the Federation arsenal is SWEET IRONIC JUSTICE, not the photon torpedos!!!
-The most powerful defensive weapon is not the deflector shield but RADIENT CLOAK OF MORAL SUPERIORITY!!
-The only diseases in the future are alien “retro-viruses” that change people into baboons.
-Federation starships, for all their technology and crew, are extremely easy to board and take over with a small band of armed amature commandos.
-Judging by the frequency of Holideck and Transporter malfunctions, product based lawsuits are a thing of the past.
-All women in the future are hot, quick-tempered and kick ass.
-All men are quiet warrior/intellectuals or dorky wanabe Han Solos.
-Lessons and best practices are not passed from one ships crew to another since the same incidents seem to happen on every ship