New 'Deeper Side Of Trek' Column

By Christian
September 2, 2000 - 11:31 AM

Over at, Star Trek reviewer Jamahl Epsicokhan has put up a new edition of his 'The Deeper Side of Trek' column, this time looking at the few non-elite humans that can be found in the Trek universe:

So where are all the average Joes and Janes? I've been through the Star Trek canon and back, and I've found that the visible Trek universe (or at least the parts where humans live) is a pretty elite place. Most of the important characters are captains, high-ranking officers, experts in engineering, ace pilots and so forth. So where are the plumbers? City-to-city shuttlepod drivers? Blue-collar factory workers? People performing manual labor? Do they exist in the 23rd and 24th centuries? If so, where?

For the moment, let's talk just about humans, and Earth in particular, since we've seen a certain amount of gritty turmoil outside humanity for larger story purposes (the Cardassian occupation of Bajor, for example).


The point here is that, really, because Star Trek is about exploring space and spacefaring characters, the franchise hasn't cared to examine the more routine lifestyles, the mundane aspects of daily life.

I'd still like to take a moment to go under the surface and see if I can figure out where all the non-Starfleet non-elite humans are.

To read about some of these characters, and about exactly how perfect humanity is portrayed as and really is on Star Trek, click here for the actual column.

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