I was talking with my brother-in-law John the other night about last Saturday’s hastily planned and so-called “failed” trip to the good (space)ship “Neptune” (see this, and this, as well as many more on the stevebeckow.com site for this incredible story). I was telling him about the conference call that my son Colin and I got in on, Saturday morning of the day when the limos were supposed to pick us all up and the “scouts” had not gone and returned as promised. It was an astonishing few minutes, ding-hello ding-hello ding-hello — hundreds, thick and fast, from all over the globe chiming in, a cacophony of excited voices — I saw somewhere later that 800 people had been listening in on that call! But actually, we weren’t listening, it was so loud and the buzz was so enormous that Steve and Linda Dillon, who was to channel “Grener,” decided there was no way they could carry through with the planned conversation.
That conference call, for me, epitomized the craziness that this promised adventure stirred up in us humans, and that’s what I told John. That the space people probably don’t realize just how crazy we are! That no wonder the trip was cancelled!
So many people were furious, or desperate, or clinging, or hungry, for ETs to save them, is my guess, that when it didn’t happen, boy, watch out because the shit will hit the fan. Steve, Linda, Grener, who knows who else would all catch blame.
John told me about a Star Trek Episode from the second season in 1968, called Assignment: Earth, that apparently took note of this human craziness, especially concerning nuclear weapons. In the show, a nuclear weapon was launched, and intercepted just in time to avoid setting off World War III. (See Robert Hastings book, Nukes and UFOs, about this very subject).
I found the preview to the episode here, on youtube, but can’t seem to find it on Netflix. At least nothing by that name. Will keep trying.
As John noted, “Gene Roddenberry must have had contact. Had the network known that Roddenberry was serious, that he was talking about real adventures and real technologies and real values and real situations, the show would have been shut down.” Yep.
Wikipedia has this to say about “The United Federation of Planets, also known as “The Federation:”
“A fictional interplanetary federal republic depicted in the Star Trek television series and motion pictures. In those episodes and films, the Federation is described as an interstellar federal polity with, as of the year 2373, more than 150 member planets and thousands of colonies spread across 8,000 light years of the Milky Way Galaxy, and taking the form of a post-capitalist liberal democracy and constitutional republic. It has also been described as a utopian socialist society. The Federation is described as stressing, at least nominally, the values of universal liberty, equality, justice, peace, and cooperation.”
Interesting that the federation is called “post-capitalist” in these days when more and more people are actually saying, out loud, that because we can no longer “grow”— because we’ve about exhausted the non-renewable resources on our decidedly finite planet — capitalism, which requires growth, has about run its course.
Here’s the trailer to the episode. If anyone can figure out how to access the “Assignment: Earth” show on Netflix, please let me know! Thanks.