Re: Exploring a darker theme in a future star trek series
Trek could be darker if dealing with nonFederation characters like planetary surveyors or smugglers but we'd be heading into Firefly territory.
The issue with Civvie Trek is also that they are limited to what they can do, what jobs will pay off for them. On a big starship there are multiple specialists to cover numerous mission types (diplomacy, research, security, etc).
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