Re: If big budget/shiny SFX space opera is out of the question...
A show about the invention of the replicator and how it changes the world would be fascinating. Evil corporations and dictatorships could provide the conflict.
But it wouldn't be Star Trek
. I watch the show because I want to see spaceships and aliens and weird shit going on out in the cosmos.
"You know. 1966? Seventy-nine episodes, about thirty good ones." - Phillip Fry describing Star Trek, Futurama