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.
"...the most elementary and valuable statement in science, the beginning of wisdom, is I do not know." - Lt. Commander Data, "Where Silence Has Lease"