STAR TREK: BOLDLY GOING WHERE IT’S NEVER GONE BEFORE by RICK AUSTIN

naradaEvery Star Trek fan couldn’t believe their eyes. When JJ Abrams Star Trek started, we were greeted to the most insane opening of any Trek film ever. But… every hardcore fan knew that’s not what happened in Kirk’s family history. We were even more surprised as we saw Chekov on the bridge and Captain Pike in charge. Even Vulcan got wiped off the stellar maps. What on Earth was going on?! We all knew deep down, of course, but it took Spock to tell us that a new timeline had been created to hammer the point home like a self-sealing stem bolt.

The ramifications to the Star Trek universe are huge. It means that the only Trek TV series that’s unchanged is, bizarrely, Enterprise. We’ll always love the other shows, and this change in the timeline doesn’t mean that we have to discount them in any way. They’re brilliant, and as valid to us as they’ve ever been. But this new timeline means that for the new stories ANYTHING is possible. Here are 10 wild things we’d love to see…

1)V’Ger: Just because ST:TMP was a dud, it doesn’t mean that the V’Ger probe was. The old Voyager NASA probe came across a “machine world”, got reprogrammed and returned to Earth seeking its creator. Fans have speculated that the machine world could have been the Borg, and that would be a great way to re-introduce them. But… what if V’Ger wasn’t the probe but the USS Voyager NX-74656? Perhaps due to some rip in space-time, Janeway and her crew were assimilated by the Borg and were sent back to the past to find “the creators”, namely the Federation?

2)The Linear Man: Just imagine… the USS Enterprise receives a strange signal from an area near Bajor. Kirk and the gang go to investigate, and are greeted by the opening of the wormhole. Sisko appears on the bridge, having been protected from the changes in linear time by the wormhole aliens. This could be the time and place he was meant to be all along, especially if he brings news of impending doom that only he can help defeat…

3)Q: Yes, it may be a cliche, but The Q are so powerful that they can not only jump around through time and space, but even skip between realities like a needle hopping grooves on an old vinyl record. Yet without the playful banter with Picard or the assistance of Janeway, we may find an insane Q, and the Continuum that exists in this reality may be one in turmoil. Their civil war could be devastating to the universe, and you just know that seeing the Enterprise warp into action in a bid to control it would be epic.

4)Getting A-Head: In San Francisco, a familiar-looking android head is discovered and Spock is called in to help unravel the mystery. The technology is ahead of their time, yet it’s been waiting there undisturbed since 1893. An android body is found too, wearing a Next-Gen uniform, much to the confusion of the fans. However, when Spock attaches the two we realise too late that it’s not Data but Lore, who has traveled back in time. Easily tapping into the Federation and Starfleet computer systems, he begins taking control…

5)Save The Whales: There’s a problem, and one we already know. Even in the new timeline the whales are extinct, and we KNOW from The Voyage Home that at some point the alien probe that’s been communicating with them is going to come looking for answers. Could the solution be as it was before, with the Enterprise time slipping back to the ‘80s? No. The probe screws up the Enterprise’s computers, and the ship moves FORWARD in time, catching up with familiar faces from this alternate timeline Next Gen universe where we learn what the price of their failure would be…

6)Kes: If there was one member of the Voyager crew who deserved better, it was Kes. She was replaced by Seven, who became an instant fan favorite, but in terms of power Kes could propel Voyager 9,500 light-years through space and boil someone’s blood at 100 paces when cross. She’s jumped through time too, and has even been mentally unstable, so why couldn’t she usurp the Caretaker’s power and become one of the biggest threats the Federation has ever encountered? All it takes is for the Enterprise to investigate the Badlands and the trouble could start…

7)T’Pol: Some fans may not want to see Archer again, and everyone laughed at Porthos being teleported into the ether by Scotty, but T’Pol could easily be one of the few Vulcans who survived the destruction of their home world. When the Pon Farr hits Spock, Uhura may not be able to handle it. However, his old Vulcan mentor T’Pol would certainly make things interesting. Despite being his senior, Vulcans age well and she could help bring about the most interesting love triangle in Trek since Bashir, O’Brien and Keiko…

8)The Energy Ribbon: It’s moving through the universe, an unstoppable force that can destroy worlds but grant the ultimate desires of individuals. We all know it was a giant MacGuffin just to get Kirk and Picard together and launch the Next Gen films, but it’s still out there. If Spock Prime and the new NCC-1701 were to become absorbed into it, who knows what private world could be created inside? Past and present could collide in ways undreamed of…

9)The Boy: Q and Kes aren’t the only characters who have phenomenal powers… there’s also Wesley Crusher. Wil Wheaton has gained new found popularity in recent years, and Wesley Crusher’s cameo was never quite explained in Nemesis. He became a cosmic entity, and then gave it up to return to Starfleet? It doesn’t make sense, but what if he knew it would be a last chance to say goodbye? Surviving the timeline-shock wave he tries to get his future back on track by starting at the most logical place: Kirk. More a sympathetic figure than an angry god, we feel his pain at the loss of his (and our) beloved timeline, and his tragic inability to correct this butterfly effect could result in major ramifications…

10)Like A Surgeon: Bones’ love life has never been smooth. We know he likes the ladies but that he’s dreadful at keeping them. While this may not be a major story line, it would be good to see him reconnect with someone from his past: Emony Dax. Before he became a surgeon, he engaged in a romantic interlude with the Trill symbiont that would later go on to be Jadzia in Deep Space 9. Would it be too much to see him share some happy moments with this former Olympic gymnast, just for the sake of romance?

Rick Austin

Author: Rick Austin

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