I'm not so much interested in hearing how "Enterprise" screwed it up. What I'm interested is how you would create a show about the early days of Earth's contact with new life and new civilizations.
Think about it from the point of view of someone trying to design a TV series. Remember, if you use fan-based designs (such as the Starfleet Museum, the Franz Joseph tech manuuals, etc.), you will using someone else's intellectual property.
All you have to start from is TOS, and any elements from the later series which could logically have existed in a prequel to those series. What known aliens could be included? Would you have any alien crew members?
How would you make the technology look more "primitive" than the NCC-1701? Would transporters and deflectors exist? What kind of weaponry would you include?
What themes would you like to explore in such a series? What are some of the stories would you be able to tell (how the Prime Directive came about? Who did humans first come in contact with?)
These are just some questions and ideas to get the job rolling.
SERIES NAME Star Trek: Alliance
Ship Name- USS Olympia -
MarshallClass -Crew of 35
I would have kept to the Star Trek canon Primarily
The Star Fleet Chronology
would have been my best guide.
The ships would have been extremely primitive, functioning on High Fusion reactions and discovering impulse power. They would have resembled submarines, limited space and provisions, and extremely limited speed.
I would have dismissed First Contact
as a disruption in the time-line. Thus using the temporal police to straighten out the conflict in a two or three part episode for the mid season without contaminating the timeline.
. And Andorian-Vulcan War sounds good so I'll steal that from Anwar
The ship would not be the main set but actually a Series of Spacestation sets that would serve as this ship's port of call as it progressed through Space.
The Series would be for only 5 Years.
Weapons: Lasers Particle Beams and Guided Missles. Cluster Missles
Communication (Primitive subspace Comm speeds) -New Tech
Sensors (Primitive FTL scans-New Tech
ECM: Laser disruption
No Holodecks but holographic abilities.
This is a Military Series.
The Andorian War and various other conflicts with the Tellarites, Klingons and Thollians.
-The Eastern Coalition Terrorist would be a Midseaon 2-parter
- The Eugenics Re-Emergence would follow immediately after as a 3 parter
-Star Fleet ship Ajax goes missing.
-The First Klingon encounter happens on another ship but with a known crew member from Olympia
that is sent as a xeno-diplomat for a Klingon family seeking asylum from the Empire.
The Second Year
-Starts on the Destruction of Starbase One and the attempt to name the attacker and the Olympia's mission to to find them.
-Space War Games encompasses 3 episodes involving the Disastrous loss of the USS Scythe and all aboard.
-The Romulan-Vulcan secret is 3 part Episode but is never revealed to any human.
-The Pirate Conflict encompasses 5 episodes on Several planets.
The Third Year-
Starts on a completely different crew of the USS Patton for 4 Episodes that encounters a Fleet of ships coming out of deep space and is destroyed getting the message to the Olympia.
-Earth needs time and Olympia is sent alone but It's Captain must first deal with one of his crew that he learns is a Eastern Coalition Terrorist and has sabotaged the ship
-Ajax comes to Olympia rescue
-The Ajax and Olympia embark on a series of Offensive manuvers and Guerrilla attacks that succeed in destroying 4 ships of the 10 ship Fleet but Ajax is destroyed in the endeavor, Olympia is Adrift without fuel and weapons
-A Series of Episodes (The Lonely Outpost
) will leave the main Character ship but follow a promoted character that leads Star Fleet against what they now know is a Three Pronged attack against Sol that ends at the Battle of Cheron
This year is a series of Concepts
Politics - This episode Threatens to cut half of Earth's Fleet and military expenditures.
It would be extremely military, showing Trek's roots. But it would be incredibly realistic, hostile and violent in the Fifth Year that would embody extreme change such as the death of multiple characters and new technology introduced by the Alliance