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Old April 19 2012, 09:16 AM   #42
Bry_Sinclair
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Re: Exploring a darker theme in a future star trek series

Again, there are some interesting ideas in amongst these, others would need a little more thought. What follows are just some thoughts to consider, in order to play Devilís Advocate to help refine the ideas.

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1) A starfleet ship (defiant class)responds to the distress beacon of starfleet origins. They rescue a single crewman from a lifepod from a starfleet research vessel (nova class). The crewman informs them that their ship had encountered a borg tactical sphere and in the ensuring fight, the borg had assaulted and boarded the ship. The crewman was the sole survivor as the rest of the crew either died or got assimilated. But further investigations later in the episode reveal that the crewman had actually abandoned his fellow crew members to their fate while they were fighting off the borg drones and he had escaped in the lifepod before the fight was even over. Hence he is a deserter, as he left his crew memebers to their fates.
An interesting idea. It does raise questions about how individuals react to different situations, and would ask people to think how they would react. Would they fight to the bitter end, or escape and save themselves. DS9 touched on it in an episode during the UFP/Klingon War, when Jake and Bashir are stuck on a colony, when a young soldier comes into the hospital after shooting himself in the foot in order to get out of the fighting. It is one thing that hasnít been explored in depth (to my recollection): duty or survival? Training or self-preservation?

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2) A borg cube is encountered in the Alpha Quadrant and using Captain Janeway technology from the future (as seen in the Voyager series finale) the federation, romulans and klingons fleet manage to disable it and board it and in fierce fighting overpower the borg drones, either killing them or capturing them. Using the same technology that was used to recover seven of nine from the collective and restore her individualism, the alpha quadrants powers restore thousands of captured drones to their individualism. This previous drones come from many different species and from the alpha,beta,gamma and delta quadrants. In some cases the restored individuals are the only surviouring members of their race left as their entire race was either assimilated or died off. Some members find it hard to adjust to their new found freedom. there are cases of suicides and violence breaking out as many ex drones simpily cannot cope with their individualism.
It would take one helluva fleet, not to mention thousands of boarding teams to pull that off. Not sure the three powers would commit so many resources to such a mission. More likely I would think theyíd just aim to destroy the Cube. As for Starfleet sharing their new tech, it would depend on how stable their relations were with the Romulans. As for getting over being assimilated, thatís been done with Seven and Locutus. Not really sure there is much more that needs to be done with the idea.

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3) A remote Starfleet long range exploration starship in the far reaches of the Beta Quadrant encounters a very ancient looking large ship derelict in space drifting aimlessly. the crew board the ship and discover an abandoned ship. To their surprise, when they try to turn on some of the systems to better understand where the ship came from, they find a borg signal among them but the vessel is not a sphere or a cube or looks like anything from the borg collective. it is of a conventional ship design. Further into the episode, as they acesses the ship's computer files, they discover very shocking details. This ship belonged to species 1. The species from which the borg came from originally .
I kinda like the Borg origins being a mystery. There has been plenty speculated (though I donít buy the whole Víger idea) but not everything needs an explanation. The Borg work best when they are an unstoppable force of cyber-zombies, set on one goal: brains, assimilating all the knowledge in your brains. They should be returned to that status, having learnt from all their encounters with Voyager, they come back bigger and bader than ever before.

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4) A human starfleet memmber complains about his daily life to his crewmates, like having to work with folks he dislikes in his department, his overbearing department head and his personnel dislike of Bolians who happen to serve in signficant numbers onboard the ship he is on. His prejudices against Bolians comes from several encounters with them (culture clash & different mannerisms). One day, his ship (defiant class) is back on eearth for home visits and he beams back to his hometown in the south. Unfortunately the same accident that caused sisko,bashir and daz to travel back in time in DS9 season 3 while beaming from the defiant to earth also affects him, and he is left stranded in the mid 19th century earth. the crewmember being of either african,hispanic or native american background (depending on what the writers wants). He happened to be beamed to the south and where he encounters prejudices as he is not white. Finally the Defiant class starship crew with help from Miles O'brien who is now a instructor at starfleet academy (special guest appearance by Mr Colm Meany) ,they help to bring back the temporaly displaced crewmember. The now changed crewmember learns that prejudices are not good to have and he is now more tolerant of bolians after that incident.
Whilst some people may have some issues with individuals of other species, due to cultural differences, etc, out and out racism is a thing of the past by the 24th century for humans. Also on a Defiant-Class, which has only a crew of 40-50, it seems risky to air ones bigotry in such tight confines. As for the same accident that occurred on the Defiant, that was only caused because of the cloaking device, and as the only Starfleet ship with one, then this could be replicated. Going back in time so they can get a taste of their own medicine also seems a bit hammy to me. The issue of racism could be raised with a time travel plot, but Iím not sure youíd need the set up of the main character in question is a racist to begin with.

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5) a new starfleet academy graduate joins a starfleet ship. Many folks are wary of him as he is a Nausicaan but to the surprise of many, he is quite mild mannered and eager to please even though a little tempermental at times.
I was once part of a PBeM Sim that briefly had a female Nausicaan science officer onboard. Since then Iíve loved the idea of having a Nausicaan in uniform and having to overcome the stereotyping of their race, whilst also trying to prove that he/she can fit in with Ďcivilisedí society.

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6) a non federation race that requires aliens from outside their planets to convert to their belief system if you want to live on their planet for whatever reason. A federation citizen and his family stays on that planet for business reason He is then caught performing a ritual from his native belief system, even thought he had offically converted to that planet belief system. he is charged, found guilty and he is to be put to death. The federation intervenes in this matter.
Why would an entrepreneur (who would obviously need to be educated and read up on the culture they were joining) risk his/her business future by not conforming and only performing their religious rights when off planet? Or better yet, why even go there if it interferes with their beliefs? It would be more of a legal battle than anything else, with lawyers and diplomats being at the forefront. The Prime Directive is something that is in place for Starfleet so Iím not sure how it would apply to a private citizen.
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