Set Harth wrote:
I'll tell you how it should end.
Evil Cackling Bad Guy ( whoever it is ) turns up at Earth.
Only Ship In Range trope appears to be in effect, as usual.
Evil Cackling Bad Guy: "Haha! Earth is totally undefended, as usual!"
A sudden Trope Subversion Event occurs.
About 120 Federation ships suddenly warp in, GUNS BLAZING.
Variation on the theme:
* Kirk is captured, restrained on the bridge of the enemy ship.
* Enterprise in pursuit
* Kirk warning the villain that when he gets to Earth he's toast
* Villian scoffs.
* Both ships drop out of warp right into a waiting Federation fleet with the guns ran out.
* Kirk told you so moment.