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Old September 23 2013, 11:09 PM   #1
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What Kinds of Characters?

I'm fairly easy in terms of the setup of any future Star Trek. As long as there's potential and not some gigantic trap or doesn't sound like an absolute copy of something else, I'm willing to give almost anything a try.

Frankly I'm more interested in characters.

To give an example, the Kirk/Spock/Bones trinity in TOS. Here you have a very young, very talented commanding officer with virtually two sides of any possible argument embodied in two older senior officers aboard the same ship. One utterly logical, calm, Apollonian. The other moody, emotional, fairly Dionysian in his own way. One is Kirk's expert, the other his heart. The exact same dynamic can be seen in Buffy the Vampire Slayer with Buffy/Willow/Xander and in the works of J.K.Rowling with Harry/Hermione/Ron.

Now take a look at the Viper pilots in the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica. Frankly, they're a mess emotionally and never seem to end their squabbles, their arguments, etc. Yet they have a shared history, a shared purpose and a mutual discipline when it comes to their job.

Here's an idea that pops in my mind:

We've known since "Balance of Terror" that the Stiles (or maybe Styles) family seems to have a long history in Starfleet. One notes that it seems the Kirk and Paris and even the Sulu families likewise seem multi-generational veterans. Now suppose we imagine the scion of such a clan. Call her Gloria Styles. She's grown up expecting to command her own ship someday, to seek out new life and new civilizations, etc. Graduated top of her class at the Academy. Grew up around Admirals, has steadily seen promotion. Sees the entire universe through the lens of Starfleet Officers, the best of the best in her eyes. Now put her next to Raoul Dixon--someone from a barely viable colony who joined Starfleet at the lowest level just to get a job. Proved to be good! Hard-working and hard-playing, someone unsentimental and thinks outside the box. Was court martialed for something, got off on a technicality. Then won a field promotion! He's irreverent, has a wicked sense of humor, is a natural born trickster and an excellent liar.

Now put those two right next to each other on some assignment.

What kinds of characters would you like to see?
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