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Old August 23 2013, 02:48 AM   #46
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No, not even in the 60s, would Christopher become part of the crew. Not in-universe or out.
Before serving on a starship, other than as some sort of advisor, I would think that he would have to graduate Starfleet Academy or some Starfleet OCS at minimum, his USAF rank nonwithstanding. He would also have about three hundred years of catching up to do on the hardware and technology alone.

In the event that he couldn't be sent back to the 1960's, I could see him being a civilian instructor at the Academy, his expertise being 20th century aviation or history, for example, or maybe a successful author or lecturer.
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Old August 23 2013, 02:51 AM   #47
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The DTI would probably try to send Christopher back, wouldn't they? Especially since he had yet to father the son who would lead the Earth/Saturn mission.
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Old August 25 2013, 07:14 PM   #48
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I liked him for one episode, but I don't think he needed to be a regular. I liked the focus on Kirk, Spock and McCoy.
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Old August 25 2013, 08:44 PM   #49
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What "fresh" perspective could a man from the 20th Century bring to a show about/set in the future?
Worked for Buck Rogers and Farscape.
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Old August 25 2013, 10:07 PM   #50
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What "fresh" perspective could a man from the 20th Century bring to a show about/set in the future?
Worked for Buck Rogers and Farscape.
One of the cool things about such characters is that aren't blase about the futuristic/alien wonders that the other characters may take for granted. In that sense, they're like audience surrogates in that they can voice the excitement and/or confusion the audience may be experiencing.

They can also keep things down-to-earth by adding a refreshing note of irreverence to the proceedings. "Keep back or I'm going to shoot you with, er, little glowing balls of light?"

That kinda thing.
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Old August 25 2013, 10:40 PM   #51
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Of course, there's nothing preventing the OP from writing his own story that Christopher does become a member of the crew. All John Christopher really needs to do for history is pop out that kid who's scheduled to go to Saturn. He could suddenly disappear after that.
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Old August 26 2013, 03:32 AM   #52
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What "fresh" perspective could a man from the 20th Century bring to a show about/set in the future?
Worked for Buck Rogers and Farscape.
Buck and Crichton were the leads. Christopher would be a secondary character.
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Old August 28 2013, 02:04 AM   #53
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What "fresh" perspective could a man from the 20th Century bring to a show about/set in the future?
Worked for Buck Rogers and Farscape.
Buck and Crichton were the leads. Christopher would be a secondary character.
Who could add a bit of color and variety to the cast.

You know, somebody should write a novel where Shaun Christoper ends up aboard the Enterprise in the 23rd century . . .
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