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Old February 21 2014, 05:42 AM   #1
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If Asked to Write a Captain's Table Book, Who Would You Write About?

Apologies if this has come up before. I've always liked the concept of the Captain's Table series, even if a few of the stories weren't that great. And I think I were given an opportunity to write a novel for the series, there are any number of characters I'd enjoy writing about.

Clark Terrell of the USS Reliant: One of the most underappreciated characters in all of Star Trek (at least I think so). Terrell gets a bad rap because he was out-maneuvered by Khan and apparently never learned read a star-chart (nor did his first officer). But he was played by an outstanding actor and obviously had a successful career up to the events of The Wrath of Khan. How else would he have ended up in the captain's chair?

I'd be interested in telling a story about Terrell and Reliant's crew during happier times than when we saw them. What were they like? How did Chekov end up on the ship? And what of Terrell's friendship with McCoy, something that was scripted for but omitted from TWOK?

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Old February 21 2014, 06:22 AM   #2
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Terrell gets a bad rap because he was out-maneuvered by Khan and apparently never learned read a star-chart (nor did his first officer).
Which is incredibly worrying for Chekov as a former Navigation Officer

For me, I'd have to go with, Captain Alynna Nechayev of the U.S.S. Boudicca. A look at the making of probably Trek's best Admiral, going back to her first command during the time of the Cardassian Wars. Looking at how this cool and efficient officer handled one of the most chaotic times in the Quadrant, balancing her desire for a command (and the advancement it would bring) with her cloak-and-dagger work for Starfleet Intelligence.
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Old February 21 2014, 12:25 PM   #3
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Re: If Asked to Write a Captain's Table Book, Who Would You Write Abou

If I can do my fanfic, then:

Second officer Lt. Cmdr Sarah Chandler of the USS Jason Nyere (later Commodore Chandler of the USS Triumphant), and I would tell the story of when she was forced to take command of the ship due to an act of cowardice by the captain that got half of his crew, including the exec, killed.

If restricted to canon/"actual history", then:

Captain Samuel P. Ginder, USN, of the USS Enterprise CV-6, and the tale of what really happened the day in August, 1943, when a young second lieutenant in the United States Army Air Force named Gene Roddenberry was forced almost immediately after take-off to crash land his plane, "Yankee Doodle", just off the coast of Espiritu Santo.

("Over Espiritu Santo?" "I'll never get over Espiritu Santo." )
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Old February 21 2014, 12:44 PM   #4
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I can't write worth a damn, but if I could I'd go for Captain Jellico.
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Old February 21 2014, 04:55 PM   #5
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Captain Garrett. I love "Lost Era" stories and the Ent-C is pretty much a blank slate.
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Old February 21 2014, 05:35 PM   #6
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Captain Picard: Life after the Borg.
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Old February 21 2014, 07:23 PM   #7
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Robert DeSoto, Bob Wesley, Jonny Esteban, or maybe Shelby, just to see just how Sutherland became a "party ship."
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Old February 25 2014, 01:38 AM   #8
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I'd write about Picard's last commanding officer board the Stargazer.
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Old February 25 2014, 01:51 AM   #9
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I'd write about Picard's years of adjusting from being a bad boy, to a responsible leader, because of his artificial heart. It would be interesting to explore that aspect of the man ...
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Old February 25 2014, 03:17 AM   #10
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^I don't know why I immediately imagined The Adventures of Zombie Picard. I would so read that.
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Old February 25 2014, 04:26 AM   #11
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Khan, pre-Kirk
Zephram Cochrane
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Old February 25 2014, 05:57 AM   #12
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I think that Ben Maxwell's time as captain of the Rutledge during the Cardassian Border Wars or as captain of the Phoenix before his mental breakdown would make for some interesting reading.
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Old February 25 2014, 12:44 PM   #13
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^I don't know why I immediately imagined The Adventures of Zombie Picard. I would so read that.
Are zombie's capable of "adventure," though?
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Old February 25 2014, 01:42 PM   #14
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^I don't know why I immediately imagined The Adventures of Zombie Picard. I would so read that.
Are zombie's capable of "adventure," though?
When the have pacemakers they are. (At least for this fiction, sure.)
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Old July 30 2014, 06:40 PM   #15
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Captain Data when he takes command of the Enterprise-E after Picard may well be fun to have a go at.
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