How About A New Series Starring The Transporter Chief?

Discussion in 'Future of Trek' started by Aike, May 12, 2010.

  1. Aike

    Aike Commander Red Shirt

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    Here´s the idea:

    We´ve never seen a show where the main charcter is the transporter chief on-board a Starfleet vessal.
    Some great and fresh stories are:

    The Transporter Pad
    Bascially, a story how the transporter works filled with technobabble, great geeky characters like the transporter chief and the junior transporter chief. A gift to the true fans of Trek tech.

    To Beam Or Not To Beam
    The transporter chief wants to be promoted, but the captain says "No". The chief decides to have a beam-in (a sit-in in the future). Exciting moral dilemma, classic Trek. Will the Klingon ambassador have to wait or will he be on time for the meeting?

    The Transporter Chief´s Day.
    This is like the episode Data´s Day. We see what happens on a daily shift. This episode is like a reality TV show where you can follow him on the Internet after the actual show has finished.

    Dilemma
    The transporter chief falls in love with the cleaning lady. But since he´s a geek he´s scared shitless. Will the chief find true love or will he return to his main hobby: beam spotting (train spotting in the 24th century)?

    Think about it. So much to beam up and down. There are almost infinite possibilities.

    This series will be a ratings bonanza, because it will feature everything that made Trek great: tech, moral dilemmas, technobabble, great geeky characters. And finally, it will be very cheap since there will only be one set -- the transporter room.
     
  2. Admiral Buzzkill

    Admiral Buzzkill Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    Re: How About A New Series About Starring The Transporter Chief?

    You forgot to tell us what century it will be set in, or to explain the "post-Dominion War" political setup in mind-numbing detail.
     
  3. Kelso

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    ^ :techman::lol:

    I refuse to read a new series idea that doesn't include the word "transphasic."
     
  4. Aike

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    Re: How About A New Series About Starring The Transporter Chief?

    It will be set in the late 24th century. The Dominion has turned into the Chinese of the future: a nation exporting cheap technology to the Federation.

    The Federation Council thinks that the Jem´Hadar factories are dumping the prices because they use slave labor. So there will be exciting stories about the trade deficit like:

    The Transporter Chief Goes To Paris
    The chief decides to try to stop all trade between the Dominion and the Federation and is elected to council. After a three-day filibuster, he realises that his true calling in life is working in the transporter room.
     
  5. jefferiestubes8

    jefferiestubes8 Commodore Commodore

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    No it won't.
    Star Trek and scifi shows get much lower ratings than CSI. Period.


    Your ideas may work for scenes within a fan film. I'm sorry I cannot see even story arcs in a Trek series 6 with even your series idea.

    Even if only one set and the rest being green screen, there would have to be loads of visual effects = not cheap.
     
  6. Avon

    Avon Commodore Commodore

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    this is undoubtably an award-winning premise.

    also how about a show filmed from the point of view of the back of neelix's legs -think of the potential drama:
    neelix drops a pan of scalding water on legs goes to hospital, treated by a nurse bearing an uncanny resemblance to kes, everyone starts to cry.
    -not that the backs of his legs would see much of that
     
  7. Aike

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    That´s why the chief will do a CSI crossover. He will beam up the team by mistake. The senior citizens watching CBS won´t notice and will stick around.


    Well, there could be plenty of story arcs, but story arcs aren´t popular with the folks watching CBS. They want easy and fun instead of complex and boring.


    There won´t be any effects except the beaming effect. CBS can always reuse it from one of the older shows. This idea is cost effective -- a Trek for the new decade.
     
  8. RegFan

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    How many episodes could really be written for this series? The transporter chief's job is simply to operate the transporter. Of course, he could be one of the main characters in a different kind of series.
     
  9. Dukhat

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    I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that I think Aike isn't being serious about this.
     
  10. T'Girl

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    TPTB have been saying for years that we would be getting a gay character on the show.

    Ummm, that's what you ment by "transphasic" right?

    :borg:
     
  11. jamestkirkfan

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    Please tell me you're joking we fans wouldn't want that kind of Trek series
     
  12. Aike

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    ^Well, CBS loves this idea.
     
  13. Canadave

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    You could always have an episode where the transporter needs to be repaired within 40 minutes, or people die—meaning we get to watch the repairs play out... in real time.
     
  14. Yalana Cotu

    Yalana Cotu Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    I'm loving it already! :techman:

    Can the junior transporter chief be a whizkid, just like Wesley Crusher, (to be played, alternately by the Jonas Brothers) except even more intensely obnoxiously perfect. But, his secret obsession would be transphasicly punking every authority figure the burnt out, drug sodden, hack writers can come up with? Maybe he can beam the captains pants out into deep space, so that it looks like he's wearing a mini dress. :lol:


    ...Wait a minute,:confused: didn't someone already do that to Picard?
     
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  15. Shatnertage

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    The OP is right--this is a rich lode of dramatic material. All you really need is a room, a guy, and some technobabble. This is the idea that will undoubtedly return Star Trek to network television.

    Once it's safely into season 5 and people are eager for more, I propose a spin-off: Star Trek: Holodeck Repair Guy. This is a little more ambitious. There will be two sets, the holodeck itself and the guy's quarters. In a typical episode, he's sleeping late when he gets the call that the holodeck is on the fritz. He goes down, sees what's wrong, and fixes it.

    The money part is that in fixing the holodeck, he gets access to all of the programs people have been running. So if the chief engineer runs a fantasy simulation of himself and an engine designer (for example), he knows all about it; he can peep at the deepest hidden fantasies of everyone on board. As you can imagine, he becomes a quite wealthy and influential member of the crew.

    The catch is that, to keep things under budget and FCC-compliant, you won't actually show any of these depraved fantasies on the show--you'll just have the HRG watching them on a small monitor, and conveying their impact through his reactions to them.

    I'm hoping that Rainn Wilson will be available for the lead.
     
  16. Aike

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    Yes, there´s no need to worry. There are plenty of stories to be told about the transporter chief like:

    A Klingon gets stuck in the transporter while being beamed.
    A Ferengi gets stuck in the transporter while being beamed.
    A Romulan gets stuck in the transporter while being beamed.
    A Cardassian gets stuck in the transporter while being beamed.
    A random alien gets stuck in the transporter while being beamed.

    And of course, the most awaited episode of all: Porthos resurfaces. The only problem is that he has turned into a Bajorn Slime Devil. This story could be a three-parter. It has the potential to dethrone the Best of Both Worlds as the best cliffhanger ever.
     
  17. Shatnertage

    Shatnertage Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    How about a story where a visiting trade delegation gets stuck in the transporter while being beamed? Or should they save that for the movies?
     
  18. USS Renegade

    USS Renegade Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    You are missing some great stories. Like when celebrity guests Penn and Teller are merged into Tenn (or Peller) and the Transporter Chief has to fix it.

    Or when people from the mirror universe are accidentally beamed up, and the Transporter Chief has to fight Jadzia, make love to Jadzia, fight Jadzia again, and then beam her back to the mirror universe.
     
  19. Aike

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    Wow this is a great idea.
     
  20. Maurice

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    You waited almost 3 years to post that?