CHALLENGE IS SET - SEE POST BELOW BY Ptrope ON 3/9/2011 Original post: Okay, I'm going to invite some discussion on this one before locking it down, but I'll go ahead and lay some groundwork. Starfleet has generally been presented as an above-board, altruistic organization, its members heroes in every sense of the word, policing the galaxy and protecting the weak. Then DS9 came around and we saw a darker side of the Federation, a self-interest that culminated in Section 31, the 'black ops' behind the shining white fleet. It became clear that they had been around pretty much throughout the Federation's history, even in Kirk's time - of course, Gene Roddenberry would have no doubt thrown such an idea out the window ... but keep in mind that the '60s not only brought James Kirk to popular culture, they brought us James Bond, as well. So one idea here is that, yes, maybe Section 31 or something similar existed. Could our suave, charming captain have filled a tailored suit - or its 23rd century equivalent - and embarked on derring-do like a certain British agent, with all the gadgets, babes and villains, in the secret service of the Federation? Another approach is to reimagine the Bond stories themselves in the context of Star Trek - green Orion women, evil Romulan despots, a Klingon "Goldfinger." Maybe "Q" is "Q!" It could be a scene, a gadget, a movie poster, a title screen, a character - something that gives that "superspy vibe" to Star Trek - for the next couple days, please feel free to ask questions and make suggestions, and on Monday, I'll pull the trigger on the Madness of March .