Would you want to see Non/Ex-StarFleet characters in their own show?

Discussion in 'Future of Trek' started by KamenRiderBlade, Nov 7, 2018.

  1. KamenRiderBlade

    KamenRiderBlade Captain Captain

    Oct 24, 2012
    Let's say hypothetically that there is a future show, but it stars a Non/Ex-StarFleet crew in a PMC-like or Privatized StarFleet like Company setup where they get their own ship, no StarFleet to back them up; but they operate with other fellow Private Entities that are PMC-like or Private StarFleet like.

    Would you want to watch them?

    A setup like this could make use of alot of the old vessels from the TNG-VOY era or older while actual current day StarFleet would get all the new and Shiny Vessel designs.

    This would also allow a lot of writing freedom to explore life outside of StarFleet and civilian life along with what Non-StarFleet space businesses / entities do when they don't want to deal with StarFleet.

    A bit like FireFly, but in a Star Trek Universe with a non-oppressive Government to deal with in the UFP.
  2. King Daniel Beyond

    King Daniel Beyond Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Nov 5, 2008
    A type 13 planet in its final stage
    They wouldn't be exporing new worlds, they'd be providing security for whoever their masters were. So... nah.
  3. Relayer1

    Relayer1 Vice Admiral Admiral

    Aug 21, 2011
    The Black Country, England
    I'd like to see some non Starfleet worldbuilding. Civilians must make up the majority of the Federation after all...
  4. KamenRiderBlade

    KamenRiderBlade Captain Captain

    Oct 24, 2012
    They would be their own masters accepting work / contracts from whomever they choose.
  5. guyute03

    guyute03 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Feb 27, 2003
    Some beach, east coast USA
    Not interested in watching "Blackwater In Space".
  6. Tarek71

    Tarek71 Captain Captain

    Nov 17, 2007
    They should certainly have more non-Starfleet settings. You get some sense of that in various shows and movies, but it's largely in the background. On DS9 was probably the most sustained connection to the larger universe, esp thru Quark and his dealings. Syndicates, arms dealers, trafficking, illicit genetic enhancements, etc.

    The OP idea IDK. Like A-Team, where they right wrongs for hire? Or Equalizer? Are they Mercs? Is that what "private Star Fleet" means? Dictatorships hire mercs too tho, so what are they about? Sounds like it's not like Han Solo or Firefly, and making a living on the edge and breaking rules but not evil. Not sure I have a clear enough idea of what this would be.
  7. Admiral2

    Admiral2 Admiral Admiral

    Sep 14, 2004
    Did you ever see the movie 13 Hours? Do you know how many exciting stories you could generate from them just "providing security?"

    At least it's more interesting than "Lower decks" and "Starfleet academy," two ideas which I think need to die, but that just live on like zombies.
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  8. Mysterion

    Mysterion Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jun 28, 2001
    Starbase 31
    How about a Harry Mudd series with Rainn Wilson?
  9. Tim Thomason

    Tim Thomason Commodore Commodore

    May 27, 2009
    Daniels' Illinois
    Looks like Jean-Luc Picard is an ex-Starfleet officer getting his own show, so despite all the cries against it here, everyone seems to like the idea there. :shrug:
  10. The Wormhole

    The Wormhole Admiral Admiral

    Jul 23, 2001
    If we're getting a series centering around the deposed Emperor of the Terran Empire, a series about the Federation's average Joes who don't serve in Starfleet isn't such a crazy idea.
  11. KamenRiderBlade

    KamenRiderBlade Captain Captain

    Oct 24, 2012
    They're not "Average Joes", just retired / former StarFleet
  12. Bry_Sinclair

    Bry_Sinclair Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Sep 28, 2009
    The glorious Shetland Isles!
    Would depend on the characters, if they were interesting, engaging and likeable. The likes of the animated fan series Aurora shows how well a civilian concept would work, with focus on characters and not high-action (granted they're not former Starfleet, but it would be nice to see life out with the fleet).
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  13. 11Alive

    11Alive Lieutenant Red Shirt

    Apr 24, 2017
    The Big Apple
    Can somebody reboot "Assignment: Earth"? Although I can't imagine worthy replacements for Robert Lansing and Teri Garr. Isis would be easy, since she's a shape-shifter.
  14. JirinPanthosa

    JirinPanthosa Vice Admiral Admiral

    Nov 20, 2012
    I've thought-experimented the idea of a show that takes place in a post-Voyager Star Trek where the Federation becomes more controlling and militaristic following fear over the Dominion War, and the main characters rebel against Starfleet to try to bring back Starfleet principles of exploration and freedom.
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  15. Serveaux

    Serveaux The Wind Premium Member

    Dec 30, 2013
    "So many people I haven't insulted..."
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  16. arch101

    arch101 Commodore Commodore

    May 3, 1999
    Quincy, MA
    I think an interesting premise could be built around a Federation diplomat, or team of diplomats who occasionally travel on starfleet ships but mostly work in the civilian Federation world.
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  17. Vger23

    Vger23 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Apr 19, 2014
    New England
    Probably not interested at all
  18. fireproof78

    fireproof78 Admiral Admiral

    Apr 11, 2014
    If you could spin it with colony life out on the frontier, really combining a lot of Western style themes in to it then it could be interesting. But, it would have to be well written, or possibly combined with a few Starfleet officers to help fill out the roles.
  19. eschaton

    eschaton Commodore Commodore

    Oct 2, 2017
    I'd be interested in a Trek show which took place outside of Starfleet. Part of what made DS9 such an interesting show was what a large proportion of the regular cast (Kira, Odo, Quark, Garak, etc) were not actually Starfleet.

    That said, I'd have no interest in seeing a "ex-Starfleet mercenaries" show. Mostly because it would ruin a lot of the mystique of Starfleet being (at least by the 24th century) a largely post-capitalist, post-scarcity culture. I mean, money canonically doesn't exist in most of the Federation (though the Bolians seem to have a capitalist economy). There are no post-TOS references to private corporations in the Federation either. It would be hard for ex-Starfleet officers to "rent themselves out" unless they crossed over to work for a foreign power or someone in the criminal underworld.
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  20. Tenacity

    Tenacity Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jul 14, 2016
    The was mention in a TNG episode of planets in the Federation being owned by corporations.
    On the other hand there was no mention of this.
    Robert Lansing was a pretty stiff actor, and Teri Garr was in one of her first acting jobs. There would probably be a long list of actors who could do the roles better.
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