This question “Is Star Trek Reckoning Real?” was googled by someone and led to my website. There’s really another question that’s implicit, I think and that is “Would the Creators Really Want to Screw Up Star Trek by letting Conservatives wreak havoc in the Star Trek Universe?”
We love it when our favorite stories take a turn for the worse–where our complacency is shaken, our values are threatened, adversity gets the upper hand, only to show us how much we truly have taken things for granted.
Fiction is all about making it bad for your heroes. And making them fight hard–because it gives us strength to fight hard.
We need to see a few seasons where the “good” of Star Trek has to fight to regain balance. The Federation has gotten the upper hand. Chances with Enterprise were lost to play with a universe without the Federation. Oh, in Star Trek series, we had a few episodes from the Mirror Universe, but even that slowly spoiled because each episode in the Mirror Universe actually redeemed a character or two who were going to be pivotal in turning the “dark” parts–the disorder– to order once again. And then the mirror universe would be just like us…ho hum. What if we lingered in that disorder? This is what Reckoning explores.
Oh there have been times when good guys rebel against the Federation. Why is it that the “good” Star Trek characters sneak around and are able to commandeer vessels (Kirk, Scotty, Picard), disobey orders (everyone), grab things they aren’t supposed to have (Chakotay, Riker, Janeway) and go off and do something illegal for a greater good (which no one in the Federation knows about)? Why is Starfleet so easy to outwit?
The “order” in Star Trek relies on the shared concept of the “honor system”— but when good characters want to steal things, disobey, etc. they seem to be able to do it because no one in Star Trek is ready for that. And secondly, because the plot calls for it. We need Janeway to steal the time machine doo-hickey, or Kirk to steal the Enterprise…. because otherwise we don’t have an episode.
Fergus, the D’Mi, the whole grouping of conservative captains who no longer have faith in the Federation’s president–who see themselves as vigilantes, or martyrs, or heroes—determined to save the Universe, or their values, at any cost— these people are interesting. Villains are far more interesting, at times, than heroes who can be painted too “good.” Next Generation characters weren’t very complex, or if they were unstable, they were restored by episode’s end (except DS9–which was by far the riskiest ST) Star Trek hit the reset button every episode (or at the very least, at the end of every two -parter). Star Trek, by JJ Abrams, did us a favor and did not hit the reset button, thank God.
Now we have a series that shows that the “values” of Star Trek can be hijacked by well-meaning people who believe they are on a mission. I think this is a logical next step for Star Trek. Reckoning will show how easy it is to believe what you have been told, it would give a believable “other side” to all the issues. Instead of showing us what is right by demonstration— it would show us what is right by having to fight for it, and failing.
Captains modeled on Palin, Gingrich, Limbaugh, Beck would be interesting–if only to see what they would do with something like the Federation. How would they operate within it? When would they dismantle it? When would they circumvent it? Would the Federation be able to squelch them? The Maquis was a great subplot, and I wish they had done more there… certainly Tom Riker (one of my favorite characters) would have been interesting to follow. But the Maquis had one goal–not a whole different ideology. I want to see that people in the Federation don’t all think alike…. they don’t all get along.
Think of what happened to the West Wing when the Republicans got in power….
So, creators of Star Trek, when will we have a Reckoning? When will we see what we loved threatened? Will you create people who will fight to re-balance it? In the same vein as BSG—a show that allowed characters to be less than perfect, and which allowed the bad guys to have the upper hand–can you show us a universe where it will take us seven seasons to get it back on track again?
Please, finally, let the Dragon out and let us see what the Federation will do! 🙂
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For awhile,I thought i was afraid Star Trek was a dying franchise. Then JJ Abrams came along. Good touch. The scene with kid Kirk was a bit too quirky in the movie, nevertheless it was very popular in the movie trailer. Star Trek XI breathed new life into this beloved Roddenberry universe. I’d like to see all of this Enterprise cast return for more outings. I grew up with the classic series. Heck, my pops got us a color TV just so we could look at Star Trek just about every Friday night. Today, I’m stuck on these new actors. In MHO, they’ve breathed life to their characters and made them their own. I, for one, am looking towards more.
The continuum (franchise) of Trek has always seemed to operate at about 60% capacity. And by that, I mean to say that it always seemed to be just under the “pretty f!@#ing awesome” line. Having said that, I have so many issues with it.
Knowing what I know about network television (God bless the showrunner’s soul…except maybe Rick Berman’s…just kidding), and that TNG, DS9, and VOY appeared in different era of broadcast, I can’t say that I’m not surprised the universe developed as it did. Maybe Berman and co. did the best with what they were given. Maybe they didn’t.
Let’s pretend, for a moment, that JJ’s Trek never existed and imagine the reception of a Star Trek television series in the year 2010. The environment/aesthetic established in 90’s Trek would be ridiculously obsolete (see: Enterprise). A new Trek series would undoubtedly shake things up for geekdom, and I believe this because the rules of television have changed.
Compare the experience of watching Ron Moore’s BSG with the entire Voyager series. Similar story traits, different eras. Moore earned his wings in Trek, and look at his past, and then what he did on a post-9/11 television screen (with a mediocre network). His BSG was nowhere near perfect, but it was leaps and bounds ahead of the sterile innards (and characters) of a deus ex machinca lost in the Delta quadrant.
I say, petition for a Ron Moore/Bryan Singer revival of Trek on TV. That is all.
Also, I say we trade ideas about how BSG should have ended, because I have a few, and I’m sure you do, too.
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