With filming set to commence in January for a 2012 release, fans have certainly weighed in on who and what should be in the next film in the Star Trek franchise. The first reboot got off to a great start in 2009 as it was one of the top grossing films. All the original cast is set to return for the sequel.
Here’s what I’d like to see from the next Star Trek film from someone who has been a fan since the early 1980s. They are in no particular order of preference.
One of The Next Generation‘s greatest villains, the Borg seemed to be unstoppable until extraordinary circumstances stepped in to stifle their conquest of Earth. I’d like to see a film that depicts the origins of the Borg in the Delta Quadrant across the other side of the galaxy.
My theory is that the Borg were born out of a mixing of an all-organic and all-mechanized life form. If this type of life form sounds familiar from any original plots of Star Trek you’d be right. At the end of Star Trek: The Motion Picture Commander Decker melds with the Ilia probe from Voyager Six’s super intelligence and they become an entirely new life form and get whisked away to another part of the galaxy.
Perhaps this explains why the Borg are so interested in Earth and its conquest. It would also make a nice time-bending film and a new alternate-universe theory work in the new franchise. The Borg as a combination of Ilia/Decker couldn’t possibly exist in a time period before the original film but since Spock went back in time to alter the past then a plot like this is suddenly feasible.
As I grew up as a teenager and into college I loved reading the series of books published by Pocket Books that had to do with anything Star Trek. The ones written about the original cast were my favorite even though the books were considered to be not part of the canon and some novels took some wild plots even further from the original series.
Some of that source material, written by some very good authors, is a gold mine for scriptwriters looking for movie ideas. Two of my favorite books are Dreadnought! and its sequel Battlestations! as both novels follow a young officer named Lieutenant Piper serving on Kirk’s Enterprise as she witnesses events unfolding around a brand new and powerful starship. Both novels are written fantastically by Diane Carey, a veteran Trek and sci-fi author.
Diane Duane also wrote a wonderful series of books on the Romulan culture but with the first movie focused on a vengeful Roumulan I seriously doubt we’ll see them in a sequel anytime soon.
What if Khan Noonien Singh had children? Even better, again with the alternate universe theory, what if Khan and his wife Marla McGivers (see Space Seed episode) had a child that also wanted to seek vengeance on James T. Kirk?
Perhaps Captain Pike was the one who set those events in motion but it was Kirk who saved the Enterprise from Khan once again only to find out that Khan had children on earth who still worshipped the genetically-altered superhuman. Suppose his kids were ultra-intelligent and no one knew of their ancestry so they became members of Starfleet just to infiltrate the Enterprise and find their long-lost progenitor.
It would be just obsessive enough of Khan’s descendants to mount a mission to find out what happened to him that they would go through such lengths to find him. Like father, like son.