A while back (its too old to resurect w/o violating forum protocol) there was a thread where people talked about and shared ideas about what would be another good series w/i the Star Trek Pantheon. I remember reading it, while lurking, and thinking it had great ideas.
One of the ideas that impressed me most was the idea of a ‘stolen ship’ being chased by an Ahab-esque captain and crew. I thought about it…and here’s how I see it setting up:
We are introduced to a group of people who are normal merchant space travellers…perhaps with families. They operate salvage operations, but work hasn’t been plentiful and they are rather poor (Dark under-belly of the Federation). Due to bureacratic nonsense, they have been cheated out of their business, all except the rights to one asteroid, for mining purposes.
Now, they have exclusive rights or reservations to everything found in this chunk of rock…and when they start chipping away, the find the tip of the hull of a ship.
Working quickly but secretly, they learn that it is a duplicate of the USS Reliant ( destroyed in ST2). The hull’s properties are clearly different than SF’s…its clearly a different ship, that formed at the center of planet Genesis when it was created. There is no life on board (No Khan, sorry.), but once free chipped free of the rock around it, it would be perfectly useable, if old, and all of their families could live on board and maybe operate their business from there.
There is clear title to the ship granted fully legally, before its discovery was disclosed/announced, and after it is freed, there is a large news story about it.
But, the Federation decides to reneg on the deal…and has decided to confiscate the ship w/o any compensation. The various people lok to their captain, who decides that there isn’t too much for any ofthem to look forward to in this sector of space. And the Federation can’t steal what’s not in its jurisdiction…so the ship is quickly loaded and heads at high warp away from Federation space.
Elsewhere, a disgraced captain, who only has the job due to political appointment and family connections, is ordered to chase them and re-capture the ship, regardless of consequences or lives lost.
Its a sort of forced exploration…where the Reliant’s crew have their freedom and lives at stake. The other crew, the dregs of the Federation, have only known patrol duty, restocking at starbases. the Reliant’s crew are adept at trading and taking merchant jobs; the other no. Still, all it takes is one mistake and everyone, from the bridge crew to the families, lives are over.
I think that it would be an interesting contrast…and would make a good series. Think “The Fugitive”, but in space.
I guess my question is: Would you watch it…?