For the past three weeks, I’ve been sketching out the main characters for my hypothetical Star Trek series to relaunch the franchise on TV, namely Starfleet Academy. As I said before, this is just for my own fun and to get these ideas out of my head. While this would be a lot of fun to develop for real (hint hint, Paramount), I’m just mostly sharing this because I want to.
So far, I’ve created three very driven individuals, folks who are attending the Academy because they want to prove themselves. But after I finished up their profiles, I realized that there would really be no reason for these three to become friends. Oh, sure, a common enemy might unite them. They could get assigned to work on a project together. But for Kamlyn Sulu, Jessa Atin, and Herschel Williamson to bond, they need someone to draw them together and then hold them there.
Not only that, but I finally did the math for real and realized that there’s one person we’ve encountered in previous Star Trek shows who would be old enough to be a cadet, someone who has grown up seeing Starfleet not as distant heroes, but members of her extended family. This is someone who would maybe feel more comfortable on a starship than a planet’s surface. She wants to be a Starfleet officer. I mean, she’s even got a rank already, for cryin’ out loud.
That’s right, folks. Naomi Wildman has finally enrolled at Starfleet Academy.
I mean, it makes a certain amount of sense. She was born during Voyager‘s adventures in the Delta Quadrant. From an early age, she’s believed that she would have to be a Starfleet officer. How else would they make it home? But when Voyager made it home a lot earlier than anyone anticipated, Naomi would find her future wide open with lots of options. She could potentially be anything. And maybe she even tried to be lots of different things.
But growing up on a Starfleet vessel has a way of shaping a person. She’s come to see Starfleet as her family and her home. So for her, going to the Academy is a homecoming of sorts, returning to her roots. She goes into the Academy expecting it to be a huge love-fest.
Small problem: she’s not ready for the rivalry, the latent or blatant hostility from other cadets, and even the resentment some people will show her for her history.
But Naomi is a peacemaker at heart. That’s why she’s the glue that holds Kam, Jessa, and Herschel together. She’s the heart of their group, and it’s that ability that marks her for potential greatness one day. After all, a true captain has to be able to unite and inspire a crew, and that’s something that Naomi learned while being Janeway’s captain’s assistant.
The Special Guest Star
I would think that in Naomi’s early days at the Academy, there would be times when she would feel very disillusioned. Did she make a mistake going to the Academy? She was expecting to find a family and instead, she’s finding nothing but strife and conflict. During one of her darker moments, she considers quitting.
That’s when she’s visited by a familiar face, one that would shake things up at the Academy by her mere presence. I mean, honestly, how many cadets would expect to see a Borg drone walking their turf?
Seven of Nine comes to see how Naomi is doing. When she learns of what Naomi has experienced, Seven reminds her of what the Borg do when they encounter differences. They assimilate them into the Collective.
Naomi scoffs at this advice, pointing out that she doesn’t have any nanoprobes at her disposal. Seven says that’s not what she meant. She points out that Naomi was always able to form her own little collectives on Voyager. She can do the same thing at the Academy with her heart.
That might be a little touchy-feely, but whatever.
So there we go, folks, the main characters of my little version of Star Trek. But there’s more to come! Next week, we’ll talk about some of the minor characters.
But here’s the thing: I know we might need a few more main characters, but I’m kind of out of ideas. Do you guys have anyone to add? Is there something obvious that I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments, and be sure to invite your friends to join the conversation!