More details emerge on Bryan Singer's failed Star Trek series

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Dec 14, 2012

A bunch of new details have come to light concerning that failed Bryan Singer Star Trek series pitch. Titled Star Trek: Federation, it would have featured a new character, one with the very familiar name ... of Kirk.

The proposed Star Trek series would have taken place in the year 3000, with the adventures of an all-new starship Enterprise—the first in more than 300 years—with a character named Alexander Kirk. (No word on whether this Kirk would have been a descendant of our very own Capt. James T. Kirk, but it's really not so subtle, don't you think?)

The 25-page series proposal—which was never actually pitched—was written by Geoffrey Thorne (Leverage) based on a story idea by Bryan Singer, screenwriter Ralph McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) and director Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise). The plan was basically to turn the Star Trek universe upside down and shake it up, with the return of complex serialized storytelling as opposed to standalone episodes.

Below are the key changes Trek Movie reports Singer would have brought to the Star Trek Universe we know and love, setting it roughly 600 years after Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the Enterprise-E and his crew explored the galaxy—while keeping up with the continuity and returning to the early concept of exploring space.

Earth's Humans have become "fat and happy" but this has led to complacency where humans are "giving up exploration for incremental colonization and focusing more on the rightness of their own cultural view over all others"

Many younger members of the UFP have left, eschewing this "human-centric" Federation

Vulcans have been disengaging from the Federation and have reunified with the Romulans, spending most of the last 3 centuries focused on creating a new "joined society" overseen by two "quasi-religious clerics who rule according to logic and what is best for their unified peoples, combining Romulan Machiavellian politics with Vulcan logic.

Bajorans have withdrawn from the Federation to become insular in order to focus on their religion and communing with the Prophets. Bajor is now "like a planet sized Tibet", handing over all temporal concerns to the Ferengi

The Klingons have undergone a "massive reformation" moving away from their Viking-like brawling to become a "civilization of warrior mystics" akin to the Tang Dynasty), now flying "sleek" and "serene" ships and while they maintain diplomacy with the Federation they have returned to expanding the Empire via conquest

The Cardassians have transformed into a "society of artists and philosophers" who now "walk the path" and are now dedicated to a philosophy with "the view of the galaxy as a place created solely to test the faithful."

The Ferengi are no longer a "joke" but have become "quite powerful". Equality for females (including a female Nagus) is "the only concession they have made to progress" and with "the Greater Federation's cashless society as a restriction, the Ferengi Alliance is now able to shine in its full capitalist glory." The Ferengi are also making big bucks marketing the Bajoran religion around the galaxy, including pilgrimages to the Bajoran Wormhole.

Starfleet has been reduced to a "mere peace-keeping force" protecting fringe worlds from aliens and from fighting each other, with starships are old and spread out too thin.

Star Trek: Federation would have also featured a brand-new, powerful and totally ruthless alien menace (seriously, aren't they always?) called "The Scourge" and would have featured an "incident" involving a Federation ship, the U.S.S. Sojourn, which would have jump-started the proposed series.

Lieutenant Commander Alexander Kirk is the only survivor of the "Sojourner Incident," as it's come to be known in the press. And he has no clear memory of the events themselves. Attempts to "help" him remember cause him to become irrational and violent. All he has is images of carnage and death and a hidden malevolent presence lurking behind it all. When called before his superiors, he paints a picture of the enemy that is scarcely believed and which, if true, might tip the already fracturing Federation Alliance into true collapse.

We know that Bryan Singer is a huge fan of Star Trek, and we believe he would have treated the franchise with love and respect. However, we're not sure that depicting the Federation as on the verge of collapse, when Star Trek is all about human achievement and about the best of humanity, was a wise choice. However, our curiosity was tickled with ''The Scourge,'' and we wonder how these aliens would have played out.

For more detailed information on this, however, head over to Trek Movie.

What do you guys think?

(via Slash Film)

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