The Star Trek movie actually reminded me of the DS9 episode with Red Squad in it. The Red Squad episode was one of my favourite back when I originally watched it, probably because I was still in my teens and there was something compelling about the idea of a ship run by cadets.
In both the commanding officer is incapacitated and an inexperienced person takes over and then starts promoting other inexperienced members of crew to different roles.
But the Red Squad episode explores how this can go drastically wrong. It’s a crew of the elite, the best the academy has to offer, but completely inexperienced. They push themselves too far, and yet they do manage to continue their mission for months. They make a decision, the sort of genius decision you see all the time, they’ve spotted a weakness in the enemy vessel and they jump at the chance to exploit it. They hit their target and it fails to work and they pay for that mistake with their lives.
I loved that episode. I loved how it didn’t take the traditional way out, which would have had them destroy the ship and all return as heroes. Contrast it with the movie which just played the trope straight. Captain Kirk was less genius and more just extremely lucky over and over again. I found it less compelling.
@BlueOwl358 I don’t think we’re being off topic. Discussing Star Trek, leads to discussing what would make a Start Trek style game. However if @VampLena complains and thinks it’s offtopic I’ll shut up.
What is the essence of Star Trek?
For me it’s exploration. Travelling the universe, encountering new races, new planets, playing diplomat, hero, saviour, seducer. Having first contact, helping to fix problems, resolving things and then moving on to a new world and a new adventure.
It’s Star Fleet, belonging to an extremely diverse organisation, with extremely strong ethics, which promotes a set of ideals and tries to do the best for all. Star Fleet is about equality. It’s about a crew of all different races working together for the good of the galaxy where there is no prejudice. It’s an idealised society.
It’s about the prime directive, and the moral dilemmas that can cause. Do you interfere with a society, changing their society forever, or do you let them die. Do you let them commit atrocities and injustices that go against your own ideals. Do you just walk away or do you interfere, making things far worse.
That’s Star Trek to me.
And it’s about the crew, their relationships with eachother, how they all pull together. Their various personal lives and how their missions impact on them.