|Posted: 11 February 2013 at 12:55pm | IP Logged | 2
• Guest Stars. Would I want to feature characters "returning"? A story I long ago wanted to explore, for instance, was the return of Gary Mitchell.
I find myself a bit surprised by this--the second pilot told a complete and satisfying tale, after all. I'm not all that big on revisiting stories that had a definitive ending ("Space Seed" being a clear exception). Still, I have no doubt that you'd bring Mitchell back in a very interesting and logical way! I'm intrigued.
• Post-TOS Continuity. In my IDW series I have already visited the characters as they were after the show. While this project would be set "between episodes" in the original, would I be bound to what we know from what came later? Could I finally do "The Face of Fear", and "reveal" why the Klingons looked so different in TMP, or does the ENTERPRISE resolution block that path? This is, after all, the kind of project that would be endlessly dissected by the overly anal fanboys, and while I generally care not a whit about what they might think, I also don't want to just HAND them their ammunition!
I suppose it would come down to which is more important to you--the challenge of staying inside canon, or the fun of letting loose!
I also think it would be interesting to see how you'd handle incorporating movie-era screencaps into a story, by using it as a framing sequence that surrounds a TOS flashback story, since the movies introduced the "crunchy" Klingons!
And, since this would essentially be fanfic, you should do whatever you freaking want.
Hey, if fanboys can write their own fanfic that doesn't play along with canon, why can't you? After all, it's not as if this would be a professional, officially-licensed STAR TREK story that fans have to pay for. I think an officially-published story should be held to a higher canonical standard than a fun little side-project like this.
But, please, no "Slash"!
• Cut and Paste. When I first conceived this project, lo these many years ago, my thought was to use scenes, including dialog, from TOS show ON VIDEO. Doing it in "fumetti" form is, of course, enormously liberating in this respect, since I can have the characters saying entirely different dialog -- but can I drop Character A into Scene Q, where s/he was not before, in order to get the scene/interaction I want? Just how "pure" does this project need to be?
As noted above, I think it comes down to Challenge vs. Fun.
I think it would be awesome to see you go all-out and manipulate images--for example, in a story guest-starring, say, Commodore One, you could simply take existing shots of the Enterprise and replace the name/registry number to turn her into the Yorktown.
Using photo-manipulation (and maybe 3-D modeling for new ships and sets and such) would allow for some very cool scenarios which would not be possible otherwise.
On the flipside, creativity thrives on restrictions, and I'd also love to see what you could do with just the raw TOS screencaps.
Or, you could, y'know, do both! Why stop with just one of these stories?