Star Trek VI and what might have been

I have a long memory. Sometimes it can even come in handy, like when a thread today on TrekBBS asked about Walter Koenig’s proposed story for Star Trek VI. I’m not sure where I heard or read about Koenig’s story, or how I even knew the title. Perhaps I’ve always known it was entitled “In Flanders’ Fields,” doubtless after John McCrae‘s famous World War I poem.

In any case, Google came to the rescue and turned up this summary of the story. In retrospect it’s easy to see why Paramount wouldn’t sanction this story; for a film that Paramount wanted to celebrate Trek‘s 25th anniversary the story ends on a downbeat and morbid note and, while dramatic, the film would probably have appealed to only hardcore Trek fans and not have had longevity at the box office.

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