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.

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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