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Star Trek’s ‘Section 31’ Spin-Off Is Officially In Development

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With the Star Trek franchise officially back in full swing like it was in the ’90s, it was only inevitable we would get the announcement of several spin-off series. Patrick Stewart is back for a Picard show that will take place after the end of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Meanwhile, several animated series are in development, one of which is coming from the mind of Community creator Dan Harmon. But one of the more interesting ones announced was a show detailing the history of one of the more mysterious organizations in the Star Trek franchise, Section 31. So what can we expect from it?

Fixing Canon Inconsistencies

Star Trek: Discovery was the first TV show in the franchise in over ten years. While it was great to revive the franchise, it caused many problems when it relates to the Trek lore due to being a prequel series. The tech is too advanced, the Klingons don’t resemble themselves at all, and Section 31 is a well-known and sanctioned organization.

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When Section 31 was introduced in Deep Space Nine, it was stated that they were an organization that had total autonomy and operated in the shadows. Only the higher-ups in the Admiralty even knew of them and the official governing body of the United Federation of Planets denied their very existence. Alex Kurtzman, the now head of the Star Trek franchise, has promised that this inconsistency caused by Discovery will be addressed in the new show.

Mirror Universe Empress As The Main Character

Michelle Yeoh began Discovery by playing Philippa Georgiou, the instantly likable Starfleet captain. She was unceremoniously killed off in the second episode of the show. But as with many character deaths in the franchise, they found a very convoluted way to bring her back. Sort of.

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Michael Burnham, the main character of the show, traveled to the Mirror Universe, an evil parallel to ours established all the way back in The Original Series. She then found out that her one-time mentor was, in fact, the Empress of the Terran Empire. Defying all logic, she took this counterpart back to her reality, despite the fact that beyond appearances, she was nothing like Georgiou. With all that said, it is baffling that the writers decided to turn an evil mass murderer into the main protagonist of a Star Trek series. Hopefully, it will work out better than it sounds.

How Will It Live Up To Star Trek’s Philosophy?

Gene Roddenberry created Star Trek during a time of great social strife in America. He wanted to show people what he believed in. Make them understand and strive for a future in which we had solved our problems and looked to the stars in wonderment again. It was the kind of optimism we needed in such a pessimistic time.

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We again live in pessimistic time. We need Roddenberry’s view of the future more than ever. A TV show showing the dark underbelly of the Federation is a good idea only if it holds true to what makes Star Trek so important. Alex Kurtzman has promised that it will still be optimistic. We can only hope that despite having a few questionable creative decisions just as it has gone into the scripting phase of development, won’t stop it from being the light in the dark that this world needs.

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