This weeks assignment from The League Of Extraordinary Bloggers: Young guns
In the spirit of Young Indiana Jones, Young Frankenstein, or Young Einstein, come up with a “Young ___” prequel or series.
Star Trek: Stargazer (The Adventures of a young Commander/Captain Picard)
My idea would be a TV series about a young Captain Picard as he commands the USS Stargazer. I've always been interested in this idea as there have been several references to his time on the Stargazer during the run of TNG. I know Picard served on the Stargazer for 22 years and that he took command of the ship after his Captain was killed during a battle. I would like to see the young Picard and his friendship with the doomed Jack Crusher, and the sexual tension between the young Picard and the young lovely Dr Beverly Crusher. I know the Stargazer had a run in with Cardassians during the Federation/Cardassian War and of course the final fateful battle with the then mysterious Feringi. maybe the first season could focus on Picard as the First Officer, and maybe in the season 1 finale he takes command. 'Star Trek: Stargazer' would make a great TV series and as the new Trek movie has proven recasting old characters and showing them in their prime can and does work when done right. They could even have Patrick Stewart guest star. And it should be produced by JJ Abrams and his 'Bad Robot' productions.
They could also have this series take place in the alternate time line created in the 2009 'Star Trek' film. Then there would be no rules or restrictions. The young Captain Picard could hook up with a young Beverly Crusher, the young Picard could do things the other regular Picard would never do. Different time line, different circumstances leading to 'Captain Picard' would mean possible a radically different Picard. You could even have much younger characters from TNG on the 'Stargazer' because this is an alternate time line. 18 year old Ensign William Riker could be there. Dr Pulaski, Lieutenant Janeway, and Kerzon Dax. You could even have Karl Urban as an aged Admiral McCoy make an appearence, similar to the one DeForest Kelley made in the TNG pilot 'Encounter At Farpoint'. I'm sure if JJ Abrams asked Urban to do an appearance he would be willing to do it, and it would solidify this series as taking place in the new time line. You could also have the Stargazer travel to Terrok Nor (DS9) as it was under command of the Cardassians, in orbit of Bajor during the occupation, and you could bring back a younger Gul Dukat for that. Heck you could even have Mr Mott, the barber from TNG, be the barber on the Stargazer.
The possibilities are endless and awesome!!
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