Blog #16: More Star Trek 'What If?' Scenarios

- In the original draft idea for Trek Spock was to have been red and from Mars... how would that have affected the franchise??
This would have drastically altered everything for Spock and viewers. Being red and from Mars may seem silly by today's standards but you have to remember that back in the 60's not much was known about Mars. There were no photos, no probes, just what could be seen by telescope and educated guesses. But Roddenberry was known for consulting with scientists about science stuff for Trek and he was probably advised to not have Spockbe from mars because the odds are against there being humanoid life on Mars. but by today's standards had they gone with that notion of being red and from Mars there is no doubt that Star Trek would be mocked and probably would never have been taken seriously, especially after NASA all but proved there not to be life on Mars.
 - Originally Marina Sirtis auditioned for the role of Tasha and Denise Crosby for Troi... what would the series have been like had those two actresses been in each others roles??
I really couldn't imagine Sirtis playing the tough as nails Tasha Yar, and I couldn't imagine Crosby not being a tough as nails character. But that being said from what I understand Denise Crosby left TNG because she wantedout of her contract to pursue a feature film career. Had she still done so in the role of Troi that character would have died, and she would have no reason to come back in the 3rd season TNG episode 'Yesterdays Enterprise', or to be the spin-off character 'Sela'. Also if Crosby left the role of Troi someone would have to come in to take that position as Picards Adviser, where as before Worf just stepped up and took Tasha's job.

If Marina Sirtis had been 'Tasha' we would not have seen her in lovely outfits like this one. Because only ship Counsellors can wear revealing outfits on a starship. 

- If O'Brien had not come to DS9 from TNG what character from TNG or TOS should have come to DS9 in his place?
I think it would have been cool if Scotty had came to DS9 to lend his Engineering knowledge to help make this old Cardassian space station working to Starfleet standards. He was last seen flying off the Enterprise in his own borrowed shuttle, I'm surprised he never made a guest appearance on the show. Granted actor James Doohan was in his senior years and maybe couldn't or wouldn't commit to a long term contract, but it would have been cool to see Scotty on DS9 for a season or two even if it wasn't every episode. They could have possibly also had Lt Barclay, played by actor Dwight Schultz from 'The A-Team' fame. I would think he would have been willing to commit to a Trek series as he was said to be a fan and that is why the role of Barclay was created for him specifically.  

Scotty on DS9? 

- What if Odo and Kira had not hooked up??
It would have made for a better series. Seriously the biggest mistake they made on that show was having those two hook up. As much as I like Odo I just didn't believe that a woman like Kira would have hooked up with him. Their just 2 very different people. Also they had a great friend chemistry that was ruined when they got together. Much like the TV series 'The X-Files' the mistake was made to have the two friend characters hook up and things were just never the same.


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