An innocent NPC may allude to future crossovers for Star Trek Online

    
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Look at the guy in that image right there. He’s just some dude, right? Just a nameless NPC in Star Trek Online, offering no quests or shop functionality or anything of the sort. He is, in every sense of the word, totally superfluous. By which we of course mean that he’s anything but superfluous and may have some pretty far-reaching implications for the game’s storyline, the expansion Agents of Yesterday, and future development.

If you’re staring at the screen and scratching your head in bafflement, that’s fine. I understand. In order for any of that to make sense, you have to understand uniforms and why they’re a big deal in Star Trek, as well as species we just plain don’t know about yet. Take a look at the two screenshots we’ve been given of this mystery man, and then jump on down below to learn about uniforms, implications, and uniforms.

First of all, let’s set some foundational material. There are two timelines to be concerned with in Star Trek as a franchise. The prime universe is the one that’s been the setting for five separate television series, 10 films, lots of books and video games, and also the very important STO. The alternate universe is the one that’s served as a setting for the past two Star Trek films as well as the upcoming Star Trek Beyond. And that nameless NPC belongs there, not in the prime universe, because his uniform is wrong.

Take a look at the dudes at the top of this article here and make careful note of the uniform they’re wearing. There are three relevant points of interest. First of all, the uniform is made of a smooth material; second, the rank piping at the wrist and the insignia are both sewn on in gold lamé; third, the uniform tunic appears to be a single piece with a black collar.

Pictured: prime universe uniforms.

Now, take a look at this page on Lieutenant 0718, a character who appears in Star Trek Into Darkness. He’s not a significant character, but he’s there in the background, and he’s relevant to this discussion. Immediately, you can tell that his uniform is similar to the above, but it’s not the same. The tunic is not a single piece, but rather a black undershirt with a colored overshirt (we see Kirk wearing just the undershirt in the previous film). The insignia is in silver and is a separate piece from the tunic. Furthermore, the tunic is a ribbed mesh material.

It’s possible to write off some of these as a result of style, better special effects, or lighting, just like it’s possible to argue that the insignia as a separate piece is part of the technical limitations of STO. But take another look at those screenshots, and look at 0718 again. For a game that has proved itself very capable of displaying classic uniforms, it’s a conscious choice when someone is not wearing an actual classic uniform. That’s an alternate universe uniform.

Let’s also consider the fact that the man in question has no visible iris or pupil and a cybernetic implant of some sort on his cranium. Both appear normal for 0718, but they are completely atypical for the Starfleet we know of that permits minimal cybernetic modification. The alternate universe apparently has different standards.

In other words – what we have here is a character who is in completely the wrong universe but exists in a time period contemporaneous with the exact era that the game’s next expansion is going to be covering. It’s quite possible that he might serve as a not-so-subtle hint about what is coming around the corner, a preview of crossing over with the alternate universe and exploring what that might mean across multiple potential timelines.

Or he’s just a little Easter egg thrown in there for fans to smile about. That could be it.

Thanks to JackSparrowJive for the tip and the screenshots!
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LordJerle
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LordJerle

Drunk3nShaman Console STO is a slap in the face to the PC community.

RicharddeLeonIII
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RicharddeLeonIII

johnmynard RicharddeLeonIII Wait…he raised Sisko?  *snicker* j/k

BigMikeyOcho
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BigMikeyOcho

I’m going to take a guess and say it’s just an Easter Egg. Can they do a crossover between the JJ-verse and Prime in STO? Well, sure. But seeing as how STO’s Star Trek rights are with CBS, who only owns the TV rights and not the Paramount movie rights, then Cryptic would have to strike a deal with Paramount, too, to include reboot stuff (well, I’m assuming. In the end, everything from the movies *started* as being part of the shows, so they could maybe still use it? But it’d be walking a fine legal line). It’s not completely out of the question, as TV/game tie-ins work pretty well (see: Marvel Heroes). But my money is still on Easter Egg.

Quinnocent
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Wakkander Flimflamberge DrowNoble Season 1 and 2 were Gene’s final years.  At its worst, those seasons’ episodes were repetitions of hokey stuff that flew in 60’s and 70’s scifi that just seemed contrived and silly during the 90’s.  I do think Gene was capable of much, much better (even some of the “serious” episodes of those two seasons were awful), but he wasn’t really at the top of his game mentally or creatively.  His health was really suffering near the end, and I think that limited his output.
The TNG people love is Rick Berman’s TNG.  It again declined during its later season (god, Beverly Crusher in an Anne Rice novel, please kill me).  But that’s because Rick Berman and his core circle of talent was focusing on DS9, and they were letting a lot of really poorly-written scripts from outsiders in for TNG.

DS9 was Rick Berman doing things his way, with his people (Mike Piller and others).  They’re probably the names most responsible for the Trek younger geeks grew up with and loved.

CharlesRoyWilliamson
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CharlesRoyWilliamson

Fucking yuck!

johnmynard
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johnmynard

tylercles AFAIK, it’s still in the prime ‘verse, though it goes back and forth as to whether it’s a sequel or a prequel.

johnmynard
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johnmynard

RicharddeLeonIII I would argue that George was better in the classic universe because he raised his son to be the greatest captain in Starfleet history.

johnmynard
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johnmynard

Dobablo “Much loved” might be stretching it a bit.

Wakkander
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Wakkander

Flimflamberge Wakkander DrowNoble I submit to you the unholy horror that was the Star Wars Christmas Special. At its worst bit of moralizing preaching that ST can do, it never had something like that. Also, if we include the EU, there was Luuke, the evil clone of Luke. Well, there was a lot of bad stuff in the EU, some good as well but… Luuke. Too many U’s leads to evil, it is known.

However, you are not wrong that bad trek can be really bad. Season 1-2 TNG was terrible except for a few episodes, thankfully it managed to get dramatically better in the future and still had a few good episodes.

One notable mention is the introduction of Ferengi, Gene’s strawman for capitalism that was supposed to replace Klingon’s as the big bad villains for TNG, but came off as so silly and unthreatening they canned those plans, only for them to become comedic relief later on.

Flimflamberge
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Flimflamberge

Wakkander DrowNoble I kind of liked the 2009 film for what it was. One major downside of being the “thinking man’s sci-fi” is that a lot of Star Trek writers are exceedingly poor thinkers.
Sometimes Trek can be utterly fantastic, but when it’s bad it’s far worse than Star Wars can ever be. Because at least SW when it’s bad is just boring and contrived. ST when at its worst will actively try to teach absolutely vile “moral” lessons.