SNW Idea: “The Doctor’s Wife” but Make It Star Trek??
Of all Starfleet vessels, TOS’s NCC-1701 Enterprise is the one that is the most often directly personified as “a beautiful lady/woman/she/her”. Even more so than the NX-1701 or any iterations that come after the first NCC model, even in Kirk’s era with him aboard. After we get to the NCC-1701-A from The Voyage Home that allegory dwindles significantly.
However in SNW we haven’t seen the crew, not even Pike, not even Hemmer, refer to the Enterprise like she’s a person. Chris & La’an tell the crew “she’ll hold.” in Memento Mori, but that’s the full extent of it so far. They don’t take it to anywhere near the same level that Kirk or Scotty do. Edit: Scratch that! Erica definitely has a weird thing for the Enterprise akin to Kirk’s and Scotty’s 😂 still!
Which begs the possibility! What if the implication that the Enterprise is practically a living, breathing person became very, very literal?
What if somehow, through the usual insanity Star Trek generally creates, the Enterprise somehow becomes a human(oid) woman temporarily?
That presents a really interesting possibility with funny, heartwarming and heartbreaking implications. That Kirk and/or Scotty form a strong emotional connection with Human(oid)!Enterprise before she returns to her original form.
Not only that but we will definitely see Paul Wesley’s Kirk sprinkled throughout SNW as time goes on. Chances are Scotty will be showing up soon if not as chief engineer, lined up for a promotion.
Could you imagine Kirk making a deep connection with a woman and it turns out to be the Enterprise and he’s NEVER the wiser about it being the ship/her. He just knows he’s got an unusually sentimental attachment to the vessel before he even becomes its Captain?!
It could be something that would connect Jim to the soul of the NCC-1701 in a way that was never possible for any other Starfleet Captain. Something none of the others could or will achieve because it was ultimately an accident?! Talk about poetic cinema and reoccurring themes!
Scotty would be a narratively interesting choice too! Scotty has always treated the Enterprise with the same charming chivalry and protectiveness he treats his love interests with in TOS. Defending her honor when she’s implied to be a garbage scow. Among many other instances that reinforce the Enterprise is more than just a well-crafted ship to him.
I could really see a bittersweet shenanigans episode where a humanoid woman shows up and the Enterprise shuts down at the same time. Scotty being the first (maybe only) person to figure out the connection, possibly emotionally connect to her, but ultimately end up having to set things back to the way they were before. Thus being Scotty’s little secret because trying to explain it would be strange and difficult.
Either or both of these characters knowing/feeling on some level that the Enterprise is alive, or at least was, would be amazing commentary on moments like “now I know why it’s called she.”
Not only that, but it would make her demise all the more emotional when she finally meets her end in The Search for Spock.
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