JJ Abrams adapts individual episodes from across the Trek pantheon for an unforgettable star-studded 6-night TV event on CBS.
1. City on the Edge of Darkness
Proposed changes - have Spock do McCoy’s role in the story, and place him in the triangle. Tests better with audiences. Change setting from Depression-era 30s to Cocaine-fuelled 80s, have Edith’s (Olivia Wilde?) goal changed to using her sexuality to stop the US from winning Cold War (note: must seem empowered) Guardian should be mincing, foppish intellectual who gets punched out by Kirk after they save the earth.
2. Amok Darkness Time
Spock takes over the ship (jump cuts, explosions, neck-breaking) and attempts to fly it straight through the earth (slow-motion shots of Enterprise scraping familiar towers) to get home to Vulcan, which no-longer exists. Kirk takes him on an all-night bender at an exotic moon resort, but Spock still intends to destroy San Francisco. Uhura saves the day by defeating her ex-lover in an extended, sexually charged scene in the slowly exploding ruins of the Enterprise.
3. The Inner Light Into Darkness
A strange probe that emits ominous foghorn sounds strikes the Enterprise-D and places Captain Picard (Check on availablity of that Lex Luthor kid?) in a coma. While the crew argues over what to do (Riker… think Scott Speedman? Worf - Ice-T?), Picard fights against time and an orwellian-police state to save a world from inevitable destruction by an immense cloud of robotic space meteors. When he awakens (Act 3), Picard leads the crew on a revenge mission against the space meteors, who are threatening earth.
4. The Measure of a Man in Darkness
Starfleet has ruled that Data (Penn Badgley? Check availability) is a machine with far greater capability than a bridge officer. Despite flawless execution of his new missions to save earth, Data goes rogue and has to take down the corrupt system that set him up from the inside. Episode ends with a showdown between Data and numerous clones.
5. In the Darkest Moonlight
Wisecracking roguish Garak is teamed with no-nonsense Sisko in a caper to save the earth from shapeshifters. After a run-in with a prickly chief, Garak encourages his straightlaced partner that going by the book isn’t always the best way to get results. Ending homage to Point Break? (Sisko shoots his gun up in the air and goes ‘AAAH’ with the ruins of Chicago behind him)
6. Year of Darkest Hell
A madman is trying to erase everything in his way to get back his past - including the Earth! Can Janeway (Leighton Meester) and Chakotay (Taylor Lautner) put their sexual frustrations aside long enough to stop him?