Star Trek script sent the Enterprise crew way back
Before Star Trek: The Motion Picture came to fruition in 1979, there were a myriad of ideas and scripts. From the way out there that would never work to the ones that were considered, choosing the right script wasn’t easy. According to The Fifty Year Mission The First Twenty-Five Years [page 310], one of the scripts took the crew of the Enterprise far beyond the reaches of the galaxy.
This particular idea had Captain Kirk missing with the rest of the crew on a hunt to find their leader. They eventually track him to a planet where they soon face off with Klingons and an alien race they’d never met before called the Cygnans. If that’s not enough to keep everyone busy, they would have had a black hole to contend with that ended up sending everyone way, way back in time to the dawn of mankind.
Would the entire Star Trek crew have had a god-complex?
But lest you think Kirk, Spock, Dr. McCoy, and the crew were trying to make their way in this unknown world where their tricorders and phasers meant nothing, there was more to this script. The entire crew weren’t just stuck back in time; they were revealed to be the Titans of Greek mythology. So long before the Olympian gods existed, there would have been Captain Kirk and over 400 other crewmembers from the Enterprise…even though there weren’t that many Titans in Greek mythology.
How this script would have played out would have been both confusing and interesting. I’m not quite sure how we would have been able to believe that people from the 23rd century were actually born long, long, long before that. And somehow, they managed to end up aboard a spaceship. This would have required so much more than the suspension of belief. I’m not sure if I could have accepted the entire Enterprise crew as pre-Olympian gods. Could you?