<i>by <a href=http://www.twitter.com/graemem>Graeme McMillan, Newsarama Contributor</a></i> <p>This week sees the release of IDW's <b>Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimiliation2 #1 #1</b>, melding the two long-lived science-fiction series together for the first time in an enjoyable time-traveling team-up that also includes a mash-up of nemeses as the Borg meet the Cybermen. <p>The series comes hot on the heels of IDW's <i> Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes</i>, leading us to wonder... what <i> other</i> Star Trek team-ups could the publisher put out? <p><i>Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's <a href=http://www.facebook.com/Newsarama><b>FACEBOOK</b></a> and <a href=http://twitter.com/newsarama><b>TWITTER</b></a>!</i> <p> <p>
At first sight, the idea of matching the least popular <i> Trek</i> television series with the popular HBO series about bloodsucking fiends seems a little unusual. But consider this: <i> The vampires could kill the entire cast of the NX Enterprise</i> . Doesn't it make a little more sense now?(Apologies to everyone who liked <i> Enterprise</i>, but come on now.)
Fans of <i> DS9</i> know that, by end of the show's final season, the true threat to the citizens of the Federation and Bajor weren't the Dominion or the Cardassians, but the Pah-Wraiths, the evil opposites of the show's long-running "Prophets." <p>Wouldn't it have been great if Captain Sisko could have, you know, called some experts with experience in dealing with supernatural troublemakers? And you know that you want to see a Quark/Venkman conversation, deep down...
If ever there were two characters in different fictional franchises that deserve a body swap comedy, it's the intelligent, capable, restrained Captain Kathryn Janeway of the USS Voyager and Tank Girl of Australia who is... none of those things. <p>Not only would Janeway have to deal with kangaroo boyfriends and copious amounts of alcohol, but TG would find herself in charge of the most heavily armed machine she could ever imagine. Let's see the Borg stand up to that combination.
They have traveled through time, across alternate dimensions, and met all manner of godlike aliens and aliens who believed they were godlike. But let's be honest: How do you <i> really</i> think Kirk and crew would deal with a grumpy dwarf? <p>Would Spock find himself accepted by the elf community because of the whole ear thing? <p>And just how difficult would it be to work in Bones saying the phrase "Dammit, Jim! I'm a doctor, not a <i> wizard</i> !" anyway..?
Unless you're a hardcore <i>Trek</i> nerd, you might not remember what Section 31 is. <p>Short version: They're the morally dubious spy division of Starfleet that's so secret that most of Starfleet doesn't know it exists. <p>So... what happens if that level of sneaky comes face to face with America's greatest fighting force (and one that's also, coincidentally, somewhat of a secret)? The only possible answer: Sheer strategic entertainment for the fans. <p>You're welcome, world.
If you think about it, <i>ST:TNG</i> always had a fairly big robotic component, what with the Borg and almost every single storyline Data ever had. So why not give it a <i>really</i> big robotic component by adding in the biggest robots around? <p>Imagine the possibilities of the Borg assimilating Megatron! Picture Jean Luc Picard driving a bright yellow VW beetle!
Sure, we could pretend that the two franchises are thrown together because of their deep and involved mythologies that both combine faith in unknown powers with a humanistic outlook. We could even say that it happens because the Keepers of the Keys discover one that opens a door into Odo's office on the space station three hundred years in the future. <p>But, really? <p>The biggest lure of this would definitely be Gabriel Hernandez drawing the <i> DS9</i> crew.
Four words: Kirk. In. KISS. Make-up. <p>You all understand the appeal of this idea already, right? Just throw in a plot about Starchild trying to return home and ensure that it all ends with the band playing a gig on Vulcan that forces all of the Vulcans into rock-and-roll-induced Pon Farr and we can all agree that this stands a chance of being the greatest <i> Star Trek</i> story ever.
How we could ensure that two of the greatest pop cultural creations of the 1980s could meet remains a mystery - Although who wouldn't want to see the Turtles wander into a Dixon Hill holodeck adventure - but it's a combination that has to be seen by the world at least once. Twice if it involves Worf going toe-to-toe with Shredder, armed only with a Bat'leth.
Admit it: You forgot that <a href="http://www.idwpublishing.com/catalog/series/434">IDW had the comic rights for the spectacular <i> Star Trek</i> parody</a>, didn't you? <p>This is a combination that could make or break either of the two franchises involved, but just think about how good it could be if done properly. All manner of meta jokes could abound, with the potential to blow everyone's minds by bringing the crew of the Enterprise to the <i>Galaxy Quest</i> Earth to embrace the fandom they've never had a chance to meet...