Awhile back in my intro thread, I indicated I would try to find some of my old writing from quite awhile ago. Star Wars: The Next Generation was an idea I had a long time ago about a "starship adventure series in Star Wars." This is not a crossover of universes, but a "meshing of styles": thematically, things happen in the brief scriptment the way an episode of Star Trek might play out, with a modern socio-political lesson in the spirit of the original show. The events take place about 50 ABY. Hence they are "The Next Generation". Captain Arthur Valerian Born of a noble family originally from Alderaan (before its destruction), Captain Arthur Valerian is classic swashbuckler in the spirit of Jack Aubrey from Patrick O'Brien's Master and Commander series. He is named for the Duke of Wellington, and possesses the Iron Duke's military prodigy. He serves as an example of the "cool guy who is a conservative": Captain Jack Aubrey of Master and Commander is the "conservative" dashing hero who is more than a match for Jack Sparrow when it comes to swashbuckling. Commander Elizabeth Rockey Second-in-command of the RSC Sentinel, Commander Rockey holds the dual role of Executive Officer and the Sentinel's assigned Jedi Knight (her class is Jedi Consular). Somewhat cold, and known to some of the male crew members as a "walking refrigerator unit", the Corellian-born Jedi possesses an exceptional intellect and spiritual strength. Having been raised by the Jedi since she was a child (on Luke Skywalker's Jedi Academy on Yavin IV), she serves as the "outsider's view" of humanity, in a way similar to Spock of Star Trek: TOS or Data in Star Trek: TNG. Common pop culture references often fly over her head, and I like the idea that it is a human who is the outsider's perspective on humanity. Colonel Jonathan Spiers, Republic Marines Colonel Jonathan Spiers commands the RSC Sentinel's Marine Regimental Combat Team. A family man (in the vein of LTC Harold Moore of the Ia Drang fame), Colonel Spiers holds the loyalty of his Marines by virtue of his leadership and willingness to lead from the front. Hidden behind his "family man" life he currently leads is childhood of growing up "on the streets" of Nar Shadda. His humble upbringing contrasts with Captain Valerian's noble birth, and Colonel Spiers often advises Captain Valerian on how to deal with the "seedier" elements of society: the scholarly Captain Valerian often taps the "street smarts" of Colonel Spiers when conducting anti-piracy operations. In regards to his street smarts, Colonel Spiers is similar to Richard Sharpe: Colonel Spiers and Sharpe both grew up in poverty, and both were "raised from the ranks" to become officers. Commander Dal Antillies The "everyman" of the ship, Commander Antillies is a competent leader and pilot. His role is similar to that of his ancestor, Wedge Antillies, of the Star Wars films. The three main characters are Captain Valerian, Commander Rockey and Colonel Spiers, serving as a poetic parallel to Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy. Their adventures are "Trek-ish" in that they are often encountering strange things described in the Expanded Universe of Star Wars. Unlike Star Trek, the Republic Navy is not suffering from an "identity crisis": the Republic Navy is, without a doubt, a military force. It's primary mission is defense and law enforcement in deep space, with a significant-but-secondary mission of exploration. Unlike Star Trek, humans have possessed faster-than-light travel for hundreds of thousands of years in Star Wars.