Star Trek Into Darkness Bruce Greenwood

You’ve just graduated Starfleet Academy. Your entire career lies before you, full of promise and opportunity. A few years of hard work, long hours and life threatening away missions and you’ll begin your climb up the Starfleet ladder. Your ultimate goal, the captains chair.

Kirk, Picard, Sisko, Janeway, heck even Whorf and Sulu, they have all sat in the chair. They left their mark. Their legacies are written in the pages of Starfleet history, legends for you to be measured against. Don’t worry, it’s much worse than it sounds.

Fear not noble ensign, for we have prepared this guide for your reference. These ten essentials will help you write your name alongside the legends of Picard and Kirk. Of course, should you choose to ignore these suggestions, you risk being forgotten like Captain John Harriman. Don’t know who he is? Exactly.

So take notes ensign. This is stuff you’re going to need to know.



10.  A Starship

Star Trek: The Next Generation

OK, this one is pretty easy. In fact, it’s pretty much out of your hands – someone at Starfleet is going to determine which ship you are assigned to. Yet without a proper starship you won’t be able to do much in the legend writing category. No one ever tells stories about that time the shuttle pilot saved their colony from the Cardassians. Nope, the songs get written about the guys in the big ships. So you need one.

Hey! If a ship is so important, why is number ten on the list? Good question. Actually it’s not, but we knew it was going to be asked anyway. The ship is at number ten because, although it’s incredibly important to writing your legend, you have to earn it. That means you’re going to need the other nine things first. So, number ten it is!

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This article was first posted on July 25, 2013