Star Trek has always been one of the strangest shows on prime time television: beginning as a horror anthology masquerading as a space opera, it has evolved over the years, eventually morphing into the science-fiction action/adventure dramedy we know today.
However, nothing on the show can compare to the wild, wacky, and frankly INSANE theories that die-hard Trekkies have invented over the years. Star Trek basically invented fandoms as we know them today, and no multimedia franchise has more devoted devotees. As such, Trekkies have a tendency to analyse every single piece of Star Trek media they can get their hands on, often even going as far as to create their own.
That's right: with over fifty years, twelve movies, nine TV shows, thirty-five seasons, and seven-hundred and seventy-four episodes at our disposal, us Star Trek fanatics still aren't satiated. Our need to explore this universe we love can often lead us to invent our own stories, characters, and bizarre theories.
Today, we present to you some of the weirder theories out there. While none have ever been confirmed, all have puzzled, delighted, or even enraged fans who think about them.
Do you agree with any of our theories, or do you have more plausible ideas of your own? Sound off in the comments, and share your own Star Trek discoveries!
Jimmy Kavanagh is an Irish writer and co-founder of Club Valentine Comedy, a Dublin-based comedy collective. You can hear him talk to his favourite comedians about their favourite comics on his podcast, Comics Swapping Comics.