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!
12. Enterprise Was All A Holodeck Simulation
Enterprise is often seen as the black sheep of the Star Trek family, with many fans wishing it had never happened at all. This theory should delight those fans no end, as it posits: maybe it didn't?
The final moments of Enterprise's final episode show us Next Generation's William Riker, who has been observing the events of the episode on the holodeck. This begs the question: if this episode was simply a holographic simulation, how do we know EVERY episode wasn't also a holographic simulation?
After all, Riker must have some downtime between dealing with the meddlesome Q and defending Starfleet from the Borg. Maybe, like all of us, he likes nothing more than to sit down and watch an episode or two of his favourite show. Unlike most of us, his favourite show is Star Trek: Enterprise.
We're not saying that Captain Archer and Co. never existed, rather that the show we watched was a holographic dramatisation of Archer's 200 year-old logs. It would certainly explain a lot of the aesthetic anomalies and continuity errors that plagued the show.
Plus, it's nice to know that the entire time we were watching Enterprise, good ol' William Riker was right beside us, watching along.