Focus – The Earth-Romulan War
A focus (unlike a spotlight) is an in-depth look at a Star Trek fanfiction canon item and my twist(s) on it.
Of course, all of fan fiction is like that, but the idea here is to provide a window into how a single canon concept can be used in fan fiction.
The Earth-Romulan War is talked about in canon but it has never actually been shown on screen. For a lot of fans, it is an opportunity that was sorely missed in Star Trek: Enterprise. If the series had gone onto seven seasons instead of just four, undoubtedly the war would have finally been shown.
Dispatches from the Romulan War
A few years ago, I became part of a project called Dispatches from the Romulan War. Dispatches has been posted in a lot of locations. My two contributions are Soldiers’ Marriage Project, which introduced character Rona Moran, and Prison Break, which was intended to give some hope that some people thought dead at the start of the war were actually alive. Further, it showcased a prison called Gemara, at Berren Five, which I have used on several occasions and was first mentioned in The Puzzle.
Before the War
As a run-up to the war, in The Further Adventures of Porthos – The Stilton Fulfillment, the NX-01 hosts the Caitian ambassador and his family. However, the ship is attacked in a quick hit and run, much like hostilities can ramp up in prelude to a real war.
The Beginning of Hostilities
After some more leisurely exploratory moments, such as are in The Light, Intolerance and Reversal, things begin to get down to business in Together. While the ship speeds toward Earth to deliver Jennifer Crossman to her wedding to Frank Ramirez, things are at a bit of a lull. But when ten people are kidnapped off the ship, T’Pol needs to work with her allies in order to find them again. There isn’t a lot of time to spend diverted in this manner, but she still needs to try.
Breaks in the Action
Broken Seal follows a few short incidents of hijinks even as the hostilities are going on. The same is true of first contact with the Daranaeans, which occurs in The Cure is Worse Than the Disease. Another case of hijinks, but this time they are remembered as a story is told, is in Where No Gerbil Has Gone Before. But all is not right, and the reason why Chip and Deb are alone in his quarters at all is because Aidan has been injured enough that Phlox keeps him in Sick Bay overnight. In Temper, the war is again interrupted as Malcolm, Jonathan and Tripp need to work to protect the NX-01 from damage that could be incurred from an errant pulse shot.
Achieving Peace shows the last of the treaty negotiations, as Laura Hayes is there. And in Shell Shock, protesters are angered by Starfleet’s involvement in two wars in such a short period of time. A part of Malcolm’s problems during that story are his memories of the war, including the particularly brutal death of an unnamed crew member.
For this huge gap in canon, into which a truck could be driven through, there was no reason to not cover it. Hell, it’s the elephant in the room, when it comes to the ENT era.
Why not show it?
It will be back in my writing; I guarantee it.