10 Classic Star Trek Plot Devices That Could Inspire The Next MovieEsther Inglis-Arkell6/18/13 1:00pmFiled to: superliststar trekv'gerqstar trek into darknessholodeck tribblesmoviestelevisionspace operaj.j. abrams3078EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkIt's already official: There's going to be another Star Trek movie. But what elements of Trek lore should they put on the big screen next time? The first two Abrams films already mined Trek's rich history for ideas, but they also left out some stuff. Here are 10 classic Star Trek elements that we'd like to see take center stage in the next movie.10. TribblesThere are a lot of baddies lurking in the first two rebooted movies, all with the potential to be the big villain in the next film. But did you notice the tribbles? No, you didn't. Not really. Nobody suspects the tribbles. Which is the point of tribbles. They just sit there, looking cute, until they breed like crazy and overrun everything.AdvertisementAnd what if they get... supercharged? Like, what if they're injected with nanobots and start eating metal? What if they acquire a taste for human blood and their cooing causes paralysis? What if there is a zombie tribble outbreak? (You know that it could happen.) They finally have a big-budget movie to work with! Let's see the real trouble with tribbles.9. Harry Mudd Most of the last two movies had to do with the Federation battling great threats and lifelong grudges. How about stepping away from the planet-destroying Romulans and the moral compromises of facing the Klingons, and look at what it's like to actually be on "the final frontier," with outlaws and smugglers and shady business dealings happening all around you? Basically, the return of Harry Mudd, or some other lawless smuggler types.AdvertisementTaking this further, I'd like to see a movie that's basically Star Trek versus Firefly. What's going to win out — an enlightened yet stifling monolith, or a band of shady, but liberty-obsessed outlaws? You wouldn't buy a ticket to see the movie. You'd buy a ticket to see the brawl in the movie theater.8. Evil Sexy LadiesThe Shatner-Kirk had trouble with women. Multiple ex-girlfriends tried to kill him, his ensigns kept mooning after him, and no sooner did you see an "alien" woman with a high pony tail and a shiny dress than you knew she was going to be twining her arms around his neck by the third act. And Shatner-Kirk was restrained compared to Pine-Kirk. Pine-Kirk is what would happen if Shatner-Kirk and Zapp Brannigan had a fumbling, contraceptive-free night in a gene splicer. If you're going to take a captain of a flagship and amp up his inner hound to eleven, you are going to have problems. Sexy evil alien ladies would both demonstrate that problem, and eliminate the need to show a crew member in her underwear. Two problems solved!7. RedjacMost of you will not remember Redjac. Some of you will remember him from the original series episode, "A Wolf In the Fold," in which the crew discovers an evil entity that feeds on fear and has been many of history's greatest serial killers, including Jack the Ripper. Redjac fools the crew, and the alien civilization that they're in contact with, for some time by framing a crew member as a serial killer. That doesn't sound too impressive, you say. It certainly doesn't deserve a higher position than Evil Sexy Ladies, you say. Why does Redjac get to be a villain, you ask. Because, I patiently explain, the crew member that he framed was Scotty. And if you cast Simon Pegg in a film series, then by god, you use him. You don't just trot him around an engine room yelling about what he "canna" do. You find some way to put him front and center, and if that means we all have to spend a movie watching people hundreds of years into the future doing a retread of From Hell, then that's just what has to happen.6. An Evil ComputerMany people complained that the first two Abrams films were missing the heart and soul of Star Trek: The Original Series — which is Kirk debating with evil computers. He does this in so many episodes of the show, it becomes one of the defining features. And we just had a huge hit movie based on Kirk's confrontation with Landru. So maybe the next movie should be about Kirk facing off against a computer that's gotten ideas above its station.