Star Trek Online's tangled backstory unraveled (videos)

The upcoming Star Trek Online MMORPG goes live on Feb. 2, and we're reposting some backstory videos that went live in October but are worth a second look, below.

The videos fill in the history of the Trek universe prior to the game's setting, the year 2409. In particular, the videos bridge the time between the events in the last Next Generation movie, 2002's Star Trek: Nemesis, and the start of the online game. And it's quite a tangled history, what with civil conflicts, wars, invasions, displaced colonists, etc.

Now, we're fans of all things Trek, and we love TNG, but seriously. The core of Star Trek for us has always been the idea of a bright future, human drama, the friendship of comrades, adventure and exploration. We know that the latter years of the Rick Berman/Brannon Braga incarnation of Trek involved all sorts of political intrigue, Dominion Wars, terrorism, yadda, which is fine and good as Trek was always a metaphor for the human condition. But this seems to go a bit far: Gorn Hegemony? Tripedal shapeshifters? Klingon incursions? Federation mediated peace talks?

It all begins to sound like Trade Federation droids vs. Jedi/Clone army territory.

We understand that an online game necessarily requires a lot of different races, groups and ships, as well as lots of intrigue and conflict, so maybe this byzantine history will actually make for a really rockin' game. We're just glad that it doesn't have much to do with the future direction of films in the Trek universe, which should in our humble opinion deal more with the human drama, friendship, adventure, exploration, etc.

What do you think?

(And thanks to Anthony at Trek Movie for pointing us to the vids.)

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