"A Long Time
Commentary by Jon Wasik
proceed any further into this document, it is essential that
you have read up to the episode "A Long Time Ago..."
before you read this. If you don't...well, let's just say not
only will three episodes be majorly spoiled, but three seasons
of building will be completely toppled.
What was so
special about this episode? At first, one may say that it's
one of the few crossovers between Star Trek and Star
Wars...and probably the only one, that I've encountered any
way, that made any sense. However...there is much more
to this episode than that.
As one could
tell, I've gone to great length to develop Chris and Sarah
throughout all of Star Trek Dragon. They've always
been key characters in STDragon, and obviously the most
developed. Then, in episode 26, "What We Leave
Behind," one of those characters, Sarah, died...eternally
effecting the other. After I posted both episode 26 and 27,
"To Have Loved and Lost," I've actually received
feedback from people! All who have talked to me say that they
were saddened when Sarah died, and that they felt for Chris,
felt for his pain. Some even said they, themselves, felt what
Chris was feeling! I ask you all this question: if I had not
developed Sarah and Chris's characters like I have to this
point...would these last three episodes have been as emotional
as they were? Would people be sad if Sarah died, or would they
have just said, "Well, he killed off the First
Officer...that's a first for Trek!" And if people would
not have 'known' Chris as well as they did, they probably
would have said, "This guy is dwelling over her death!
Get over it already, get on with the series!" Instead...I
got the response I was hoping to get.
In this aspect,
this episode was important in two ways. First of all,
with time and a little pushing on Luke Skywalker's part, Chris
has finally moved on as he realizes that living his
life is the only true way to honor Sarah. This has
effectively put an end to a trilogy based around Sarah's
death...and has ended Chris's depression.
importantly...this has ended a major, nearly three-season long
chapter in Star Trek Dragon. The development of Chris and
Sarah that has dominated Star Trek Dragon is now going to wind
down to make way for other characters. For instance, have I
developed the characters of Doctor Kara Trieal or Lt.
Commander Charley McKariant? Not much at all. The time is
coming to develop them. For instance, I'm planning on
developing Vendar and Kara's characters in the next episode,
with Chris only there to command the ship through another
difficult situation. However, I'll leave that to when I
actually write it, and then post it here.
OK, so this
episode also did make history in a way...I have yet to read a good
fan fiction that takes Star Trek and Star Wars and puts
them together. Either the writing style stinks (I know how
that can be...just look at my first season!) or the story was
completely unrealistic! I wanted to change that fact about fan
fiction...and decided to write one that was at least believable.
The entire situation simply fit. So, if the readers of
STDragon say that this episode is well written...it'll be the
first, to my knowledge, in history to properly combine the two
grand sagas into one story. Most definitely this story isn't
one worthy of the name Star Wars...but it is Trek, and it
continues to provide the entertainment everyone seems to have
come to expect from Star Trek Dragon.
Does it end
there? No! A brand new chapter in fan fiction
has opened with this episode! One that I'm almost positive
will go down in history as being the first! Not only was
this a crossover between Star Trek and Star Wars...but this
was just the beginning of a permanent crossover
between my two favorite sagas! With the Force 'willing' Kyle
to join the crew of the Dragon, and Vendar's abilities now
apparent...the Force will always be a part of Star
Trek Dragon, even if those two crew members are not always
part of the Dragon. In essence...Star Trek Dragon will be the
first Fan Fiction in history to permanently
incorporate an aspect of Star Wars into it! As you can
imagine...this will greatly effect the stories of
Star Trek Dragon...and will make episodes that once were not
Thank you for
your interest in Star Trek Dragon as well as this historic occasion.
If you have any comments, or know of anyone else who has done
this, and did this before me, please let me know! Star Trek
Dragon's "A Long Time Ago..." was published on the
web on April 25th, 2001.