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Sometimes, you’ve just got to say “The laws of time and space? Who gives a smeg?”

“You should’ve known. You’ve always known.” – Speculation on Star Trek: Destiny

Posted by Michael Warren on August 5, 2008

WARNING! Contains spoilers for Before Dishonor and Greater Than The Sum.


So, I was skimming through Before Dishonor a while back (just to see if it was still as bad as I recall – the answer is yes) and I came to the section with Picard at Janeway’s memorial service.

There’s been a lot of discussion about the use of the word “destiny” in the book, particularly regarding Janeway and in connection with Destiny, but I noticed this passage – in fact, it jumped right out at me…

Why? Why was he still here when so many others who were just as worthy  as he had passed on before him?
Well, maybe it just hadn’t been his time yet.
“Destiny.” The word floated back to him, unbidden. If “his time” was something that could generally be pinpointed, then he’d been wrong. No matter what he did, he really was part of some grand game, a mere piece to be played rather than a player.

…and I suddenly had a thought.

Consider the quote from which KRAD’s A Singular Destiny, which will follow up on the events of Destiny, comes:

What a singular destiny has been that of this remarkable man!—To be regarded in his own age as a classic, and in ours as a companion! To receive from his contemporaries that full homage which men of genius have in general received only from posterity; to be more intimately known to posterity than other men are known to their contemporaries!

KRAD says it “fits the book nicely” (I tracked it down for the article on the novel at Memory Alpha). Now combine that with the above passage, and I came up with this bit of speculation.

What if Destiny results in the death of Jean-Luc Picard?

The idea has been put even more forcefully into my head by the events of Greater Than The Sum, specifically Picard and Beverly’s child. Could Picard make the ultimate sacrifice to protect his family?

(I got quite a shock when the idea came into my head, let me tell you…)

 This would most definitely be a universe-shattering event, and would undoubtedly affect the ongoing series – Titan and TNG definitely, VOY perhaps not so much, but it would still have an impact, methinks. Combine that with the likely effects of the quadrant-wide devastation that seems to be suggested by the epilogue of GTTS, and we have a major change in the history of the Trek universe here. At least, if my speculation is accurate… but we’ll find out in December, I guess…


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