I originally wrote this post for Quirk Books, linked here. What if the greatest sci-fi baddies of all time faced off against the Star Trek Enterprise crew?
Peter Wiggin – Ender’s Game
Most people would agree that Peter Wiggin is the true villain in Ender’s Game. He’s manipulative, sociopathic, and just down right terrifying. Adding to the fact that Peter is a genius with world domination in his sights. It’s no wonder that Ender chooses to go to Battle School, in order to avoid his elder brother. Not even Spock would stand a chance against mind game playing character.
The Master – Doctor Who
Doctor Who has a slew of famous villains, but none of them hold a candle to The Master. Archenemy to the Doctor, The Master is a renegade Time Lord who is insane. And utterly evil. The Doctor has defeated The Master numerous times in the past 45 years, since the characters creation. It would be interesting to see Kirk battle this regenerative enemy who can also time travel.
Baron Vladimir Harkonnen – Dune
Considered one of the greatest sci-fi books of all time, Dune introduced one of the most iconic villains, Baron Harkonnen. This disgusting ruler of the Harkonnen’s is depicted as a fat and blood thirsty tyrant. Known for his cruelty and hatred for the House Atreides, the Baron well do everything in his power to destroy them. Nothing would be sweeter than this villain getting his comeuppance by the Star Trek crew!
HAL 9000 – 2001: A Space Odyssey
HAL 9000, is short for Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer. HAL is a sentient computer with a killer agenda. Controlling the spaceship Discovery One, on it’s mission to Jupiter, HAL soon battles the astronauts for control of the ship. This deviant robot is cleverer than the average AI and willing to break the laws of robotics. Imagine he if got a hold of the USS Enterprise!
Emperor Palpatine – Star Wars
You can’t talk about sci-fi without mentioning Star Wars. Fans might be torn between these two space loving series, but they can’t argue that the Emperor Palpatine is the evilest of them all! This Dark Lord of the Sith makes even Khan look feeble. After nearly destroying the Jedi, the Emperor is defeated by his own evil pupil Darth Vader. How meta evil is that? This lighting throwing baddie is number on our lists for villains who should be in Star Trek!