Section 31 (Star Trek)

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Section 31
UniverseStar Trek
TypeAutonomous intelligence agency
FoundedPrior to 2151
LocationAlpha and Beta Quadrants
LeaderUnknown
Key people
  • Harris (2150s)
  • Philippa Georgiou (2250s)
  • Leland (2250s)
  • Luther Sloan (2370s)
PurposeDefend the United Federation of Planets by any means necessary.
TechnologiesClassified Federation technologies
Affiliations

Section 31 is a fictional autonomous intelligence and defense organization created by Ira Steven Behr for the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Inquisition". The organization was intended to act as a counterbalance to the utopianism of Star Trek's Federation and United Earth prior to the founding of the Federation.[1] Section 31 settings and characters have appeared in dozens of episodes, novels and comics.[2]:551

In 2019, CBS announced a new series was in development about Section 31, starring Michelle Yeoh.[3]

Production[edit]

Ira Steven Behr was inspired by a line of dialogue from Deep Space Nine episode "The Maquis" spoken by Commander Benjamin Sisko: "It's easy to be a saint in paradise." Behr said in the 1999 reference companion to the series, "Why is Earth a paradise in the twenty-fourth century? Well, maybe it's because there's someone watching over it and doing the nasty stuff that no one wants to think about."[2]:551 He expressed an interest of exploring what life was really like for those living the fictional 24th century, saying "Is it this paradise, or are there, as Harold Pinter said, 'Weasels under the coffee table'."

The name, Section 31, was taken from the fictional Starfleet Charter: Article 14, Section 31. The article, according to agents, allowed for extraordinary measures to be taken in times of extreme threat.[4] Such measures included malicious sabotage of enemy installations and technology, biological warfare, and preemptive assassination.[5]

According to Ronald D. Moore there was considerable debate on the origin of the organization, in particular on how the organization was formed and how long ago.[6]

Costume designer Bob Blackman chose the black leather costumes worn by Section 31 agents to appear fascistic.[2]:53 Behr had asked for dark black, severe, hostile looking costumes. In Star Trek: The Human Frontier, Michèle and Duncan Barrett explain that Section 31 agents not wearing Starfleet uniforms or dressed as Federation citizens further enhanced their role as an organization that is not constrained by ethics.[1]

Reaction[edit]

David Weddle said many fans felt Section 31 betrayed the value system created by Gene Roddenberry, while others were indifferent or intrigued. "Fans would get into these long ethical and political arguments, really struggling with issues like that, which was great to see."[7]:56 Moore replied to criticisms of betrayal saying, "The idea that there's a rogue element within the Federation doing dark deeds outside the normal chain of command is certainly a provocative one."[6]

Actor Jeffrey Combs, who portrayed Weyoun in Deep Space Nine, enjoyed the appearances of Section 31 saying the stories "gave everything a real flair."[8]

Characters[edit]

In order of appearance:

  • ‡ First appearance as a Section 31 operative.
  • κ Characters present in the Kelvin Timeline films.
Actor Character First appearance
William Sadler Luther Sloan Deep Space Nine "Inquisition"
  • Former Starfleet intelligence who joined Section 31 sometime before 2374.[9]
Dominic Keating Malcolm Reed Enterprise "Broken Bow"
"Affliction" ‡
  • Tactical officer aboard the Enterprise NX–01 recruited by Section 31 sometime after graduating Starfleet Academy.[10]
Eric Pierpoint Harris Enterprise "Affliction" ‡
  • A former Starfleet Intelligence officer who ordered Malcolm Reed to sabotage evidence of a Klingon attack.[11]
Noel Clarke Thomas Harewood κ Into Darkness κ
  • Destroyed a secret weapons facility in 2259 after his terminally ill daughter was saved by John Harrison.
Benedict Cumberbatch John Harrison κ Into Darkness κ
  • Pseudonym for Khan Noonien Singh, recruited by Alexander Marcus to assist in the militarization of Starfleet in 2258.
Peter Weller Alexander Marcus κ Into Darkness κ
  • Commander-in-Charge of Starfleet until 2259.
  • Recruited John Harrison to assist in the militarization of Starfleet.
Shazad Latif Ash Tyler (human) / Voq (Klingon) Discovery "The Vulcan Hello"
"Point of Light" ‡
  • As Voq, he was Torchbearer for the Klingon spiritual leader T'Kuvma.[12]
  • He briefly served as Torchbearer for High Chancellor L'Rell.[13]
  • He was surgically altered to appear human, and planted aboard the USS Discovery as Ash Tyler.[14]
Michelle Yeoh Philippa Georgiou (alternate) Discovery "The Wolf Inside"
"Point of Light" ‡
Jayne Brook Katrina Cornwell Discovery "The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry"
"The Sounds of Thunder" ‡
  • Starfleet Flag Officer with operational command of Section 31.[17]
Alan van Sprang Leland Discovery "Will You Take My Hand?" ‡ (bonus scene)
  • Agent sent to recruit the exiled Emperor Philippa Georgiou.[18]
  • Commander of NCIA-93, a Section 31 starship with cloak capability.[13]
Control (artificial intelligence) Discovery "If Memory Serves"
  • Rogue artificial intelligence originally developed by Section 31 on behalf of Starfleet.
  • Originally programmed to conduct threat analysis and research.[13]
  • Coerced the crew of the Discovery into delivering information to it about advanced artificial intelligence.[19]
  • Occupied the body of Leland via some kind of nanotechnology transfer.[20]
Tara Nicodemo Patar (Vulcan) Discovery "If Memory Serves"
  • Starfleet Flag Officer, with operational command of Section 31, who was murdered by Control.[19]
  • Her likeness was used by Control to communicate with the crews of Discovery and NCIA-93, and with Admiral Cornwell.
Sonja Sohn Gabrielle Burnham / Red Angel Discovery "The Red Angel"
  • Engineer responsible for the development of time travel technology commissioned by Section 31.
  • Time travel technology was dependent on a quantum time crystal stolen from the Klingon planet Boreth.[21]
  • Displaced in the future following a Klingon raid on her research facility twenty to twenty-five years before the start of Discovery.[20]

Appearances[edit]

Deep Space Nine[edit]

No. Title Airdate
18 Inquisition April 8, 1998
16 Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges March 3, 1999
23 Extreme Measures May 19, 1999

Enterprise[edit]

No. Title Airdate
15 Affliction February 18, 2005
16 Divergence February 25, 2005
20 Demons May 6, 2005
21 Terra Prime May 13, 2005

Films[edit]

Title Date
Star Trek Into Darkness May 17, 2013

Discovery (2018–2019)[edit]

No. Title Airdate
15 Will You Take My Hand? (bonus scene) February 11, 2018
3 Point of Light January 31, 2019
5 Saints of Imperfection February 14, 2019
6 The Sounds of Thunder February 21, 2019
7 Light and Shadows February 28, 2019
8 If Memory Serves March 7, 2019
9 Project Daedelus March 14, 2019
10 The Red Angel March 21, 2019
11 Perpetual Infinity March 28, 2019
12 Through the Valley of Shadows April 4, 2019
13 Such Sweet Sorrow April 11, 2019
14 Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2 April 18, 2019

Tie-in media[edit]

Key:
All novels published as paperback editions.
Teal
Book line or flagship series name.
Navy
Miniseries name.
Gray
Episode name.

Novels[edit]

Below is an incomplete list of novels which include Section 31 characters and settings:

Title Author(s) Date ISBN
A Time to Kill
  (The Next Generation)
David Mack July 27, 2004 0-7434-9177-7
A Time to Heal
  (The Next Generation)
August 31, 2004 0-7434-9178-5
Hollow Men
  (Deep Space Nine)
Una McCormack April 26, 2005 0-7434-9151-3
Zero Sum Game
  (Typhon Pact)
David Mack October 26, 2010 978-1-4391-6079-4
Plagues of Night
  (Typhon Pact)
David R. George III May 29, 2012 978-1-4516-4955-0
Raise the Dawn
  (Typhon Pact)
June 26, 2012 978-1-4516-4956-7
A Ceremony of Losses
  (The Fall)
David Mack October 29, 2013 978-1-4767-2224-5
Collateral Damage
  (The Next Generation)
October 8, 2019 978-1-9821-1358-2

Section 31 crossover series (2001–2017)[edit]

Star Trek: Section 31 is a crossover miniseries of thematically linked novels featuring Section 31.[22] The series continued with Disavowed (2014) and Control (2017), by David Mack, which shared characters and settings with other Deep Space Nine, Typhon Pact, and The Fall, novels. Roberta Luke, from the Voyager episode "Scientific Method", is introduced as a Section 31 agent in Shadow (2001).

No. Title Author(s) Date ISBN
1 Rogue
  (The Next Generation)
Andy Mangels and Michael A. Martin May 22, 2001 0-671-77477-8
2 Shadow
  (Voyager)
Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch 0-671-77478-6
3 Cloak
  (Star Trek)
S. D. Perry June 26, 2001 0-671-77471-9
4 Abyss
  (Deep Space Nine)
David Weddle and Jeffrey Lang 0-671-77483-2
Disavowed David Mack October 28, 2014 978-1-4767-5308-9
Control March 28, 2017 978-1-5011-5170-5

Enterprise relaunch novels (2007–2017)[edit]

The Star Trek: Enterprise book line relaunch includes Section 31 characters.

Title Author(s) Date ISBN
The Good That Men Do Andy Mangels and Michael A. Martin February 27, 2007 978-0-7434-4001-1
Kobayashi Maru August 26, 2008 978-1-4165-5480-6
Beneath the Raptor's Wing
  (The Romulan War)
Michael A. Martin October 20, 2009 978-1-4391-0798-0
To Brave the Storm
  (The Romulan War)
October 25, 2011 978-1-4516-0715-4
A Choice of Futures
  (Rise of the Federation)
Christopher L. Bennett June 25, 2013 978-1-4767-0674-0
Patterns of Interference
  (Rise of the Federation)
August 29, 2017 978-1-5011-6570-2

Graphic novels[edit]

All graphic novels and comics published by IDW Publishing.

Issue Issue Date Collection Date ISBN
Enterprise Experiment, Part 5
  (Year Four)
August 27, 2008 Enterprise Experiment[a] November 29, 2008 978-1-60010-279-0
Mission's End, Issue 1 March 25, 2009 Mission's End November 3, 2009 978-1-60010-540-1
Mission's End, Issue 2 April 8, 2009
Mission's End, Issue 3 May 13, 2009
Mission's End, Issue 4 June 24, 2009
Mission's End, Issue 5 July 29, 2009

Star Trek (2013)[edit]

Star Trek is a flagship comic book series which ran for sixty issues from 2011 to 2016. Also known as Star Trek: Ongoing and Star Trek: Continues. After Darkness (2013) and The Khitomer Conflict (2014) miniseries were written by Mike Johnson.

No. Issue Issue Date Collection Date ISBN
21 After Darkness, Part 1 May 29, 2013 Star Trek, Vol. 6: After Darkness[b] November 26, 2013 978-1-61377-796-1
22 After Darkness, Part 2 June 26, 2013
23 After Darkness, Part 3 July 24, 2013
25 The Khitomer Conflict, Part 1 September 25, 2013 Star Trek, Vol. 7:
     The Khitomer Conflict
April 1, 2014 978-1-61377-882-1
26 The Khitomer Conflict, Part 2 October 23, 2013
27 The Khitomer Conflict, Part 3 November 27, 2013
28 The Khitomer Conflict, Part 4 December 18, 2013

Star Trek Online[edit]

Star Trek Online is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game developed by Cryptic Studios. The game has been updated and expanded continuously since its publication in 2010. Updates are organized into Episodes, with each episode further divided into four to seven missions, published weekly. All Section 31 missions are introduced by agent Franklin Drake, a character created for the game.

Mission Available
Suspect (removed)
  (Cardassian Struggle, Mission 3)
February 2, 2010 – October 27, 2015
Hearts and Minds[c] (special mission) April 12, 2012
Empress Sela
  (Romulan Mystery, Mission 2)
January 29, 2015

Spectres (2010)[edit]

Missions set during a future war between the Klingon Empire and the Federation.

No. Mission Available
1 Skirmish October 16, 2010
Traelus System – Satellite Repair[c] (patrol mission)
2 Spin the Wheel October 23, 2010
3 What Lies Beneath October 30, 2010
4 Everything Old is New November 6, 2010
5 Night of the Comet November 13, 2010

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Star Trek: Year Four – Enterprise Experiment (2008) collection includes Parts 1 – 5.
  2. ^ Star Trek, Vol. 6 (2013) includes Star Trek, Issue 24.
  3. ^ a b The mission is locked pending player achievements.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Barrett, Michèle; Barrett, Duncan (2000-12-13). Star Trek: The Human Frontier. New York: Routledge. pp. 65–66. ISBN 978-0-415-92982-0.
  2. ^ a b c Erdmann, Terry J.; Block, Paula M. (August 2000). Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion. New York: Pocket Books. ISBN 978-0-671-50106-8.
  3. ^ Otterson, Joe; Otterson, Joe (2019-01-14). "Michelle Yeoh Standalone 'Star Trek' Series in Development at CBS All Access". Variety. Retrieved 2019-02-08.
  4. ^ Reeves-Stevens, Judith and Garfield (2005-02-25). "Divergence". Star Trek: Enterprise. Season 4. Episode 16. UPN.
  5. ^ Thompson, Bradley; Weddle, David (1999-05-19). "Extreme Measures". Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Season 7. Episode 23. UPN.
  6. ^ a b Moore, Ronald D. (1998-04-13). "Subject: Answers". Retrieved 2019-02-15.
  7. ^ Kaplan, Anna L. (November 1998). Clark, Frederick S. (ed.). "Deep Space Nine Episode Guide". Cinefantastique. Vol. 30 no. 9/10. ISSN 0145-6032.
  8. ^ "Jeffrey Combs". Star Trek: The Magazine. Vol. 1 no. 17. Fabbri Publishing. September 2000. p. 20. ISSN 1523-9195.
  9. ^ "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges". Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Season 7. Episode 16. 1999-03-03. Syndicated.
  10. ^ "Divergence". Star Trek: Enterprise. Season 4. Episode 14. 2005-02-25. UPN.
  11. ^ "Affliction". Star Trek: Enterprise. Season 4. Episode 13. 2005-02-18. UPN.
  12. ^ "The Vulcan Hello". Star Trek: Discovery. Season 1. Episode 1. 2017-09-24. CBS All Access.
  13. ^ a b c "Point of Light". Star Trek: Discovery. Season 2. Episode 3. 2019-01-31. CBS All Access.
  14. ^ "Choose Your Pain". Star Trek: Discovery. Season 1. Episode 5. 2017-10-15. CBS All Access.
  15. ^ "What's Past Is Prologue". Star Trek: Discovery. Season 1. Episode 13. 2018-01-28. CBS All Access.
  16. ^ "Will You Take My Hand?". Star Trek: Discovery. Season 1. Episode 15. 2018-01-28. CBS All Access.
  17. ^ "Saints of Imperfection". Star Trek: Discovery. Season 2. Episode 5. 2019-02-14. CBS All Access.
  18. ^ "Will You Take My Hand? (bonus scene)". Star Trek: Discovery. Season 1. Episode 15. 2018-01-28. CBS All Access.
  19. ^ a b "Project Daedalus". Star Trek: Discovery. Season 2. Episode 9. 2019-03-14. CBS All Access.
  20. ^ a b "Perpetual Infinity". Star Trek: Discovery. Season 10. Episode 11. 2019-03-21. CBS All Access.
  21. ^ "The Red Angel". Star Trek: Discovery. Season 10. Episode 10. 2019-03-21. CBS All Access.
  22. ^ Ayers, Jeff (2006-11-14). Voyages of Imagination: The Star Trek Fiction Companion. New York: Pocket Books. p. 441. ISBN 978-1-4165-0349-1.

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