Of the many fantastic things about Star Trek, it is a license where anything can happen. Episodes can be intense, they can be light-hearted, they can examine social issues, they can be straight-up space shootouts, they can be comedies, they can be horrific. This diversity lends itself very well to the roleplaying table, affording creative GMs and players alike the opportunity to tell stories as they want, not those confined to a handful of genres.
Due to the general isolation involved in Star Trek (despite how populous the galaxy happens to be), horror is a common element. Whether this is a stalking, “misunderstood” salt vampire, a vampiric, sentient cloud, or a microorganism that devolves its host to primal beasts, horror is a common theme throughout Star Trek.
So it was so for my game. In this case, I had always wanted to see zombies in Star Trek beyond the Borg. The Borg were an obvious zombie analogy, and one done so well they became fan favorites, whose appearance spanned multiple series and spawned a movie in which they starred. But they needn’t be the only Star Trek zombie, so I put my hand to another one.
And the Genesis Expanse provided ample means and grounds with which to plant the seeds of my Star Trek zombies, as this week’s episode reveals. So, without further delay, I happily present the latest Star Trek episode: