i get why Julian gets involved with Section 31 post canon, but how many of us would just prefer to see him being a doctor on Cardassia? (trick question; i know it’s ALL of us) i prefer stories about the compassionate and optimistic healer who wears his heart on his sleeve and helps his lizard husband rebuild his home… just saying
So this went from “I wonder how the Starfleet gray uniform would look if it was black?” to this headcanon:
What if ST 2009 never happened and Spock had never met Jim at the Academy? Instead he works as a special-class independent Starfleet officer. He spends some time working for Section 31 but Admiral Marcus’s militarization and ruthlessness bothers him and so he leaves shortly before the events of ST Into Darkness. At loose ends, he visits Admiral Pike (his mentor since his Academy days) and the admiral tells him that the Enterprise has returned from its most recent mission and there’s been talk about the Admiralty taking the ship away from Captain Kirk. Both Pike and Spock are upset about this, because Kirk is not only one of Starfleet’s best officers but he also has a reputation for being an open-minded and compassionate person (Literally, everyone wants to work with Jim). Pike tells Spock there might be a place aboard the Enterprise as a Science officer, but more importantly, he thinks Spock should get to know Jim while the young captain is on Earth (you know, purely for employment reasons, lol). Bemused, Spock says he’ll think about it and proceeds to spend most of his time avoiding any social situation that he can. Then the Kelvin Memorial Archive is attacked and Marcus summons a meeting of Starfleet’s top officers. With some maneuvering (and rank-pulling), Pike gets Spock invited as well. Here, Spock meets Jim for the first time and is instantly captivated by the other man’s intelligence and charisma. They don’t get time for anything but introductions but Jim is already one of the few humans that manages to make Spock feel comfortable and accepted. He finds that he has a harder time concentrating on the formal meeting than he normally would and tries to avoid staring at Jim and to ignore the look that Admiral Pike is giving him (the I-know-you-two-would-be-perfect-together look). Marcus (still bitter about Spock leaving Section 31 – no one walks away like that unless he lets them) makes some condescending remark about the Vulcan and Jim, unintimidated by Starfleet’s head admiral, calls him out on it. The confrontation is interrupted by John Harrison’s attack. Amidst the panic and destruction, Spock sees Pike go down and he drags the other man from the room. Injured, Pike loses consciousness quickly (but doesn’t die because I’m still not over him being fridged like that in the movie) and Spock is struck suddenly by the vulnerability of the moment, of how Pike wanted him to meet Jim and how he almost let that chance slip away from him because of his own shyness. He resolves to follow Pike’s advice and request a place aboard the Enterprise, and to perhaps discover what it is that he feels for Jim Kirk.
Two years into the five year mission, Spock realized he didn’t know what’s in those colorful cubes that everyone eats. Vaguely disturbed, he spent months in the lab attempting to determine what they were. At first he thought they were jello (which would have been bad, since he is a vegetarian). However, they aren’t. Nor are they fruit squares, nor dyed protein. According to his scans they are nothing real at all. Whatever they are does not exist in this universe. He attempted to publish a paper on the cubes and got a visit from Section 31. He elected not to publish the paper.
To put a stop to the Dominion war Section 31 kidnaps and brainwashes Miles O'Brien, using his kayaking and general holo-adventuring experience he is sent on a mission to assassinate The Founders in their vulnerable liquid state of The Great Link. Keiko O'Brien volunteers for the retrieval of agent Miles with the mentoring of Garak. Kira and Dax go on a girls night out and get matching tattoos and piercings.
“I dedicated my life to the preservation and the protection of the Federation. This duty, which I carried out to the best of my ability, took precedence over everything else. My parents, my wife, my children. I lived in a world of secrets, of sabotage and deceit. I spent so much time erasing my movements, covering my tracks, that now that I look back at my life, I find nothing. It’s as if I never really existed. I cheated you all out of being in my life. And what’s more, I cheated myself as well. Now I know a simple apology won’t change that. Still, I feel the need to apologise anyway. No tears, please. My death isn’t a tragedy, it’s a celebration. In death, I can finally step out of the shadows and prove to myself that I existed. That I lived.” - Luther Sloan [Extreme Measures]
This is really interesting look on the Federation and its shiny ideals. The episode Inquizition (6.18) actually lines the Section 31 with Obsidian Order, which reminds me of the SS of Nazi-Germany. (I could write an essay how Cardassian political system is a mixture of Nazi-Germany and Soviet Union, but that’s for another time.)
So what do they actually do in Section 31?
They have a suspect, who is a Federation citizen and a Starfleet officer. They kidnap him, torture (sleep deprivation) him, pull him through holosimulations trying to make him prove he’s quilty and record his brain acitivity.
Because they “bend the rules” and “deal with threats quietly”. No matter how they phrase it, I hear “we can do whatever we want! No one controls us! We are above law and moral and your civil rights!”
I wonder though… If Section 31 has existed for centuries and always operated like this, how they deal with the innocent people they kidnap and iterrogate. They can’t hire them all. But how come a movement to shut the section down doesn’t exist? And no one knows it exists?