If you’re not familiar with ‘Section 31’, it’s the black ops group in Star Trek that is seldom heard of or referenced in the ST series. They are tasked with the missions that Starfleet doesn’t want you to know about, frequently it means their agents having to cross the moral line that Starfleet would have you believe they walk. Wikipedia has a couple pages on this organization. Missions include assassination, sabotage, retrieving new technology from other races…you get the drift. It’s not that they are bad, but they’re willing to sell their souls to the devil for the betterment of the human race.
I became a big fan of this organization when I stumbled on 3 seasons of audio theater portraying the various missions of this group over at Darker Projects.
Darker Projects puts together audio theater, somewhat similar to the old radio theater you may have heard as a kid, but this is classy stuff. It’s sort of like fanfic on a big scale, quality editing, great sound effects used from the original ST series all delivered via podcasts.
Darker Projects has a lot of dark theater (as in gritty, horror, sci-fi, not touchy feely) like Alive Inside which is an end of the world story with zombies and much more.
But by far my favorite of their shows has to be Section 31. It’s tagline is:
Space is dark. Let’s face it.
The universe of shiny, well-groomed Starfleet officers and the pristine starships of the United Federation of Planets where the Prime Directive rules and hopes for galactic unity of all species is an ongoing quest is reinterpreted in our vision of the reality of the Star Trek Universe. It’s not all “let’s be friends with our alien brethren”. Here the Federation has a dark underbelly and the daring crew of the Nosferatu boldly goes where Starfleet fears to tread.
I highly recommend this series if you’re a sci-fi geek.Try out a few minutes of this sample episode between the Captain named Delonna and the Klingon named Korg.
Name: Section 31 by Darker Projects
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Speaking ability: High quality, great sound effects.
Length: 20-30 min
BONUS: They have a new ST series called Lost Frontiers, it takes place soon after fall of Star Fleet, not too many years after ST:TNG.