Star Trek: Renegades is a web series on Kickstarter that is due to start up soon and features many familiar faces. The one that caught my eye as the most odd was Admiral Pavel Chekov. To be clear, this series is set ten years after the events of Star Trek: Voyager, which is a century after Chekov’s Enterprise went on its five year mission.
So why does the accident-prone punching bag of the franchise live to be 143 years old?
Because he deserves it.
As an ensign, he’s been shot, beaten, slapped into unconsciousness, converted into a baseball-sized cube, possessed, blinded, tempted by deadly robot sex slaves, and driven insane.
After being promoted to lieutenant, his hands were burnt from a console feedback.
As commander, he was infested with mind-controlling ear worms and treated for severe head trauma after falling off of the deck of a battleship while traveling into the past to save whales.
Pavel Chekov watched Jim Kirk “die” saving the Enterprise B from the Nexus, then heard that Kirk returned 80 years later to die saving the Enterprise D. Spock got himself stuck in some parallel dimension escaping from a Romulan mining ship. Scotty trapped himself in a transporter for seventy years, but is now dead. McCoy’s gone. We don’t know about Sulu and Uhura for sure, but they are most likely dead.
Yet through all of this, Pavel Chekov was loyal to Starfleet, its mission, and his crewmates. He had earned their respect and friendship and, to be honest, I can’t imagine a better person from the original cast to have the last word.