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. Section 31 settings and characters have appeared in dozens of episodes, novels and comics.:551
|Type||Autonomous intelligence agency|
|Founded||Prior to 2151|
|Location||Alpha and Beta Quadrants|
|Purpose||Defend the United Federation of Planets by any means necessary.|
|Technologies||Classified Federation technologies|
- 1 Production
- 2 Reaction
- 3 Characters
- 4 Appearances
- 5 Tie-in media
- 5.1 Novels
- 5.2 Graphic novels and comics
- 5.3 Star Trek Online
- 6 See also
- 7 Notes
- 8 References
- 9 Further reading
- 10 External links
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.":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. Such measures included malicious sabotage of enemy installations and technology, biological warfare, and preemptive assassination.
Costume designer Bob Blackman chose the black leather costumes worn by Section 31 agents to appear fascistic.: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.
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.":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."
In order of appearance:
- ‡ First appearance as a Section 31 operative.
- κ Characters present in the Reboot (Kelvin Timeline) films.
|William Sadler||Luther Sloan||Deep Space Nine||"Inquisition"|
|Dominic Keating||Malcolm Reed||Enterprise||"Broken Bow"|
|Eric Pierpoint||Harris||Enterprise||"Affliction" ‡|
|Noel Clarke||Thomas Harewood κ||Into Darkness κ ‡|
|Benedict Cumberbatch||John Harrison κ||Into Darkness κ ‡|
|Peter Weller||Alexander Marcus κ||Into Darkness κ ‡|
|Shazad Latif||Ash Tyler (human) / Voq (Klingon)||Discovery||"The Vulcan Hello"|
"Point of Light" ‡
|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" ‡
|Alan van Sprang||Leland||Discovery||"Will You Take My Hand?" ‡ (bonus scene)|
|Alan van Sprang||Control (artificial intelligence)||Discovery||"If Memory Serves"|
|Tara Nicodemo||Patar (Vulcan)||Discovery||"If Memory Serves"|
|Sonja Sohn||Gabrielle Burnham / Red Angel||Discovery||"The Red Angel"|
Deep Space NineEdit
Season 6 (1998)Edit
|18||Inquisition||April 8, 1998|
Season 7 (1999)Edit
|16||Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges||March 3, 1999|
|23||Extreme Measures||May 19, 1999|
Season 4 (2005)Edit
|15||Affliction||February 18, 2005|
|16||Divergence||February 25, 2005|
|20||Demons||May 6, 2005|
|21||Terra Prime||May 13, 2005|
|Star Trek Into Darkness||May 17, 2013|
Season 1 (2018)Edit
|15||Will You Take My Hand? (bonus scene)||February 11, 2018|
Season 2 (2019)Edit
|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|
Section 31 (2001–2017)Edit
Star Trek: Section 31 is a series of thematically linked novels inspired by the Deep Space Nine episode "Inquisition". 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 an agent in Shadow (2001).
(The Next Generation)
|Andy Mangels and Michael A. Martin||May 22, 2001||0-671-77477-8|
|Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch||0-671-77478-6|
|S. D. Perry||June 26, 2001||0-671-77471-9|
(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|
The Next Generation (2003–04)Edit
Star Trek: The Next Generation is based on the television series of the same name.
|The Case of the Colonist's Corpse||Tony Isabella and Bob Ingersoll||December 30, 2003||0-7434-6497-4|
|A Time to Kill||David Mack||July 27, 2004||0-7434-9177-7|
|A Time to Heal||August 31, 2004||0-7434-9178-5|
Deep Space Nine (2005)Edit
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is based on the television series of the same name. Only one novel includes Section 31 characters.
|Hollow Men||Una McCormack||April 26, 2005||0-7434-9151-3|
Star Trek: Enterprise is based on the television series of the same name. The novel relaunch includes Section 31 characters introduced in the television series.
|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||Michael A. Martin||October 20, 2009||978-1-4391-0798-0|
|To Brave the Storm||October 25, 2011||978-1-4516-0715-4|
|A Choice of Futures||Christopher L. Bennett||June 25, 2013||978-1-4767-0674-0|
|Patterns of Interference||August 29, 2017||978-1-5011-6570-2|
Typhon Pact (2010–2012)Edit
Star Trek: Typhon Pact is a continuation of the Destiny (2008) miniseries. Three of the eight The Typon Pact novels include Section 31 characters.
|Zero Sum Game||David Mack||October 26, 2010||978-1-4391-6079-4|
|Plagues of Night||David R.George III||May 29, 2012||978-1-4516-4955-0|
|Raise the Dawn||June 26, 2012||978-1-4516-4956-7|
The Fall (2013)Edit
Star Trek: The Fall is a continuation of Typhon Pact. There are five The Fall novels. Only one includes Section 31 characters.
|A Ceremony of Losses||David Mack||October 29, 2013||978-1-4767-2224-5|
Graphic novels and comicsEdit
All graphic novels and comics published by IDW Publishing.
The Enterprise Experiment (2008)Edit
Star Trek: Year Four: The Enterprise Experiment is a five-issue comic book miniseries written by D. C. Fontana and Derek Chester.
|The Enterprise Experiment, Part 5||August 27, 2008||The Enterprise Experiment||November 29, 2008||978-1-60010-279-0|
Mission's End (2009)Edit
Star Trek: Mission's End is a five-issue comic book miniseries written by Ty Templeton.
|Mission's End, Issue 1||March 25, 2009||Mission's End||October 21, 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 60 issues from 2011 to 2016. Also known as Star Trek: Ongoing or Star Trek: Continues. After Darkness (2013) and The Khitomer Conflict (2014) miniseries were written by Mike Johnson.
|21||After Darkness, Part 1||May 29, 2013||Star Trek, Vol. 6:
After Darkness [a]
|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 OnlineEdit
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.
Cardassian Struggle (2010–2015)Edit
|3||Suspect (removed)||February 2, 2010 – October 27, 2015|
|1||Skirmish||October 16, 2010|
|—||Traelus System – Satellite Repair[b] (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|
Special mission (2012)Edit
|—||Hearts and Minds[b]||April 12, 2012|
Romulan Mystery (2015)Edit
|2||Empress Sela||January 29, 2015|
- Star Trek Volume 6 (2013) includes Star Trek, Issue 24.
- The mission is locked pending player achievements.
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