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Captain Proton Opening
The opening shot of "The Bride of Chaotica"

The Adventures of Captain Proton was a holonovel created by Tom Paris for play (or historical study) in the USS Voyager's holodeck. The program was built to look like 1930s science fiction B-movies. During this program the holoprojectors would display in black and white. Real people and objects entering the holodeck would also appear in monochrome.

The Captain Proton holoprogram may have been based on an actual series of films; The Bride of Chaotica was listed amongst the many films held in the Enterprise's database. (ENT: "Cogenitor")

Chapters

  • Chapter 16: "Spell of the Spider"
  • Chapter 18: "Bride of Chaotica"
  • Chapter 37: "The Web of Pain"
  • Unknown chapter: "Captain Proton versus the Cosmic Creature"
  • Unknown chapter: "Invaders from the Ninth Dimension"
  • Final chapter: "Satan's Robot Conquers the World"

Characters

Satans-robot
Satan's Robot

Locations

Story elements

Appendices

Appearances


References


Background information

Captain Proton was an homage to Flash Gordon and similar movie serials of the 1930s. (Star Trek FAQ, p. 14)

The Captain Proton simulations establish that the Voyager holodeck has the ability to fade the colors of anything and anybody inside, making them appear "black and white".

Prior to the on-screen introduction of Captain Proton, Brannon Braga predicted, "That will be an interesting stylistic departure for us, to be doing black and white sequences with cheesy science fiction and big clunky robots and cheesy rocket ships that shoot sparks." (Star Trek Monthly issue 44, p. 13)

Robert Duncan McNeill has very fond memories of playing Captain Proton: "To me it was kind of the epitome of Paris' love of nostalgia and it combines the nostalgia with the sci-fi element. It was kind of a show within a show. It was just so much fun to play these old style kind of sci-fi scenes. We were able to make fun of ourselves in many ways while we played it and that was a lot of fun. That was definitely my most favorite of the holodeck creations that we came up with." (Star Trek: Voyager Companion, p. 282)

Apocrypha

At least one complete Captain Proton story has been written in the real world, by Dean Wesley Smith, Captain Proton: Defender of the Earth. He presumed that, in the Star Trek universe, the holonovel Captain Proton was adapted from a supposed 1930s pulp magazine, and set out to write and publish that story.

In the computer game Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force, Tom Paris flies the Hazard Team to the "Scavenger" mission and tells them that the in-flight movie will be Captain Proton vs. the RoboZombies. The game also contains a Captain Proton-themed training level on the holodeck. In addition, in the game's expansion pack, players may go to the holodeck and play through a short Captain Proton-themed level, complete with usable ray gun weapon.

In Star Trek Destiny by David Mack, one of Captain Erika Hernandez's crew members while stuck on New Erigol write a treasure trove of Captain Proton books before dying of old age. The USS Titan and later USS Enterprise-E and USS Aventine discover this trove.

In Star Trek Online, the Captain Proton Holonovel has become distributed at the very least among Federation crews within various sectors of the Alpha Quadrant, with at least one mission objective involving the protection of an ensign whilst he salvages his copy of the holonovel from his quarters during an Undine takeover of his ship.

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