Has no one ever re-written ET for Star Trek?
Either Spock or Kirk gets left behind on an alien planet. Kids find him, feed him, keep him as a 'pet'. Meanwhile, he tries to 'phone home' (contact the Enterprise).
Bonus if the aliens are really big (so that the kids are significantly taller than humans) and in that early-space flight phase (80s!)
Bonus for problems that Trek-tech can't solve (like the Enterprise can't just scan the planet to find the missing officer, and the Universal Translator doesn't work/is broken or lost)
Bonus for the kinds of cute scenes in ET. I loved ET hiding in the closet while Trudie's mom read Peter Pan to her.
Bonus if he catches an alien childhood illness he has no immunity to (like the alien version of chicken pox or something) and it becomes life-threatening
Bonus for angst on the Enterprise in the form of orders from Starfleet to abandon the search (in the name of the Prime Directive?)
Extra Super Ultra Bonus for originality with an ET-ish feel!
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