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Star Trek: Helen is a fanfic based in the Star Trek universe set aboard the USS Helen in 2414. The Helen was trapped in the distant Triangulum Galaxy after a wormhole it entered became unstable.

Star Trek: Helen provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Atlantis: Tomek Dai, an ancient civilization of aliens that the villains of Season One want to get their hands on.
  • Arc Words: The Quest For Tomek Dai.
  • Artistic License Biology: Taken with the Athenans, who in other stories can reproduce without a male.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Elia may be friendly and nice, but you never want to get on her bad side.
  • Big Bad: The Nadorians, they want access to Iconian technology for an unknown reason.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Athenans have a symbiotic relationship with a microorganism.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • In chapter 4, characters refer to the fanmade series Star Trek: Odyssey, establishing it and the other series by Hidden Frontier as part of the continuity.
      • The Bajoran Drash Elia prays to the Prophets similarly to how Ro Nevin did in Odyssey.
    • It is mentioned that the USS Enterprise-D visited the Triangulum Galaxy.
    • They encounter the USS Chimera, a Universe-class starship, the same class as the Enterprise-J in Star Trek: Enterprise. (Universe-class was the name given by the Ent-J's designer, Doug Drexler, in a blog post.)
    • The Second Officer is an Elaysian, a species introduced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: "Melora" that hasn't appeared since in the TV canon. Elaysians have turned up in the books, though, which is where the holocommunicator idea comes from.
  • Continuity Overlap: With Star Trek Online.
  • Cool Starship: The Helen, its a small ship with half a galaxy after it.
  • Crapsack World: The Triangulum Galaxy. The species encountered so far are either tyrants, rebels, or just stay out of things.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: The USS Chimera, a clas of ship not built for another hundred years.
  • Evil Plan: The Nadorians, an imperialistic totalitarian species wants the Helen to get access to Tomek Dai, a planet with Iconian technology.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Episode titles.
  • Feminist Fantasy: The senior staff is primarily female.
  • First-Episode Twist: Like in Voyager, the first chapter is hard to explain without saying they wind up in Triangulum.
  • For Happiness: Elia serves the role of boosting morale of the crew when she becomes the ship's bartender.
  • Gender Is No Object:
    • Much like Voyager with a female dominated crew and captain.
    • Averted with the Athenans. They're more matriarchal, so they focus primarily on women.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Selva and her daughter Kaiya have a mixed genetic heritage because Athenans have to reproduce with other species.
  • The Homeward Journey: Well, that's obvious, it is done in the style of Voyager.
  • Humans Are White: Averted in that Eric Hernandez, the only Human member of the Senior Staff, is of Hispanic descent.
  • Infinite Supplies: Not so much in the beginning where a ship supposed to be built for extended missions didn't have enough supplies. Word of God is that it was supposed to be a short mission to test the ship before more extended missions.
  • Lost Technology: This is basically the plot of Season 1, the Nadorians want access to the Iconian technology on Tomek Dai.
  • Nicknaming the Enemy: The Nadorians did this to the Sintaro rebels, the word basically means undesirable, the rebels took the name for themselves as a Take That!!
  • No, Mister Bond, I Expect You To Dine: Several of the main characters join a Nadorian Governor for a meal, though they did not know he was evil at the time.
  • Official Couple: Drash Elia and Anlai Torvin.
  • One-Gender Race: The fanfic introduces the Athenans, an all female species native to the Milky Way.
  • Only One Name: A good portion of the aliens are introduced with only one name, including the ship's captain.
  • Outgrown Such Silly Superstitions: Averted with Elia, who being Bajoran worships the Prophets.
  • Secret Police: The Mazek Ta Bor introduced in chapter 4 is this for the Nadorian Alliance. Word of God is that they are even more powerful than the High Toiel who rules the Alliance.
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Villified: The Sintaro rebels are in fact the first friendly aliens they meet.
  • Shout-Out: To El Goonish Shive, Elia gets nose beeped by a woman and later has strange dreams.
  • Terminally Dependent Society: The Pasori on the Omega Molecule (a molecule that is almost impossible to stabilize, and when detonated can disrupt warp speed), turning it off would according to them doom their civilization.