If the new Star Trek series isn’t about adventures of space hippies, I ain’t watching!
Just kidding, I would totally watch that.
Anyway, as you might have heard, CBS announced that there’s a new Star Trek series in the works for January 2017 that will mostly be shown on its (paid) digital platform. We don’t know a lot about it, other than it won’t be connected to the movies directly, it will be about exploration and a new crew, and it’ll be exec produced by one of the new movie writers. But that’s about it.
I’m actually really geeked about the whole prospect. I’ve been wanting a new Star Trek show for a while now — can you believe that it’s been a decade since we last had one on the air that wasn’t in syndication? Enough time has passed to let the franchise rejuvenate and prepare for the next generation, and with new blood and talent and vision, it could be something exciting.
I’ve had a long and mixed history with Star Trek. The original series and TNG were fixations that helped me get through very difficult high school years, but I started to grow distant from it all in college and only sporadically watched since then. There are parts of Trek that I love and parts that are eye-rolling. In the end — Voyager, Enterprise — the show started cannibalizing its own stories and sacrificing real character depth and development for stilted interactions, cheap marketing ploys (catsuits, anyone?), and too much technobabble.
Over the past few years I’ve really enjoyed listening to Scifi Debris give excellent and humorous commentary through all of the series, giving credit where it is due while savaging the dumber aspects of Trek. But his analysis and my listening don’t come from a mean vantage point, but one of a desire to see the franchise do its best.
So there are lots of questions everyone has about what the new series will be (and plenty of uninformed “facts” floating around too). Will it be in the prime universe or the new movie timeline or a complete reboot? Unlike some fans holding a torch for some Worf or Riker series — because who wouldn’t want to see older, chubby guys reprise a role from 20 years ago? — I’m glad it’ll be something fresh.
My preferences are pretty simple. A starship-based show, for starters. A strong emphasis on exploration. More realism. Interesting characters that are allowed to have friction and conflict. Fun technology. I’d like to go further into the future than Nemesis, if we’re still in the prime universe.
Star Trek Online has to be jumping for joy over this announcement — no matter what the new series will be, the game can only benefit from the increased attention and excitement over the franchise. And if there are new ships and storylines, who knows?