Keep On Trekkin’
What we’d like to see in the newly-announced Star Trek television series
The stuff we want to know about the new Star Trek TV show.
here we go again! Cbs has announced a brand-new Star Trek show, due in 2017, focusing on “new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilisations”. We don’t know much else – except that it’s being developed by writer/producer alex kurtzman, one of the brains behind the JJ abrams reboot. here are some questions we’re pondering…
Will it be set on a starfleet ship?
the press release seems to confirm this will be a ship-bound show (hard to seek new worlds otherwise, unless you go the Stargate route). but what if it’s an alien ship, rather than a starfleet vessel? Could we be introduced to an entirely new race? or what if the show focuses, BSG-style, on a group of refugees looking for a home (very topical)? there are other alternatives to those five-year missions...
Will there be Crossovers From the Movie Cast?
assuming the series is set in the same era as kirk’s voyages, will there be any opportunity for the crew of the enterprise to pop up in a few episodes? okay, perhaps not the big three, but seeing sulu on TV would be pretty
cool, for instance. there’s also potential for the films and TV series to interact in the same way Agents Of SHIELD does with the Marvel movies. Mmm, tantalising...
How Will it tackle big issues?
the press release from Cbs claims that the show will be “exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception”. as well it should: after all, original Trek covered everything from racism to war. however, there’s a danger that turning the series into a heavy, Battlestar Galactica-esque morality drama would lose some of the charm and joy we’ve come to associate with the franchise over the years. Don’t go too far, guys.
Could it be another reboot of another Trek Show?
Cbs has said there’ll be a new cast of characters, but could this be misdirection? We’ve already seen the original Trek series revamped and recast, so what if this new series chooses to remake The Next Generation or Deep Space Nine? (let’s hope they forget about Voyager or Enterprise…) our gut feeling says they’ll whip up a whole new show in order to keep things fresh, but perhaps there will be offshoots of the others.
Will it be Serialised or Episodic?
there are those who’d argue that Star Trek worked best when every episode was a standalone tale, à la the original series. others would say that giving each season a story arc is the only way to go – Deep Space Nine did it magnificently. With the fashion today for arc-plots, we suspect the latter; longer narrative stories tend to be the most rewarding. this could well be less an anthology series and more of a long-running drama.
The new Star Trek TV show airs January 2017 on CBS All Access.
Will we get a Sulu cameo? We can hope.