Wagon train to the stars. The Rifleman in space. These old show concepts were used to pitch the tv series Star Trek and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Sure, I get the concept of True Detective for a new Star Trek series but before we can even entertain that thought there’s one big pressing issue and that has to do with the reboot of the franchise in 2009. Right from the beginning of the film, we get arrival of Nero killing Kirk’s dad in the beginning of the film and later caused the destruction of Vulcan which caused an alternate Trek history. How will this new direction be addressed? Once this is determine then the direction of the franchise as whole can be mapped out ala Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Sadly, I have no insight about when things will get hammered out but while we need a Gene Roddenberry or Kevin Fiege (MCU) type, there has to be an overseer to put together a new Trek universe and please don’t bring back Rick Berman. He did an admirable job carrying the torch after Roddenberry died but it’s time to have some fresh new blood.
So, my two cents, as if anyone reads my blog, there is no Picard, Sisko and Janeway. We do have Starfleet and a Federation plus we see similar aliens but that’s it; we have a blank canvas. Anything is now possible with the update sfx for tv. BSG was cinematic for the small screen and I was dazzled except for that bullshit Starbuck ending. We can have great space battles and cool action scenes that can rival movies. Think what J.J. Abrams did with the reboot movie but with less lens flare. Just sayin’ – less lens flare.
Star Trek debuted on television on September 8, 1966. The original series was a cult hit, barely eking out a three-season run until syndicated reruns made it ubiquitous. Paramount, which owned it, took a chance on a Star Trek feature film in the late ’70s, and a cult property became a cultural phenomenon.
The early ’90s brought the height of the franchise. Star Trek: The Next Generation was a legitimate sensation, the sixth Star Trek feature film debuted to good box office (just under $75 million in 1991 dollars and just under $150 million when adjusted for 2015) and warm reviews, and Deep Space Nine (arguably the best Trek series) was being prepped.
But now, Star Trek is in trouble.
We’re one year away from Star Trek’s 50th anniversary, and it looks like what fans will get in terms of celebration is the latest installment of the new movie franchise. The third film in the series will be released in July 2016, but it’s been plagued by development problems, including the original director departing and a yet-to-be-finalized script for a film that starts shooting next month. Yeah, there will probably be a TV special or something that unites the surviving cast members of the franchises in addition to the movie. But is that enough?