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7 Ways to Reboot Star Trek With a New TV Show

How to save the franchise by returning to the small screen.

by
Walter Hudson

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February 22, 2014 - 9:00 am
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Editor’s Note: This article was first published in September of 2013. It is being reprinted as part of a new weekend series at PJ Lifestyle collecting and organizing the top 50 best lists. Where will this great piece end up on the list? Reader feedback will be factored in when the PJ Lifestyle Top 50 List Collection is completed in a few months…

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Worf wants back into your living room. Michael Dorn, the veteran actor who portrayed Star Trek’s most beloved klingon in two series and five films, has been telling fans of his desire to bring the character back to television. Hollywood.com shares Dorn’s belief that Worf has more to give to the galaxy.

Once I started thinking about it, it became obvious to me that I wanted to at least put it out there, which I have, and the response has been pretty amazing. We’ve been contacted by different individuals… about wanting to come on board and be part of this.

I was on a movie not too long ago, where one of the producers was basically lobbying to be part of it. He was like, “Michael, I’d love to write it, if you haven’t.” So, at this point, my agents and my manager are looking at all the avenues and trying to figure out which is the best one.

The itch to bring Trek back to the small screen has Rolling Stone clawing as well. A recent article calls for the re-launch of Star Trek: The Next Generation, arguably the most popular and successful series in the franchise. Author Andy Greene explains why the time is right:

With Star Trek Into Darkness hitting DVD this month and a third film in the rebooted series roughly slated for 2016, it’s pretty safe to say the Star Trek movie franchise is in the best shape it’s been in years, possibly all the way back to the days of The Wrath of Khan and The Voyage Home. Prior to these recent J.J. Abrams movies, there were never even two great Star Trek movies released back-to-back, and Paramount is obviously thrilled by the box office results.

Unfortunately, no Abrams-like figure came around to save the Star Trek TV franchise. It’s been off the air ever since Star Trek: Enterprise got yanked in May of 2005 after just four seasons. Audiences never warmed to Scott Bakula’s Captain Archer, and the idea of a show taking place 100 years before the original Star Trek was better in theory than actual practice.

In the last eight years there hasn’t even been any serious attempts to put Star Trek back on the air, and everyone seems entirely focused on the movies. This is a horrible mistake. At its core, Star Trek is a television series…

Indeed, Trek thrives in its native format. However, Green’s call to revive The Next Generation sinks with the same nostalgic weight that Enterprise did. The fourth and final season of that last Trek series was actually quite good, but hit its pace too late to save the show. Viewers tend not to suffer through three seasons of meh waiting for a cast and crew to get their act together. A new show would have to make it so from the start.

Trek should return to television. The time is right. However, it needs to arrive with a new perspective. It needs to progress. The Next Generation did not succeed by its emulation of the original series. It made its own mark, building on the original’s legacy and advancing in creative new directions.

A new series would signal a new era of Trek – a next, next generation. And would need to set a new tone for a new time. To do that, it would have to go where no Trek has gone before. Here are 7 possible directions.

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So I do like some of your ideas and thoughts. I do have to say that I have just finished watching ALL of the STA TREK series on Netflix. I had watched them all before but had never seen all of TOS or TNG as I was born in 81. That being said...STAR TREK VOYAGER still remains my favorite of all the series and Captain Janeway my favorite captain. And I am sad that STAR TREK ENTERPRISE was cut so short as it was a REALLY good show...season 3 was by far my favorite of the 4 seasons. ANYWAY...there is another way they could reboot the series!! One way they could REALLY draw in the younger crowd and stuff is something my family has talked about and hoped for for years...STAR TREK: STARFLEET ACADEMY!! Just think of ALL the possibilities and they could even pull in the Red Squad and have lots of on Earth stuff and away learning missions, etc. The possibilities are ENDLESS with a STARFLEET ACADEMY series!!!!
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I'm obviously too late here, but feel compelled to share my fantasy of a Star Trek series:

Star Trek: After Hours. Follow the adventures of the Doctor of USS Voyager (Robert Picardo) and lounge lizard Vic Fontaine (James Darren) AFTER the holo-programs are turned off for the night! They can literally go anywhere and do anything for which someone has designed a program - and with their unique self-awareness, who knows how they'll deal with the wildest menaces and situations from Starfleet's fantasy lives? With recurring appearances by Lt. Reginald Barclay (Dwight Schulz), the only man aware of the worlds of wonders spinning through inner space - After Hours!

Yeah, I know. It's silly, but it could be a lot of fun...
30 weeks ago
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Take (2) but have the series take place during the Klingon war.
30 weeks ago
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Efforts in another direction can be heard at: http://www.darkerprojects.com Audio dramas in two directions here, The Lost Frontier, and Section 31.
30 weeks ago
30 weeks ago Link To Comment
Some interesting ideas there.

Let me jump in to point out that fans of the original series have some other options. The latest to capture my attention is a new web series called Star Trek Continues. (http://startrekcontinues.com/episodes). There are only two episodes so far - the link takes you to the page where you can view them - and three vignettes (short proof-of-concept videos) but they're good. Not quite perfect mind you - some of the actors haven't quite nailed their characters yet - but awfully good none the less. I had a real thrill watching these shows, more than any of the later series or movies ever gave me. The sets, costumes, lighting, music, and the writing were all right on the money. It is a shoestring production but it doesn't LOOK cheap: it is at least as good in all respects as the original series was, aside possibly from a couple of the actors who just need a little time to dial their characters in.

It's not quite the original Star Trek either. They've added a ship's counselor and have a holodeck. I suppose that's to appeal to the Next Generation fans.

I know there are some other fan-produced efforts out there, most of which I haven't seen, but I truly think this one is worth your time to view. I only wish there were more episodes because I would dearly love to see them. I understand more are planned but they aren't putting them out nearly as quickly as a regular production house could.

If I had several millions dollars to throw around, I'd give it to the people behind Star Trek Continues and let them produce new episodes for TV. I think they've proven they know how to produce a professional-quality Star Trek.

30 weeks ago
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Another good fan-fic film is from Renegade Studios, "Of Gods and Men." I haven't seen it myself (yet), but it was well-received, won a few awards.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFqAME7dx58
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