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Make It So

Star Trek Just Might Come Back To Television


Set phasers to squee. Roberto Orci, one of the producers on the Star Trek reboot films, told Sky News that he’d had a meeting with CBS to talk about reviving Trek on TV.

Unfortunately, at this point, we don’t know much beyond that some higher-ups have been throwing the idea around, so it might be a little early to get too excited. There is still a long road ahead before anybody can get the Enterprise back to her original home on the small screen. I’m hoping that, given the commercial success of the reboot, Paramount has some motivation to do more with the franchise in a different format. Fingers majorly crossed.

The best part of a possible Star Trek return to television for me is that J.J. Abrams probably won’t be involved because he’ll still be too busy with Star Wars to do anything more than produce. Remember me cackling gleefully at the prospect of him leaving the movies? Well, I’m doing it again. It’s time to give somebody else a go. Plus, in a long-form format, the writers will be forced to actually give us some original characters and storylines instead of constantly rehashing the original series. Given that the new show would be riding the coattails of the reboot franchise, I’m guessing it would take place in the alternate TOS-era universe, but there’s still a lot of opportunities to tell fresh stories there. We might get a new captain – possibly another lady this time?

The last time new Star Trek appeared on television was when Enterprise ended in 2005. Bush was president, “Hollaback Girl” was on the radio, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows hadn’t been released yet. It is time. Make it so, CBS.

(via: Collider)

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  • Anonymous

    For a while now I’ve thought doing another Star Trek animated series might be the way to go. It opens up a lot more possibilities as to what you can do without worrying about budget and all that.

    But I’ll take anything to wash the taste of Enterprise out of my mouth. And I’m cool with them using the reboot timeline as long as Not-Khan doesn’t show up.

  • Nirali

    Ooh I hope that this happens.

  • Anonymous

    JJ may not be involved, but Orci is one of his go-to producing partners. Would this new Trek really be able to escape the Team Lensflare look and feel? Maybe it’s just that I have a sour taste in my mouth from watching Fringe for the first time. But I’m still skeptical.

  • Michael Singer

    The Star Trek movies have always been more about action and attracting a wider audience while the TV shows have been about hardcore sci-fi and ideas. You could do both at the same time. The T shows could cater to the hardcore SF while the films could be more for the GA, everyone’s happy. Also, we could get Benedict Cumberbatch to come back, at least I hope so.

  • Mark Matson

    The Next Next Generation. New Enterprise is first ship ever built that can bridge the distance between galaxies, but at a price…

  • Melynda

    There’s no reason for CBS to leave Star Trek off of the tv with the movies as popular as they are and with the franchise getting more and more fans pretty much constantly. As much as I want to be excited for this, I’m not going to hold my breath though.

  • Anonymous

    I’d be a lot happier about this if Roberto “you morons just don’t understand the GENIUS of Star Trek Into Darkness’ infinite social commentary” Orci wasn’t involved.

  • re M

    Yes! Animated!!! I love 2d animation but with 3d being so popular and “easier” that would be a great way to go.

    You could get a lot of great V.O. work from all the awesome cast they’ve had over the years and they wouldn’t necessarily have to be reprising their original role.

  • re M

    Captain Crusher! F.T.W!!!

  • http://cainslatrani.blogspot.com/ Cain S. Latrani

    Um… yeah… I don’t know about this.

    I mean, yes, I’d love to see Star Trek back on tv, and maybe even good again, like it was, once, before Those Things We Don’t Talk About. I’m just not feeling very confident in the creative team behind it right now.

    The reboot was decent. I’ll say that. I didn’t hate it.

    Into Darkness… I will spit on its grave. I will.

    I guess I’d just like to see more Star Trek that isn’t about flashy action. It doesn’t have to be to be good, like Balance of Power, which remains my favorite episode of all Star Trek ever, but would like to veer a little away from technobabble to drive a plot forward as well.

    Okay. Yes. I’m asking for too much. I know. Sorry. I just want a really good sci fi series that is about humanity being excellent.

    Asking WAY too much.

  • TokenOfficeGoth

    YES. I could not get on the Fringe bus. I found myself guessing plot lines seasons in advance, I was utterly disappointed by it’s hamfisted “foreshadowing” and deus ex machina use of Walter.

  • Ross Van Loan

    Mirror Mirror : The Series?! I can get you that, Spock!

  • Kyder Dog

    Star Trek Just Might Come Back To netflix… as they might be doing season 5 of enterprise.

  • Anonymous

    The worst that could happen to Star Trek is what happened to Star Trek (and Star Wars): J.J. Abrams destroying what little credibility they had left.

    Roberto Orci is one of the bad writers who owes his career to being buddies with J.J. Abrams (since Hollywood for some reason reflexively genuflects in front of the flop-meister who brought us Felicity…) and is as bad a writer as Abrams.

  • Anonymous

    I have learned to avoid all things J. J. Abrams and related. As long as they’re around Star Trek I hope they produce as little as possible.

  • Anonymous

    When’s the last time there was a REALLY good SF show? Seriously.

  • Anonymous

    So glad to see I’m not the only one who hated Fringe and took a dislike for Orci and Kutzmann from it.

    Of course, the disastrous ratings throughout its run told me I wasn’t alone, but you rarely read anyone daring to criticize Lord J.J. and his Fellow Knights of the Flop Factory.

  • Anonymous

    But are they really that popular? All we have to go on is BO figures published by Paramount, a company that claims all its movies are super-hits, yet doesn’t pay its investors back (see the Melrose Investors lawsuit) and is currently downsizing its operations.

  • Anonymous

    Very funny. Given that Netflix has a fascination for flops (Arrested Development) and creators of flops (the creators of Damages) it’s very possible.

  • http://cainslatrani.blogspot.com/ Cain S. Latrani

    I’m just gonna hug my Firefly dvd collection and call it good.

  • Anonymous

    That’s very funny! :)

  • April

    Who was the omnisexual character? Odo?

  • Sabrina

    Garak? He was rather flirty with Bashir – it was intentionally played that way by the actors but was eventually cut short.

  • http://trijanmaddux.blogspot.com/ Trijan Maddux

    I’m glad to hear that Star Trek TOS might be coming back to TV. I felt like Trek’s return should have been done in TV series form rather than the two movie reboots for a few reasons. I think that Star Trek TOS could and should have been re-introduced to this new generation through a reboot of Roddenberry’s vision. The scripts and political/social issues touched-on in the actual Original Series should remain the same…they are timeless and classic…and brilliant!

    Using the new cast representing the young Kirk, Spock, Uhura, etc. from the movies, the series should start with them beginning their 5 year mission, and follow the missions and episodes from the old series. Think of it – with the original script in-tact, plus a shiny new updated ship, special effects and CGI, and a new cast…you have a combination for success. I am a Trekkie (TOS baby!), and thanks to the movie reboots, friends who saw the first film loved it so much that they became interested in TOS and watched old episodes to understand more of the pre-Next Generation universe. To sum it up, most reactions were something like this – “I just can’t get into it because the acting is just so cheesy and the special effects are outdated”. In other words, visually, it’s outdated. We have become a very visual culture. Despite the negatives, I have yet to hear someone slam the script or subject-matter. But despite a great script, it seems as if movies and TV shows are only as good as the visual eye-candy they provide.

    So, there you have it…and I really hope the higher-ups read these posts and feedback regarding what Trekkies would like to see in a reboot. They must stop relying on those who do not fully understand the Trek, and (sigh) have only seen a handful of TOS episodes at the most, to write and direct these shows and films.
    Keep the scripts as they have always been…the writing is amazing. Add in the new younger cast from the movie reboot, update the special effects and CGI, the look of the aliens and the planets and the sets and the visuals, and now you have the brilliant writing and visually-stunning universe that will both draw in Trekkies everywhere, and create a new generation of future Trekkies without losing the integrity of what we hold sacred. What better way to re-introduce TOS and its characters?

    I have touched on this issue before at-length in a previous blog-post. You can check out my post, “A Thought on how to Properly Reboot Star Trek The Original Series”, at http://trijanmaddux.blogspot.com/2013/07/a-thought-on-how-to-properly-reboot.html.

  • Anonymous

    Beautifully said Radii. “J.J.’s Hack Writer Squad”… I can see the TV show already!! ;)

  • http://cainslatrani.blogspot.com/ Cain S. Latrani

    I want to hope, but, well… Into Darkness.

    And Enterprise.

    And Voyager.

    Man. I WANTED to love those shows so much. I really did. But… well..

  • Pink Apocalypse

    It’s dead to me. Look back with fond memories built up over a lifetime, but it’s over. ‘Star Trek: Style Over Substance’ was more than enough to make me realize that the original vision is deceased.

    I didn’t need to even bother watching the recent ‘Star Trek: Completely Missing the Point’ to reaffirm that.

  • Ms Angel

    Just give me TNG reruns on a non-cable station in my area and I’d be a happy camper.

  • Anonymous

    BSG

  • Anonymous

    Well, I like to call it Shakystar Crapotica, so we’ll have to disagree on that one.

    But I do like your nickname. Very clever. :)

    I’m tempted to go as far back as the first four seasons of The X-Files.