What is the Future of Star Trek?

Movie News: Star Trek

With filming for Star Trek Beyond slated for later this year, one has to wonder what the future will hold for the franchise?

In a recent interview, Simon Pegg, who plays the rebooted franchise’s Scotty and is co-writing the screenplay with Doug Jung, said that the film will go “forward with the spirit of the TV show. And it’s a story of frontierism and adventure and optimism and fun…”

That’s quite refreshing since the spirit lately in the films have been more action-oriented dating back to the Star Trek: The Next Generation films.

*Spoiler alerts from here on out.*

While J.J. Abrams‘ reboot with Star Trek (2009) revitalized the franchise, it took the crew being more action-oriented than ever before, but at least it didn’t involve the well-aged TNG crew. Here’s a video that might explain its success.

After the first film rebooted the franchise to an alternate universe, what did Abrams follow up with? Star Trek Into Darkness which re-introduced Kirk’s greatest enemy Khan this time played by Benedict Cumberbatch, but this time without the “Space Seed” original series episode to provide any form of background.

To top that off, what was originally a passing-the-torch moment for Leonard Nimoy to endorse the new franchised turned to a shoehorned cameo as Spock-prime explaining to alternate-universe crew somehow alternative-universe Khan is just like Khan-prime in every way even though alternate Khan never met him ever. Unfortunately, it would also be the last time Nimoy would don the Spock makeup with his passing earlier this year.

So with Beyond allegedly going back to the franchise’s roots what can this mean?

A Return to TV

I can see everyone but Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana and Pegg reprising their roles for the TV show due to their successful film careers. Perhaps if Paramount and a major network would be interested in committing to a new TV show contingent of Beyond’s success. If the network were to commit to the show, you’ll either see a whole new cast taking place in Abram’s universe or a very expensive show retaining the films’ cast.

Another idea could be a return to the prime universe, but it may not work due to continuity’s sake and potential confusion since the new universe was already introduced.

Netflix

The company’s known to be creatively loose when it comes to shows and revivals. The success of original shows like House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Daredevil to name a few and the revivals of Fox’s Arrested Development and ABC’s Full House (as the sequel Fuller House) make the network a much more attractive option.

The Future of Trek

The question you have to ask is, “Is Star Trek still relevant” after 13 films and five TV shows going into the 50th anniversary of the premiere of the original series in 1966? I would say, “Yes” since the film franchise is still alive as well as some fan projects that involve actors from all five shows.

It would seem there’s certainly more the likes of Kirk, Spock and Bones can teach us in the 21st century.

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About Tom

Tom Chang is a freelance journalist with a background in multimedia journalism and web publishing. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St.Petersburg. He graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications at USF Tampa. Tom's interests include a little bit of everything from entertainment to sports. He also wishes to delve into creative writing writing sci-fi/fantasy stories. Tom was recently the Online Editor for USF St. Petersburg's the Crow's Nest, he joined the staff in January 2010 where he started freelance writing, photographing, copy editing and later became a staff writer. Tom’s freelance experience in journalism amassed a wide range of companies including Creative Loafing, The Focus Magazine, Lutz News, Examiner.com, and Tampa Tribune.
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