Star Trek is on life support. Nemesis nearly ended the movie franchise. Enterprise sucked the life out of any enthusiasm for another television series. Sure, there’s some buzz surrounding the JJ Abrams reboot movie, but that’s generally coming from JJ Abrams fans. Star Trek needs a kick in the balls. And according to this article sent over by AZM Ally Kensei Dave, Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller agrees.
I would love to do another ‘Star Trek’ series. One where you could go back to the spirit and color of the original ‘Star Trek,’ because somehow, it got cold over the years. I love ‘Next Generation,’ but it’s a little cooler and calmer than the ones from the ‘60s, which were so dynamic and passionate. ’Deep Space Nine’ was the best of the modern ones because it was so emotionally complicated. ‘Enterprise’ was the most sterile of all of them, when it should have been the most fun. ’Star Trek’ has to recreate itself. Otherwise, all the characters start to feel the same. You always have a captain, a doctor, a security officer, and you have the same arguments based on those perspectives. It starts to feel too familiar. So all those paradigms where it takes place on a starship have to be shaken up.
I definitely agree. DS9 took a while to warm up, but I think by the time the last season came around, I was completely hooked. Voyager annoyed the shit out of me, even with the later addition of Thirty Six of D (Happy Borg Fun Bags!).
To be honest, I’m almost burned out on Trek. I still enjoy TOS, TNG, and DS9 and I’ll pop in one of the movies every now and then. But the Trek offerings in the last few years have just failed to reignite my passion for the series. Kind of a shame. I remember TNG night was a big night for our family. We’d take our dinners downstairs to sit in front of the tube and watch as Piccard and his sexy bald head took on Q, Klingons, and the Borg.
You know, I’d be okay if there was no more Trek after the Abrams movie. Time to just leave it alone for a few years.