August 25 2011

New Star Trek TV Series Being Prepped

star trek logoAre you ready for a sixth Star Trek TV series? Apparently some people think we are.

Multiple sources are reporting that David Foster, a writer/producer who used to work on Battlestar Galactica, has gone to CBS with a pitch for a sixth Star Trek television series.  Despite the fact that J.J. Abrams 2009 film set up an alternative timeline that completely ignored the five television series and numerous movies in the franchise, but apparently this new concept is set in the time after Star Trek: Voyager, the fourth series and the one that pushed the timeline the furthest into the future.

Apparently the new series will continue along the original timeline and ignore the new film chronology.  Not a big deal, it did seem silly to me to throw out decades of history so, sure, why not, go ahead and run two different timelines.

How close is this to reality?  “The series concept is fully developed, subject to change, of course, with a solid 5- to 7- year series plan, pilot script and conceptualized finale that intends to define Star Trek for generations,” Foster told The New York Post.  A pilot script has been completed and far more development than your normal pitch, but the official presentation has still yet to happen.

Will it get to air?  Who knows.  Mr. Foster says that this series will return more to the original roots of the series than some of the later incarnations did.  You can interpret that a lot of different ways, but my hopes is it will be less about technobabble and how many ridges the make-up department can fit on a nose, and more about telling actual stories and morality tales.

One of the biggest concerns is that apparently the concept focuses on younger characters, so I’m fearful we may get “Teen Drama in Space,” but we’ll just have to wait to see.

Does this mean I may finally have to update my “Who is the Best Star Trek Captain” post?


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