Have Your Say: To Boldly Go... Where?
My first reaction was "Cool!", but afterwards it got me thinking: exactly WHY do I think this is cool? What more do I want out of that particular universe?
You see, I'm old enough to remember watching the original series as a four-year-old kid, on our black and white television. I thought all the spaceships were awesome and all the monsters were scary. For a while I also assumed it all was real, as people were actually landing on the moon at the time.
Later, when I grew to be a Star Wars fanatic over The Empire Strikes Back, I still had fond memories of the original series, and as I started to get into reading serious science fiction, I appreciated the many ideas and writers Gene Roddenberry had managed to get in front of the general public.
When Star Trek: The Next Generation hit television I was already leaving high school for college, and frankly I wasn't taken with it. By the time regular exposure had finally warmed me to the characters, years later, that series had already devolved into a self-aware smarmy soap In space.
While I occasionally really liked some of the cinema excursions, I've only ever dabbled a bit with all of the later Star Trek series. I do have to give props to Deep Space Nine though, for doing an airport reality show spoof, over a decade before we had airport reality shows.
So... what do I want to get out of a new Star Trek series? Do I want it to boldly go where no-one has gone before, and is such a thing even possible after literally hundreds of previous episodes in that universe?
Or do I want more of the same? And what IS the same? Do I want to see the travels of a cocky Captain Kirk, big-banging anything even remotely resembling human femininity? Do I want a large cast of characters concerned with who dates who, or whose kids, or whose clones, or whose inter-dimensional copies? Do I want to see how the stuff we've taken for granted for decades got invented?
Damn... I'm hard-pressed to come up with anything.
But enough about me: what do YOU think? What do you want a new Star Trek series to be?
Chime in, in the comments below, and HAVE YOUR SAY!