I’ve been dying for a new Star Trek series. I grew up watching TNG; I had to beg my mom to let me stay up late and watch new episodes once I was old enough to appreciate the show. I also loved DS9, though Voyager was hit and miss. I think the reason Enterprise didn’t do well was because it took a step backward where a huge part of the attraction of the franchise is getting to see all the amazing technology and the sense of exploration.
Now, I’ve never been a fan of the original series, and even though I saw and enjoyed both of the most recent movies, they don’t have that same feel of Star Trek. I didn’t get such a sense of wonder or exploration as much as action and spectacle. I enjoy those aspects of Sci-Fi, and I like them in Star Trek, but that’s also offered by pretty much any other franchise. That distinctly hopeful, optimistic outlook that Star Trek offers just wasn’t there.
And I get that the whole dark gritty thing is en vogue right now; hell, I’ve quite enjoyed a lot of the darker reboots that I seen, and even many of the ones I didn’t care for wasn’t because of that style. But a grim future where Vulcan has been destroyed, the Federation is headed by warmongers and building ships of war rather than of exploration. It’s still fun, and I’ll be seeing the next movie, it just doesn’t feel like Star Trek to me.
And in that sense, unless the next film does something to reinvigorate the hope and wonder to the franchise, I just don’t know how excited I can be about a show in that universe. At this point, it would just feel like another Sci-Fi space show, and not like a new Star Trek series. I might even watch it, if not for the fact that I’d have to pay to see it, but I’d still be hoping for a new Star Trek in the vein of the ones we got through the 90s.