Last week, CBS officially announced Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. The new CBS All Access series will feature the Enterprise crew, 10-years before Captian Kirk. The show will star Anson Mount as Captain Pike, Ethan Peck as Spock, & Rebecca Romijn as Number One.
On this week’s MZNOW, Michael, a huge fan of Star Trek, made a list of 5 things fans want to see in this new series. “This has the potential to be a success!” Michael continued, “You already have characters people know and love. You love the actors. You’re in a great position now.”
1 – Emphasis on the NEW
Let’s not rehash or take “new perspectives” on old storylines. Let’s truly seek out NEW life and NEW civilizations.
2 – Don’t Rewrite History, Add to It
Stop with the cannon hacking. The Star Trek Universe is huge and there are plenty of areas to explore without destroying what came before. We don’t need any more siblings for Spock. It’s time to meet new characters and explore their backgrounds and their stories. Let’s honor the writers of the past by adding to the lore, and not mucking up the data…
3 – Make It A TEAM Effort
Although Pike is the Captain, he shouldn’t be the only hero. What made Next Gen and the Original series work so well is that the crew worked as a TEAM to solve their problems. Unlike Discovery where Burnham and Tilly are the only ones that can find solutions in a ship full of scientists, engineers, and literally the greatest and highly trained minds in the galaxy. Don’t waste the crew! Everyone has a part to play.
4 – Let’s Keep It A Little More PG or PG13
Let’s keep F-bombs and Klingon rape scenes for the other show. Let’s make this show a place where people of all ages can watch and be inspired. I’m not saying it should shy away from dark or serious issues – but there is a way to present ideas that doesn’t alienate the younger demo. I get it, it’s a streaming show and there are no rules. Just because you CAN do something, doesn’t mean you always should.
5 – No More Season Long Story Arcs
Instead of dishing out 10-15 shows with a long, drawn-out story (with at least a quarter of the shows being filler), only to get a disappointing payoff at the end — let’s go back to the ‘planet of the week.’ Let’s see the crew work together, as a team, to find solutions for themselves or the civilization they are trying to help in 45 minutes. Let’s see hope and goodness triumph in this series because we need it now more than ever.
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