Last week it was formally announced that Sonequa Martin-Green will play the lead character of CBS’s new Star Trek series, stepping into the boots previously filled by Shatner, Stewart, Brooks, Mulgrew and Backula. What is unique about the role (other than the fact that she is the second female lead and the first black woman […]Read more "Star Trek Discovery Will be a Different Kind of Trek, Part II"
With CBS’s new Trek series, Star Trek is about to be updated to suit modern TV tastes and expectations. This bodes will for its success, but long-time fans need to prepare ourselves for just how different it will be. To be sure, a lot will feel familiar: the costumes, the sets, the props, the dialogue. […]Read more "Star Trek Discovery will be a Different Kind of Trek than we are used to, Part I"
Discovery is the first Star Trek series since the Original Series that is written and produced to distinguish itself—to fight for its life—against an established and comfortably popular television landscape. Like TOS, DSC must stand on its own terms in a way that the four intervening series never did. In the 60s, Roddenberry worked hard […]Read more "Star Trek: Discovery as a Return to Form"
Star Trek’s trademark optimism gets a lot of lip service by us fans, the media, and especially Hollywood producers assigned to Trek projects who feel they must justify their jobs to the fans by paying homage to “Gene’s vision.” It is rare that you see anyone apply more than a surface reading of Trek’s vision […]Read more "Jaron Lanier on Star Trek’s Magic"
It is premature to engage in any fanboy handwringing over the new Trek series since we don’t yet know if CBS Access is creating a show that will be worthy of our interest. For all we know it could be a cartoon. Talk of Star Trek being CBS’s “crown jewels” aside, if their goal […]Read more "CBS’s New Star Trek Series Red Flags"
NOTE: Now that Star Trek is coming back to episodic TV, I thought I’d repost an essay on the topic from last year. Is Star Trek old and in need of re-engineering, or does it need to be abandoned to the museum of 20th Century science fiction? I was getting caught up on HBO’s The […]Read more "Michael Gummelt compels us to ask: What is Star Trek?"