Friday, October 06, 2006

Dreamweaver: Star Trek: The Continuing

Welcome back to another edition of Dreamweaver, where I urge Hollywood to take up some of my ideas. This time, I take up the Star Trek cause as I suggest how to return the Star Trek franchise to it's former glory.

Star Trek: The Continuing, which would be a syndicated series, would take place roughly 2 to 3 hundred years after The Next Generation/DS9/Voyager. Much like the space between the original series and TNG, this break would allow for the stories to be independent and allow for a different tone. The captain, played by a male, would still command the Enterprise (probably R or S by then). The Federation has reached peace with the Romulans and the Enterprise's first officer is from Romulus. Cloaking devices are allowed on all Federation ships.

The new enemy of the Federation is a surprising one. The Vulcans, feeling it is illogical that Starfleet and the Federation are based on Earth, when it was them who first mastered space travel, have broken off from the Fed. Though there has been no major battles, both sides feel a war is brewing.

Though there is danger about, the Enterprise's main mission still remains exploration. Warp drive can now go up to Warp 15, scientist having found a way around the barriers of warp 10. There are crewless ships exploring too, infused with artificial AI.

The stories would be similiar to TOS and TNG in that each one is independent of each other and there are no overarcing plots. The plots themselves would be similiar to TNG in that there would be "cultural" and "warlike" episodes. Hopefully, with the time break between this series and the rest, the technology and other set details can give it a distinct feel without feeling alien, pardon the pun.

In terms of marketing, the show needs to be in syndication. One of the problems with Voyager and Enterprise was that they were on the UPN network, which was owned by Paramount, which own Star Trek. So there was an increased pressure to bring in the ratings. Sometimes these shows suffered for it. So syndicate the show, and let the stories be told without fear of ratings. The fans will be there.

I think that the Star Trek franchise needs is a TV show that doesn't need to be tied directly into the continuity of the ST universe (the main complaint about the show Enterpise was that ignored previously established Federation history). The show needs to harken back to the "Good old days" but does not need to overplay it.

JJ Abrams, the creator of Lost and Alias, recently signed on to produce a new Star Trek movie. As a former Trekkie, I am looking forward to the future of Trek.


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