William Shatner, arguably, the most recognizable Starship Captain to walk among us, recently went on record during an interview to promote his new Star Trek documentary, Captains Close Up, as to the importance of getting a Star Trek series going again on TV.
It’s been eight years since Enterprise went off the air, leaving us with no Trek TV representation outside of syndicated shows. The longest gap ever between Star Trek TV shows was 13 years, from the end of Star Trek: The Animated Series in 1974 to the beginning of Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1987. That gap was filled with several films (and an aborted TV series) starring the original series cast, though, and it seems that, for the moment, Paramount is happy to keep cranking out a new generation Trek movies and keep fans’ attention focused on the big screen. But what about the franchise’s original home: the American living room? Will Star Trek ever return to a TV format? William Shatner certainly hopes so. [Via Blastr]
Excerpt from William Shatner’s one-on-one Interview with NerdBastards:
“You know, I think you’re right. Because, JJ Abrams has found the key to getting a large audience into the movie theater, and that’s the ride. So you get a lot of the CGI effects, which is the epic movie making aspect of today, whereas in Cecile B. Demille’s time, you had to use real people. Now you don’t need to use real people and you can have infinity for God’s sake.”
“That’s in order to get you into the theater, because the majesty of the movie is shown by the large screen. But when you get into the small screen, you need stories… entertaining, interesting, vital stories that have a philosophy and also have an excitement about them, so that the viewer stays with it, but receives the philosophy as a byproduct. Those were the best of Star Trek, those kinds of stories. And that kind of thing, there is always room for that. That kind of imaginative approach that stirs young people into wanting to be connected with science.”
Would having Star Trek return to TV spurn scientific thought and creative thinking in the areas of exploration within the younger generations? It’s a tall challenge given the distractions of today like video games, the Internet, and social media, but we’ve seen it work on a smaller scale haven’t we?
Here are a few, science-oriented television series (outside of the Star Trek universe) that have done well during their time and from which a case could be made to bring back Star Trek along its original lines – science, intellectual, exploration, focus on the cast:
Not a comprehensive list by any stretch but one that does demonstrate the point that TV shows grounded in science or with strong scientific thought have done well. Star Trek, being the granddaddy of them all, would be a no-brainer, with its already heavily built-in audience.
Make it so!