Created in 1966 by Gene Roddenberry, Star Trek is one of the greatest shows in history. Depicting a futuristic society that has moved beyond the need for money, has mostly moved beyond racism or sexism, and is peaceful within the United Federation of Planets. The bridge was comprised of an American, a Scotsman, a Japanese man shortly after WWII, a Russian during the Cold War, and a Black Woman during the days of Martin Luther King Jr. The show had the first on-screen biracial kiss between Kirk and Uhura. You no doubt already know the greatness that was Star Trek: The Original Series.
Then as the popularity grew, we see the creation of The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise, as well as 13 major motion pictures. The last show ended in 2005, and we didn’t know if we would get more Star Trek. Now we know, and boy are we!
CBS All Access is now creating a brand new show, Star Trek: Discovery. Set a decade before the events of The Original Series, not related to the current run of movies, follows the crew of the Discovery during the Federation-Klingon cold war.
“Star Trek: Discovery will follow the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new lifeforms, and one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself,” reads the description of the show’s premise. “The series will feature a new ship, new characters, and new missions, while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers.”
The cast has alumni from Harry Potter, Hellboy, The Walking Dead, The Office, and more!
Wrath of Khan
There is rumor from Geek Exchange that Nicholas Meyer is staying busy. He wrote on Star Treks 2, 4, and 6 and is involved with the new Star Trek: Discovery. However, Geek Exchange says that he is also working on spin-offs, primarily including one revolving around Khan, set between Space Seed when Kirk dropped him off on Ceti Alpha V, and Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan when they pick him back up. The Nerdd usually tries to avoid rumors, however, this seems to be following a trend that goes beyond official Star Trek series’.
Shield of Tomorrow
Geek and Sundry are creating their own Star Trek TV show. Similar to their Critical Role show wherein you watch numerous voice actors play Dungeons & Dragons, Shield of Tomorrow is a role play of Star Trek that is on Alpha as well as Twitch every Wednesday at 9:30 PM PDT. This unofficial version, made by Wil Wheaton’s (Wesley Crusher) own company shows that fans are creating their own shows because they are tired of waiting on CBS. However, Wil Wheaton isn’t the only fan making Star Trek content!
Back in 1999 a parody film of Star Trek called Galaxy Quest was released. The original movie centered on the cast of a canceled, beloved sci-fi show that was forced to reunite to save the planet after aliens believe their show was real.
About a year ago it was rumored that Amazon was planning on picking it back up as a TV show, but with the passing of Alan Rickman, a major character in the film, they stopped production. However now that Paul Sheer has picked up writing the show, the production is back on, hopefully with Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver returning. Not much is known this far into production, but fans of the movie should be pleased either way. But if they are impatient for a Star Trek parody, they can always look to…
Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane has created a show on Fox called The Orville, which is a beautiful parody about an untalented captain who has to share command of his mid-level exploratory ship with his ex-wife. It looks like they are going to go over-the-top and outright ridiculous with this as MacFarlane lives out a childhood dream of being a starship captain.
Star Trek is coming back in so many ways, and we can’t wait to see all of it!