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Rules For A New Star Trek Series

After reading, this article, I think all of my readers know I had to comment. Actually, I did at the article itself but what kind of host would I be if I forced you to go there and search for them? Besides this is why I have blog in the first place.

I loved the new movie and agree a reboot needed to be done. It's more Trek than Universe is Stargate That said, it's too soon to use that alternate universe for a series. I'd wait until the third or, better yet, the fifth for that. That said, speaking strictly as a Trekie, it's not too soon for a new series for me...

My must haves, in no particular order:

1. Likable characters-Tension is great but Stargate: Universe vs. Voyager/DS9 has shown even characters that hate each other in the beginning eventually should get along. Even Enterprise characters grew on me by season 2...

2. A ship-Space, time or space and time, I don't care but there must be a ship. DS9 was and still is my favorite of the franchise but the main complaint about it was they "didn't go anywhere." A load of crap by season 3 especially but why take chances?

3. Do something with cool ideas-A complaint I still hear about Voyager is that they'd introduce a cool concept/alien then not do enough with them. The Swarm and 8472 being the main examples. Apparently moving out of their space wasn't enough of an excuse. Again, why chance it?

4. Don't try too hard to appeal to all your fans because you will fail-The biggest problem with Enterprise for me was that I expected the "Birth of the Federation" stories we got mainly in season 4 and Berman and Braga decided to add the Temporal Cold War and anachronistic TNG elements (The Ferengi anyone?) because that's what they knew but also because they wanted to appeal to fans who strongly felt TOS was antiquated crap so they didn't bother to watch it. The new movie may have helped this problem...

5. Find a network that's wiling to give it a chance or just go back to syndication-NBC cancelled TOS after three seasons. Under the supervision of CBS president Les Moonves, lowly UPN cancelled Enterprise after only 4 seasons. In this day and age of Windows Media Center, and maybe DVRs in general, you don't have to know when a show is on. It can be on at 4 am on a Tuesday; it will be found.

Yeah, I mentioned Time. Set a show in the future but have a crew made of an El Aurian who can sense when timelines are changed and humans, Bajorans, Vulcans and the other sort-of human looking aliens to go back in time and fix it. Essentially give the TCW storyline it's own show. Yeah, probably too different...


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