“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”
A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens, 1859
Based on various articles and commentaries, Star Trek Discovery seems to fit Mister Dickens’ opening salvo. In fact it was the book that Captain Spock gave to Admiral Kirk on his birthday in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan.
Truly, it would be the best and worst of times for Kirk, Spock, Scotty and the rest of the crew of the united starship Enterprise. The question is will it be the best or worst of times for CBS’s Star Trek Discovery series?
To begin I am willing to at least give them the benefit of the doubt, even though it seems that the Star Trek canon in the prime timeline may be blurry based on trailers and comments. Like many others I was hoping for a series after Star Trek: The Next Generation film series.
Fan-based films are abundant with many intriguing concepts. Star Trek: Renegades had its sinister infiltration of the Federation and Admiral Pavel Chekov and Tuvok in the Next Generation timeline. It was revamped with obvious elements of Star Trek removed, but billed as a new science fiction space series which seemed so familiar.
Captain Pike would tell the story of Christopher Pike. To be blunt, the story of Christopher Pike should have been a priority for CBS or Paramount, but it was left to a brave group of actors and fans to pursue the story—now under the strict guidelines for fan-based incarnations.
One could blame Anaxar, the fan series which wanted to go where no fan film had gone before in exploring the Klingon War and raising a Fort Knox of fan money to do so; with a stellar cast to boot, especially the late great Richard Hatch! However, CBS was not amused, and from their viewpoint they had cause for concern about what fan series were doing and where they were going, especially with the coffers of willing fans.
It is important to note that fans are willing to donate money to fan series because the hunger for more Star Trek is waiting to be met. Star Trek Continues is a good example of this, but sadly it will end with just eleven episodes—very well done episodes which has added to the Star Trek lore.
In addition, there were hopes for a Captain Sulu or Captain Worf (The Worf Chronicles) series as well as many others. George Takei and Michael Dorn were ready to suit up again and sit in that very important chair on the bridge.
Coming back to Star Trek Discovery, a number of comments have been made about the newest trailer which has a TV-MA rating. TV-MA is the highest rating which warns parents there is something unsuitable for children under 17. https://redshirtsalwaysdie.com/2017/08/19/star-trek-discovery-tv-ma-rating/
The TV guidelines are posted below in the links.
Since this series will be on CBS All Access they can be edgier than standard network programming. Of course, CBS will be attempting to take Star Trek to the next level since they are in competition to allure viewers who watch shows on HBO, Showtime, Starz, etc.
In addition, one teetering boulder on the precipice is FOX’s THE ORVILLE series which many may prefer over Discovery. It begins Sunday, September 10, pulling ahead of Discovery launch date of September 24 as of this writing.
“From Emmy Award-winning executive producer and creator Seth MacFarlane (FAMILY GUY, “Ted”) THE ORVILLE is a live-action, one-hour space adventure series set 400 years in the future that follows the exploits of The U.S.S. Orville, a mid-level exploratory spaceship. Its crew, both human and alien, faces the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the problems of everyday life.”
Star Trek since the 1960s has always been a positive view of humans on earth overcoming personal, political, and religious ideologies to have a united earth. Creating a federation of sister worlds to share this united philosophy and spread this gospel is a cornerstone of what might be in the decades ahead.
We at Loch Garry Blog hope for the best for Star Trek Discovery. We are looking forward to September 24 with high hopes for this new series based on Star Trek.
NOTE: Neither this blog or the people associated with it are affiliated in any way with CBS or Paramount. Opinions expressed are those who contributed to this post.
G. D. Williams © 2017
Star Trek Discovery
Star Trek Film Academy
In unexpected and delightful news, CBS and fan film producer James Cawley (Star Trek New Voyages) are creating the Star Trek Film Academy, a film school for Star Trek fan filmmakers—giving them an unprecedented legitimacy.
The Star Trek Film Academy will be based in Ticonderoga, New York, home of Cawley’s New Voyages set—which was built according to the original blueprintsof the 1966-1969 series. The New Voyages set also has the distinction of being an officially licensed set tour.
Star Trek Continues
TV Parental Guidelines
Fleet Captain Pike
The Worf Chronicles
Hitler’s Comments on Star Trek Discovery (parody)