The new Star Trek series is slowly but surely making progress. In a recent interview with the TrekZone podcast, executive producer Rod Roddenberry discussed some details about the upcoming CBS reboot.
Roddenberry is the son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry.
When asked about the new CBS All Access series, Roddenberry had little to share, saying it was still in the early stages of development:
I know very little about the direction. I’ve had two meetings with Bryan Fuller [the showrunner], and he is still developing the concept. He’s brought the writers together, and they’re still developing the concept. What I’m excited about is the team that’s been put together by CBS. They’ve brought, of course, Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Fuller, and Heather Kadin together. And, I’ve had the opportunity to meet them. Bryan is of course a huge Star Trek fan. So, right there alone, I have confidence that he will do it justice from that point of view.”
He added that he has “tremendous hopes” for the new series, which is expected to premiere in 2017:
They understand the importance of Star Trek. They understand it’s the 50th anniversary. They’re not out to rewrite history, they’re not out to change anything, and they understand they need to do their best to keep people happy but also probably make it a little different. So, that’s really all I can say on this. The truth is I don’t know much more. I swear I don’t. I have tremendous hopes, and I’m really encouraged by the two meetings we’ve had.”
What do you think? Are you a big Star Trek fan? What do you hope will be included in the new series?
I am glad to hear Rod’s comments and I hope his expectations are met. I miss Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek. Before he died the show was about diverse people working together to overcome challenges. Since his death, there has been ever increasing conflicts and drama between crewmembers. Some conflict and drama is OK (i.e. Warf & Picard), but in the current series of movies, I am not pleased with supervisors having romantic relationships with subordinates (Spock & Uhura), or with Spock and Kirk swapping command back and forth, or with rebooting the show and instead of moving in that new… Read more »
Incorporation of some of the plot lines from Star Trek Online. Species 8472 (The Undine) and their infiltration of every Alpha Quadrant government, even that Chancellor Gowron was an Undine infiltrator all along. Or the destruction of Romulus leading to the disappearance of Empress Sela (who took the Praetorship after Emperor Shinzon) and the resettlement of the civilian Romulans to a New Romulus with a democratic government seeking peace and alliance with the Federation. And let’s see more of Bajor, the temporal cold war, and Chancellor Work.
The hopes of the series might be there, but not the viewers if it remains solely on All Access.
Can someone please explain why writers can’t Come up with new series. Hashing out old ones is getting ridiculous. Star trek has a place in my heart but it is played out.
The Star Trek Universe is far too great for it to ever be played out. There are so many unfollowed plots just from the existing 5 series alone not to mention the books and STO.