I’m not sure why, but I’ve been on a bit of a Star Trek kick lately. I’ve started listening to the music again during drives and workouts, for example. I’ve also dusted off my Blu-Rays of the TNG and watched a few episodes. I’ve even gone back and played a little Star Trek Armada III! It seems to be something about the late winter/early spring timeframe that gets my Trek juices flowing.
I do have a couple of more in-depth posts about Star Trek stuff planned, but I just wanted to get a few quick hits out there. First of all, the third “Abramsverse” movie, Star Trek Beyond, is fast approaching. From everything I’ve read, this will be the last one. Part of me is a little disappointed in that, but for the most part I feel a sense of relief. Don’t get me wrong; I do like the new movies. I think they are technically well made, with cool effects, well scripted action, and a cast that was perfectly selected for the job. It’s just that, well, it doesn’t feel like Star Trek to me. I’m at the point where I’d almost rather get this trilogy “over with” so that we can start seeing Trek get back to its roots of being optimistic, speculative sci-fi.
Speaking of which, a new series is in the works too! I’m cautiously excited about this one. It sounds like the right people are involved, and what little we know makes it seem that it is headed in the right direction creatively. However, the fact that it is to be distributed only through CBS All Access concerns me, as I think it will hurt the amount of viewers that will see the show. What I would like to see from this series is a return to the episodic nature of TNG and TOS; there had better be an Enterprise in this show, and it has better start with Courage’s theme and the “Boldly Go…” speech too. The last time we really had that, in my opinion, was in TNG. I’m sure we will get more information on the show as the year goes on, so we will just have to wait and see!