Can There Be Too Many Star Treks?

This is even more controversial than the existence of the Great Pumpkin:

A new Star Trek series holds as much aspirational value for us as a new Flash Gordon series or new Jetsons episodes. We’ve surpassed their usefulness and they now lie in the realm of retrofuturism. They’ll always be a fun reflection of where we were a generation or two ago, but we’re not likely to be inspired by it in the same way.

For a new Star Trek series to be useful, it would need to drastically revise the canon, throwing out one of its strongest features and almost definitely upsetting its fans. It would need to somehow depict a future drawn from the 21st Century that, sure, hasn’t been completely bombed out, but is tackling its own issues of climate change, mass migration and the technological overreaches of governments against their own people. Could it do that and still hold true to Roddenberry’s optimism? Their work is cut out for them, and if they pull it off, I’ll be the first in line at Fan Expo.

Whether it comes from Star Trek or something else, we need new Science Fiction that extrapolates where we are today and not where we were fifty years ago. Otherwise, we’re robbing ourselves of what the genre is supposed to give us: a star to sail our ship by.


  • NO Spock?

  • DMB
  • G

    What a waste of time article.
    This is one of the reasons I despise journalists (one of several). Sitting around pontificating about …Star Trek…really?

    Go find a useful job you twit.

    • tom_billesley

      I can’t recall any journalists in “Star Trek”.

    • I don’t mind that “Star Trek” comes up every once in a while (keep in mind- people voted for a guy who thinks budgets balance themselves- imagine having a deep conversation with them) but this guy is arguing that since the original Star Trek inspired great inventions, there can be nothing of value now as we are at a state of great technological achievement. Well, why not just tell a story and throw in a few Klingons?

  • lolwut?

    I personally look forward to seeing Caitlyn Jenner as Captain of a Star Ship.

    Make it so!

  • WalterBannon

    Liberals would not write scripts about a real future extrapolated from where we are today – because in that world it would be nothing but barbarian muslims at constant war with themselves, human kind having slipped back into a state of ignorance and having lost all of our art, high tech, music and everything else including the rest of us and our western culture… It would be a dystopian future

    • Clausewitz

      I always though they used Muslims as the archetype for the Klingons in Star Trek.

      • John

        I’d always thought Muslims were the inspiration for The Borg.

        • Clausewitz

          A little from column A, a little from column B.

          • But Swedish.

            I mean- the Swedes have adapted to Islamists, so….

      • But Klingons prized honour and bravery above all else.

        Islamists are child-raping cowards.

    • Much of what made some of Star Trek suck was liberalism.

  • ntt1

    It will take some pretty adept stick handling to jibe the present progressive society with its drift to totalitarianism and the liberal utopia star trek promotes as the future. there is extreme doubt that progressive liberal values are capable of crafting a future like star trek depicts/ it will be a dark one most certainly.

  • marty_p