“Star Trek,” that venerable outer-space adventure, is boldly going where it’s been before, but hasn’t been seen in more than a decade: back to television. The science-fiction program that chronicled the voyages of the Starship Enterprise and its intrepid crew will return to TV in 2017, CBS said on Monday, in a new series that will be introduced on the network but will be shown primarily on its digital subscription video service.
This latest “Star Trek” series will focus on “new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception,” CBS said in a news release.
I don't know whether to be excited, skeptical or saddened. As I recall the Star Trek franchise went downhill pretty well towards the end. I mean I watched it all and for a brief moment it seemed it was going to be better and better as I loved The Next Generation but adored Deep Space Nine. And while I thoroughly enjoyed Voyager it was not as good as what came before and Enterprise left a lot to be desired.
The article says the show will focus on "new characters" but I have to wonder if this will be a reboot of some kind or we will move away from the Enterprise. Star Trek's origins lie with the Enterprise but should be confined by it. The Federation is a vast place with different races and ships. Different and changing missions, some of which are dark and less light hearted than most of the Star Trek world. I do hope this is taken into account because seeing another crew of the Enterprise wouldn't be terrible but continuing the standard might just be.
CBS said that the new “Star Trek” series would begin in January 2017 with a “special preview” episode shown on the network. That premiere and subsequent first-run episodes would then be shown on CBS All Access, its subscription video site.
A new movie in the film franchise (with a new crop of actors playing the characters on Kirk and Spock’s Enterprise), called “Star Trek Beyond,” is planned for release next summer, but is “not related” to this latest TV series, CBS said.