After the success of ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ it looks as though the iconic Starfleet captain William Shatner wants to bring ‘Star Trek’ back to TV.
The starship Enterprise may have the on-going mission to boldly go where no man has gone before, but it looks as though William Shatner wants ‘Star Trek’ to go back to its roots… and return to the small screen. And after starring in the original series as well as its original spin-off movies, you have to admit – he makes a good point.
In an interview with geek website NerdB*****ds, Shatner explained why a television series would be his medium of choice… and makes a compelling case for how the small screen can tackle more important issues.
“JJ Abrams has found the key to getting a large audience into the movie theatre,” he explained. “And that’s the ride. So you get a lot of the CGI effects, which is the epic movie making aspect of today.”
Of course, ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ had no shortage of epic CGI… most notably, the shots of the Enterprise rising out of the water and that impressive space jump scene. Not to mention all that lens flare…
“That’s in order to get you into the theatre,” Shatner explained. “Because the majesty of the movie is shown by the large screen.”
“But when you get into the small screen,” he added, “you need stories… entertaining, interesting, vital stories that have a philosophy and also have an excitement about them.”
Obviously, fans of the various ‘Star Trek’ TV series’ will know exactly what he means. There was no shortage of philosophy and there were much bigger issues tackled in most episodes of the prolific sci-fi show… and that’s perhaps part of what made it so enthralling.
“Those were the best of Star Trek, those kinds of stories. And that kind of thing, there is always room for that. That kind of imaginative approach that stirs young people into wanting to be connected with science.”
But will we see another ‘Star Trek’ series take to the small screen? After the success of the rebooted franchise, I’d love to think that there’s room for a spectacular comeback. But after ‘Enterprise’ I get the feeling they’d have to make something really special to grab people’s attention once more.
I also hope it does happen. I miss new Trek. Re-runs are always good to see, but to keep Star Trek alive we need a new crew, a new ship, set in the future, with old friends and new foes.
Let Star Trek live long and prosper!!