In a new interview with Digital Spy, Battlestar Galactica executive producer Ronald D. Moore spoke about his thoughts on the current state of the franchise — and his views on returning Trek to the small screen.
“I think its home and its heart is really in television. That’s really what Star Trek is – the core concept is really a TV show. I think the features are good and I really admire what J.J. Abrams has done with the last two films – I think it’s great – but the heart and soul of that franchise demands a return to television.
The kinds of stories that you’ll tell in the features space are not the kinds of stories that made that show so popular. The features all have to be action-oriented. They all have to have enormous stakes – the Earth or the Federation or the universe has to be in jeopardy – and the features always have to surround the Captain… and maybe one other character.
The TV shows were morality plays, they were more thematic, they were examining society in different ways. Sometimes the stakes were just one crew member’s life, sometimes the stakes were just one alien world or the Enterprise. You could do a story that was just about Data or a story that was just about McCoy or about the characters who lived below decks on the Enterprise.
The TV show is really what Star Trek is to me. I think the features are great, but I think it has to return to TV if it’s going to remain an ongoing franchise.”
Moore, who joined Trek during the third season of The Next Generation, stayed on through two films, Deep Space Nine, and a short stint on Voyager, has been a popular fan choice for reviving the televised wing of the Star Trek franchise should the chance arise, and he addressed those wishes as well:
“I’d love to do Star Trek again, in all honesty,” Moore said. “But I also don’t have a great new Star Trek idea. I’m not saying I know exactly how to do a new TV show – I don’t. Maybe I shouldn’t do it until I have that great epiphany!”
Ron Moore is currently executive producer on SyFy’s Helix, a new series about a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to a high-tech research facility in the Arctic to investigate a possible disease outbreak.
Source: Digital Spy