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posted by martyb on Saturday May 16 2020, @07:21AM   Printer-friendly
from the so-many-spinoffs-I'm-getting-dizzy dept.

CBS is launching a new Star Trek series, Strange New Worlds, which will be a TOS prequel set prior to Kirk assuming command of the Enterprise. As in season 2 of Discovery, the new series will feature Anson Mount as Captain Pike, Rebecca Romjin as Number One, and Ethan Peck as Spock. Discovery has been polarizing for Star Trek fans with many fans criticizing the writing of both Discovery and Picard, saying it deviated from the defining characteristics of Star Trek. Despite the criticisms, Mount's portrayal of Pike in Discovery was generally received well. The story for the pilot will be developed by Akiva Goldsman, Alex Kurtzman, and Jenny Lumet, the first two of which are executive producers of Discovery. Because filming of TV shows has generally been halted by COVID-19, it is not known when the series will film or premiere on CBS' streaming service.

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  • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 17 2020, @05:57AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 17 2020, @05:57AM (#995269)

    Basically it got a lot better when Manny Coto took over as showrunner. As much hate as Rick Berman got, I would happily take Berman Trek over anything with Alex Kurtzman and Akiva Goldsman. But just like TNG failed at trying to recreate TOS, Berman failed at trying to recreate TNG -- first in the Delta Quadrant, than 80 years before TOS. Even TNG wasn't quite as good in its final season. DS9 worked because it was still Star Trek but Ronald D. Moore and Ira Steven Behr weren't trying to do TNG on a space station. Berman did a lot of good things for Star Trek, so I don't want to criticize him too much. Unlike the current group of producers, Berman tried very hard to stick to Roddenberry's concept of Star Trek. Enterprise got a lot better starting with the third season because Coto brought some fresh ideas while still having the show feel like Star Trek.

    If Enterprise hadn't been cancelled, the remaining seasons probably would have been quite good. They were going to show more about how the Federation was created and Archer's role in that. They were laying the groundwork to show a war with the Romulans. And Jeffrey Combs was going to be upgraded to a main cast member in the fifth season. He was great, whether he was portrating Weyoun, Brunt, or Shran. Enterprise still felt like Star Trek, with an optimistic view of the future and a lack of internal drama between the crew. Much like TNG and DS9, Enterprise started with two rather unremarkable seasons. It was judged against the very high quality of the series before it and Star Trek had been running continuously for 18 years at that point. If Enterprise had premiered when Discovery did and aired on free TV, as it did on UPN, it probably would have run for seven or eight seasons.

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