Wednesday, September 30, 2015
To boldly go... once again?
I've been enjoying Blunt Talk, the new comedy series starring Patrick Stewart, now showing on the Starz network. An occasional guest star on the series has been Brent Spiner, Mr. Stewart's old cohort on Star Trek: The Next Generation way back when. Though playing totally different characters now (Mr. Stewart an effective television journalist with a train wreck of a personal life and Mr. Spiner a sympathetic piano player working in the bar Mr. Stewart's character often visits), it's been a lot of fun seeing the easy repartee these two actors still have with each other.
Seeing them also makes me want a new Star Trek series. C'mon, how hard would that be? Just get a new series going, assemble a nice cast, and set the whole thing in the 24th century, a couple of decades after the time frame of Star Trek: The Next Generation. That last point would allow characters from that series, as well as from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager, to come and go as occasional guest stars, complementing the new series' regular cast. It would be a lot of fun. Watching Mr. Stewart and Mr. Spiner on Blunt Talk just reminds everyone that time is being wasted and these actors won't have an indefinite window to again play their classic Star Trek characters.
And as far as a premise for a new Trek show? I say keep it simple. Star Trek is best when embracing its classic structure: a ship traveling the galaxy having adventures, encountering strangeness, and addresssing challenges and moral dilemmas. You don't need to complicate the premise with too much originality and cleverness. Leave those things for the individual episodes' stories, and for the new characters created to populate the series.
Any, end of rant. But if there's anyone at Paramount Pictures who reads this blog, could you please get on this issue at your convenience? Time, as they say, is a wastin'. Thanks.