Musings on CBS’s New Star Trek Shows

CBS applied for 6 new Star Trek trademarks in August of 2018. With descriptions like “Entertainment services, namely, a continuing multimedia series featuring drama rendered through the media of television, cable, satellite and broadband systems, and via the Internet, and portable and wireless communication devices; Providing ongoing non-downloadable entertainment multimedia programs featuring drama via a video-on-demand services; providing information in the field of entertainment rendered via the Internet, and portable and wireless communication devices” it’s clear that these are potential names for new shows.

Star Trek: Revolution – I don’t have any guesses as to what this could be about, but based on the title alone, I am want to know more about it.

Star Trek: Lower Decks – Announced as a half-hour animated comedy which will focus on the support crew of on of Starfleet’s lesser known ships. CBS has ordered 2 seasons, but has not released details on the time-frame for the show. I don’t know how I feel about a Star Trek animated comedy, but I’ll try anything once.

Star Trek: Destiny – Will the secret, limited run project Patrick Stewart announced earlier this year involve the storylines covered in David Mack’s Star Trek: Destiny novel trilogy? If so we could see more than just Captain Picard’s return to the small screen… the books include crossovers from DS9 and VOY. That would be, to live with Data’s word: Intriguing!

Star Trek: Reliant – Does this revolve around the USS Reliant from TWoK, the 24th century Reliant that Ensign Jean Luc Picard served on, or another ship of the same name?

Star Trek: Starfleet Academy – I don’t know about you but I’ve always thought that a show set at Starfleet Academy would have a lot of potential. It seems CBS thinks so too. Rumor has it that Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz, creators of Marvel’s Runaways, will be taking on the project. Commander Taylor (my wife) tells me that there is an interesting series of books called Star Trek: Starfleet Academy. I might have to track them down and give them a read.

Star Trek: Ceti Alpha V – Very likely having to do with Khan Noonien Singh and his followers, as this is the planet where Captain Kirk settled them. Or perhaps it could be related to the alternate timeline where the last of the human race took refuge after the devastating Xindi attacks on Earth and the colonies.

Discovery has only whet my appetite for more Star Trek. After having watched every Star Trek series and movie at least twice (some much more than that) and having read almost every star trek book published prior to 2008 (for the last 10 years or so I have had much less free time for reading), and since the cancellation of Enterprise, I have been waiting patiently for CBS to bring Star Trek back to television. The wait was much too long, but now that Discovery is here and seems to have been successful enough to please the network’s executives, I am excited that CBS has decided to double down on the franchise that we all know and love.

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