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What could a new ST series be about?

EvilTree

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Report this Jun. 24 2013, 1:25 pm

@exeter276
a) It would be interesting to see what happened after Kirk died, no doubt morale in Starfleet would have dropped considerably. Maybe the new captain on the Enterprise-B would also have the pressure of trying to restore Starfleet's name with his/her deeds.


b) The gap between TOS and TNG has very little information written on it, when replicators were first used, first contact with Cardassians and other species, that would allow a lot of freedom on the writers part. Some people may be off put by knowing what happens to it at the end but hey, that didn't stop people watching Titanic.


c) Same as b), little info given so the possibilities are abundant. May help make George Kirk's sacrifice seem even more deep and as far as I know no ST series has shown a married couple on a starship for an extended period, would be interesting how that plays out into a series. Plus it would show people that there was once another starfleet hero by the name of Kirk.


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JoCat

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Report this Jun. 24 2013, 8:22 pm

I had sort of wordered why, they skipped from Enterprise A in the movies all the way to Enterprise D which was the TNG series. It is true that there is a big gap in there and so plenty of rooom for another TV series about the Enterprise in there. I like that idea too.

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Report this Jun. 25 2013, 2:47 am

@JoCat
Yeah, I guess they made it the Enterprise-D to show just how much time has passed but they could have at least expanded upon the Enterprise-B instead of showing it for a few minutes then off to the future. Knowing more about the exploits of the C before it got destroyed may be interesting too, maybe a new series could be based on the last crew of the B before it was destroyed then becoming the first crew of the C as it is commissioned.


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EdgeEdgeway

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Report this Jun. 25 2013, 10:15 pm

Ok - I think I have an idea for a new series that everyone on this thread has been missing.  And the best part is that it doesn't matter what time period you set it in.  With the explosion of crime dramas (NCIS Series, CSI Series, Law & Order Series, etc.), it seems to me the obvious solution to the best of all worlds is a Star Trek: Crime & Punishment kind of thing.  You have a team of 5-7 main characters based on a starbase, but who have a ship at their disposal to travel to various planets in the Federation to solve the "crime of the week".  They are basing all their solutions on Federation law, but respecting the laws of the planets they travel to.  Then, you have a rotataing group of specialists who can be recurring characters, but they always stay on the Starbase (either families, or specialty scientists, or whatever).  Most of the main characters are single because their jobs take up their lives - they pursue the truth - their first duty.  They operate within, but somewhat above the law.  You could even have alternate lifestyle characters because that impacts their morality on the solving of the crimes.  The lead investigator is a Captain/Commodore who travels to each location with the team, but he is more of an attorney as opposed to a scientist.  Maybe 1-2 characters are defense/prosecuting lawyers always on the starbase and they drive the base stories, but the investigating team travels and their interplay drives the "away teams" and the Captain/Commodore is the tie-between them all.  This series can be driven by the main character relationships as they solve crimes, prosecute the guilty, and defend wrongly accused, etc.


 


There are so many angles this could go, and a seemingly never-ending supply of stories.  You can even rip situations from today's headlines and modify they to suit the genre.


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Report this Jun. 25 2013, 10:24 pm

One other way to go is do a Star Trek: Medical, which is kind of the Trek version of "ER".  It's based on a hospital in a heavily populated section of the universe, but which the home planet specializes in medical technology.  Federation citizens and aliens alike visit the hospital for the treatment of every kind of medical issue imaginable.  The main cast is 6-8 doctors/nurses and the hospital administrator,  Then, you have guest actors (celebs, sports heroes, whatever) as the feature guest chaacter of the week with whatever problem they have.  Families of the main characters  would definitely be involved.  You could even have married characters where both the husband/wife are main characters, but have flaws, etc.

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Report this Jun. 26 2013, 12:50 am

I used to lean towards a spin-off with Riker commanding the Titan, but now I think I'd rather just see a completely new series separated from the time frame laid out in TNG, DS9, and VOY.


I'd like to see a series sometime in the future where things aren't necessaarily as sterile and orderly as we've come to expect from the series mentioned above.  I'd like to see the Federation and its allies put in tough situations where there isn't always a clear-cut choice to be made, nor is there a neat and tidy way to wrap things up after each episode.


I'd like to see a little more hard sci-fi in the next iteration of Trek, and A LOT more exploration of new life and new civilizations.  It's been a catch phrase since the inception of Star Trek, but in actuality I don't think we've seen very much of it at all.


Finally, I don't want to see Star Trek being so episodic anymore.  I don't necessarily mean the season has to be one long story, but events from previous episodes at least must influence our characters in some way. 


The concept that every single episode of a series has to be self-contained so that audiences can tune in at any time and pick things up has largely been disproven.  Successful series like Lost, 24, and Farscape have shown that you can run certain plots for a season or more and not lose your audience.  I'd like to see Trek adapt to this model.


Oh, and no more Berman.  I don't mean bring in JJ Abrams' little brother or anything.  Bring in seasoned Sci-fi writers like TOS used to do, and give the freedom to tell an interesting story, without the confining nature that Trek has had for so long. (Namely you can't break the status quo.)

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Report this Jun. 26 2013, 7:57 am

@EdgeEdgeway
Nice ideas but ST has already done them. Doing an investigation episode or a medical crisis episode are common themes to ST, Kirks trial in Court Martial and the de-evolution virus in Genesis to name a couple. I doubt anyone could stretch such themes to encompass an entire series, especially since many diseases have already been eradicated and most injuries are easy to heal. Crime is also fairly uncommon in ST in regards to theft and scamming and any crime that's left can usually be handled by Starfleet.


It's certainly a good concept for individual episodes and maybe an episode arc but trying to compete with those series you mentioned by recycling the themes of Lawyers, CSI and Medical dramas in space isn't going to work. We have enough of those already, what we don't have on TV are sci-fi shows like ST.


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EvilTree

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Report this Jun. 26 2013, 8:44 am

@Trajan
Yeah I've heard a lot of people talking about putting ST Titan on TV but I agree with you that we need a new show to branch away from the trilogy (besides, Jonathan Frakes is showing a bit too much grey hair to play Riker again). I like the sound of it being in a less sterile and more gritty future, the main thing I have against time-skips is that new technology would solve many problem plots, but it can be written to avoid this. Maybe it would be set after a war where the Federation is still rebuilding and technology advancement has been at a standstill, the ship of the series could be the first exploration ship built for years.


I also agree on the greater continuity of episodes, the episodic nature doesn't really have much point now. I'm thinking of episode arcs, three to four episodes on one subject, that would allow greater freedom on the subjects and how much description to give them, like on the final season of ENT. I also agree on the hard science fiction, their method of solving a problem with something they don't explain the science of (or masking the science behind thick technobable) has gotten old.


It would be nice to see some new talent in ST's writing to breakaway from ST's status quo, we have never had a ST series where anyone can die, imagine the drama and suspense that can be made if the bridge crew were just as susceptible to death as the redshirts. You've got some nice ideas.


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Report this Jun. 26 2013, 1:12 pm

If they do make a new show, I believe that it should continue with the 24th century storyline, whether following it directly, or skipping ahead several years/decades. Personally I would like to see a show beginning directly after the Dominion War, set on a battered, fairly old Federation ship (after 2-3 seasons the crew could receive a new ship, representing the rebuilding of Starfleet). I think that there could be a number of interesting storylines related to the fallout following the war. Cardassia might be occupied by the Federation Alliance in the same way Germany was following WWII. The Breen could still be a viable threat, and the Klingons would be attempting to rebuild their empire without leaving themselves vulnerable. The Romulans (in a manner reminiscent of the U.S.S.R.) could now be engaged in a tense standoff with the Federation. Unfortunately, much of that plotline would be restricted based on the events of Nemesis, but if it comes down to it, I don't think anyone would shed tears if Nemesis was decanonized. 

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Report this Jun. 26 2013, 10:08 pm

Well how about a new series including a new ship and chararcters who are just now crossing into the 25th century. You, kind of explore what would come next in the  great Star Trek saga, With the three series (TNG, DS9 and Voyager), we've stuck in the 24th century for quite some time. Perhaps it is time to cross into the next timeline and a new generation.With advanced technology than all other previous series. They should be able travel further than all previous ships. 

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Report this Jun. 27 2013, 12:21 am

I really like alot of the ideas that have been posted and while they all sound cool I pose the following question: Hasn't the true spirt of Star Trek been to always look toward the future? Sure they did Star Trek Enterprise, but I feel like it failed because it was looking back, not foward, and while I like the two new movies, lets not forget the ideas that Gene Roddenberry had when he made the first Star Trek. I think, though it pains me to say this, that Star Trek has had its time. It's almost 50 years old, and while Doctor Who may have lasted WAY longer in terms of singal series run, lets face it, this is Star Trek and all thing must come to an end.

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Report this Jun. 27 2013, 6:13 am

@JoCat
That's the kind of idea the ST: Online is trying to do I believe, setting it in 2409 with slipstream technology for vice admirals and hosts of other technology (but it does fail in having too much combat and not enough exploration). The future is an obvious place to go and early 25th century is a reasonable jump, it would allow the long term effects of events from the previous series to be explored (Cardassia's near destruction, Species 8472 first contact and the crippling of the Borg for instance).


You've shown some nice ideas and I would like a trek set a stones-throw into the future from the trilogy series, the effects of those series are too big to just write off in a new one.


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Report this Jun. 27 2013, 6:58 am

Yes, and that could also leave room for previous characters (now aged) or their descendents to appear on the ship or on a 25th century space station. I know that battles make the stories exciting for viewers but I would I emphasis on exploration.  Also when any of you get a chance please check out my question in the Technology section of these boards which has to do with 3D technology. I am hoping someone may have an answer. Anyway, I am still enjoying the creativeness of this thread. Would't it be neat if we could get hired as ST writers for a new series?

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Report this Jun. 27 2013, 7:14 am

@kevin.nelson.1291
Seeing the effects directly after the dominion war would be interesting, so many ships destroyed, relations across the quadrants tense, what happens to Cardassia afterwards has never been explored in depth. But the desolate setting may pave the way for new exploration, Cardassia (like Germany after the world wars) may have had to annex some of their territory to the Feds, Klingons and Romulans, this would allow Starfleet to explore regions that were previously denied due to Cardassia's claim and territory disputes.


As for the Romulans when have they not been in a tense standoff with the Federation? I myself have never seen Nemesis but from what I hear it isn't the most popular film in ST, but it does present an interesting prospect to the Federation. If the Romulans engage on warmer relations with the Feds then some suspicious Klingons may think they're plotting against them. Starfleet could be stuck trying to appease both their new friends the Romulans and their older allies the Klingons without biasing either side. I could see this becoming a situation where the Feds will try and please everybody and end up pleasing nobody, an interesting time to put a series.


Nice idea.


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Report this Jun. 27 2013, 7:16 am

@EdgeEdgeway


I like your ideas of solving crimes and mysteries on a sci fi level. I realize that some of this has been done on previous series but you are suggesting a different platform with a specific space station for it and a ship with a crew to lead the investigations. I thoroughly enjoy watching a good, suspenseful mystery including sci fi mysteries. I can tell you though that I am really tired of the current barrage on TV of murder and other violent crime type mysteries to the point that I watch very few of them. Would you also have the ship travel to different places in the timeline?

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