Star Trek Returns to Its Shiny New Roots

Rumors of a new Star Trek television series based on J.J. Abrams’ rebooted films have been ghosting around the internet like fandom-driven poltergeists for a while now, screaming through forums and popping up in essentially every newsfeed known to geek-kind. As the project gained steam throughout development, the excitement only escalated. When the series got the official green light, memorabilia started flying off the wall, table top games floated in the air, and the internet’s ghostly (but thunderous) applause greeted the news. 

And now we have our first teaser:

Not only are we promised multiple crews, but the series is the first being developed for CBS’s online streaming service, All Access. While it will also be available on at least one of CBS’s television stations, press releases have been a little vague about which stations those will be. Local? Premium? CBS owns several. It’s anyone’s guess.

The biggest question fans harbor now is the same they’ve held since the rumors began: exactly how closely will this series be linked with the cinematic universe? Are we going to see the kind of interweaving Marvel has become famous for, or will this series stick to a more traditional approach for the Star Trek franchise by establishing separate storylines with minimal (but regularly acknowledged) crossovers?

Regardless, it’s thrilling to see Star Trek come back to the small screen, it’s original home. The original series took advantage of the episodic format by rapidly building a vast universe with diverse characters. Not only did the variation in programming win a broad audience, but the series made history with the first biracial on-screen kiss.

The new program has a lot to live up to, but this is an opportunity for new adventures and a whole new round of firsts, which is what Star Trek is all about.

M. Leigh Hood is a rare beast of the Cincinnati wilderness typically preoccupied with writing, nerding, and filming The Spittoon List. For more articles and stories by M. Leigh Hood, look HERE.

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