As Star Trek: The Next Generation celebrates its 25th anniversary this week, many fans may be wondering if we’ll ever see a new Trek series on television.
Former Next Generation writer Ron Moore, who got his start with the franchise, says that he believes a new TV series will happen at some point. Moore tells Trek News that while the film franchise does well, it will take a new TV series to really get to the heart of what makes Star Trek, Star Trek.
Moore says that the lifeblood of Star Trek is its morality plays. And that while certain episodes have the epic space battles and high stakes for the fate of the universe that we see in the films, it’s the quieter and more philosophical episodes that define what Trek is and has made it endure for a close to fifty years.
“It’s sci-fi that provides a prism on human society and culture. The movies are never really going to do what the episodes do, like split Picard into two in a transporter beam and then talk philosophically about the nature of humanity, which parts of our strength come from good and which from evil. The movies are never going to do that. Star Trek: The Next Generation was about those moral issues, about how societies grow and are differently affected. None of these are topics that the movies are going to tackle,” Moore says. To create Star Trek in the form that people are familiar with requires another television series, and I think it will be successful again in that medium. You have to spend some time talking about its form and structure, and how to update it again for a new audience. You still want the “boldly go where no one has gone before” part with a ship, crew and ongoing mission. That’s part and parcel of the franchise.”
Moore says that trying to replicate what makes the Trek movies successful would doom any new series to failure. He says that you can’t have the epic space battles and fate of the universe stakes each week and have any new series be faithful to the spirit of what Gene Roddenberry originally created.