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Why we need a new ‘Star Trek’ TV series

Post by Cheryl Tucker on April 19, 2012 at 5:44 am |
April 18, 2012 4:56 pm
The cast of "Star Trek," which aired from 1966 to 1969. (Paramount Pictures)

Blogger Kris LoPresto has a fun article on Huffington Post in which he presents 53 reasons why a new “Star Trek” TV series is needed.

Among them: (2) “We finally have the technology to make Star Trek look cool” and (40) “A truly epic Starfleet vs. Klingon battle in high definition.”

But the one I relate to the most is No. 4: “New episodes mean new social ideas to tackle. Gene Roddenberry would enjoy the series taking on new social and political questions of today.”

The original “Star Trek,” with its multi-ethnic cast, was so different from anything else that was on TV in the ’60s. I was in high school at the time and was always eager every week to see which social or political issue the show would tackle. Not every episode had a deep meaning, but most did – from racism and colonialism to slavery and war (we were in Vietnam at the time).

I had the pleasure of interviewing show creator Gene Roddenberry twice, including when he spoke at Tacoma Community College. (As an old “trekker,” of course I geeked out and had to get his autograph, which he embellished with “Love long and prosper.”) Much of our conversations revolved around the themes of “Star Trek” and his interest in exploring the important issues of the time through the adventures of the Enterprise crew.

I can only imagine what topics Roddenberry would find today if he were still alive and producing a modern “Star Trek” series. How about our gun culture, gay rights, celebrity worship and reaction to terrorism (a space version of Gitmo)?

But with the way TV is going, it would probably only get on the air if it were titled “NCIS: Outer Space.”

Click here to read LoPresto’s article.

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