5 Reasons 'Star Trek' Should Return to Television

To boldly go where J.J. Abrams will never go again.

'Star Trek' TV Show Is Just What the Franchise Needs
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It's been nearly half a century since Gene Roddenberry first sent us into space with the USS Enterprise, and things are going, well, okay for the iconic sci-fi franchise. While the recent films have done fine at the box office, they've faced criticism from their most passionate followers — fans named 2013's Star Trek Into Darkness the worst Stark Trek movie ever. With J.J. Abrams ditching the franchise for that galaxy far, far away, perhaps it's time for the Enterprise to return to its small screen roots. 

The CW's president Mark Pedowitz thinks so. "As a life-long Star Trek fan, I would hope to have Star Trek at The CW," he recently said at the TCA winter press tour.

While we're not wholly convinced The CW should get Star Trek — no offense, The CW, and hey, congrats on your first Golden Globe win! — we are fully on board with the Enterprise returning to television. Here are our reasons:

  • 1

    Ronald D. Moore has expressed interest in helming the series.

    5 Reasons 'Star Trek' Should Return to Television

    Moore's currently showrunning Outlander, but he rose to prominence after creating the Peabody-award winning Battlestar Galactica reboot — and, no big deal, writing episodes for Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager. If anyone can transform Star Trek's enduring legacy back into TV gold, it's Moore. (Check out what he had to say about where the franchise's "heart and soul" belongs.)  

  • 2

    The Enterprise's mission gets muddled on the big screen.

    5 Reasons 'Star Trek' Should Return to Television

    Okay, so let's recap what the Enterprise's original mission was: "To explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before." Reboot Captain Kirk and company are usually too busy saving the world from feature-length catastrophe to do much of anything else. It may work for mainstream audiences, but it's not what Star Trek is all about.

  • 3

    The original series' emphasis on social commentary is sorely needed.

    5 Reasons 'Star Trek' Should Return to Television

    No one makes the argument that Star Trek was ever subtle (or even consistent) in its use of social commentary, but the original series should be commended for its lambasting of "space racism" in the 1960s — and for its attempts to show a future in which Earth, at least, was largely free from racial issues. Could we use a show like that now? Absolutely.

  • 4

    Recent reboots have buried Star Trek's optimism in misery.

    5 Reasons 'Star Trek' Should Return to Television

    At its heart, Star Trek was about Roddenberry's future utopia. Unlike most sci-fi shows, Star Trek celebrated the glorious potential of technology and of the humans who would one day wield it. Sure, his humans (and aliens) were fallible, but they rose to the occasion — and they gave us hope that one day we too could rise. If you had trouble seeing that in Abrams' reboots, you're not alone. 

  • 5

    A new series will mean more Star Trek.

    5 Reasons 'Star Trek' Should Return to Television

    This is just simple math. While, yes, quality is more important than quantity, we don't see why we can't dream of having our cake and eating it too. In the last five years, we've gotten two Star Trek films; imagine how many missions and adventures we could've had from a television series? 

Would you want to see Star Trek return to television? Let us know in the comments!

I am a former Senior Associate Editor for Livingly Media.