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Is A TOS Reboot Coming Soon?

Jack Trestrail

Let’s be honest, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is the best thing since sliced bread. Yes, i said it. But seriously, exploring this era of the Trek universe has been fantastic so far. Additionally, spending more time with Captain Christopher Pike has been fantastic. However, Is a TOS reboot coming soon? The Original Series has aged but is the origin point for the franchise.

Strange New Worlds is introducing us to a handful of characters. Some of these have appeared in The Original Series before. Therefore setting up their past, before they appear in later years. Additionally, Paul Wesley has been cast to play Captain James T. Kirk , the next captain of the USS Enterprise. However, does this mean we might get more than a cameo?

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Captain Kirk’s Arrival!

The appearance of James T Kirk in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is something we were expecting since the announcement. However, is it too soon? Well, we don’t know yet, as Kirk’s background in this time period is not that filled out. Much like most of the characters of TOS we’ve already seen. The series of Strange New Worlds has given us the chance to explore the characters before they would later appear.

Kirk’s arrival now means we have the main character for Star Trek: The Original Series . It was announced in March 2022 that actor Paul Wesley was joining the cast of Strange New Worlds to play James T. Kirk in the show’s second season. Additionally, this announcement followed Wesley and Christina Chong being spotted on-location filming in Canada.

We’ve now got an actor for Captain Kirk, meaning the door is open to tell more stories with this character. However, it does appear that Kirk will just cameo in the upcoming second season. Perhaps as a part of a season finale or two-part cliffhanger for season one into season two. Kirk’s upcoming arrival into the series may be coming sooner than we think.

Picture of Paul Wesley as Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Season 2!

Assembling The Crew!

With Captain Kirk, assembling The Original Series crew has begun. Technically it had already begun as we’ve got some crewmembers from Kirk’s Enterprise currently serving onboard Pike’s Enterprise. So, Is A TOS Reboot Coming Soon? If so, who will we need to put the crew together? Well, we already have Mr Spock (Ethan Peck) and Uhura (Celia Rose Gooding).

Additionally, Strange New Worlds has given us Doctor Joseph M/Benga (Babs Olusanmokun). The good doctor served onboard the USS Enterprise under Captain Kirk as well. However, he reported to the then chief medical officer, Doctor Leonard McCoy. Sickbay also sees the inclusion of Nurse Chapel (Jess Bush), who served on the Enterprise alongside Kirk as well.

Now if we are going to do a Star Trek: The Original Series reboot, we’re going to need some other characters. We’ll also need to say goodbye to some of the current crew. However, the series may be setting itself up for that. More on that in a moment. We’ll need Scotty, Chekov, Sulu and of course Doctor McCoy. However, perhaps we’ll see them introduced soon?

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The TOS Reboot!

So, we’re rebooting The Original Series? How would that actually work if it is the case? Well look at it this way, Strange New Worlds is on a time limit. Captain Pike has to leave the Enterprise and hand it over to Captain Kirk at some point. This is established by Star Trek lore and can’t be changed. I mean it could if someone wanted to change Pike’s fate, but we know that is not the case.

Establishing actors and actresses, such as both Wesley and Gooding to place iconic characters allows the team to roll into a spinoff series if they wish. Strange New World itself is a spin-off of Star Trek: Discovery. It’s not too hard to see the possibility of a spinoff series, for a spinoff series. But would it actually work? Star Trek: TOS is firmly established as the origin point for Star Trek as a franchise, and one of its most legendary characters.

While TOS may start around the same time Kirk takes command of the USS Enterprise, I’d argue there is still room to do adventures with the crew. However, a reboot would need to navigate between certain key episodes of The Original Series. That, or they go with the option of recreating them. But that should not be an option. The legacy of Star Trek needs to be kept in tact and not replaced.

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Warping To The Big Screen, TOS Style?

Okay, rather than a whole new Star Trek series, what about a movie? This could be one option Paramount are willing to explore right now. Additionally, it seems the company are very adamant about still producing Star Trek big-screen features. Even so that most of the projects have not gotten off the ground in recent years. Sad times indeed!

The Kelvin Enterprise crew, which featured Chris Pine as Captain Kirk are scheduled to return for Star Trek 4 later next year. However, this announcement by Paramount did come as a shock to some actors who started negotiations that had not yet begun for their return at the time of the announcement. It’s unlikely Paramount would run two similar-styled movies at the same time.

That said, there is room for a special movie or something along those lines. You could easily see a movie to welcome in the TOS era at the end of Strange New Worlds. I’m confident that there is room for something to happen if Paramount wanted to use these actors and actresses again. However, we’ll just need to wait and see what actually happens. Hopefully Star Trek: Strange New Worlds has many years left in it.

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Beaming Off…

Of course, rebooting The Original Series would mean ending Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. However, we also need to learn how certain characters leave the Enterprise, specifically why they do so? I think the latest episode, “The Elysian Kingdom”, might explain Doctor M’Benga’s eventual departure from the Enterprise, before working on Vulcan as it’s been stated.

Chief Engineer Hemmer would also need to depart somewhere. The fan favourite character could return home to Andoria, or perhaps just transfer to another ship? I mean he could die, but let’s be honest, there will be picket lines if that happens. Imagine killing off a fan favourite character, who would do that?! Then again, Star Trek can reverse deaths if the fandom kicks up. Looking at you Doctor Culber !

Additionally, we’ve got to see how Number One also departs The Enterprise. We know how Pike leaves, but Number One has been absent in the Star Trek timeline so far. However, might it be possible for her past comes back to haunt her? We’ve already touched on it in Strange New Worlds already. Essentially most of our characters have had their backgrounds established. Some of these backgrounds could provide ways for the characters to gracefully exit the series.

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So, Is a TOS Reboot Coming Soon? Honestly, we don’t know! If Star Trek: Strange New Worlds continues to introduce us to the main characters of The Original Series, then yes, there is room for a reboot series or film taking place. Star Trek is doing well as a franchise right now, so it is a case of waiting around and seeing where things go. Additionally, we do need to watch how well Paul Wesley brings Captain Kirk to life.

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Paul Wesley is up to play Captain Kirk in a Star Trek: The Original Series reboot

By rachel carrington | jul 26, 2023.

Paul Wesley as Kirk in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, streaming on Paramount+, 2023. Photo Cr: Kharen Hill/Paramount+

Paul Wesley plays the youngest version of James T. Kirk on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

Paul Wesley began playing Lt. James T. Kirk on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds during its first season and has now moved into the second season of the series. Though fans have been concerned if his presence means Strange New Worlds will eventually evolve into Star Trek: The Original Series territory where Kirk takes over as captain of the USS Enterprise, Wesley assured fans in an interview with CinemaBlend (before the SAG-AFTRA strike) that he doesn’t think they need to worry.

Calling Strange New Worlds successful and beloved, the actor said he doesn’t think fans should be concerned by a Kirk takeover as he thinks Strange New Worlds is just paying homage to The Original Series. But that’s not to say that he wouldn’t be interested in assuming the mantle of Captain James T. Kirk if a future series were commissioned.

Paul Wesley is having a blast playing Lt. James T. Kirk

We all want to love what we do so that work isn’t tedious, and Wesley admitted in the same interview with CinemaBlend that once Strange New Worlds has finished, he’d be open to playing Captain James T. Kirk in a new version of Star Trek: The Original Series.

"“With that said, if anybody called me and whenever Strange New Worlds had its run, things were over, and they said, ‘Hey, we’re gonna do a version of TOS,’ I’d jump on a heartbeat. Of course, I would. I’m having such a blast playing this character. I love it.”"

Just to be clear, there’s been no talk of a reboot of the original version of Star Trek, and honestly, it’s not something I can see happening. It’s one thing to have these original characters portrayed by other actors in different series, but to recast them all in a television remake of the series that started the franchise might not be the wisest of decisions.

Though The Original Series only lasted three seasons, it spawned an animated series that lasted two seasons and six movies. In addition, the actors who portrayed these characters have reached iconic status. It would be difficult to capture the magic that William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and DeForest Kelley had as the main trio. Yes, it’s been done in the Kelvin timeline movies, but that’s vastly different from an ongoing series. What Shatner and the rest of the actors had on The Original Series was essentially lightning in a bottle.

So though Wesley is onboard for the role if it comes his way, I don’t see a reboot of The Original Series (or any of the other series, for that matter) happening. And, honestly, it makes much more sense to create new shows to expand the franchise.

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Brent Spiner Thinks A ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ Big Screen Reboot Would Be “Cool”

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It’s been 27 years since Star Trek: The Next Generation went off the air, and now one of its stars thinks enough time has passed for Paramount Pictures to start thinking “reboot.”

Spiner predicts TNG reboot

Even though CBS All Access (soon to be Paramount+) has (at least) five Star Trek television shows going, Paramount Pictures has spent the last five years considering a number of different projects without giving any the green light. Will they continue the Kelvin films, return to the Prime Universe and tie into the current television shows, or do something completely different?

Star Trek: The Next Generation star Brent Spiner thinks one thing is inevitable. Speaking to Syfy about his upcoming “ memoir ,” the actor said:

“I’ve loved the recent movies. I think that sooner or later, they’re going to do a reboot, a motion picture version of Next Generation , and cast some young guys in our parts.”

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“Well, of course, I do,” he jokes. “But no, I look forward to seeing it. I think it would be cool if they spun our show off.”

A reboot of TNG may be a reasonable expectation. Since coming off the air, no Star Trek television series has achieved the same level of ratings and mainstream success as TNG. And consider this: It was eighteen years between the release of the final TOS-era movie (1991’s Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country ) and the 2009 J.J. Abrams Star Trek TOS-era reboot. As of 2021, it has been 19 years since the last TNG-era feature film (2002’s Star Trek: Nemesis ).

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I mean how hard can it really be to come up with something new and original in the Star Trek universe? It is a huge universe, you can do literally anything you want in it, but all the producers seem to want to is to go back to the same well that has already been threaded. Having said this though, if this reboot happens the only actor I can see playing Data is Tom Hiddleston.

It is and has never been about “how hard is it to come up with something new and original.” The real challenge is how hard it is to get butts in seats. That’s why studios do reboots, remakes, sequels, and adaptations.

HECK, THAT’S WHY STAR TREK IS STILL AROUND AT ALL! Instead of creating a new sci-fi series in 1979 or in 1987, they made a film series and TNG. Spinoffs in 93, 95 and 2001. A reboot in 2009. A revival in 2017. Spinoffs in 2020, 2021…

So the reality is that Trek itself is the studio constantly going back to the well. Quibbling over the characters and time periods they use just seems silly once you recognize that.

Exactly my point though. You have this huge universe and you just want to use the same characters. I know originality doesn’t often sell, but sometimes you need to take risks to get greater rewards.

I think you’ve missed my point entirely, to be honest. Trek itself is the studio constantly going back to the same well. Fans quibbling over re-using characters is fans trying to have it both ways. In one moment you demand they create something new, but then say it can’t be TOO new, it still has to be Star Trek, the Federation, etc.

I agree with you that constantly revisiting the same characters isn’t what I want out of the franchise, just that I can totally understand why they do it, and do not begrudge them. This is a business after all, and you can’t continue a franchise if it’s not making money (Trek has already been killed at least twice for that very reason).

If you ask me, if anyone is best set up to follow the “Marvel Formula” it’s Trek. And that’s because in a way, they were following the Trek Formula (Feige has always said he was a huge Trek fan): an interconnected universe of shows and movies that focus on strong characters, and build a franchise where the BRAND NAME is more important, and quality stories that give audience confidence when they see that brand name.

When audiences hear “Marvel” they know they’ll get their moneys worth of good superhero stories with fun, likeable characters. In the 90s, when you saw “Trek,” you knew what you were getting: quality science fiction with compelling characters. That should again be their focus.

Ah, now its more clear and yeah, we are actually agreeing on the same things. You are correct that Trek is going back to the same well because that is what sells, but I also absolutely agree with your point about the Brand name.

Yep, and when someone does they get savaged for raping either canon, TOS, or Gene’s “vision”….

Let’s get Tom Hardy playing Picard – this would be a great reference to the clone in Nemesis.

If the Kelvin movies had turned into a long-running series as they obviously hoped they would, I could see some form of Next Generation getting rebooted like TOS was, but now not really.

TNG is my favourite series but I don’t feel its likely TNG will be rebooted. It was popular in its day but nowadays its just now become more of a cult series within the franchise. Those outside the main Trek fandom think of Kirk and Spock if you ask them if they know Star Trek.

@DataMat: Agreed. I love TNG but it is not even close to being that popular anymore. The movies didn’t work too well even in the 90s. Basically, TNG was a variation on TOS, born out of the Phase II / TMP concept. Decker became Riker, Ilia became Troi, Xon became Data…

TNG has already been brought back! It is called The Orville now! That series has basically extrapolated TNG’s unique features (characters, set designs, themes) and turned them in a wonderful homage. But neither TNG nor ORV are movie material.

There is a reason both the TNG movies and PIC feel so different from TNG / ORV… TBTB don’t feel TNG would fit with a modern audience. Either you turn TNG into something totally different or it won’t work…

People say these things but seems to ignore the fact TNG is still the most binged show according to the internet polls. It was only other top 10 episodes from Netflix rewatch Trek viewing a few years ago (but most went to Voyager). It still gets constant novels, comic books and merchandise. TNG seems to be just as popular today when you actually go on big Trek sites like Reddit where it’s discussed every day in detail. I live in L.A., the show reruns here on two different channels (but one airs all the shows) and BBC America.

My guess more people still watch TNG due to all the access there is compared to any of the new stuff today, including Picard itself.

And speaking of Picard, the only reason why Picard is not a TNG revival show is because Stewart didn’t want to do TNG again. My guess is if they could’ve convinced him to put back on the space suit and bark orders on the bridge they would’ve gotten back as many TNG actors as they could and put them on the Enterprise F or something, CBS would’ve greenlit that show with bells on the way everyone is excited for Pike now. All that hype just to bring Picard back himself, imagine how much bigger it would’ve felt if most of the other TNG actors came back full time on a new ship? I mean, half of them are already rumored to be coming back in second season anyway. They are only trying to put the band back together in some way because they think it will get them more subs; hence bringing Picard back at all.

Its just an odd argument., especially since Picard is the face of TNG the same way Kirk is the face of TOS. That and it’s still pretty much everywhere in every major Trek circle today.

And let’s also be honest, how many TNG fans think Picard is a better show than that so far? Very few circles is praising the new show as a substitute for TNG for a reason. And what was the most popular episode of Picard in its first season? Nepenthe, because it was the closest thing that felt to TNG for fans out of the entire season, just to see those characters reunited again.

I would argue TNG was out of gas by the time of Insurrection and Nemesis. It had basically become a joke. After a decade of strong success of Trek on tv, it was dead. New series never garnered the same large audience or mass appeal, the feature film series was dead as well. The old Trek is gone. Even JJ trek appears to be dead, with only Discovery and spin offs left.

Though I agree TNG never quite achieved the level of “icon status” that TOS did, it is far more than a cult series. Even today, it’s wildly popular even among Gen Z thanks to it being widely available in HD on Netflix. Whether they were exposed to it through the facepalm meme, reruns when they were little, or something else, I have found a lot of people 18-25 cite TNG as one of their favorite classic genre shows along with the X-Files.

Oddly, DS9 has been also getting a LOT of love in the past 5-10 years among younger audiences, in a way it never did when it was on the air.

Hasn’t DS9 even gotten more viewings on Netflix than TNG has? Or was that Voyager?

That is Voyager, at least based on rewatches.

People just want to see 7 of 9. :P

And why she’s in Picard now, she’s hugely popular in the fanbase.

Go away now.

That is why I believe the KU went back to TOS. Familiarity with the general public. TNG got the higher ratings but for the general movie going public if you say Star Trek they immediately think Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock. Regardless of how much TNG preferred fans say otherwise. I honestly think a TNG reboot would be a tougher sell to studios and the public than a TOS reboot.

I agree. My rule of thumb, the more screen time the original actors have the harder it is to reboot. Within that aspect a mediocre show can be rebooted just about any time. A highly popular show with primitive effects might need 50 years to fade enough that people can tolerate a reboot. A highly popular and modern looking show like TNG might need 70 years before a reboot is accepted fully.

Otherwise sequels and spinoffs are the better route.

I think — owing to incessant reboots / prequels (hard to believe we’re already on our third major “Spock” performer), esp. ones aimed at a general audience; the archetypical nature of the three major characters; the number of years it’s had to reverberate in the pop-cultural landscape; and the power of wealthy Boomers in setting the pop-cultural agenda — TOS is the most broadly recognizable Star Trek instance. But I don’t think that’s the metric that matters. Indeed, if it were, you’d have expected the Kelvin-verse films to have done better at the box office — the first two were only moderately successful given their budgets, and I think the substantial dropoff for the third film (and resulting long wait for a fourth) suggests that it was Abrams’ “magic touch” that made them as successful as they were. (I say this begrudgingly, as someone who viscerally loathes almost everything JJ Abrams has produced on an artistic and philosophical level. His Star Wars films especially.)

I think, though, that TNG is — at the moment — the most important Trek instance (at least in its TV incarnation). For Generation Xers and Millennials who are the most likely to actually engage with Trek, it’s the prototype — aesthetically, narratively, philosophically. (DS9 I think never had the wide acceptance that TNG did, and is far more space-operatic — that’s to say, I think that while there are many fans of “dark, gritty” pop-sci-fi who prefer DS9 over TNG, many of those fans prefer BSG over DS9; VOY certainly has its fanbase, but I’d note that VOY is much more a lineal descendant of TNG. ENT is practically forgotten at this point.)

And anecdotally, speaking for myself (as an older Millennial), I have no interest in any Trek moving forward that doesn’t follow the TNG lineage, so to speak: I watch PIC (strongly disliked the ending, but thought the rest of the season was fine), gave up on DSC after season one and have zero intention of going back, and have no real interest in anything besides PIC among the announced forthcoming shows/etc. If there were more TNG (or VOY) continuation, or a new Trek-IP that was narratively/philosophically/tonally so aligned (something more “cerebral”, as the suits like to put it) I’d give it a chance. But — to put it provocatively — I’m not into 60s cosplay or comedy-adjacent animation.

Since I don’t think I’m the only one like this (even if I may be rare among those who would post here), I think there’s a fairly good chance TNG is eventually rebooted. But I also think it’ll be a while — the clock doesn’t start until the final appearance of a TNG character, whether that’s the end of PIC or a Worf series, or whatever.

Essentially I feel if they reboot TNG it will have to evolve into something that fits in better to the film format. First Contact was the one film that utilised all the characters better: a new TNG film series would have to be more constructed to work all the characters into the story better. Or perhaps just focus in on fewer central characters instead of trying to make a story fit around a large ensemble for the sake of it. IMO

Like I say I love TNG and I’d for sure he excited and curious to see a new movie series, but how on earth you’d sell it to the general public is something that ain’t going to be easy.

(Think my original post didn’t clear the admin mod so I’m trying to he careful, lol)

I think you’re 100% right that they would need to evolve it for a film reboot. And probably, a film would be the route they’d take for a reboot. But, with the streaming landscape evolving and the home/theater divide starting to break down, maybe a series reboot (which would be a better fit out-of-the-box) is possible…

I can expect a reboot…but now?? Too soon. Maybe in 30/40 years…I would consider it then!

The Kelvin movies rebooted TOS, not the TOS movies. So really about 45 years had passed, not 18.

Tbf. Paramount apparently seriously considered a reboot of TOS in 1989/90. Harve Bennett who was in charge of the film series at the time wanted to go in that direction after Final Frontier.

From what I understand it wasn’t a reboot but some sort of adventure they had when they were all much younger. The studio would have none of it. Then Harve suggested bookending it with the regular characters and Paramount still would have none of it.

Yes, it was the Starfleet Academy pitch with Shatner/Nimoy/Kelley filming a framing sequence with young actors playing their characters at the Academy. Paramount said no. Nimoy later talked them into making Star Trek VI.

If by TNG reboot he means ignoring the bland snooze fest that was the TNG we know with its effortless space travel, all the aliens wanting to be those superior humans and replacing that with the best of TNG (Borg as the ultimate enemy collective / stagnation in the UFP, Maquis freedom fighters, artificial intelligence usage like Data, Deltans/Betazoids but as a matriarchal society with ethical issues surrounding mind reading, wormhole to the Gamma Quadrant/Dominion, etc) and putting into a more movie era action-adventure series then yes. I now believe Trek would have been so much better had Nick Meyer gotten to do TNG post Star Trek II: TWOK with Saavik, David Marcus, Captain Sulu, etc. Throw a rebooted Data in there. Who wouldn’t want to see the Dominion situation redone where Starfleet doesn’t just have thousands of ships to throw around and every crew counts deciding the fate of whole systems. Also movie era uniforms please!!

TNG was the best series.

Are you a troll? I’m asking because all your posts take a swipe at TNG. Every. Single. One. It’s not healthy dude.

He just one of these people who claim a show was so bad that he still watched religiously every episode for 7 seasons….and then spent the next 30 years moaning about it. Star Trek fans, am I right? ;)

LOL. You are spot on as always Tiger2.

Command. Bremmon is an unabashed archetypal TOS fan of a certain type. LOL

But at least he’s self honest about it. He knows what he didn’t like about the Roddenberry aspirational utopia and what he did like in terms of action and adventure. So, it’s interesting to hear his excitement about less utopian societies in Discovery, Picard and SNW.

I can almost see the market researchers checking off which of the new series will appeal to which fan archetypes.

Now, 180 degrees from Cmdr Bremmon we have those whose first series was TNG, and who feel Discovery and Picard can’t be real Trek precisely because they aren’t putting the utopian society front and centre.

If you say that they are like old TOS fans who never accepted Berman-era Trek, they respond that they were open to the other 90s series. They couldn’t be repeating the pattern. No really, not them!

Trek fans can like what they like. That’s fine, we all have our preferences. But he comes off as borderline trolling to the point he seems to think his viewpoint on TNG is a consensus when it clearly isn’t. He seems to want to rewrite history about the show and that it wasn’t as popular (then and now) because HE didn’t like it. And the 80s are over, it’s time to let go.

Thankfully he doesn’t speak for fandom. I’m thankful a lot of fans don’t speak for fandom though lol.

“Command. Bremmon is an unabashed archetypal TOS fan of a certain type. LOL” Absolutely, that’s me. I fight for my corner (aka. good action/adventure Wagon Train to the Stars, Space the final frontier Trek). Ironically I find the one lesson TNG did well was lost on most. Is my diverse position allowed, or I must conform to the unimind? Resistance is futile?

Loved Firefly, Battlestar Galactica and the new Lost in Space reboot. They were more Star Trek “Wagon Train to the Stars” than TNG. Ironically these were also critical hits, the fans of action/adventure science fiction I would argue remain the largest audience, they’ve just moved on from Trek. Quite frankly I did move on from Trek, VOY being horrid that I couldn’t finish watching and made me reflect that TNG was a utter waste of time. DS9 kept me in, ENT should have been the best Trek but was totally done wrong (writers couldn’t last one hour without transporters, phasers on stun and peace with the Klingons) . Discovery is easily the best of the new Trek, that and DS9 to me are the real “TNG”

I wouldn’t be so hard on him. I get where he is coming from. Back when TNG was aired in the late 80’s early 90’s I never thought overall the show was that good. There were good episodes and Stewart made bulk of the bad shows watchable. But honestly the only reason I (and a couple, not all, of my friends) watched it was only because it was new Trek. For me, DS9, once they figured out what they were, was the gold standard of Berman era Trek. They started changing things up and made people and events more interesting. And again, don’t get me wrong. I appreciate what TNG made possible. There would be no DS9 without TNG. And TNG did bring Trek back in the popular culture.

I did like DS9 (which pretty much through out the TNG rule book). I think they pretty much did in your face too blowing up the Odyssey as an allegory. My problem with DS9 was the thousands of starships though.. tactical starship combat became 10,000 ships against 10,000 ships just shooting across a line. Very bland vs. say ST: II TWOK where every starship counts. Wish you could take DS9 and transport it back to the TOS era where every starship combat situation between crews would impact whole sectors and taking down a starship / Dominion battlecrusier was of strategic consequence. Also, I think the TNG era works great for comedy re: Lower Decks.

That’s just something you have to get over. Star Trek has depicted thousands of star ships for decades now. The only two shows that didn’t do that was TOS and ENT. But every other show since, including Discovery has done that, which was actually the first show to state how many Starships are out there, which are around 7,000 in the show. Again, I don’t get bizarre hang ups like this. The organization is already a hundred years old by TOS time. They fought a huge Romulan war and help create the Federation and clearly becomes the defense force in the Federation and watches over not one, but two neutral zones; similar to how America basically is the primary defense for its allies around the world today

You’re going to need hundreds if not thousands of ships to do that because A. space is very very big and B. you are matching fire power and resources with species and groups centuries ahead of you in the space race.

It’s also why while I didn’t really like Discovery’s depiction of Section 31 because it went against canon from what we know about them, it’s probably a more realistic approach to see them with ships and bases as a major force to prevent war from happening.

If the Federation actually had a military of some sort whose sole purpose is to defend against everything from the Romulans to the Borg, OK, I can kind of buy a smaller contingent of ships. But knowing what we know about all the dangers in the galaxy, it only makes sense.

The many ships was what they did back then. They did it in the feature First Contact as well. I was never a huge fan of these giant Star Ships corkscrewing all over the place. But it is what it is.

And yes, The TNG era was the obvious move for Lower Decks AFAIC. It is more rife for comedy. Sadly, the show never took advantage of it. They decided to just be a 10 episode fangasm.

“ That’s just something you have to get over. Star Trek has depicted thousands of star ships for decades now.” Redo TNG, get some writers who understand that a show can only follow one crew that the more special the ship, the higher the stakes and the better the show.

Again, it’s not just TNG. It’s TNG, DS9, VOY, Discovery and the Kelvin movies.

Yes yes, all of the above are subpar vs. TOS / TOS movies. ST II:TWOK, Balance of Terror and Doomsday Machine still have real episode long combat scenes that excite more than any of those you listed including even a TOS reboot (Kelvin) where the Big E lasts like 30 seconds in combat.

Agree to disagree, a lot! TOS is my fourth favorite show in the franchise these days. But the TOS movies are still the best compared to TNG and the Kelvin movies, so we agree on that. But the movies in general are a far second place in terms of my interest in the franchise as a whole.

Again it has less to do with his feelings of the show and more about trying to frame it as not a beloved show by most of the fanbase out there. That is what gets annoying about internet boards. When you love something, you constantly argue it’s a success that is loved and adored my most fans. But when you hate something, you argue the opposite and that it’s really not that good and maybe even on the verge of cancellation. I see it time and time again, especially here. I get it, that’s just human nature. It’s still annoying.

But with TNG, it was both a huge critical and ratings success and put Star Trek on the map no other show ever did before and probably since. But of course not everyone loves every show. DS9 is my favorite show as much as you seem to like it. not TNG. But there is a contingent of fans who hate that show too for various reasons, some also on this board. I completely accept that of course. It’s all subjective at the end of the day. I just don’t understand why some people can’t say a show wasn’t for them, but they understand it is loved and popular for others but instead trying to spin the notion not many love that show either. Or simply question their taste over it. That’s what gets annoying beyond anyone’s personal opinion and frankly why Star Trek fans get the reputation they get.

But yes also if it’s that bad, then how did you get through 176 episodes for 7 seasons?

Young and the restless has been on for like 20 seasons, TOS 3 – in no way would I rather watch The Young and the Restless.

But with TNG, it was both a huge critical and ratings success and put Star Trek on the map no other show ever did before and probably since.

I would disagree with this. TOS is not only what made TNG possible but it put Star Trek on the map like no other show before and so far, since. It spawned the conventions. The fandom. The language that became part of popular culture. TNG merely picked up the baton. It rode the wave that TOS created. Sure, it could have crashed and burned. But for various reasons (some we can debate) it didn’t.

And once again for the record, I personally never HATED TNG. I just felt it was more mediocre than anything else. Yes, they had their share of really good episodes. But honestly the ratio of good to bad episodes I felt was pretty bad. Yes, TOS had its share of dog episodes as well. But I would argue the good to bad ratio for TOS was pretty high for stand alone episodic television. And with all that, the main reason I watched TNG back when it aired was mainly because it was new Trek. Not a rerun. And overall it wasn’t so very bad that it was unwatchable. The charisma of Patrick Stewart saw to that. Back then, he had the acting chops to make even the weaker episodes watchable. And IMHO, his casting went a VERY long way to that show’s success. I never cared for the character of Picard but Stewart made me want to watch how he led his crew.

I think I’m drifting a bit as I tend to do. So I’ll stop.

ML31, I think given a world where there is no TOS movies to build up interest and one in which we can watch more than 4 channels I think TNG would crash and burn into Veridian III to be long abandoned. We have to agree to disagree, I personally do think TNG was horrid and unwatchable and it’s legacy prevents us from getting good Trek (10000 starships, free energy nonsense, all the aliens wanting to be like us, etc). EXCEPTION – the one where Picard destroys the Starfleet as part of an evil collectivist uni-mind. Message Spock?

And yet 30 years later TNG is still very very popular, so your odd view of it just doesn’t align with reality dude. For pete’s sakes, we wouldn’t have a show called Picard if people didn’t still love TNG lol. Picard embodied that show in every way the same way Kirk did TOS, so I have no idea where you get this stuff? In fact we would probably have a direct TNG show on now if they could’ve convinced Stewart to wear a Starfleet uniform and be captain of a starship again. But he didn’t want to redo the past, which I completely understand and have no issues with. But it’s not like TNG was forgotten since every story line from Picard was literally born out of TNG! Was it not? I don’t even know how newbies can get into this show since so many of the plot elements came from literally decades old story lines and Nemesis.

But why it’s useless to have a real discussion with you because you cherry pick everything.

Get off Trekmovie and actually go to the other and bigger fan sites like Reddit where TNG is clearly the most popular and talked about show on that site. And a lot of those fans are under 30. Thanks to streaming, all these shows are getting a second life with, sorry, the next generation. Hell it’s why Picard exists now, to help capture all the new fans and will get them into the old shows too if they haven’t already.

I love Trekmovie, but it’s clear that so many people here are over 40 and super old fans because you act like the only people who watch these shows now are people like you who’s been watching it since the 60s, 70s and 80s. You don’t even realize entire new generations of fans have become fans of these shows looooong after they ended. They are creating new fans literally every day. You don’t see it on Trekmovie, but you see it in many other places, especially in social media. I talked with a girl on Reddit a few weeks ago about her thoughts on Drumhead because it’s her favorite Star Trek episode. She’s 16 years old.

So again, you can hate the show, but your perception of it is very very far from reality. I suspect we will have another TNG spin off show in a few years after Picard is done as well. TNG will still be just as important for decades to a big segment of the fanbase, especially as more shows are being made in that era.

I mean in terms of it spinning off so many shows after it. I didn’t mean Star Trek only became important after TOS since there was entire series of films for that cast.

I mean it proved that Star Trek could be just as popular even without the TOS characters or even the Enterprise. It was that show that proved Star Trek wasn’t just a product, but a brand and that you can do many different things with it beside Kirk karate chopping a Klingon every week and still be successful.

That’s also what I mean and why we got shows like DS9, VOY and even shows like Discovery today. We wouldn’t have the variety we did if TNG itself failed. We probably would’ve had our fourth iteration of TOS by now and that would’ve bored me to tears. I love how expansive Trek feels now being on so many different ships expanding from the 22nd to the 32nd century. All of that was possible because TNG proved fans will give any form of Star Trek a shot 30 years ago. And we have a much more expansive universe now.

But of course I give credit to TOS for TNG. It’s called ‘The Next Generation’ for a reason lol. But what’s funny is I actually tout TVH that made TNG possible since that movie was the biggest film at the time and showed that Star Trek can actually have mass appeal and wanted to try it with another show. But I’ll stop there since I know your feelings on TVH lol.

But yes, if it was not for that movie, not sure we would’ve gotten another Trek show, at least not one so soon after.

And I have no issues with how you feel about TNG or any of the shows. You have your personal taste, nothing wrong with that. None of it is black and white and every show, every show, will have its lovers and haters, from TOS to DIS. We probably agree on most shows than disagree. That’s fine. These are just TV shows at the end of the day, it’s not that big of a deal, even for uber fans. ;)

Personally I always felt Star Trek could survive without Kirk or Spock. In the 80’s I was actually endorsing the idea of a show with a new ship and a new crew. I recall when TNG was announced and the media talk was “Can Star Trek survive without Kirk and Spock?” And my answer was “OF COURSE it can!!!” My concern at the time (which was since proved wrong) was setting the new show some 75 years later. I wanted a show in the same era as the feature films. I understood why Gene wanted to distance the shows. But at the time I was not a fan of the idea. And to be honest still would have preferred the show been set in the same era as the existing features.

I do, however, don’t think TNG was born from TVH. I think Gene was more interested in doing a Star Trek show without the interference from a network. Which is why they went straight to syndication with it. He was a different person than he was in 1966 and TNG reflected that. He was different and the show was different. And I think we have to be honest here. Given the chaos behind the scenes and the overall quality of that first season any other show would have been canned. But Trek fans watched it in droves in spite of all that. The ratings for syndication were absurdly high because of the built in audience of fans of TOS.

I think I’ll stop. Not all that interested in a lengthy back and forth here. And I do think we agree on Trek things more than we disagree as well.

I agree with Spiner. Frankly it’s not an ‘if’ but only a ‘when’. It’s bound to happen one day. I don’t think anytime soon because like TOS, as long as the original actors are still young enough to play those parts, most fans won’t accept a reboot right away. And now thanks to Picard, Lower Decks, Prodigy and everything else coming around the corner we will probably be seeing a lot of these characters (minus Data ;)) again for the next several years to come. So it would be a bad idea to try it anytime soon.

It may take another 10-20 years for it to happen but it will definitely happen just like I knew we were going to get a post-Nemesis show again and why we have Picard now. This is Star Trek, just think about the last 3 years alone when Discovery showed up and now we gotten everything from the Borg, tribbles, Spock and Seven to Picard, Pike, Guardian of Forever and Talos IV. Some people were shocked to see some of these characters or elements again. I wasn’t in the least. I expect to see pretty much everything show up again eventually with 20 new shows in the works.

This is how Hollywood works, everything gets recycled over and over again. I always say this, if it made money once , then someone will think it can make money again. It’s really that simple. That’s literally what keeps Star Trek alive as a franchise.

All I hope is if they do do it, then just make it a straight reboot. Nothing like the Kelvin idea. That didn’t really work out as hoped. Just start completely over and go from there.

“All I hope is if they do do it, then just make it a straight reboot. Nothing like the Kelvin idea. That didn’t really work out as hoped. Just start completely over and go from there.”

No, just no! The only thing that had me accept the KT movies was the time travel / timeline thing. A straight reboot is always a very bad idea. And the days of those are over. On the contrary: both Marvel and DC are putting lots of effort into realigning different timelines in order to sell the franchise as a unified product. Straight reboots are just pointless, a colossal waste of continuity and world-building.

How is a straight reboot a bad idea? It’s been done countless times these days. Sure Marvel and DC are combining universes, but that’s all a Star Trek reboot would be doing anyway . It would just be another multiverse of Star Trek, which ironically that’s all the Kelvins films are as well. The only difference is they brought in Prime Spock to let you know it’s all connected.. But you take away Spock, it’s just a modern reboot of TOS, right? We overthink this stuff but that’s all the Kelvin universe already is.

So would you suddenly stop caring about it (assuming you care at all) because Spock didn’t meet alternate universe Kirk in a cave? I admit, I just don’t understanding this mentality. They are still the same characters, but yet they have different events and dynamics away from the same characters we see in TOS. And basically from the first film on, they basically just existed with their own stories and backgrounds in another universe. How is that a waste of ‘world building’ when you already have a film series that did just that? And that people, at least at the beginning, seemed excited about doing? To see these characters in a new light? That’s why Spock and Uhura are a couple, Sulu is gay and the Enterprise looks like it was designed by Steve Jobs.

And to me, I guess I get very frustrated with this stuff. On one hand, I keep hearing from one side of fandom who constantly say they are sick of ‘canonistas’ and want to free Star Trek of 50 years of convoluted canon. I heard that over and over again when the Tarantino movie project was being brought up (and honestly why it probably was never really in the cards). But then there are people like you who seem to think if you change any canon (i.e. not follow the prime universe) then it’s a complete waste to even attempt something out of that box.

Trek fans seem more divided than Democrats and Republicans at times lol.

And one more thing, if Star Trek can never be rebooted directly, then there will never be another TOS show either, ever. That’s probably why the Pike show is a good idea, because it’s the closet we can get to a ‘remake’ of TOS without rebooting anything. But if we go by that sentiment then we’ll never really see a new version TOS or TNG.

And for the record I’m OK with that, but sooner or later (and maybe it’s much later) someone is going to bite the bullet and redo these shows fully someday. They are steering clear of it now, but it will probably happen at some point. That can only happen by rebooting it.

But if you’re personally against seeing a remake of TOS or any of the shows, then OK, I see your point. I just think for many out there, especially big TOS fans they would like to see it.

Yeah, the inclusion of time-travelling Prime Spock was indeed the bit that I needed to embrace the KT… or any other sort of on-screen link / explanation. Not having that would have made me reject those movies entirely.

I’ve been very angry at Marvel and especially DC for churning out reboot after reboot without any such connection: I’m happy that has changed recently. But then, I’m not even that much of a CBM fan but I DO care about Trek more than about any other franchise!

Freeing Trek of its canonical restraints cannot work because it is what makes it special. That’s the very reason I fell in love with it back in 1993. Three interconnected series, an animated series, six movies… that was exactly what I had been waiting for. The quantity and complexity of it is what made it stand out back in the day, before the two CBM franchises expanded…

But I get your point to some degree. The closest thing to a straight Trek reboot is The Orville. It is “Star Trek” at its best without the canonical burden and that makes it easily accessible. I can enjoy that a lot because it ISN’T official Trek.

But Trek should always be interconnected.I can live with visual rebooting à la DSC or even major continuity bloopers. I’m not a nitpicker. But the general idea has to be of Trek being one complex universe / multiverse that connects on-screen.

And please don’t mention the sheer horrors that this QT movie would have been. A lot has happened since I openly agitated against that grim perspective – I’ve lost my mother and my childhood home- but I still feel strongly opposed to the very thought that QT may ever be involved with Trek.

OK I get it, reboots are just not your thing. And for the record, I don’t love reboots either. I would prefer the franchise just goes forward and that way you can avoid it altogether. Like what Discovery is doing (although it doesn’t have to be that extreme).

But there is also a reason you have fans who are convinced Discovery is not even in the prime universe even now, because for some just changing the look of the show completely and adding on canon like giving Spock a sibling is basically all but a reboot in name only. I’m convinced Fuller just wanted to reboot the franchise and just make Trek in his own image going forward. And to be fair to update it for a modern audience which the Kelvin movies also did. But TPTB probably just didn’t want that knowing how important the prime universe is to most fans (and yes because many rejected the Kelvin universe because it wasn’t the prime universe).

But that’s the issue. Clearly many people want to give Star Trek a different approach, which I’m fine with. But when you try to do it against 50 years of canon, it just creates more problems for you, hence throwing Discovery 1000 years into the future just to get rid of all the canon issues it created. If they made it clear it was just a rebooted show it would be in the 23rd century today. But I loved that they moved it and always wanted to see Trek in an advanced future, so no complaints from me on that. It just never should’ve been a prequel in the first place once they ignored most of TOS.

But this really drives me up the wall (not from you) that I hear that Star Trek is too constrained by all the canon after 700+ hours of content (and counting). So you suggest the only way to avoid that is just to reboot it and start over but then many people who are crying Trek is too constrained by canon doesn’t seem to want that either lol. So basically they DO like canon, they just want to avoid certain canon elements I guess, but then you get stuff like Discovery and the Kelvin films which oddly only muddles things and why they aren’t as accepted. For instance if they made it clear the Kelvin films were just a complete reboot then you wouldn’t have issues like Khan for example. He could look and sound any way he wants. But because they made it this quazi ‘it kind of follows the the prime universe but doesn’t’ it only makes things worse, not better.

I have no problem with a straight reboot. In fact, at this point I am starting to PREFER it given how Secret Hideout has been treating “canonical” Trek.

I like the Kelvin idea because it is an adjacent timeline it didn’t erase the Shatner version. Also fully inline with the mutiple worlds theory and the episode of TNG parallels. It was not a prequel to TOS it was a reimagining without all the baggage of canon.

No….just…no. Sorry Brent….reboots must stop. Period.

I ‘d be thrilled if the Relaunch litverse became the inspiration and source material for new TNG era films or limited streaming series.

The Destiny trilogy is just waiting to be on screen.

well … no. as much as i like spiner and company, that ship has sailed. tng was a good thing because of the writers, the actors. i think they should move on. why not give a chance to hawley? why not something completely new on the big screen? i don’t think that star trek is only capable of all kinds of reboots! come on, do something fresh and new.

I agree with this. I believe a TNG reboot will happen at some point, but I rather just see something completely new and different. And I feel the same way about anymore TOS reboots as well.

My very first instinct was “no”. But then I gave it some more thought…

If they could do a reboot but actually change the characters so they are more interesting it very much could have some potential. I would say go for it if they alter things enough.

Triggering intensifies…

Vin Diesel would make a great Picard.

Ryan Reynolds as Riker?

Oh hell yeah.

It would be cheaper to do a TNG big screen movie too as they’re less on constant VFX and explosions and more on cerebral talky stuff. I think it was kinda sad how they dumbed down Star Trek for the young Kirk movies to get a wider audience and didn’t want to do something intelligent.

The 90s will always be the heyday of Star Trek. So long as Kurzman is at the helm expect continued disappointment.

Let’s do it! Reboots work so well in Star Trek.

TNG isn’t really a reboot, more a continuation. Rather than simply rebooting TNG like the Kelvin Timeline, and with the decline of cinema thanks to COVID, it’s probably better that things focus on the TV series for now, and then when the time is right, surge into the voyages of the Enterprise F or G by handing on the batton.

why would you reboot the series, just come up with a new crew new show, iconic characters played by different people no thanks!

“Since coming off the air, no Star Trek television series has achieved the same level of ratings and mainstream success as TNG.”

In terms of decades long worldwide syndication, decades long media sales, and movie franchise success (including a full movie reboot series), sorry, but TNG can’t hold TOS’s “mainstream jock-strap,”

It’s not even close. It is what it is.

I’d rather see the 4th reboot movie you know the one they won’t greenlight or put money behind. That Chris Pine as Captain Kirk thing. The one they cannot come up with a decent script for if it bit them on the ass. Its been five years where is that movie.

i really want this

This Is The Correct Order In Which To Watch The Star Trek Franchise

Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard in Picard

Don't look now, but "Star Trek" is a thing again. It's been a while — after redefining television in the 1960s and enjoying a resurgence in the '80s and '90s, the final episode of ""Star Trek: Enterprise" in 2005 marked the beginning of a dark period in which there was simply no "Trek" to be had. Then, in 2017, the drought ended with the premiere of " "Star Trek: Discovery ," and when it rains, it pours. "Discovery" heralded the arrival of a whole new era of ""Star Trek," and that's just the beginning — Paramount+ will soon play host to two new "Star Trek" shows, with three more currently in development, and there's a new movie scheduled for release in 2023 . Suddenly, we are awash in "Trek," which means that if you're unfamiliar with Gene Roddenberry's universe, it's a pretty good time to jump on board. Only where do you start with a franchise this big — and more importantly, what's the proper watch order?

These are the questions we're here to answer. While it's tempting to try and watch "Star Trek" chronologically, using either the fictional timeline or release dates, we recommend an order that's a bit of a blend of both. Following this list should result in an experience that provides a complete picture of what "Star Trek" is while also remaining easy to binge. With that in mind (and with the understanding that a few spoilers are unavoidable ), it's time to boldly go where every previous "Star Trek" installment has gone before!

The Original Series

When you watch "Star Trek," you really need to begin at the beginning. Not with Enterprise, which is set earlier in the "Trek" timeline than any show, but with "Star Trek" — or as it's lovingly called these days, "The Original Series." This is the show that ran on NBC from 1966 to 1969, forever altering the television medium, the science fiction genre, and the experience of being a fan. While some viewers may find the special effects laughable or the political themes unsubtle, the most astonishing thing about "TOS" is how well it holds up, even more than 50 years later. The first two seasons, in particular, are absolutely riddled with classic episodes, and while the third season is significantly worse due to changes in the creative team, it's still fun to watch William Shatner ham it up as Captain Kirk, Leonard Nimoy raise a single Vulcan eyebrow as Mr. Spock, and the original Starship Enterprise soar through space. Most importantly, though, those first 79 episodes introduce rules, concepts, and even characters that "Star Trek" is still playing with today, from Class M planets and the Prime Directive to Khan and the Klingons.

The Animated Series

The unofficial fourth and fifth seasons of "Star Trek," "The Animated Series" aired on NBC from 1973 to 1974, after tempers had cooled somewhat between NBC and Roddenberry, who left "Star Trek" after its second season out of frustration with the network. Not only was the entire original cast back (minus Walter Koenig), but so was Roddenberry, and so was D.C. Fontana, Roddenberry's longtime assistant who had grown into one of the most celebrated "Trek" writers and had also departed after Season 2. Between the return of some of the show's original creative minds and cast, and the fact that animation allowed them to do so much more than live action special effects of the era, "TAS" is pure, undiluted "Star Trek."

It's never been made explicitly clear whether "TAS" is canon, but considering the number of "TAS" ideas re-used in later live-action shows, plus the introduction in "TAS" of canon pieces of backstory, like Kirk's middle name, it's silly at this point to believe otherwise. And it's required viewing for completists who want to see every televised adventure undertaken by the original Enterprise crew.

The first six films

"Star Trek: The Motion Picture" was released by Paramount in 1979, and while it's not an especially good film, it holds historical importance as the launching point for the "Star Trek" movie franchise. The real highlights in this part of the list, though, are the three films that followed. The Wrath of Khan, The Search for Spock, and The Voyage Home essentially form their own trilogy of movies within the larger "Trek" saga, and are some of the most popular and critically acclaimed installments in the franchise. "The Wrath of Khan," in particular, tends to show up near the top of "best science fiction films in history" lists, making the titular Khan such an iconic villain that he was recast for the J.J. Abrams reboot movies, while "The Voyage Home" is probably the most charming "Star Trek" film, as the Enterprise travels to the past to rescue the humpback whale species from extinction.

Even the most dedicated binge-watcher can safely skip the horrendous fifth movie, "The Final Frontier," but "The Undiscovered Country" is an absolute masterpiece, and taken together, these six films provide a worthy capstone to the franchise's inaugural era.

It might seem counterintuitive to follow up the oldest "Star Trek" series with one of the newest, especially given that "Star Trek: Discovery" actually takes place prior to "The Original Series." But there's a good reason to jump from the tales of Kirk and Spock to the tales of Michael Burnham and...well, and Spock, who shows up in Season 2. "The Original Series" and its accompanying animated and film extensions are foundational to "Discovery," which is set shortly after the events of the rejected "Star Trek" pilot "The Cage." And characters from "The Cage" show up in Season 2 and are also appearing in their own spinoff, "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds."

While an in-universe chronological watch order would put the first two seasons of "Discovery" before "TOS" and the third season at the very end (as the crew travels forward in time to the far future) it makes more sense to us to treat "Discovery" as its own story. The third season does occasionally reference "past" events from other shows, but that does lead nicely into the next "Trek" installment...

The Next Generation (Seasons 1-5)

For many Trekkies today, "Star Trek: The Next Generation" was their introduction to the franchise, and for good reason. If any one series beyond the original can lay a claim to being the single most iconic "Star Trek" story, it's Next Generation, which premiered in 1987 and went on to not only have seven seasons of its own, but to jumpstart a chain of interlocking "Star Trek" shows that would thoroughly dominate the 1990s. Before that, though, the first five seasons of Next Generation stood alone, and if you're trying to get somebody instantly hooked on Trek, this might actually be the place to start, despite the fact that the first couple of seasons don't hold up incredibly well.

If you're absorbing all of "Star Trek," though, "Next Generation" has to be the place to start. After all, it's the next generation of what, exactly? The answer is the Starship Enterprise, which comes with an entirely new cast and crew, introducing the world to Worf, Data, Counselor Troi, and Geordi LaForge, and permanently branding the hearts of a thousand Trekkies with the image of Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard .

The Next Generation (Season 6) / Deep Space Nine (Season 1)

Okay, this is where it gets weird. "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" debuted in January 1993, just a few months after "Next Generation" kicked off its sixth season — a season full of unmitigated classics, incidentally, from the return of Montgomery Scott in "Relics" to the legendary two-parter "Chain of Command." Picard even makes a cameo in the first episode of "DS9," which takes place aboard a space station and uses the ideas and events of earlier "Next Generation" episodes to inform characters like Commander Benjamin Sisko and Quark. It's essentially impossible to understand Sisko's backstory, for example, without first having seen the "Next Generation" episode "The Best of Both Worlds."

Despite the fact that they take place over roughly the same time period, we recommend watching the entirety of Season 6 of "Next Generation" followed by the entirety of Season 1 of "DS9," if for no other reason than the former has more episodes than the latter, making it a complicated process to intercut between them. But however you choose to do it, these two seasons really should be watched back to back.

The Next Generation (Season 7) / Deep Space Nine (Season 2)

Similarly, the second season of "DS9" coincides with the last "Next Generation" season. While it might lack the standout episodes of earlier seasons, Season 7 manages a few achievements. For one thing, it puts a bow on one of the most beloved shows in television history with a flourish, ending the program with an ambitious, timeline-jumping two-parter that ties directly into the events of the very first episode. It also inadvertently lays the groundwork for a much more modern "Trek" show with an episode about junior officers called "Lower Decks." But most importantly, it ties into and reinforces "Deep Space Nine," most notably in the penultimate episode "Preemptive Strike," which deals with concurrent "DS9" problems like the Cardassians and the Maquis.

By the end of Season 2, "DS9" has already proven capable of standing on its own, having picked up and ran with the Maquis threads from earlier "Next Generation" episodes, returned to the Mirror Universe first introduced in the original series, and introduced the Dominion and the Jem'Hadar, who will serve as the series' primary antagonists. But the stories of Picard and company were far from over...

Generations

The four feature films built around the cast of "Next Generation" are a direct continuation of the movies that came before, not least because the first one, 1994's "Generations," serves as a bridge between "TOS" and its descendant, and between Kirk and Picard, in about the most literal way you could imagine. This movie marks the final appearance of several characters from the original show, including Kirk himself (the one played by William Shatner, at any rate) which makes it a crucial piece of the "Star Trek" timeline, as does the introduction of Data's emotion chip. Of course, some might consider the movie worth it just to see Malcolm McDowell chew the scenery like he hasn't eaten in three days, and we can't say they're wrong.

"Generations" launched Picard's crew onto the big screen almost immediately after their exit from the small one, meaning they would continue to be the face of "Star Trek" for the remainder of the decade. But back in the realm of "Trek" TV, things were only heating up, as a new series prepared to take the field and challenge "DS9" for television dominance.

Deep Space Nine (Season 3) / Voyager (Season 1)

Once again, it's time to switch between two seasons of "Star Trek," as the third season of "DS9" overlaps with the debuting "Star Trek: Voyager." The first "Trek" series to feature a woman (Kathryn Janeway) in the captain's chair, "Voyager" also had a unique and fascinating premise. Much of the "DS9" action is driven by the existence of a nearby wormhole that leads to the Gamma Quadrant, a section of space far away from the Federation's native Alpha Quadrant. This allows the titular space station and its intrepid crew to encounter any number of new and dangerous alien species. "Voyager" goes even farther, literally — a solitary ship finds itself transported to the even more distant Delta Quadrant and spends the rest of the series trying to get home.

Due to this premise, there's no reason whatsoever to jump between individual episodes of these two seasons, as the events of one show don't affect the other in any way. But jumping between shows by the season provides a fun and accurate experience of what it was like to watch the interlocking "Star Trek" programs of the 1990s.

Deep Space Nine (Season 4) / Voyager (Season 2)

Like most "Star Trek" shows, "Voyager" takes a couple of seasons to find its feet, and Season 2 in particular contains some of its most notoriously bad episodes, from the tone-deaf Native American implications of "Tattoo" to Janeway and Voyager pilot Tom Paris turning into salamanders and having salamander babies together in "Threshold" to the utter abomination that is "Tuvix." At least it has the consideration to get them all out of the way early on.

"DS9," meanwhile, was encountering its own problems in Season 4, which took a sharp turn away from the burgeoning conflict with the Dominion and instead spent most of its time dealing with the newly antagonistic Klingon Empire. Fortunately, even as the overarching plot went briefly off the rails, the writing was getting better and better, and the diversion is, if nothing else, entertaining. As a bonus, Season 4 features one of television's first lesbian kisses, and also brings in Worf, the Klingon security officer from "Next Generation" — until Picard, Michael Dorn was the only actor to star in the main casts of two different "Star Trek" shows.

First Contact

As a result of his dual roles, Worf would spend the next several years hopping back and forth between television and the movies. One reason it's important to watch Season 4 of "DS9" prior to watching "First Contact," the second film starring the "Next Generation" cast, is because in order to include Worf in the story, the latter is obligated to include a scene in which the Enterprise rescues another ship called the Defiant, introduced in "DS9" and captained by Worf himself. Future "Next Generation" movies, which decline in quality moving forward, come up with increasingly hand-wavy reasons for his presence on the Enterprise bridge.

"First Contact" itself, however, is by far the best of the "Next Generation" films and one of the best "Star Trek" films in general, as the crew travels back in time to prevent the cybernetic hive mind known as the Borg from altering history. Not only is "First Contact" a great movie (and the film directorial debut of Jonathan Frakes, who plays Commander William Riker), it also kicks off a spectacular "Star Trek" run that can stand up against any other period in franchise history.

Deep Space Nine (Season 5) / Voyager (Season 3)

With Season 5, "DS9" gets back on track after the previous outlier season, quickly focusing around a single unified threat thanks to an alliance between the show's original antagonists the Cardassians and the Dominion. The presence of the sinister Changelings adds an intrigue element to the story, as any character could potentially be a Changeling in disguise — a concept that would be used to great effect years later in the 2004 reboot of "Battlestar Galactica." The season concludes with the official start of the Dominion War, a conflict that would dominate the remainder of the show.

"Voyager," meanwhile, was also getting back on track in its third season, which generally sees an uptick in quality — particularly toward the end, with episodes like "Before and After," "Real Life," and "Worst Case Scenario." Robert Picardo, who plays Voyager's holographic doctor, also gets to make a cameo in "DS9" as the Doctor's creator, Lewis Zimmerman, in the episode "Doctor Bashir, I presume." And Season 3 ends with the first installment of "Scorpion," which catalyzed "Voyager's" official rise to greatness in part thanks to a memorable new character.

Deep Space Nine (Season 6) / Voyager (Season 4)

These two overlapping seasons, airing in late 1997 and early 1998, represent the pinnacle of "Star Trek's" '90s golden age. In "DS9," the Dominion War is in full swing, the series' much-discussed religions themes are building in prominence, the mysterious Section 31 is introduced, foreshadowing its prominent role in both "Enterprise" and "Discovery," and most memorably, the showrunners do what almost no iteration of "Star Trek" has ever dared to do: permanently kill off a member of the main cast.

Casting changes are also a major part of Season 4 of "Voyager," which jettisons the little-loved character of Kes and officially introduces Seven of Nine , a liberated Borg drone played by Jeri Ryan who quickly joins the ranks of the franchise's most widely known characters. It's an oversimplification to suggest that the overall brilliance of Season 4 is the direct result of Ryan joining the cast, but no matter how much of it you attribute to her, it's a phenomenal season of television, filled from start to finish with some of the best "Voyager" episodes (and also "Retrospect," but we don't talk about that one).

Insurrection

It's not "First Contact," but 1998's "Insurrection" is still a pretty good "Next Generation" movie, another solid offering from Jonathan Frakes. While "Insurrection" doesn't interact much with the events of "DS9" or "Voyager," watching it at this point in the "Trek" timeline provides an overall context for the state of the Federation, which has been intermittently challenged, as the movie's primary villain points out, by the Borg, the Cardassians, and the Dominion. A sense of the Federation being assailed from all sides isn't strictly necessary for the film's story of familial betrayal on a planet that confers immortality, but it does make viewing it a more interesting experience (though again, the perfunctory inclusion of Worf simply because he's expected to be in "Next Generation" movies is potentially jarring for "DS9" fans who have become invested in his character development, which "Insurrection" largely ignores).

"Insurrection" is Frakes' last "Star Trek" movie as director (though he would later direct episodes of "Discovery" and "Picard") and marks the beginning of the end of the '90s "Trek" boom. There's still plenty of great "Trek" ahead, but the curve is now pointing down.

Deep Space Nine (Season 7) / Voyager (Season 5)

The final season of "DS9" represents one of the single greatest creative accomplishments in "Star Trek" history, as no "Trek" show to date has managed to stick such an ambitious and satisfying landing. In a unique move, the last 10 episodes of the season form a single, series-ending story, and the feature-length finale, "What You Leave Behind," is considered one of the greatest "Trek" episodes of all time. "DS9" had been great for at least two seasons prior to this one, but the success of Season 7 cemented it as a foremost jewel in the crown of the "Star Trek" franchise.

"Voyager," meanwhile, continued its stellar run of episodes, capping off a three-year rehabilitation effort that saw one of the franchise's shakiest shows become one of its best. It was good timing, too, because with "DS9" wrapping up ("What You Leave Behind" aired the week after the Season 5 "Voyager" finale, "Equinox"), Captain Janeway and her crew were suddenly the only starship in the galaxy. And you, intrepid binge-watcher, can finally stop switching between two different shows.

Voyager (Seasons 6-7)

Unlike "DS9," the final seasons of "Voyager" are not its best, though admittedly, after Seasons 4 and 5, that's a high bar to clear. Season 6 comes close with a steady stream of classics, introducing both the popular Holodeck scenario Fair Haven and the "Pathfinder" storyline that sees "Next Generation" vets Reginald Barclay and Deanna Troi join up as recurring characters. By Season 7, however, the quality of "Voyager" has begun to dip noticeably — the final season contains few memorable episodes and at least one extremely ill-conceived romantic subplot. It earns some redemption, however, with the two-part series finale "Endgame," which, whether you like it or not, at least fulfills the promise of the show's premise and comes to a definitive conclusion about whether the ship and its crew are ever getting back to the Alpha Quadrant. It's a moment that would have been easy to shy away from, and "Voyager" meets it head on.

"Endgame" aired in May 2001, and in retrospect, the title didn't only apply to "Voyager." The continuous story that "Star Trek" had been telling for the past 14 years over the course of three different shows and three different movies was over. There was, however, one last (incredibly depressing) chapter to get through.

The final "Next Generation" film, released in 2002, is by far the worst of them, and the worst "Star Trek" movie in general since 1989's "The Final Frontier." It was so bad, in fact, that it notoriously killed "Star Trek" — plans for a fifth "Next Generation" movie were scrapped after "Nemesis" bombed at the box office, and creatively, it's an absolute nightmare, introducing a Romulan sister planet with the unfortunate name of Remus, blatantly attempting to restart Data's entire character arc via a literal copy with the also unfortunate name of B-4, and tying these and other unfortunate decisions together with a nonsensical plot featuring Tom Hardy as a secret clone of Picard. After "Nemesis," the scuttling of future franchise installments can honestly be seen as a mercy killing.

"Star Trek" wasn't quite dead in 2002, however. While we've now officially made it through the combined stories of "Next Generation," "DS9," and "Voyager," there's one more show, independent from the others, that now enters the viewing order. And watching it involves going back to the very beginning... and even before that.

In a chronological viewing, "Star Trek: Enterprise" would actually be the first show you watch, since it takes place a hundred years prior to "The Cage." Indirectly spinning off from the events of "First Contact," it tells the story of Earth's first warp starship, appropriately named the Enterprise and captained by Scott Bakula's Jonathan Archer, and of humanity's early relationships with alien species like the Vulcans, Klingons, Romulans, and Andorians. Despite its status as a prequel, the sheer degree to which "Enterprise" relies on its audience having knowledge of other "Star Trek" properties makes it almost impossible to recommend as an entry point. It fits much better here, as the official end of the franchise's second major era, especially given that the final episode, "These Are The Voyages...," frames itself as a holodeck simulation being watched by the Enterprise crew from "Next Generation."

"There Are The Voyages..." aired on May 13th, 2005. There wouldn't be another "Star Trek" show for more than 12 years. At this point, our watch order breaks away from order of release, but we feel strongly that it's how "Star Trek" from 1987 to 2005 should be watched.

Lower Decks

If you think 12 years is a long gap between "Star Trek" installments, that's nothing compared to the 45 years that went by between "Trek" stories told via animation. "Short Treks" was technically the first "Trek" show since "The Animated Series" to include animated episodes, and that aired in 2019, but 2020 gave us the first season of "Lower Decks," an entirely animated show about the people who don't get to hang out on the bridge.

The first franchise installment to ever concern itself primarily with characters who are not in command of a starship or space station, "Lower Decks" is the "Star Trek" equivalent of shows like HBO's "Harley Quinn" — an irreverent, adult-oriented comedy that revels in its TV-MA rating, delivering violence, sex, and swearing at warp speed frequencies. Chronologically, it's set shortly after the events of "Nemesis," but more importantly to the binge-watcher, it's the dessert following a feast — a vital dose of pure fun after absorbing almost four full decades of space drama.

The Kelvin timeline

After the box office failure of "Nemesis" brought an abrupt end to the "Next Generation" movies, there wasn't a new "Trek" film until 2009. And far from being a continuation of the existing movie franchise, this new version, simply called "Star Trek," was a reboot of "The Original Series," casting new, younger versions of Kirk, Spock, and the rest of the first Enterprise crew. Sequels to the reboot followed in 2013 and 2016.

Watching these three movies as part of a "Star Trek" binge is pretty much entirely optional, since they take place in an alternate timeline created when the USS Kelvin was destroyed in battle with time-traveling Romulan ship from the 24th century, leaving an infant James T. Kirk without a father in the process. Moreover, the trilogy is widely considered to be of uneven quality (though the third movie, "Star Trek Beyond," is considerably better than its predecessor, possibly due to the departure of director J.J. Abrams). Still, if you're going to watch them, this is the place in the viewing order to do it, as a key plot point of the first film — the Romulan sun going supernova — plays a major role in "Picard."

Short Treks

The Kelvin movies might not exert much direct influence over the larger plot of "Star Trek," but they played a major role in the future of the franchise by bringing in Alex Kurtzman. Kurtzman is the showrunner on "Discovery," and with the exception of "Lower Decks," he has been directly involved in every modern "Trek" series. In 2018, after the successful first season of "Discovery" led to a new expansion of the "Star Trek" franchise, Kurtzman and co-creator Bryan Fuller (formerly a writer on "DS9" and "Voyager") premiered "Short Treks," an anthology series of short, unrelated stories. As of this writing, there have been two seasons and 10 total episodes, some live-action, some animated.

"Short Treks" spans almost the entire "Star Trek" timeline — two episodes are set in the period of time between "Enterprise" and "The Original Series," while a third takes place in the far future. As a result, watching it requires a sense of the entire scope of the "Trek" universe. It's the penultimate entry in this watch order, however, because the Season 2 finale, "Children of Mars," leads directly into the final entry: "Picard."

"Star Trek: Picard" is the first of the modern "Trek" offerings to look forward rather than back, giving us a story set after the events of "Next Generation," "DS9," and "Voyager." Indeed, not only does the series follow up with Jean-Luc Picard 20 years after we last saw him (and 12 years after the Romulan sun went supernova) but it also brings in an older version of Seven of Nine, once again portrayed by Jeri Ryan. As mentioned, Picard also ties into the most recent installment of "Short Treks," which involves a terrorist attack by synthetic life forms that eventually leads to a ban on their creation — one of the many plot elements of "Picard" that has drawn criticism for being inconsistent with the original utopian vision of "Star Trek."

With so many new "Trek" shows on their way, this list will quickly become outdated. But all the upcoming series will reward previous "Trek" viewing, from Janeway's return on "Star Trek: Prodigy" to a show focused entirely on Section 31. So if you're going to binge all of "Star Trek," you might want to get started now!

The coolest 'Star Trek' reboot you're probably not watching

Fan production "Star Trek Continues" re-creates the original series with incredible attention to detail. Crave’s Michael Franco talks with the series creator to see how he’s helping "Trek" live long and prosper.

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Like getting beamed down to the surface of a planet you've never seen before, watching "Star Trek Continues" can be a bit disorienting. There's the familiar old schmaltzy theme song. The Bridge with all its colorful bleeping lights and its monitor screen. The brightly colored tight-fitting shirts with their triangle insignias and gold piping. And, most notably, the sounds of the Starship Enterprise: that familiar whoosh of the elevator doors opening and closing, the whooping siren of an alert, and the satisfying pulsing electric sound of phasers being fired. Yet something's not quite right.

Of course! All the actors we know and love from the earliest days of "Star Trek" in the late '60s (known as Star Trek TOS, or "the original series") have been replaced! Is it some mad Klingon plot? Some twisted scheme of the Borg? An invasion of tribbles perhaps? No, it's something far less sinister: a reboot of TOS from a team of Trekkies, called " Star Trek Continues ," that proclaims its intention to boldly go where no TV show has gone before -- helping the original "Star Trek" crew complete the rest of its five-year mission (the original show was canceled by NBC after just three years).

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The first installment of this incredibly true-to-form "Trek" fan series aired just about a year ago and revisited the character of Apollo from the "Who Mourns for Adonis" episode in the second season of TOS.

The second episode of "Star Trek Continues" came about a year later and featured Lou Ferrigno guest-starring in a completely original story rife with an old-fashioned "Trek" morality dilemma. (Both these episodes, along with some short vignettes, can be viewed online .)

The most recent episode is currently in postproduction and will premiere in June at Australia's Supanova pop-culture festival.

We reported on the fan series when it was just getting going, but I wasn't so sure that all the Trekkies out there knew all they needed to about "Star Trek Continues" -- or knew the show exists at all. So I decided to revisit the series and talk with show creator Vic Mignogna to find out more, and spread the news of "Trek Continues" on an open channel throughout the universe (also known as Crave).

Mignogna, who's voiced hundreds of characters in animated series and video games, in addition to having acted on stage and screen, plays an eerily accurate Captain Kirk in "Star Trek Continues." Here's what happened when he and I whipped out our communicators and had a chat.

Q: So when did your love affair with "Trek" start? Mignogna: I've been a hard-core original "Star Trek" fan since I was a very young boy. Starting around 10 years old it was all "Star Trek," all the time. I drove my mother crazy making costumes, shooting my own episodes, building sets in the woods, making her take me to "Star Trek" conventions, recording episodes on audio cassettes then listening to them in my sleep as I went to bed.

How was "Star Trek Continues" born? Mignogna: Fast-forward several decades. I have a college degree in film and I do a lot of production-related and acting-related things professionally, and I was contacted by a fan production called "Starship Farragut." They contacted me and said, "We understand you're a "Star Trek" fan and we understand that you're a really good director, we would like to ask you to direct an episode for us."

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So that's what I did.

What made you pick the first episode, the Apollo story revisited? Mignogna: Years ago, I became friends with Barbara Luna -- who played Marlena in the original "Mirror, Mirror" episode -- and one day out of the blue we were talking and she said to me long before I started "Star Trek Continues," "You know, Mike Forrest would love to do some more 'Star Trek.'" And I said, "Who is Michael Forest?" And she said, "Mike Forrest played Apollo in the original series. And I was like, "Oh my gosh, I love Apollo and I love that episode!" And so I kind of logged that away in the back of my mind, and when I started "Star Trek Continues" and was looking for an idea, I thought, wouldn't it be awesome to do a follow-up episode to that episode. And so I contacted Michael Forrest and told him I had an idea for an Apollo redemption story. He really liked it, and so we moved forward with writing the script and shooting the episode.

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Are all your actors volunteers? Mignogna: Yes. We have, in some cases, given our actors some kind of modest stipend but it's really more of a gift because it's a complete nonprofit production. We've made it very clear that we don't charge money for anything and nobody is making any money from this.

Do you think you're going to keep it that way? Mignogna: I have no expectation of making any kind of profit with it at all.

I did not start this production to make any money. It was never my desire or my goal to make any money with "Star Trek Continues." This is purely a childhood dream come true. It is a labor of love, and everybody involved with it understands that.

I don't want to cross any line where we are making any money off of somebody else's product and someone else's license. We are doing this out of pure innocent love of the original series of "Star Trek," not because we think we're going to be picked up as a series, not because we think we can make any money with it.

You got some funding through Kickstarter, right? Mignogna: I funded the first episode, and to be honest, I did that because I thought it was kind of unethical for me to ask people to give me money to do something that I hadn't yet proven I could do. There are certainly no shortage of Kickstarter campaigns out there that asked for money for something they haven't even done. So I felt like the moral, ethical, honorable thing for me to do was to put my own money where my mouth is, and create a first episode. Once I did that, then we asked the fans to to give us enough money to make three more episodes and that's what they did. That covers the second episode, the third, which we just shot, and a fourth one.

The sets and the sounds in your production seem identical to the original series. Were you able to borrow anything from them? Mignogna: The sets were built off of the original soundstage diagrams. They're pretty easy to find; they're online.

I didn't know that! Mignogna: Sure. If you were to snoop around a little, you'd find that there are some overhead diagrams of the original soundstage. You can actually see exactly how the original soundstage was laid out, and how all of the sets are interconnected. So we actually built our soundstage based on those drawings, so I can say with pretty much certainty that our sets are within inches of the original soundstage dimension.

Then beyond that, we made sure to choose the right colors to paint and get the right carpet, and then either buy or build the pieces necessary to re-create all of the details. Like the pieces that hang on the walls, the intercoms, the nameplates, the emitters in the ceiling of the transporter room, the holographic-looking material that covers the alcove in the corridor, etcetera. Even down to the details of Captain Kirk's quarters. We actually sculpted the little statutes on the counter out of clay.

And then we paid enormous attention to making sure that we lit the scenes the way the original series would have lit them. And that the blocking is similar. And the acting style is similar. And the sound design is similar. You can find all of those sound effects online.

So we worked very hard to re-create the original series in every conceivable detail because we want people to experience the same kind of feeling they had when they watched the original series. Even to the extent of the stories. We didn't want to make them very surfacey. We wanted to tell stories that had an ethical point or a moral statement, or social commentary. When you see the second episode you'll see that especially driven home even more so than in the first episode.

Your goal is to do the next two years of the mission? Mignogna: That would be a long-term goal, if I could choose to do that. Obviously we can't do 12 episodes a year. And obviously even if we do two or three episodes a year, we're not going to be able to do that for more than five or six years because -- I can't speak for anybody else, but at least for me -- I'm not going to be able to play a 35-year-old Captain Kirk forever.

I'd like to ideally do the fourth and the fifth years of the five-year mission, and ideally even do some kind of a thing where we actually do a couple of episodes maybe toward the very end where Kirk gets promoted to admiral, and something devastating happens to McCoy and he leaves the service, and Spock decides to go off and pursue the kolinahr and purge out remaining emotions. We'd basically leave our series where the motion picture picks up.

Inside a $40,000 'Star Trek' fan episode (pictures)

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Comparing The Star Trek Reboot Movies To The Next Generation And The Original Series

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Star Trek has been a successful franchise for over 50 years , and while it has always had a home on television first and foremost, Star Trek has continued to be important on the big screen as well. We've seen 13 big screen outings called Star Trek , but those 13 films have had three separate casts and been part of two unique timelines.

So which block of Star Trek movies is truly the best? We'll break down each part of the franchise, look at the good and the bad, and try to figure out which one is the real winner.

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Star Trek: The Original Series

The first run of Star Trek followed Captain James T. Kirk, played by William Shatner and his crew of the starship U.S.S. Enterprise. Kirk was frequently counciled by his Science Officer, Lt. Spock ( Leonard Nimoy ) and his ship's Doctor Leonard, "Bones" McCoy. The series that spawned the films saw the Enterprise on a five-year mission to explore the galaxy.

Following the original run of Star Trek on television and its unfortunately short run of only three seasons, the cult popularity of the series and television reruns kept the Star Trek name out there, and the series actually became more popular over time. This led to Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 1979, a film that saw the original cast make their return to the bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise. This was followed by Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan in 1982, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock in 1984, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home in 1986, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier in 1989, and finally, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country in 1991.

There's a familiar pattern in the early Star Trek movies that even the most passionate Star Trek fans will admit is true: the odd numbered films aren't very good. The first Star Trek movie barely feels like the Star Trek fans know and love. It's an odd film that sees the Enterprise crew investigating a nebulous cloud in space, and things never make much more sense than that.

Of course, following that film, we got one of the most popular Star Trek films ever made, The Wrath of Khan . Ricardo Montalban chews all of the scenery as the villain and is a large part of why the movie is so good, but the rest of characters feel more comfortable as well. It also has the most heartbreaking ending in the franchise.

The original series films are a mix of everything. There are some awful stories and some great ones. Some that could have been good, but don't quite get there, and others that are better than they deserve to be. When the adventure is worthy of the characters, the original run of films work, and when it's not, the movies falter.

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Star Trek: First Contact

Star Trek: The Next Generation

20 years after the original Star Trek went off the air Star Trek: The Next Generation brought the franchise back to TV. This series starred Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard, and while the basic premise of the show was the same, the new Enterprise in on an ongoing exploration of the galaxy about a century after the events of The Original Series , The Next Generation found its footing by focusing on character-driven stories rather than intergalactic adventure.

In 1994, the Next Generation crew would take over the film franchise with Star Trek: Generations , a film that actually included some of the Original Series cast, but was still ultimately a TNG movie. That would be followed by Star Trek: First Contact in 1996, Star Trek: Insurrection in 1998, and then Star Trek: Nemesis in 2002.

The thing that made The Next Generation great as a series largely made the movies a much tougher sell. You could never give a broad cast like this enough to make them feel well used in a two-hour film the way you could over the course of a TV season. As such, the entire run of TNG films largely failed to find an audience among fans or critics.

Having said that, there is one major exception, in that Star Trek: First Contact isn't simply the best of the Next Generation movie, it's one of the best Star Trek films of the entire franchise, I would argue its contention as the best Star Trek movie ever made, and as such, the TNG era of films can't be ignored.

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Star Trek: Reboot (Kelvin Timeline)

While the first two segments of the Star Trek film franchise have their foundations in television, the newest ones do not... at least, not directly. The new Star Trek movies take us back to the era of James T. Kirk, Spock and McCoy, but rather than being a simple reboot or a direct sequel, the first film actually establishes that it is taking place in an alternate timeline. On the day of Jim Kirk's birth, an alien ship from the future travels back in time and alters the events of the past, allowing the new movies to create new stories while still leaving the original series of films as part of "canon."

The first Star Trek film arrived in 2009 It was followed by Star Trek Into Darkness in 2013, and then Star Trek Beyond in 2016.

The alternate timeline idea was a pretty gutsy movie for the Star Trek franchise, but it has to be said that it largely works. In fact, it's what makes the first movie work at all. The actors, like Chris Pine , Zachary Quinto and Karl Urban, are all able to channel their 1960s counterparts and give the characters a life of their own simultaneously. Having said that, some decisions just didn't work, like trying to do their own version of Wrath of Khan with the second movie. It's the sort of decision that vividly reminds you that this was done before and done better back then.

Having said that, the new Star Trek does allow the rest of the bridge crew, Uhura, Sulu and the rest, to be much more fully realized characters then they ever got to be in the original run of movies, so there is something of great value that the new movies add. The entire reboot cast is solid, and the movies actually let them all show that.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture Crew

The Original Series Vs The Next Generation Vs The Reboot

It can be a little difficult to compare the three different corners of the franchise. If nothing else, they each have a different number of movies to their credit, and the newest franchise isn't officially dead yet, though things aren't looking good . Still, there are a few places that can be compared.

It's hard not to love The Next Generation cast above the others. They really were so incredibly good. Of course, as stated, they rarely had a chance to prove that in the movies. The Original Series movies were almost always focused exclusively on Kirk, Spock, and McCoy, and the rest of the crew usually had little to do but mind their stations. The reboot franchise has done a little something to fix this, especially most recently in Star Trek Beyond , a movie that's better than the box office leads one to believe.

Of course, the Original Series films focusing on Kirk, Spock, and McCoy work because William Shatner , Leonard Nimoy and Deforest Kelly were a legitimately great trio.

The Original Series has more ups and downs on the whole, but that's also at least partially because they had more chances. The odd/even see-saw is true, as Movies 2, 4, and 6 are great films while 1, 3, and 5 are not. And The Final Frontier deserves special consideration as quite possibly the worst Star Trek movie ever made.

As mentioned earlier, Star Trek: First Contact is the shining beacon of the Next Generation films. It's one of the best, but the other three are pretty well panned by a lot of critics, and for good reason.

The reboot franchise is generally viewed as being pretty good, though I would argue Star Trek Into Darkness is a pretty serious mess. and even the 2009 Star Trek , while it's better than many feared it would be, is still only a "good" movie, not a great one, as many would claim.

In the end, it's difficult to not give the win here to the original run of films. Everything that the reboot movies have done well, they largely owe to the Original Series cast. If I was including the television work here, I might be willing to give the nod to The Next Generation , but on the big screen alone, the stories just aren't as good on the whole.

We certainly haven't seen the end of the Star Trek franchise on the big screen. We might still see a fourth entry in the reboot franchise, and Quentin Tarantino has made comments that he'd like to make a Star Trek movie , so this debate certainly isn't over. But at the moment, the originals are still the best.

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Star Trek movies in order: Chronological and release

Untangle the different timelines and get the popcorn: Here are the Star Trek movies in order — both chronological and release.

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  • Chronological order
  • Prime Timeline

The Original Series movies

The next generation movies.

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So long as movies stick numbers on the ends of their titles, it’s easy to watch them in order. Once they start branching out, however, things can get a little muddled, especially when reboots come along and start the whole process over from scratch. 

You may have heard that the even-numbered ones are good and the odd-numbered ones are not. That’s spot on for the films starring the cast of The Original Series (aka Kirk and friends) falls apart once you reach the tenth entry in the series. It would probably be worth your while to have this list of the Star Trek movies, ranked worst to best around to steer clear of the clunkers. Look, we’re not going to pretend everything here is worth two hours of your day, we’re just letting you know which came out after which.

Should your Trek appetite remain unsatiated after your movie watchathon, feel free to pull from either our list of the best Star Trek: The Original series episode s or best Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes . Either one will set you up for a weekend jam-packed with great Trek moments. Consult our Star Trek streaming guide for all the details on where to watch the movies and shows online 

Star Trek movies: Chronological order

Below is the quick version of our list if you just need to check something to win an argument, but it comes with a lot of in-universe time travel-related caveats that we'll explain below.

  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  • Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
  • Star Trek: Generations
  • Star Trek: First Contact
  • Star Trek: Insurrection
  • Star Trek: Nemesis
  • Star Trek Into Darkness
  • Star Trek Beyond

Star Trek: Prime Timeline

The first thing you need to know about the Star Trek films is that while they travel back and forth in time, they also diverge into two (for now) different timelines. The films of the original crew (well, the first iteration of them, anyway – more on that later) are all in what is known as the Prime Timeline. 

Within the Prime Timeline, the movies are then split between The Original Series movies and The Next Generation movies.

1. Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Crew in Star Trek: The Motion Picture_Paramount Pictures

  • Release date: December 8, 1979
  • Cast: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

This is the film that brought the voyages of the U.S.S. Enterprise to the big screen. An energy cloud is making its way toward Earth, destroying everything in its path. Kirk and crew intercept it and discover an ancient NASA probe at the heart of the cloud. Voyager – known as V’ger now – encountered a planet of living machines, learned all it could, and returned home to report its findings, only to find no one who knew how to answer. It’s a slow-paced film, and the costumes are about as 70s as they come, but there’s classic Star Trek at the heart of this film.

2. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Ricardo Montalban in Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan (1982)_Paramount Pictures

  • Release date: June 4, 1982
  • Cast: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Ricardo Montalban

Ask a Star Trek fan what the best Star Trek movie is and more often than not, you’ll get Khan as your answer. A sequel to the events of the “Space Seed” episode of The Original Series, Khan is a retelling of Moby Dick with Khan throwing reason to the wind as he hunts his nemesis, James T. Kirk. Montalban delivers a pitch-perfect performance, giving us a Khan with charisma and obsession in equal parts.

3. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

Walter Koenig, William Shatner, James Doohan, DeForest Kelley, and George Takei in Star Trek III The Search for Spock (1984)_Paramount Pictures

  • Release date: June 1, 1984

Spock might have died in The Wrath of Khan, but this third entry set up the premise for his return, with the creation of the Genesis planet. Essentially a heist movie in reverse, Search for Spock has the crew defying orders from Starfleet in an attempt to reunite Spock’s consciousness with his newly-rejuvenated body. It’s not a great movie, but it does include two very important events: the rebirth of Spock and the death of Kirk’s son at the hands of the Klingons. That’ll be important a few flicks from now.   

4. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Walter Koenig, Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, James Doohan, DeForest Kelley, George Takei, and Nichelle Nichols in Star Trek IV The Voyage Home (1986)_Paramount Pictures

  • Release date: November 26, 1986
  • Cast: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Catherine Hicks

If Star Trek fans don’t say Khan is the best Star Trek movie, odds are very high they say Voyage Home is. It’s a funny film where the mission isn’t destruction, but creation – or more accurately, repairing the devastating effects of humankind’s ecological short-sightedness. 

A probe arrives at Earth, knocking out the power of everything in its path as it looks for someone to respond to its message (yeah, it happens a lot). This time, however, the intended recipient is the long-extinct blue whale. To save Earth, Kirk and co. go back in time to 1980s San Francisco to snag some blue whales. The eco-messaging isn’t exactly subtle, but it doesn’t get in the way of a highly enjoyable movie.

5. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, DeForest Kelley, and Laurence Luckinbill in Star Trek V The Final Frontier (1989)

  • Release date: June 9, 1989

A writers’ strike and Shatner’s directorial skills (or lack thereof) doomed this film before a single scene was shot. The core plot is actually pretty good: Spock’s half-brother hijacks the Enterprise so that he can meet God, which he believes to be… himself. Some Star Trek fans have an odd fondness for this movie, as it showcases the camaraderie of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy when they’re off-duty.

6. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, and Christopher Plummer in Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country (1991)_Paramount Pictures

  • Release date: December 6, 1991
  • Cast: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Christopher Plummer

Right, so if that Star Trek fan you’ve been talking to doesn’t choose either Khan or Voyage Home as the best Star Trek movie ever, they almost certainly name Undiscovered Country (and if they don’t, they have highly questionable taste, frankly). The Klingon moon of Praxis explodes, putting the entire Klingon race at risk. The Enterprise hosts a diplomatic entourage of Klingons, much to Kirk’s discomfort. 

Remember how Klingons murdered Kirk’s son? Well, he certainly hasn’t forgotten. Kirk’s lingering rage makes him the perfect patsy for the murder of the Klingon Chancellor, sending him and McCoy to a prison planet and setting the stage for war. Christopher Plummer is perfection as a Shakespeare-quoting Klingon general with no taste for peace.

7. Star Trek: Generations

Malcolm McDowell, Brian Thompson, and Gwynyth Walsh in Star Trek Generations (1994)_Paramount Pictures

  • Release date: November 18, 1994
  • Cast: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner

And thus the torch is passed from the crew of The Original Series to that of The Next Generation. It’s a bit of a fumble, to be honest, but they all did their best to get Kirk and Picard into the same film and have it make sense. Malcolm McDowell plays Soran, a scientist who will stop at nothing to control the Nexus, a giant space rainbow that exists outside of space-time. 

Soran lost his family when his home world was destroyed and he wants to re-join them (or at least an illusion of them) in the Nexus. He’s not so much a villain as a tragic figure, but the Nexus makes a meeting between Kirk and Picard possible. Not all that sensible, but possible.

8. Star Trek: First Contact

U.S.S. Enterprise battling the Borg in Star Trek First Contact (1996)_Paramount Pictures

  • Release date: November 22, 1996
  • Cast: Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Alice Krige

Okay, no, for real, if your Star Trek pal didn’t pick Khan or Voyage Home or… oh, nevermind. Cueing off the iconic two-part episode “Best of Both Worlds,” in which Picard is assimilated by the Borg, First Contact sees the collective traveling back in time in order to disrupt First Contact, the day Earth’s first foray into space attracted the attention of the Vulcans, kicking off the events that would eventually lead to Starfleet’s victory over the Borg. The Borg Queen torments Picard with visions of the past and tempts Data with humanity, going so far as to give him some human skin. 

The fight with the Borg aboard the Enterprise is thrilling, and the work on the surface to get first contact back on track is fun. Plus, there’s just nothing like Patrick Stewart turning it up to 11 as he lashes out at the enemy that haunts his dreams.

9. Star Trek: Insurrection

Brent Spiner and Patrick Stewart in Star Trek Insurrection (1998)_Paramount Pictures

  • Release date: December 11, 1998
  • Cast: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, F. Murray Abraham

Essentially an episode inflated for the big screen, Insurrection is about the Federation conspiring to displace a planet’s population in order to harvest the planet’s unique resource – super healing metaphasic particles. In addition to the rejuvenating natural resource, the Ba’ku also have access to exceptional technology, which they shun in favor of a more simple lifestyle. 

Data malfunctions, the villains are Federation allies (and former Ba’ku!), Picard gets to knock boots with a local – Insurrection is the very definition of “fine.” Chronologically, Insurrection is relevant for rekindling the romance between Riker and Troi, but not much else.

10. Star Trek: Nemesis

Patrick Stewart and Tom Hardy in Star Trek Nemesis (2002)_Paramount Pictures

  • Release date: December 13, 2002
  • Cast: Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Tom Hardy

Before he mumbled his way into our hearts as Bane, Tom Hardy was Shinzon, a clone of Picard the Romulans created in an eventually abandoned attempt to infiltrate Starfleet. Shinzon is dying, and all that will save him is a transfusion of Picard’s blood. Unfortunately, Shinzon also happens to be a megalomaniac who happens to want to destroy all life on Earth and maybe a few other planets, too, if he’s feeling saucy. 

Nemesis is notable mostly for killing Data with a noble sacrifice, only to resurrect him moments later in a duplicate body found earlier by the Enterprise crew.

Star Trek: Kelvin Timeline

The last of the Prime Timeline movies failed to impress at the box office, so it was a few years before anyone tried to bring the Enterprise back to the big screen. Rather than lean on any of the TV crews, this new slate of movies would serve as a reboot, welcoming new audiences while honoring long-time fans. Welcome to the Kelvin Timeline. (For all the ins and outs, check out our Star Trek: Kelvin Timeline explained article).

11. Star Trek

John Cho, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, and Chris Pine in Star Trek (2009)_Paramount Pictures

  • Release date: May 8, 2009
  • Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban

Back to the beginning! Star Trek introduces us to James T. Kirk, Spock, and “Bones” McCoy as they meet and join the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise. Though the plot is a relatively straightforward affair of a Romulan named Nero trying to destroy the Earth. His anger borne out of grief, what matters most is how it all came to be. In the future, Spock – the Prime Timeline version – tries to save Romulus from being destroyed by a supernova, but fails. Both his ship and Nero’s are kicked back in time, setting off a chain of events that diverge from the original, “true” timeline. 

The name “Kelvin” refers to the U.S.S. Kelvin, the ship heroically captained by Kirk’s father, which is destroyed in the opening moments of the movie.

12. Star Trek Into Darkness

Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, and Chris Pine in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)_© Zade Rosenthal_Paramount Pictures

  • Release date: May 16, 2013
  • Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch

The benefit of the Kelvin Timeline is that it not only allows Star Trek to explore canon material – such as Khan (he of the Wrath) – but to do something completely new with it. Khan features heavily in Into Darkness, but he has no beef with Kirk. Instead, a Starfleet Admiral is threatening the lives of Khan’s crew, forcing them to craft weapons of mass destruction. 

Khan inevitably eludes captivity and strikes out against Starfleet, killing Captain Pike (and a bunch of others) in the process. Kirk and company eventually take Khan down, but not before Kirk sacrifices himself to save his crew. Don’t worry, these things don’t last in either Star Trek timeline, as Kirk gets better moments later thanks to *checks notes* Khan's super blood.

13. Star Trek Beyond

Idris Elba and Chris Pine in Star Trek Beyond (2016)_© Kimberley French_Paramount Pictures

  • Release date: July 22, 2016
  • Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Idris Elba

Beyond leans into the camaraderie of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy now that they’ve had some time together, much to the movie’s benefit. The Enterprise is lured to Altamid under false pretenses, leading to much of the crew being marooned on the planet. The architect of the deception was Krall, who wants an opportunity to return to a galaxy where war is the order of the day. 

Beyond is a significant point in the timeline for two reasons. First, it sadly marked the death of Spock Prime due to the passing of Leonard Nimoy. Second, it culminates in the Enterprise embarking on the five-year-mission that started everything back in 1966.

Star Trek movies: Release order

If you can't be bothered remembering two different orders for the Star Trek movies then we've got good news for you — the release order is identical to the chronological order that we've shown above (accounting for the Kelvin timeline as it's own entity anyway).

The full run of Star Trek films currently tops out at 13 entries; the fate of the 14th was hidden within a nebula of conflicting information. “Star Trek 4” was slated for December 22, 2023, but given that filming had yet to begin as of July 2022, it seems inevitable that date will change. Back in February 2022, Paramount that the principal cast would be returning for the fourth installment of the Kelvin timeline, a claim quickly disputed by the agents of those selfsame actors. Awkward.

Soon after, however, Chris Pine eventually signed on the dotted line, and his shipmates reached their own agreements. As of right now, Kirk (Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), McCoy (Karl Urban, assuming he can make it work around filming of The Boys), Scotty (Simon Pegg), Uhura (Zoe Saldaña), and Sulu (John Cho) are all ready to beam up and get filming. Sadly, this will be the first of the Kelvin films to not feature Anton Yelchin as Pavel Chekov. Yelchin died in an accident at his home in 2016. It’s currently unclear if Chekov will be recast or if a different character will take his place on the bridge of the Enterprise.

Though the Kelvin timeline is often referred to as “J.J. Abrams Trek,” he won’t be directing Star Trek 4; Matt Shakman will take on that responsibility, leaving Abrams to produce. As for what it will be about, that’s anyone’s guess, but Chris Pine told Deadline he hopes this one tells a smaller story that appeals to the core Trek audience. “Let’s make the movie for the people that love this group of people, that love this story, that love Star Trek,” he said. “Let’s make it for them and then, if people want to come to the party, great.” It’s a strategy that makes sense; the disappointment with recent Trek films hasn’t been their content so much as their box office. A Trek film with a smaller scope (and budget) would almost certainly have a very healthy profit margin while also resonating with the fanbase.   

With no new announcements coming from San Diego Comic-Con 2022, it seems that we’ll have to wait for any more insight into the next Star Trek film. Sill, recent comments from Paramount CEO Brian Robbins have us cautiously optimistic: “We’re deep into [Star Trek 4] with J.J. Abrams, and it feels like we’re getting close to the starting line and excited about where we’re going creatively,” he told Variety . 

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Star Trek: Origins Starts Filming in London and Los Angeles in December

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A ‘Star Trek’ prequel is gearing up to begin filming! ‘Star Trek: Origins’ is slated to start shooting in London, England, and Los Angeles, California, in December 2024. Toby Haynes is directing the film based on a screenplay by Seth Grahame-Smith. The plot reportedly takes place decades prior to the events in the 2009 ‘Star Trek,’ the first movie in the reboot film series. However, further details are being kept under wraps. J.J. Abrams is on board as a producer.

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Haynes rose to prominence by helming the Benedict Cumberbatch-starrer ‘Brexit: The Uncivil War.’ He then went on to direct multiple episodes of Prime Video’s ‘ Utopia ,’ Disney’s ‘ Andor ,’ and Netflix’s ‘Black Mirror.’ The filmmaker has been very vocal about his love for ‘Star Trek’ and has said that he begged the creator of ‘Black Mirror’ to let him direct season 4’s opening episode, ‘USS Callister,’ which pays homage to ‘Star Trek: The Original Series.’

“I’m probably a bigger Star Trek fan than Charlie (Brooker) is,” said Haynes about directing the episode. “As a kid, I was a super-geek for all things sci-fi on TV, particularly ‘Doctor Who.’ I knew the original ‘60s ‘Star Trek’ show very well. I was such a fan that I’m kind of reverential about it… It was one of the most stressful projects but also one of the most fun. I hope it happens again; it was a magic moment,” the director added.

Grahame-Smith has written or co-written popular projects such as ‘ The Lego Batman Movie ,’ ‘Dark Shadows,’ and ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.’ He has most recently penned for Disney+’s ‘ Just Beyond ’ and upcoming projects like ‘Beetlejuice Beetlejuice’ and ‘ Now You See Me 3 .’

Abrams is well-known for launching the reboot film series with the 2009 ‘Star Trek,’ which was followed by ‘Star Trek Into Darkness.’ He also produced all three movies in the series, including Justin Lin’s ‘Star Trek Beyond.’

While Paramount Pictures announced the roadmap for ‘Star Trek: Origins’ at CinemaCon 2024, little mention was made about ‘Star Trek 4,’ the final installment in the rebooted ‘Star Trek’ saga and the follow-up to ‘ Star Trek Beyond .’ The film is expected to retain the leading cast from its predecessors, including Chris Pine, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto, and John Cho. However, director Matt Shakman stepped back from the project to direct Marvel’s ‘ Fantastic Four ’ reboot, and there haven’t been any reports about a replacement.

Los Angeles and its surrounding territories have served as the production base for all of the films in the rebooted ‘Star Trek’ franchise, as well as the original series and its successors. ‘Star Trek: Origins’ will be the first film from the franchise to be shot in London. The English capital city has housed the filming of memorable works of science fiction such as ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,’ ‘ Edge of Tomorrow ,’ and ‘Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back.’

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Here’s the full press release from Paramount+:

KERRICE BROOKS, BELLA SHEPARD AND GEORGE HAWKINS JOIN THE PARAMOUNT+ ORIGINAL SERIES STAR TREK: STARFLEET ACADEMY   July 9, 2024 – Paramount+ today announced that Kerrice Brooks (My Old Ass), Bella Shepard (Wolf Pack) and George Hawkins (Tell Me Everything) have joined the cast of the original series STAR TREK: STARFLEET ACADEMY. The upcoming series will follow the adventures of a new class of Starfleet cadets as they come of age in one of the most legendary places in the galaxy. Produced by CBS Studios, the new series will begin production later this summer.   Brooks, Shepard and Hawkins will play cadets, joining previously announced cast members Holly Hunter as the captain and chancellor of Starfleet Academy and Paul Giamatti as the season’s villain.   STAR TREK: STARFLEET ACADEMY introduces viewers to a young group of cadets who come together to pursue a common dream of hope and optimism. Under the watchful and demanding eyes of their instructors, they discover what it takes to become Starfleet officers as they navigate blossoming friendships, explosive rivalries, first loves and a new enemy that threatens both the Academy and the Federation itself.   Brooks, an actress and professional dancer, will make her feature film debut this year in My Old Ass produced by Margot Robbie and directed by Megan Park. She will also star in the 70s coming-of-age comedy, Feeling Randy. Brooks’ credits include The Prom, The Cypher, How We Roll and On My Block. Brooks got her start in the entertainment industry as a professional dancer performing with elite artists including Billie Eilish, Kanye West, Lil’ Nas, Kelly Rowland and more.   Shepard was recently the lead of the Paramount+ Series, Wolf Pack and is best known for her previous Brat Series’ On the Ropes and A Girl Named Jo, and as the lead in the series, Two Sides. Shepard was also seen in The Wilds, Witch Hunt,, and the iCARLY reboot . She also had a lead guest role on the final season of Orange Is the New Black, and recurring roles on Life in Pieces and Grace and Frankie.   Hawkins is best known for playing Dylan in Tell Me Everything. His previous credits include Sean in the BAFTA-nominated film Boiling Point and Adam in the feature film Gassed Up. In 2023, Hawkins graduated from London’s Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

It’s still going to be a while, it seems, until we know more about the new cadets’ characters — and their roles in the  Starfleet Academy story — so stay tuned until Paramount+ has more to share.

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WARNING: Contains SPOILERS for Star Trek: Prodigy season 2, episodes 9 & 10, "The Devourer of All Things, Parts I & II"

  • Wesley Crusher's safehouse in Star Trek: Prodigy is a nod to a classic episode of Star Trek: The Original Series.
  • The office used as a safehouse is connected to Gary Seven from Star Trek: TOS, linking the two series.
  • Wesley confirms the role of Supervisors as Travelers' field agents, setting up potential appearances in the franchise.

The safe house that Wesley Crusher (Wil Wheaton) uses to hide from the Loom in Star Trek: Prodigy will look familiar to fans of Star Trek: The Original Series . In Star Trek: Prodigy season 2, episode 9, "The Devourer of All Things, Part I", written by Jennifer Munro and directed by Sung Shin , Wes is revealed to be the mysterious benefactor of Dal R'El (Brett Gray), Gwyndala (Ella Purnell) and the rest of their young crew. Wesley tasks the former crew of the USS Protostar with preserving the prime Star Trek timeline , by returning their ship to Tars Lamora, where their younger selves had previously found it.

However, before Wesley can send Dal and the crew to rescue Captain Chakotay (Robert Beltran), they're attacked by the terrifying Loom. To escape, Wesley Crusher uses his Traveler powers to open a vault that leads to an office in the 1960s. This office, used by Wesley and the Protostar crew as a safehouse in Star Trek: Prodigy , was last seen in Star Trek: The Original Series season 2, episode 26, "Assignment: Earth" , further emphasizing the connections between the Travelers and Supervisors.

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Wesley Crusher's Prodigy Safehouse Belongs To Gary Seven From Star Trek: TOS

In Star Trek: Prodigy season 2, episode 10, "The Devourer of All Things, Part II", written by Aaron J. Waltke and directed by Sean Bishop , it's confirmed that Wesley is taking refuge in a replica of the office from "Assignment: Earth". In the Star Trek: The Original Series episode, Captain Kirk (William Shatner) and Spock (Leonard Nimoy) encounter Supervisor 194, also known as Gary Seven (Robert Lansing). The artists on "The Devourer of All Things" do a great job of recreating Gary Seven's office down to the tiniest detail, from the Beta 5 computer concealed in the book case to the avocado-colored telephone.

"Assignment: Earth" was written as a potential backdoor pilot for a Gary Seven-led Star Trek: The Original Series spinoff of the same name.

Wesley states that their safe house isn't Gary Seven's actual office, but an old facility used by Star Trek 's Travelers to train Supervisors who work in different time zones. The office seen in Star Trek: Prodigy is designed to mimic 1968 , on the day of the Apollo 7 launch, confirming the identity of the rocket that Gary was trying to detonate in "Assignment: Earth". Therefore, the office that hides Wesley and the Protostar crew from the Loom is the very same one that trained Gary Seven ahead of his encounter with Kirk and Spock in Star Trek: The Original Series .

Star Trek: TOS' Gary Seven's Connection To Prodigy's Traveler Explained

In Star Trek: The Original Series season 2, episode 26, "Assignment: Earth", Gary Seven is dispatched to 1968 by his superiors to check on the status of Agents 201 and 347. Discovering that they had been killed in an automobile accident, Gary took up their mission to quietly prevent humanity from instigating a nuclear apocalypse. Star Trek: Picard season 2 revealed that Gary Seven and his fellow agents, the Supervisors, were actually working at the behest of Travelers like Wesley Crusher, to maintain the fragile web of time.

Wesley confirms this in Star Trek: Prodigy season 2, when he tells Dal R'El that the Supervisors are the Travelers' " field agents " in "The Devourer of All Things, Part II." Now that Prodigy has confirmed the importance of these Star Trek time travelers , it will be interesting to see if more Supervisors appear in the franchise. Kore Soong (Isa Briones) was recruited by Wesley Crusher in Picard season 2, but it remains to be seen if she'll be following in the Traveler's footsteps or will instead be a successor to Gary Seven's Star Trek: The Original Series legacy.

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Star Trek: The Original Series follows the exploits of the crew of the USS Enterprise. On a five-year mission to explore uncharted space, Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) must trust his crew - Spock (Leonard Nimoy), Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy (Forest DeKelley), Montgomery "Scotty" Scott (James Doohan), Uhura (Nichelle Nichols), Chekov (Walter Koenig) and Sulu (George Takei) - with his life. Facing previously undiscovered life forms and civilizations and representing humanity among the stars on behalf of Starfleet and the United Federation of Planets, the Enterprise regularly comes up against impossible odds and diplomatic dilemmas.

Star Trek: Prodigy

Star Trek: Prodigy is the first TV series in the Star Trek franchise marketed toward children, and one of the few animated series in the franchise. The story follows a group of young aliens who find a stolen Starfleet ship and use it to escape from the Tars Lamora prison colony where they are all held captive. Working together with the help of a holographic Captain Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew), the new crew of the USS Protostar must find their way back to the Alpha Quadrant to warn the Federation of the deadly threat that is pursuing them.

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Chris Pine's Father Was In Star Trek Twice Before J.J. Abrams' Movie

  • Robert Pine appeared in Star Trek before his son Chris Pine, playing two characters in different series.
  • Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise both featured appearances by Robert Pine, showcasing his range as an actor.
  • Chris Pine's desire to return as Captain Kirk mirrors his father's continued involvement in the franchise.

Robert Pine played two different characters in Star Trek long before his son, Chris Pine, was cast as Captain James T. Kirk in J.J. Abrams' franchise reboot. Best known for playing Sgt. Joseph Getraer in CHiPs , Robert Pine has appeared in a host of iconic TV shows from the 1960s right up to the 2020s. While Robert Pine appeared in the franchise after becoming a household name, his son Chris Pine's breakthrough role was leading the cast of J.J. Abrams' Star Trek movie as Captain James T. Kirk.

Although he started out as an actor at the time of Star Trek: The Original Series , Robert Pine was never in contention for any guest roles opposite his son Chris Pine's predecessor, William Shatner . In a 2020 interview with StarTrek.com , Pine explained that, because he was under contract with Universal, he couldn't appear in TOS as it wasn't one of their shows. In 1996, having previously read for several characters, Robert Pine was finally cast in the first of two Star Trek TV show roles.

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Chris Pine's Father Robert Was In Star Trek: Voyager & Enterprise

Robert Pine made his Star Trek debut as the antagonistic Ambassador Liria in Star Trek: Voyager season 3, episode 3, "The Chute" . Liria was the representative of the Akritirian people, whose legal system had no appeals process. Captain Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) went toe to toe with Liria to negotiate the release of Lt. Tom Paris (Robert Duncan McNeill) and Ensign Harry Kim (Garrett Wang), but to no avail. It was a small but integral role, which required Pine to deliver a page of dialog via Voyager's viewscreen. Reflecting on the experience in 2020, Robert Pine said:

"...its an easy shot with maybe one or two angles and different close-ups. So youre probably done within an hour, you say goodbye to everyone, and youre gone [laughs]. Its not very romantic..."

Chris Pine's father, Robert, had a slightly more substantial role a few years later, when he played Captain Tavin in Star Trek: Enterprise season 1, episode 17, "Fusion" . Tavin was unique among Star Trek 's Vulcans , as his crew believed that emotions should be reintegrated into their psyche. Tavin and Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) got on well, as the Enterprise NX-01's commanding officer was amazed by how personable his Vulcan counterpart was. In his 2020 retrospective interview, Pine remembered that he struggled to remember a lot of his lines as Tavin, but praised Scott Bakula for his patience.

Robert Pine and Scott Bakula had previously appeared together in Quantum Leap , season 4, episode 11, "The Play's The Thing".

Chris Pine Wants To Return As Captain Kirk In Star Trek 4

Like his father with his role as Captain Tavin, Chris Pine is also eyeing up a second go at the Star Trek franchise. Earlier in 2024, PopVerse reported that Chris Pine wants to return as Captain Kirk , citing a panel at ACE Superhero Comic Con 2024. During the panel, Chris Pine told the audience:

In terms of the next phase of [Star Trek], obviously youre all fans, so Im sure youve read it We all like one another a lot. Im good friends with everybody Ive worked with. We have a great time doing it. Im a lot older now, so I would be curious where that next story lands us in terms of what it would be and what weve said in the press.

Chris Pine's desire to play an older Captain Kirk makes Star Trek 4 an enticing prospect . All six of William Shatner's Star Trek movies were about aging and legacy, so it would be fascinating to see what that means for Chris Pine's version of Captain Kirk. Perhaps Chris Pine's relationship with his father, Robert, could influence the star's characterization of an older James T. Kirk, further cementing the links between the Pine family and the Star Trek franchise.

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Star Trek Is About to Boldly Go Where It’s Never Gone Before: Netflix

For Trekkies old and new, the highly anticipated Prodigy Season 2 will be worth the wait.

Ma'jel and Dal in 'Star Trek: Prodigy' Season 2.

Dan and Kevin Hageman seem relieved.

It makes sense. The brother duo behind the first Lego Movie and Trollhunters scored a big win back in 2021 when their Star Trek series Prodigy got picked up by Paramount+ and Nickelodeon. But despite signing a two-season deal, Star Trek: Prodigy was quietly canceled after Season 1 — until Netflix swooped in. Now, we’re just days away from the Season 2 premiere , so it’s no surprise that the look on the Hageman Brothers’ faces reads as a mix of glee and exhaustion.

“We’re very excited to be able to tell this story,” Kevin Hageman tells Inverse .

Over Zoom, the Hageman Brothers seem less like siblings and more like two friends who’ve been playing Dungeons & Dragons with each other for decades. Kevin clearly wants to be the DM, while Dan is the guy who wants the quest to get bonkers. When it comes to crafting epic, animated projects, this geeky dynamic clearly gets he job done. But now, it’s up to the algorithmic streaming gods to decide Prodigy’s fate.

“I think it really all rests on the success of the Netflix platform,” Kevin says.

Star Trek: Prodigy began as a newcomer’s introduction to the massive canon of Star Trek, but Season 2 hits the ground at proto-warp speed with most of the main cast — Dal (Brett Gray), Jankom (Jason Mantzoukas), Rok (Rylee Alazraqui), Murf (Dee Bradley Baker), Zero (Angus Imrie), and Gwyn (Ella Purnell) — all, more or less, assigned to Starfleet duties. However, any cozy status quo is quickly up-ended by even more time-travel shenanigans than in the first season. It’s a big, surprising season-long arc, but the Hagemans were determined to sneak in some classic Star Trek standalone stories, too.

Dan Hageman hopes that’s enough to win over not just Netflix’s massive audience but the hardcore Trekkies. He says he’ll know Season 2 was a success “if it really sticks in the grill of the Star Trek fandom.”

So ahead of this historic drop — the first time that 20 new Star Trek episodes will be available all at once — Inverse caught up with the Hageman Brothers to talk about the flavor of Prodigy Season 2, balancing episodic adventures with an epic serialized arc, how the show fits into Star Trek canon, and their hopes for the future.

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Admiral Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) in 'Star Trek: Prodigy' Season 2.

Admiral Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) is back in Prodigy Season 2. But it’s not only Voyager references this season.

“Going into Season 2, we wanted to continue with that idea of what are the greatest hits [of Star Trek]?” Kevin says. “What are concepts and episode ideas that we can introduce to new fans that make up that Star Trek DNA? But we also we found ourselves it is a little more serialized, so the challenge was how to do that and also wrap up a lot of these bigger stories.”

In addition to introducing a new regular Vulcan character named Ma’jel (Michaela Dietz) — who is clearly inspired by Majel Barrett Roddenberry, the late “ First Lady of Star Trek” — Prodigy Season 2 has a slew of Trekkie greatest-hits moments. Without getting into any big-time spoilers, these include parallel universes, some classic aliens for The Original Series , a big shout-out to the 1986 film The Voyage Home , at least one doppelgänger dilemma, and a lot of time travel.

But in addition to creating a diversity of very different stories and completing a bigger arc, Prodigy Season 2 is also a kind of Rosetta Stone for a certain point in the Star Trek timeline. Because Season 2 takes place mostly in 2384, aspects of Lower Decks and Picard canon are fully addressed and integrated. ( Lower Decks occurs between 2380 and 2383, while the earliest Picard Season 1 flashbacks happen in 2385. But the way Starfleet feels in the early days of Picard’s 2380s has seemed a bit incongruous with Lower Decks and Prodigy. In Prodigy Season 2, there’s a very deliberate fix for that.)

“We always wanted Prodigy to embrace the whole canon of Star Trek.”

It’s also worth noting that while Admiral Janeway didn’t appear in Picard Season 3, Prodigy Season 2 elucidates her post- Voyager role a little more clearly. In fact, because Prodigy Season 2 includes recurring roles from Voyager regulars The Doctor (Robert Picardo) and Chakotay (Robert Beltran), it’s tempting to think of the series as a follow-up to that version of Trek, rather than a midquel between Lower Decks and Picard . But for the showrunners, Prodigy’s canonical scope is bigger than either of those options.

“Everyone would say, oh, it’s like a Voyager spinoff, and we were like, no, we’re not a Voyager spinoff,” Dan says. “We are Voyager- adjacent just because Janeway is one of our leads. But we always wanted Prodigy to embrace the whole canon of Star Trek. The things that pop up are things that happen in that timeline.”

Major Trek Twists

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Kevin Hageman and Dan Hageman (center), with some of the Prodigy cast including Angus Imrie, Kate Mulgrew, Ella Purnell, and director Ben Hibon in 2022.

The specifics of these events from elsewhere in the Star Trek pantheon range from minor Easter eggs to major events. And some twists and details have been planned since 2021, well before Picard Season 2 or Season 3 aired. The Hagemans reveal that, three years ago, with multiple Trek projects in production, they were in contact with other Star Trek showrunners to make sure Prodigy not only lined up with the rest of canon but also expanded upon a few specific plot points.

“We were all talking and sharing what we were planning and making sure we were all in sync,” Kevin says. “So there was some collaboration.”

By the final episode of Prodigy Season 2, several aspects of Star Trek are fully connected, but there’s also an open-ended notion that the series could continue in some way, shape, or form. But will there be a Prodigy Season 3? The Hageman brothers offer a surprising response.

“Just a lot of dreaming on Season 3,” Kevin says. “Maybe it’s something that happens down the line. I could see something happening in 10 years. Maybe sooner.”

“Maybe there’s a live-action version of it,” Dan adds. “We’re hoping.”

Star Trek: Prodigy Season 2 hits Netflix on July 1.

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