by Herbie J Pilato
So what should the next Star Trek feature film be about?
First and foremost, it better be good.
It will be released in 2016 (Summer? Christmas?) – which will commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the original TV Trek’s debut on NBC way back in ’66.
It’s pretty much extraordinary that those involved with the big screen’s next Trek are having creative issues in deciding on where to take the film.
The answer is easy: where no man…no one…has gone before.
Because the last Trek feature (Star Trek Into Darkness) certainly did go “there”…where someone had already been before. Namely, the creative team behind Star Trek: The Wrath of Kahn which Into Darkness ultimately attempted to remake and/or expand upon.
As such, the next Star Trek motion picture should be conceived of as follows:
1] Make certain Captain Kirk and company actually discover a brand new world…maybe even a brave new one. But for the love of Heaven, please make it somewhere and something that we have never seen before. There are a trillion creative writers out there who have already created exciting new worlds in boatloads of Trek fan fiction. So we can only hope that at least one or two professional writers can come up with something unique and unto their own – while properly tending to and remaining loyal to the beloved Trek mythology instituted by the “Great Bird of the Galaxy”: Star Trek creator Mr. Gene Roddenberry.
2] Make sure the script and visuals and story and characters are vibrant with imagination, wonder, hope, discovery, excitement, and adventure…all the colors of the Universe…however they may be defined within the specific confines of optimum movie-making – and yet also beyond.
3] Make sure the main characters bond and develop and grow through their new adventure; be certain that we recognize them we must also learn something new about each of them; and again make sure we meet brand NEW characters from a brand NEW planet.
4] Make sure the film isn’t conscious of “being a Star Trek movie.” No winking at the camera-type malarkey; no overt previous-Trek references that are blurted out by the characters; no dialogue that could be interchangeable between characters. Spock should sound like Spock and McCoy should sound like McCoy, and never the twain should meet. The grand Trek “Triad” of Kirk (“Stability”), Spock (“Logic”) and McCoy (“Emotion”) should be sustained. And yet, too, the movie should not be about them…but the ENTERPRISE.
5] Make sure each of the audience members walk out of the movie theatre and says, “Now THAT was a great friggin’ Star Trek movie!”
Herbie J Pilato is a Contributing Editor to TVWriter™. You can learn more about him HERE.