Simon Pegg concedes Star Trek’s future may be best on TV, and I’m inclined to agree with him. The last Star Trek movie was Star Trek: Beyond and it didn’t do so well in theaters. Since then there has been no real news concerning a new Trek movie. However, we have seen a ton of new Trek series launched or announced on TV from CBS.
So what future does Star Trek have in movie theaters if any? Simon Pegg who starred as Scotty in the rebooted Trek movies recently spoke with Collider. In the interview, Pegg said he concedes that perhaps the best place for the future of Trek is on TV screens, where it began.
“Maybe TV is a better place for [Star Trek] now. Television has evolved so much. It’s become something which is very much a contemporary, a peer of cinema. It’s simply viewed in a different way. It isn’t a reduced scope anymore. You can still do masses of interesting things, and it can still look modern and not inexpensive. Maybe television is a better format for Star Trek. That’s where it started, you know.”
As said up top, and in the title, I completely agree with Pegg here. I know he would love to see another Trek movie since he is one of the stars, but I’m not so keen. I’ve always been a fan of the TV shows from Star Trek far more than I have the movies. Actually, I can think of maybe four or five Trek movies total that I rate and would watch again. Whereas I’ve always enjoyed the Star Trek shows, even if not every single episode or story arc. I just think Star Trek is a TV show, and always works best in that format.
I’ve enjoyed Star Trek: Discovery, and also Star Trek: Picard. Now I have Season 3 of Discovery and Season 2 of Picard to look forward to. Plus, we have a new show coming about the Enterprise pre-Kirk era as well, Strange New Worlds. Frankly, the future of Trek on TV is looking rosy, and the movie side, less so. One of the mistakes I think the movies made was trying to convert Star Trek into a blockbuster action series. The escalating budget for the new movies just didn’t match with the audience’s demand.
Pegg actually says in the interview that perhaps lower budget Trek movies would be the way to go? However, it doesn’t appear as if there are any solid plans, and I’m just not concerned about that. I liked Star Trek, a little, I really disliked both Into Darkness, and Beyond, as it just wasn’t Star Trek to me. CBS could easily have four or five Trek shows going at the same time, without interfering with one another. So far, only Picard has been set in the Next Generation era, and that’s a big canvass to work with.
What do you think of Pegg’s comments, do you agree that Star Trek’s future may be best on TV? Leave your thoughts in the usual spot below.
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