Picard returns to the final frontier

Ally Wilson questions if we need any more Star Trek spinoffs

Ally Wilson
25th February 2019
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As a young girl and with two Trekkers as parents, I used to be sat in front of the telly every Sunday evening to watch Star Trek replays, mostly just to enjoy the funny outfits and the strange juvenile novelty of not really understanding what was going on but attempting to follow the storyline anyway.

There are already about a thousand episodes to indulge in


Eventually these novelties rubbed off as I got older and I began to realise that I just didn’t really like it very much. Sorry, Trekkers, but I grew out of it. And having watched the odd repeat on channels like Yesterday and Syfy in recent years, I’m not surprised. Sure, they’re nostalgic, but I fail to be inspired by the poor graphics, terrible costumes and corny one-liners from Kirk and Picard.

Having said this, the Cyborgs remained the main villain in whatever fictitious playground game I played in primary school for a very long time, and I still find them absolutely terrifying. And of course, the classic Enterprise zooming off to save some distant planet is iconic, as is the epic credit music and famous lines such as “beam me up scotty”. However, none of these justify another spin off.

Why? Why continue it even more than it already has? There are already about a thousand episodes to indulge in and cinematic remakes with their star-studded casts and out-of-this-world special effects. The franchise has already made an absolute storm. If the motive is money then that is undoubtedly greed. If the motive is to please the fans, then surely a remake with a twenty-year-older Patrick Stewart is not the best way to do that?

Spinoffs about the lives of central characters are often popular among hard-core fans, but they can’t be expected to engage new fans who weren’t even twinkles in their mothers’ eyes when the original series came out. I have no doubt that this new series will – for some die-hard Trekkers – be exactly what they were hoping for. For others, it will be a trip down memory lane. But for most, it’ll just be another unnecessary sci-fi spinoff which slips by without a moment’s notice.

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