Wednesday, October 20, 2004

'Star Trek' looks like burned-out nova

It's like the late 1980s and Doctor Who, of course.

And actually, I think there is some truth to it. It's not that modern Trek is awful -- Enterprise, while not great, is not the worst Trek either. But to some extent, the comparison with the 1980s Who is right as well -- the faith was lost during Voyager, just like the faith for Doctor Who was lost when Colin Baker was playing the title character, and while there were some signs of life towards the end of the series, it was too little, too late.

But I think the other lesson that we get is that even if it rests for a while -- and perhaps it should -- it will come back. Star Trek as a format has the sort of flexibility that survives cast changes, and production changes. It's no longer just one person's vision, and just like no one really doubts that there will be another Sherlock Holmes movie, or another James Bond movie, or another Superman movie -- eventually, there will be more Star Trek

But perhaps not for a while. So we an all remember why there should be a Star Trek.

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