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Episode 8a – Bonus Content: New Star Trek Series???!!!!!!

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Early last week, CBS announced that a new Star Trek television series was in the works, and the Internet subsequently exploded.

Suffice it to say we have mixed feelings. So mixed that the announcement caused no small amount of flailing at NSMTNZ HQ. Some hand-wringing. Some shouting. Some screaming. Possibly some confused weeping.

Rumours abound as to the new series’ contents, though it does involve a couple of pre-reboot alums as well as at least one director with, uh, let us call them successful but mixed credentials.

It’s also possible that this series will be broadcast only on a paywalled (probably region-locked) streaming service, which has a lot of people worried.

In this episode, we ask and sort of answer a lot of questions, including but not limited to:

  • what do we want from the new series?
  • what do we fear?
  • how upset are we still about the reboots (spoiler: in some cases very)?
  • will there be enough space diplomacy?

Seriously though: for the most part we’re cautiously pleased about the prospect of the return of Star Trek to its natural medium, but we do hope that this series heralds a return to the fundamental principles of Trek, as transposed onto our modern television storytelling expectations. More diversity, please, CBS. More wonder. More hope. And above all, more transcending the limitations and trials of our youth as a species to become something more: Per Aspera Ad Astra.

Please be good, new Star Trek. Be better than what came before.

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