Given the success of the re-imagined Galactica, could Star Trek, the original series, benefit from the same treatment? We may never know, but in 2004 Bryce Zabel (Dark Skies and JMS (Babylon 5), created a document that would effectively re-boot the Star Trek franchise, starting with the orignal series. New actors would be cast to fill the same character roles, and a new underlying mystery would have been added to the five-year mission. The document is linked in the middle of the post and gives more details. The actual over-arching five-year story arc is very Babylon 5-ish (not surprising) and the fact there is a mystery behind the mission has some X-Files and B5 flavor. It sounds intriguing, although I think the actual ‘mystery’ has been done to death in SF, but, if anyone can pull it off, it would have been Joe Straczynski.
But that leads me to a question. Do we really need to re-imagine Star Trek to get the SF fans back, in a big way, to broadcast TV? Why couldn’t the underlying story be adapted for a new universe? Are the TV SF fans so enamored of Star Trek that only Star Trek can make it on TV, even today? I’d argue no. SF fans in particular are open to new and interesting things. We want something exciting and cool on TV. There is no SF show on TV currently that fits the exploration/adventure mold of Star Trek. I’d love to see something like that, but not necessarily Trek based. It could be anything really, as long as it has good stories and characters, oh, and uses stories written by honest-to-goodness SF authors. You know, the people who make their living writing the stuff. How much more compelling could you get?
Anyway, I’m resigned to the belief that there will probably never be a quality TV series of that type on TV. Now, with the advent of the internet and the power of today’s computers and software, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that something like my imagined series could be produced by amateurs. The problem here would be the writing and acting, but who knows, maybe something like this will break out and be the next big thing in SF TV. But I’m not holding my breath.