The first Star Trek animated series may not have been the worst bit of Trek TV I have ever seen,* but I’d rather it remained a fading memory. I was going to hunt around on YouTube for a clip to put in this post, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do so. It’s late.
In theory, however, a new animated series could be as sparky and polished as the” new” movie was. Perhaps that likelihood would be increased by the involvement of the same creatives.
And indeed, Trek producers and screenwriters Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman have been pursuing a new toon. They told the My Geek Time radio show that preparatory investigations were underway:
Orci: We have asked about [an animated Star Trek series]. We have asked what the rights are and who owns it and what are the possibilities. It is a very early – kind of “is this a possibility?” and we are waiting to hear back. But we would love to do it.
Kurtzman: We just had the experience of doing Transformers: Prime on The Hub. We learned a lot from that experience and it would be cool to do something like that from Trek.
Yes, really early days, but where there’s a will… and probably more likely than the touted reverse-flow of Transformers: Prime back to the big screen.
But I wonder what the motivation is? I can see why an exec might chase something like this, but why would screenwriters bother? And why are they bothering with the comics, which are already coming out?
Don’t these ancillaries just dilute the brand, and result in a lot of tedious grilling about what is canon and what is not? I can’t see how the income spawned by a comic book and TV cartoon could be worth all of the aggrivation.
Maybe Kurtzman and Orci are just a lot more patient with mediocrity than I am.
Thanks to Trek Movie for the transcript.
*That was probably a hectoring moral sermon delivered during The Next Generation. Any one of a number.