It’s been announced that there’s a new Star Trek TV series slated to air in 2017. Here’s the announcement. There is a worry about the series right off because Alex Kirtzman, who co-wrote and produced the 2009 movie and Star Trek Into Darkness is the executive producer. I’m worried that the new series is going to break existing lore and even destroy what we’ve seen before.
And then, there’s the worry that this television series is merely going to be produced simply for nostalgia and attempt to capture what made the 1966 series so great (while at the same time, ignoring Next Gen, DS9, Voyager, and Enterprise).
But there is a way to make it amazing and it’s just one word: Diversity.
Star Trek was all about inclusiveness. If we walk away from that, and don’t include people of colour on board the new ship, or those who are LGTBQ+ then this new series will fail. So, to the executive producers and to the directors, writers, and everyone else involved in the new show, I’m going to give you something. This is something you can take a look at and help craft a new Star Trek series.
Set it after Voyager. The complaint from many about the reboot is that it completely ignores Next Gen, DS9, and Voyager. That in the universe created by the reboot, those three series can’t exist. So in a new series, set it after Voyager, and make sure to reference Next Gen, DS9 and Voyager. If that means you have to take a month and binge watch all three of those series, then do it.
Put a second woman in command. Janeway was a pivotal fixture in Trek and in Voyager. She was the rock that kept the ship going. As Idris Elba said in Pacific Rim “all I have to be is a fixed point”. That was Janeway. Now we’ve got the opportunity to see what happens to with a woman in command in the Alpha Quadrant. Hell, let’s go a step further. Make the captain a woman of colour. Here’s a character write you, you can have this for free.
Captain Fadra Englen, born 2387, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Ancestry, Palestinian. Graduated McGill University as a medical doctor before accepting an invitation to Oxford University. There, she paved the way at how we look at the human body in a different light. Accepted enrollment into Starfleet where she joined the science division. Ensign abourd the U.S.S. Albion (promoted to Lt. Junior Grade). Lt. aboard the U.S.S. Thunderchild (transfered to command structure after she took command of the ship during a fight with the True Way, received the Christopher Pike Medal of Bravery, promoted to Lt. Commander). Lt. Commander aboard the U.S.S. Lexington (assisted in deep space scientific missions, was in command of a team that investigated the Borg’s technology used to open rifts into fluidic space, promoted to Commander). First Officer, Commander, aboard the U.S.S. Sabre, an escort vessel assisting trading vessels in the newly created Romulan Republic. Sabre recalled after a battle that saw her captain killed and Englen had to take command. Promoted to Captain, given the U.S.S. Ocelot to command.
U.S.S. Ocelot, a retrofit escort vessel, based loosely on the U.S.S. Defiant that helped win the war against the Dominion. Comes complete with a cloaking device.
So there you go. Have it. Take it. Make it your own. But make sure that you fill in the other positions on board the ship with diverse characters. Gay or lesbian, trans-gender. First Nation, African American, Japanese, Chinese, Korean. The show was about hope for the future. If this new series ends up being the same white washed sci-fi as any other, then it fails.
Oh, and I can’t stress this enough.
Go binge watch the other series for a month.