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A Star Trek Revival Is Happening Before Our Very Eyes

With news of a brand new Star Trek: Discovery spin-off, it looks like the Trek-verse is seeing a resurgence. And that is a good thing.

2019 has been off to a great start with excellent news for Star Trek fans. This week, CBS announced another spin-off to 2018’s Star Trek: Discovery, featuring Michelle Yeoh’s character, Philippa Georgiou. Discovery’s earlier spin-off series, Star Trek: Short Treks was a massive success with episodes focusing on fan-favourite characters Ensign Tilly, Commander Saru, and smuggler Harry Mudd.

The Spin-Off

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Doing our happy dance at this news. Source: Variety

Following an illustrious globe-spanning career, Yeoh wowed audiences as the principled, brave and compassionate Captain Phillipa Georgiou of the USS Shenzhou. Captain Georgiou met her demise in just the second episode of the show, before making a surprise return as Georgiou’s doppelganger from the Mirror Universe, Emperor Georgiou. It is this iteration of the character that the spin-off series will feature.

The show will follow Georgiou’s experiences as a member of Section-31, a covert ops group working for Starfleet in the Mirror Universe. Excitingly for fans, the showrunners will be two women, Bo Yeun Kim and Erika Lippoldt.

Upcoming Shows

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More excitement ahead for Trekkies. Source: EW

Alongside this series, Star Trek fans are also excited for the upcoming Captain Jean-Luc Picard revival series, with Sir Patrick Stewart returning to play an older version of his iconic role.

Star Trek will also be exploring the animated universe after a break of 45 years with the comedy animation series Star Trek: Lower Decks. The show will follow “the support crew serving on one of Starfleet’s least important ships,” according to a press release shared by Trek Core. There is also news of a children-focused animated Star Trek show, but details are limited at the moment.

With Star Trek: Discovery returning on January 17 for a second season, and Star Trek: Short Treks set to continue with more episodes in Spring, the only bad news Trek fans have had to face off-late has been the cancellation of the JJ Abrams Star Trek 4 film. However, given Chris Pine’s commitment to the Wonder Woman films, as well as director JJ Abrams working on the highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode XI, it might just be for the best that Abrams’ trilogy, which received mixed reviews from audiences and critics, has come to an end.

In the 1990s, it seemed that Star Trek shows were a dime a dozen – there was Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, followed by Star Trek: Enterprise. There has been little to keep viewers engaged in the decade since with only the JJ Abrams trilogy bringing some Trek-flavour to viewers.

Where Did this Revival Come From?

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The man behind the magic. Source: Variety

The announcement of Star Trek: Discovery was thus met with trepidation, but thanks to a revamp of the franchise’s formula, placing a woman of colour in the lead role, including powerful queer representation, as well as a host of recognisable throwbacks to shows of the past, Discovery garnered critical acclaim fairly quickly. When the second season was announced with recast versions of characters Spock and Captain Christopher Pike, fans remain understandably ecstatic.

The Trek-verse is expanding ever more and fans could not be happier. The man behind this resurgence is Alex Kurtzman, showrunner of Star Trek: Discovery, and de-facto head of the burgeoning new franchise within Star Trek. It’s great that Kurtzman is bringing more Star Trek to audiences, but the best news of all is that these expansions have been focusing on inclusivity, something that is still surprisingly lacking in the world of entertainment. It seems that Star Trek is boldly going where no (hu)man has gone before.

Alongside this series, Star Trek fans are also excited for the upcoming Captain Jean-Luc Picard revival series, with Sir Patrick Stewart returning to play an older version of his iconic role.

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