I know it’s 2020, but it sure as hell feels like the mid-90s, at least when it comes to Star Trek. Gene Roddenberry‘s franchise had never been more popular than it was during that time; Star Trek: The Next Generation was wrapping up its seven-season run and was about to transition to the big-screen, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was hitting its stride, and the premiere of Star Trek: Voyager was just around the corner. The new decade found the long-running franchise finally running out of steam, and when the plug was pulled on Star Trek: Enterprise, Star Trek lay dormant for a number of years.
Flash forward to the present day, and the franchise is growing bigger than ever. The third season of Star Trek: Discovery will debut later this year, with the first season of Star Trek: Picard, which features the triumphant return of Patrick Stewart and has already been renewed for a second season, set to premiere next week. Not only that, but CBS is also developing a Section 31 series which will star Michelle Yeoh as Philippa Georgiou, as well as Star Trek: Lower Decks, an animated comedy from Rick & Morty’s Mike McHahan. While speaking during the press-tour for Star Trek: Picard, franchise executive producer Alex Kurtzman revealed that “There are two more live action shows that haven’t been announced yet.” Kurtzman naturally wouldn’t elaborate on what these new shows would be, but it’s the hope of many fans that one of them will be a Captain Pike series. Anson Mount played the role of Pike during the second season of Discovery, and his performance was a definite highlight. As several of the recent Star Trek: Short Treks have put a focus on Captain Pike, Spock (Ethan Peck), Number One (Rebecca Romijn), and the Enterprise, I’d imagine that CBS is definitely aware this would be a fan-pleasing choice. What types of Star Trek shows would you like to see?
Alex Kurtzman added that work has now begun on the second season of Star Trek: Picard, saying that they have a “really excellent” and “very surprising” story in development, but Kurtzman also said that they’re going to listen to the reactions regarding Picard’s first season as well.
I think it’s really important for us to take it piece by piece. Part of this, too, is getting reactions from people. Before we lock things, down it’s terribly important to listen to fans, and hear what they like — and what they didn’t respond to — or what wasn’t clear, and make sure we’re tacking accordingly. I learned when I started working in the ‘Star Trek’ world that that’s a really essential part of making these shows. You have to listen carefully and understand that sometimes when people are complaining about things, they’re actually complaining about something else; there’s a different problem [below the surface] and you have to get to the root of that problem. So I want to give a little room to learn from people’s reactions.
Star Trek: Picard will debut on CBS All Access on January 23rd.