Wednesday, March 2, 2016

"Star Trek All Access" news

Counting The Animated Series, the impending CBS All Access live action series will be the seventh TV show in Star Trek history.  Plenty has already come down the pike about its development, including the addition of Bryan Fuller to its creative staff, as previously discussed here.  Word has also come that frequent franchise guest star Tony Todd (Worf's brother Kurn, the older Jake in the Deep Space Nine classic "The Visitor") is in talks to join the cast.  More recently, Nicholas Meyer joined the staff.

You'll Meyer as the director of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, the movie many fans still consider to be the best in the franchise, which at the very least helped revitalize interest in the pop culture.  He later returned to direct Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, the final film to feature the complete original cast.  It's worth noting that Meyer is otherwise associated with Sherlock Holmes thanks to his Seven-Per-Cent Solution.  Holmes has been in the midst of a pop culture renaissance, whether in the CBS TV series Elementary or the BBC incarnation starring Benedict Cumberbatch, who played Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness.

More recently, it seems observers have started to refer to the new series as "Star Trek All Access."  Whether as convenient shorthand or otherwise, it's certainly interesting.  It also follows the naming scheme of this new era, including Star Trek Beyond.  The show will probably have another name, but this is a good one to use for the moment.  I first knew of Enterprise as Series V, just as technically, this new one is Series VI, but as explained above, I prefer to consider it, for the moment, as Series VII.  Those curious can read all about The Animated Series here at Star Trek Fan Companion, including all the highlights (and otherwise).

And of course we'll all continue to keep tabs as announcements are made.

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