Thursday, November 12, 2015

Derek Lee McPhatter - Projects and Blog: Dear Star Trek: A Trekkie Fan Boy Love Letter from Sector Zero Zero One

Dear Star Trek: A Trekkie Fan Boy Love Letter from Sector Zero Zero One

Dear Star Trek: A Trekkie Fan Boy Love Letter from Sector Zero Zero One


[we apologize for commandeering this blog for a full geek out. We will return to our senses with updates on our own creative projects in due time, but today, the Geek Within must have his day!]

Captain’s Log. Supplemental.

CBS has me catching all kinds of FEELING SOME KIND OF WAY with this Star Trek TV Announcement with no real details but some year-away date and the producer leads!  If CBS was in my orbit, I’d beam CBS boss Les Moonves straight to the Brig and make demands like a Cardassian ready to break your spirit:

All they gave us was this little tease. New show, we promise. January 2017, Americans gotta subscribe to CBS All Access to get anything after the premiere.

Data Ain't Happy
This Data is insufficient for a proper geek-out!   A full scale Trekkie (actually Trekker if you’re a True Believer) can successfully execute all sorts of speculation from the tiniest shred of detail that ought to have been teased with this announcement.

For example, here’s a few hypothetical factoids that would have satisfied my trekdom hankering:

·      The new series will feature a woman-of-color captain
·      The new series will be set after the events of Star Trek Voyager
·      The new series will not be focused on the Federation
·      The new series will explore the inner workings of Section 31
·      The new series will feature its first Transgender major character
·      The new series will be set “Through the Looking Glass,” but not in the reboot Universe…

See? Some Factoids right there, any one of which would have FED ME AND MY TREKKIE FEENIN for months, at least through the premiere of that Force Awakens.

(Which went straight to backburner when my google alert let me know that at last, the long long long long wait for new Trek TV was over.  That I could look forward and beyond the last star trek tv show-that-i-hated-at-first-but-started-to-think was-a-little-ok-netflix…)

Yes. The time has finally come! This decade of TV Star Trek Purgatory that we have survived will be coming to AN END! 

This news was all that was needed for joy and love and peace and letting your significant other control the DVR as much as they like (for now) for COME THAT JAN 2017, CBS ALL ACCESS Shall be Priority One!!!

It will be the The Prime Directive. Or maybe closer to The Omega Directive. (Check your Memory Alpha if you don’t know that one, novices!)

Captain Janeway's gotta handle this Omega situation! 

Anyway, we are ready to beam up again. As much as I enjoy the Star Trek Feature treatments, TV is where the universe really shines.  TV is where the Trek was born and where it evolved into a multifaceted, intellectually stimulating, inspiring vision for a future worth striving for. 

Remember when Captain Sisko was a
black sci fi writer in the 20th century?

And that’s why I’ve been a trekkie for as long as I can remember.  I’m a trekkie4life and sure I’m excited about other sci-fi (even went on a Star Wars fast to keep that geeking out in check, yet even still, there’s ooh’s and ahhh’s to be had cause the Jedi and whatnot are coming correct.)

But Logic dictates Star Wars is irrelevant. 
Sure, it will please, get the children into space spectacle,  and that’s all well and good. But will it linger?  Will it challenge us to dream of a better tomorrow?  Will it strive towards that higher standard for humanity or just entertain? 


Picard > Vader.  EVERY TIME!

STAR TREK is where I always end up at the end of the day.  And really, this TV news, it makes me sooo happy, anxious that it’s gonna disappoint. Face-palms are charging, just in case:

please don't suck! please don't suck!  please don't suck!

But really… I’m just excited. Really really really excited.  The Trek will continue to search for that undiscovered country, will continue to boldly go, to push us to boldly go… and for that, I’m just… just… too happy.

That’s enough for now. If my calculations are correct, this will be the SEVENTH SERIES. So I’m  brainstorming seven bits of Trek Trivia that even non-Trekkie’s should appreciate!


This is Captan Derek Lee McPhatter signing off.