Star Trek Celebrates 50 Years
To commemorate 50 years of boldly going where no one has gone before, And There Came A Day presents a weekly countdown to September 8, 2016 – 50 years to the day of the premiere of Star Trek.
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As any Star Trek fan with her or his tranya knows, a new Star Trek television series will premiere in January of 2017. There has been speculation about the time frame in which this series will take place though current thought is it will be a post Star Trek VI, pre-Next Generation affair. While we know some of the creative people involved and when the show first airs, we don’t know anything about potential cast.
The casting of any show and any role is important. In a Star Trek show, the casting of the captain (assuming there is one) is critical. William Shatner and Patrick Stewart set very different but very high standards that all captains who’ve followed them have had to negotiate and, by-and-large, they have. Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Bakula and Chris Pine have sat the “center seat” in various incarnations of Star Trek and have done so very well.
Newsweek has begun speculating about who may be the captain of the new Trek. I love all of their ideas here (and Angela Bassett has said she would be interested) and hope that the new show lands an actor with the gravitas of a John Hamm or David Tennant or Christine Baranski.
After, who is any actor to turn down the captain of the Enterprise (though I doubt the new show will feature any Enterprise!)?