# 5 – A musical episode might be risky, but risk is Star Trek’s business
Beimler’s assessment of “His Way” brings us to the last—and, for my quatloos, the most compelling—reason Star Trek should mount an all-out, no-holds-barred musical episode.
It’s a reason no less an expert than James T. Kirk invoked when persuading his crew to undertake a difficult and dangerous mission in “Return to Tomorrow,” as you can see in the clip above.
In fact, to close, I’ll channel my best Shatner and paraphrase Captain Kirk this time… because…
"Because Chad is right—in pointing out the enormous danger potential in any contact with a genre of entertainment as fantastically advanced as musical theater. But I must point out—that the possibilities, the potential for character development and sheer entertainment and joy is equally great! Risk! Risk is Star Trek’s business. That’s what this franchise is all about!"
Sure, a Star Trek musical episode might turn out badly.
A Star Trek musical episode might feel contrived.
A Star Trek musical episode might even be seen, by some, as “silly.”
But since when have either Star Trek or its fans ever assumed the worst about what might be?
Bring on our Star Trek musical episode, Alex Kurtzman!