These six ideas are a bad direction for the new Star Trek: Starfleet series to go.
Nerdist posted an article that suggested six potential ideas for the upcoming Star Trek: Starfleet Academy series (not the actual title). Spoiler, they’re all bad ideas. Each idea, save for one (which admittedly has potential if re-worked) should be avoided like a plague. That’s because five of the six suggestions pitched by the Nerdist writer are just new takes on old ideas.
The first four suggested are all takes on iconic characters only now set in Starfleet Academy. The first idea is a James T. Kirk and Spock series, which would just be obnoxious to see yet another version of those same characters. Fans already have two, we don’t need a third.
The second idea is a Jean-Luc Picard-centric series. Considering the number of people really against seeing more of the same, this would again be a terrible idea. Beyond the fact that prequels, by and large, are terrible, everything we need to know about Picard’s past we already know. Fans want new characters, for the love of Worf.
The third idea is about Worf. Dang-it. Walked into that one. Do you want to see more Worf? You do? Do you want to see more Worf but not played by Michael Dorn!? Wait, where did everyone go!? No one wants to see it. Don’t do it. No more prequels. I feel like Edna Mode in The Incredibles. No prequels!
The fourth idea is the history of Nova Squadron. What did I just say? The sixth idea is more of the same but it’s a prequel to Star Trek: Discovery. The only way that idea could be any worse is a prequel to Star Trek: Lower Decks; the two lowest-rated series in the franchise.
The fifth idea is about the first class of Starfleet and that has potential but again, no more prequels.
Starfleet Academy should focus on stories set during or after Picard
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You can debate about Discovery making everything a prequel with its time jump but the problem with that is the show started off as a prequel, so its entire story will remain as such. It’s the story of the Discovery, it doesn’t matter what year the show ends on, it will remain, forever, a prequel series.
Picard is the first true sequel series since Voyager, and because of that, the story of the franchise remains in that general timeframe. It would only make sense to properly continue with the timeline following the events of Picard. You can focus on the idea of Starfleet remaking itself into the utopian entity Gene Roddenberry always imagined it to be.
You can reshape it to fit the ideas of Starfleet more accurately and stop making every edge-lord storyline about how “Starfleet bad”. It’s boring now. We’ve had enough, it’s time to actually push for that fantastical future that captivated a generation.
What better way to implement the pursuit for perfection with none other than the youth of tomorrow. It’s the perfect way to pull in a younger audience while taking Star Trek in a more optimistic direction and it helps by getting people to stay away from pesky prequels where you already know the outcome.
Heck, maybe the academy series can also retcon Discovery’s future into a different timeline because “the burn” was just a bad idea in my opinion.