5 Star Trek related things we’re thankful for this year

Star Trek fans have much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving.

It’s Thanksgiving, and that means celebrating the things we’re most thankful for with the people we’re closest with. Whether that’s emotionally or just distance-related. For Star Trek fans, that means being thankful for the year that saw many good things happen for us as a fanbase.

We got new shows, new casting announcements, new rumors, and a slew of new merchandise to collect if we’re so inclined. We’re in the midst of one of the most active stretches in Star Trek history.

If you like the new stuff or not, that doesn’t matter because we’re getting new content. Making new fans. Finding out what does and doesn’t work in a modern era. I remember the times after Enterprise ended when no Trek was coming and we just lingered on what came before. We don’t have to like everything new we’re given but we should at least be thankful for it existing.

So let’s take a look at five things we’re thankful for this year.

5 Star Trek related things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving

The return of Star Trek action figures

One of the best parts of growing up in the 90s and watching Star Trek was getting Playmates brand action figures. They were their own thing, and not like anything else on the market. They weren’t the most articulate or defined figures but they were awesome and with the news that Playmates is planning on releasing their first line of figures in nearly two decades, fans have a new reason to be thankful.

Discovery’s 4th season

Whether it’s your cup of tea or not, the fans of Discovery got a fourth season in a year (and then some) of shows getting axed due to budgetary reasons. The list of shows that were doing well and were canceled due to COVID is long, but for fans of the series, they got to have it for at least one more season.

Prodigy debuting

Prodigy is the third animated series for Star Trek fans but it’s the first directed exclusively at families and younger fans. The show has been well enough received that it’s already got an extended first season order as well as a second season set to debut sometime in the near future.

New movies

Not one but apparently two Star Trek films are in the works, one is an original story with a brand new cast and apparently characters, while the second film will allegedly be the fourth Kelvin film with Chris Pine and company set to reprise their roles. Only time will tell if either film ends up actually happening but for now, fans can speculate over what may be.

The upcoming launch of Strange New Worlds

The fifth series to launch under the Nu era of Star Trek is set to take things back to before; in more ways than one. Serving as a prequel to the Original Series, Anson Mount will take over the Captain’s Chair as  Admiral Christopher Pike. The show, with Mount at the helm, will also see the show return to its mission of the week format. A staple of the franchise that hasn’t been observed in live-action since Star Trek: Enterprise went off the air.