Star Trek has many more stories to tell
Star Trek: Picard is close to wrapping up its run when it airs its final season next year, but its co-creator Akiva Goldsman has more than enough ideas to help keep the franchise running for a long time to come. One of those ideas involves the classic characters from previous series. As not every character could sustain their own television show, Goldsman, who talked with SFX Magazine (via Comicbook) is pitching the idea of an anthology series where the characters can appear in one-off episodes.
Short Treks has already done something similiar, but those were brief, 10-15 episodes that focused more on present characters. Tales of the Federation, as Goldsman has named it, would be longer episodes about classic Star Trek characters like Sulu, Jonathan Archer, and others.
"“So you could bring George Takei back for an hour, and do a show about Sulu as an older man, or find Jonathan Archer having now retired from his Enterprise and being on Earth, just do these certain really interesting ones.”"
A Star Trek anthology series would be a way to check in with all characters from the past series
Even the recurring characters could potentially make an appearance in one episode of the anthology. So we could catch up with Reginald Barclay, Ro Laren, Commander Shran, and even the Grand Negus Zek. While some of these characters could certainly hold their own in a television series, for the most part, a one or two episode story would be sufficient to give us a look into their lives as they are now.
"“You could grab anybody, from all the shows, because it’s really hard to find enough for a series, but there are an endless amount of episodes, as anthology series are finding their way back.”"
Right now, this is just a pitch, but it’s a fabulous idea, and we can only hope that Paramount+ is interested in this project. We would once again get the chance to see some of our favorite characters even if only briefly.