Star Trek, like any other series, has made some mistakes over the years.
Beginning with Star Trek: The Original Series, there have been multiple occasions within the Star Trek franchise that can only be classified as mistakes (or horrendous choices). Some Star Trek: Enterprise fans will probably still tell you that one was the theme song for the Scott Bakula-led series back in the early 2000s. That’s still a topic of discussion even seventeen years after the series was cancelled. It was even included on Whatculture’s list of the 10 Biggest Behind The Scenes Mistakes that Ever Happened. But that one only came in at number four.
The mistake that took the number one position was from the first season of Star Trek: Discovery, and it did result in a lot of fan backlash. The evolution of the Klingons in this series went too far, and the result was a species fans didn’t even recognize. Not only did the Klingons in Discovery lose their hair, but they looked reptilian, although Whatculture says they were demon-like. However you chose to describe them, they looked nothing like the Klingons we’d gotten to know over the decades.
But is this really the worst behind the scenes mistake Star Trek ever made?
There are many more possibilities to choose from when considering mistakes of the past or even the present. Some would say it’s the production design of the new series, considering they originally take place before The Original Series. Granted, with the advent of technology and CGI, it’s understandable that the sets would look different, but everything is more advanced because of the difference in the time periods. Many fans would have liked to have seen less high-tech and more connection to The Original Series.
Another mistake to many is the decision to move all Star Trek properties to Paramount+, removing them from Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, and effectively forcing fans to either pay yet another streaming service or go back to DVDs. While every network/studio is in this business to make money, the move came during the middle of a pandemic when money was tighter for many fans.
While this decision didn’t affect the actual production of these series, it did affect those who watch these series, and to me, that’s the biggest behind the scenes mistake of all.
What do you think the biggest behind-the-scenes mistake was?