Star Trek should avoid doing a “Travelers” series.
The season two finale of Star Trek: Picard saw two major changes come to the world of Star Trek. Firstly, we saw Wil Wheaton return as Wesley Crusher, who was still on his journey across time and space. Secondly, he recruited Isa Briones’ character, Kore Soong to be a new member of the group, to which she seemingly accepts.
The ending of the season and the change in the storyline has many wondering if the franchise will shift course and do a Travelers series featuring Wheaton and Briones. It’s an idea that Briones is very excited about doing should it come to pass.
"And hey, I’m ready to do a Traveler spin-off. I want to do buddy-cop, Wesley Crusher and Kore take on the universe. I am down."
Star Trek shoulda void doing a Travelers series
The idea of doing a Travelers series is a bad one for numerous reasons. The first is that the series would deviate too far from the established concept that Star Trek is built on. A captain and their crew, doing space things. Yes, the franchise has experimented in the past and those experiments have failed. We need a captain, we need a crew and we need a ship.
Secondly, the series is over-saturated and burnout will be setting in. The best thing for the franchise to do is to invest more time and energy into the shows they already have and less on exploring more expensive, non-Trek gimmicks, that will only cater to a small portion of the fandom.
Thirdly, there isn’t a demand for it. It would work well enough as a story arch in a longer-form series, one that had 20+ episodes per season, but not as its own show. There’s just not enough interest in Kore Soong to build a series around another show’s worst part.