Star Trek has us optimistic for 2023.
Star Trek has set itself up for a very big year in 2023. We’re on the precipice of what could be the greatest era of Star Trek ever, but they have to shore some things up to get there. The franchise’s latest era started off terribly under Discovery. The streaming service it aired on was hard to navigate, didn’t bring anyone in, and was nearly sunk before things could get going.
The merger of CBS and Viacom really saved the service and gave it a much better look. They also righted the ship with Lower Decks, Prodigy, and Strange New Worlds, and while some things aren’t great; Picard, Star Trek’s 4 handlings, and the constant feuds with aging stars, the franchise has a real shot of finding the next great era.
To get to that era, however, they have some things they need to do in 2023.
Three things we hope to see from Star Trek in 2023
Star Trek 4 gets announced
We’re hoping that Paramount gets their heads out of their rear ends in 2023 and figures out how to give us Star Trek 4. That, or just a new Trek film. The film franchise petered out with Beyond in 2016, and with the passing of Anton Yelchin just before that film was released, Star Trek 4 has to hit all the right notes. So getting it right before it’s announced is important but we’re still hoping to get an announcement officially sometime this year.
Voyager, Enterprise, or Deep Space Nine revival mini-series
Star Trek: Picard is a rough mess and a lot of fans have given up on that show. It tried to be Trek’s own version of Logan and fans weren’t buying it. Hopefully, the success of more conventional Star Trek shows, like Prodigy and Strang New Worlds will encourage the creators to treat any other potential revival series with a bit more love and care. We want more of what we had, not something utterly different. Fans would love a follow-up on the crews of Voyager, Enterprise, or Deep Space Nine, just as long as they stay away from doing to it what they did to the Next Generation via Picard.
Paramount+ reduces the number of Star Trek shows and expands episode counts
We don’t need five shows worth of content every year. Not only is it fiscally irresponsible to produce that many shows considering the dire situation developing around streaming services, but sticking to two or three shows will allow fans to get more of the Star Trek they like the most. Strange New Worlds only got 10 episodes. How? Reduce the production value if you have to, but give us more time with these characters. They did a better job with Prodigy, giving fans 20 episodes, which should be the goal per show. However, they broke them up over a full calendar year, and we don’t need more of that. Smaller release windows for Prodigy would be nice.