The next Star Trek show should feature Paul Wesley as part of Star Trek Phase 2

Paul Wesley as Kirk in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, streaming on Paramount+, 2023. Photo Cr: Kharen Hill/Paramount+
Paul Wesley as Kirk in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, streaming on Paramount+, 2023. Photo Cr: Kharen Hill/Paramount+ /

It’s time to complete the tales of the original Star Trek show with Paul Wesley filling in as James Kirk.

The original Star Trek was meant for a five-year mission but only got three through about three. The show was canceled twice, once before season three and once after, and when it finally came back nine-odd years later, the franchise was different.

When the films came back, the original missions were done and the crew of the ship were much older. The focus of what the show was went from moral-centric questions to a grand spectacle of lights and sounds. But it wasn’t always the plan for the franchise to shift momentarily into this new format.

The film was originally going to be a new show, temporarily titled Star Trek Phase II, and would continue the adventures of the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise. A lot of those adventures would be lost to time, and the adventures of Kirk would only get six more stories to tell. Six and a third if you count Star Trek Generations

But now, with how well Paul Wesley has won over the crowd with his performances on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, it may be time to revisit the adventures of the USS Enterprise.

Star Trek should continue the original series angles with Paul Wesley, not remake TOS

Remaking the original is a bad idea, but adding to it may not be. While nostalgia is plaguing the franchise in various forms, some ideas are too good to pass up, and this is one of them. You already have three of the core members of the Enterprise on Strange New Worlds; with Wesley as James Kirk, Ethan Peck as Spock, and Celia Rose Gooding as Nyota Uhura.

Now all you need is Pavel Chekov, Hikaru Sulu, Montgomery Scott, and Leonard McCoy. Then you can continue the story that was so abruptly halted. Sure, fans already did something similar with Star Trek: New Voyages, but that’s a fan-made interpretation. This idea would be canon.

And it would be so easy to do, as the timeline between the finale of the show and the start of the films is in dispute, meaning you have leeway to fit as much as you want in this time period.

It’s a solid idea that could really hit with fans.

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