It’s Thanksgiving in the United States and we’re celebrating the holiday by giving thanks for all things Star Trek.
Star Trek has had a rough 2023, at least compared to 2022. Shows were canceled, and others were brought to an end. Properties were canceled and shifted around to save money, while the film arm of the franchise has dried up like a pond in the desert. But with the ups and downs of the year, comes even more reason to be thankful.
Thankful that Star Trek is still here and despite its recent struggles, has found ways to venture forth and find a reason for fans to come back for another year of stellar adventures.
So with that, we want to give thanks for just five of many things to be thankful for this year as a fan of Star Trek.
Five reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving if you’re a Star Trek fan.
Prodigy getting picked up by Netflix
When Prodigy was cancelled by Paramount+ it felt like we got stabbed in the back. Much the same as Warner Bros. canceling the release of films that were already completed, Paramount opted to cancel Prodigy despite its massive fanbase, all to save money. Well, that backfired and so the creators were allowed to ship it around, landing it on Netflix. The show now has a chance to catch more eyes than ever before thanks to the show “failing up” if you will.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’ season two finale.
The season two finale of Strange New Worlds has put the Federation on the verge of war with the Gorn. It was a cliffhanger that had many people talking but while the final moments of action deserved the attention, we also want to point out that we got the debut of Montgomery “Scotty” Scott during the events of the finale as well. Which was awesome.
Lower Decks giving closure to a long-standing storyline
Lower Decks went into the vast depths of The Next Generation lore to close out their most ambitious storyline ever, bringing back two talents to the franchise to reprise characters many thought we’d never see again.
The influx of new video games
Seeing all the new video games come out in recent years with Star Trek, it’s hard to not feel a bit spoiled. There was a time when Trek video games were not that common and didn’t come out as often as we’re getting now. But now it seems like every quarter we’re getting a new game, and we’re loving it.
Another year with our beloved franchise and its stars
Star Trek is nearly 60 years old, which means many of the franchise’s most beloved actors and actresses are getting up there in age. Something we don’t take lightly. As the passing of Anton Yelchin proved, we can go at any moment, and having another year with these stars isn’t a guarantee. Getting to share another year with the likes of Patrick Stewart, William Shatner, Kate Mulgrew, and others is a treat that we won’t take for granted. We’re happy to have these stars of the franchise with us still, with many of them still putting in the work to make Trek a must-see property.