Rehashing story ideas is as Star Trek as the Federation itself

Star Trek is known for its recycling of story ideas, and that's ok.

Nov. 2, 2015 – CBS Television Studios announced today it will launch a totally new “Star Trek” television series in January 2017. The brand-new “Star Trek” will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966. The new series will blast off with a special preview broadcast on the CBS Television Network. The premiere episode and all subsequent
Nov. 2, 2015 – CBS Television Studios announced today it will launch a totally new “Star Trek” television series in January 2017. The brand-new “Star Trek” will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966. The new series will blast off with a special preview broadcast on the CBS Television Network. The premiere episode and all subsequent /
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If you're new to Star Trek, you may be looking for a show to start watching to better get the franchise as a whole. You may have started watching a series, and are looking for that next great series to watch. The choice can be hard, but we can make it a lot easier (or harder if you're indecisive), it really doesn't matter which series you watch; most of them borrow the biggest story ideas from one another.

That's right, whether it's the Original Series, Voyager, or even Strange New Worlds, just about every series has borrowed a concept, gimmick, plot device, or entire story idea from other shows in the series. Other than the Original for obvious reasons. This may seem lazy, but retelling the same story in different ways is as Star Trek as Star Trek gets.

The franchise has perfected the element of re-telling stories that were already done, and doing so in a different way to further look at the possibilities of how specific stories can verge depending on the interaction of the characters, and the choices made. It's like going back in time, finding one of those Choose Your Own Adventure novels, and doing all the possible outcomes.

That's what Star Trek has been doing for decades, further exploring stories already once told, to see if there's another way that story can be told and if different outcomes can be discovered. This is an idea being explored in other franchises, like the DCEU, who do various re-tellings of various stories but put a different twist on it each time.

Marvel is also doing it, with their What If...? series. Heck, Star Trek itself has further explored the concept of alternate universes, with the Kelvin Timeline exploring several classic Star Trek stories but putting their own twist on it.

Re-examining stories years later is as Star Trek as anything.

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