'Star Trek' May Return to TV, Plus Check Out the 'Clone Wars'-esque TV Series That Almost Was

'Star Trek' May Return to TV, Plus Check Out the 'Clone Wars'-esque TV Series That Almost Was

Apr 23, 2012

Star Trek Final Frontier concept artWith JJ AbramsStar Trek 2 still more than a year away, it’s a lean time for Trekkies – it’s been years since his film rebooted the franchise, and we haven’t had a new series in ages.

That last part could change, though – if Bryan Fuller gets his way, at least.

The producer has a lot on his plate currently (including the recently announced Hannibal series, based on Thomas Harris’ Hannibal Lecter character), but that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t make the time to help usher a new Star Trek series into production.

Fuller had mulled over the possibility of a new entry in the venerable series (with filmmaker Bryan Singer) prior to Abrams’ franchise relaunch – and he’s still up to the challenge should the opportunity arise again. He tells EW, “Bryan and I are big fans of Trek and have discussed a take on what we would do, and we would love to do it. I don’t think anything is going to happen in any official capacity until after the next movie comes out. And I’m sure it would be wisely under J.J. Abrams’ purview of what happens. He’s the guardian of Trek right now.”

Abrams may indeed be the guardian of the franchise for now, but given his television background, it seems like he’d be onboard for the launch of a new series at some point. What might a new Star Trek – one envisioned by not only Fuller and Singer, but with Abrams’ involvement – look like? No one can say for sure, but if it’s not based on Singer’s unproduced Star Trek: Federation series, perhaps it could be modeled after the cool animated short series Star Trek: Final Frontier.

Conceived as six five-minute animated shorts in the vein of Star Wars: The Clone Wars for StarTrek.com (with room for more stories if viewership grew), the goal of Star Trek: Final Frontier was to return to the series’ roots “of optimism, exploration, adventure, and fun.” It was set to do just that, but then CBS Interactive pulled the plug at the end of 2007, and the whole thing vanished before it ever got a chance to shine. The series has been in limbo ever since.

Thanks to the magic of the Internet, we can see just what might have been. The series’ official site has links to scripts, concept art, and other goodies – but here’s the overarching synopsis for the show as a whole.

Fifty years after the end of the second Romulan War, the Federation has turned inward, eschewing exploration and diplomacy in favor of strengthening its core systems and protecting its borders from incursion. Captain Alexander Chase of the U.S.S. Enterprise is a part of that protection, assigned to patrol the border in a region of space known for pirate activity. When an unidentified alien vessel is destroyed by a Starfleet border sentry, Enterprise is called in to investigate. The crew finds a mystery amidst the wreckage, one that reminds Chase of what Starfleet and the name Enterprise used to stand for. Going against his orders, Chase orders his ship across the border to investigate, setting in motion a chain of events that will eventually reveal the true perpetrator of the Omega attacks and set Starfleet on an optimistic course once more...

As a fan of the original Star Trek (give me Kirk over Picard any day of the week…), I like the idea behind this – we’ve got an Enterprise and a Captain who’s not afraid to disobey his orders for a greater good. It’s close enough to what made the original series and The Next Generation fan favorites, while also working as its own entity. Since it seems unlikely that the film’s new original crew will ever sign on for TV, we think Final Frontier could make for an interesting replacement – and continue Star Trek’s legacy on the small screen. It seems unlikely that Fuller and company would go this route, but you never know... 

Swing by the Star Trek: Final Frontier’s official site for more info – then let us know what you think. Could you see this story making the jump to live action with the talents of Abrams, Fuller, and Singer involved or do you have your own (better) idea for a new show?

[via Screen Rant and @ScottIGN]

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