After seeing 2009’s Star Trek all I wanted was more. I craved the continuing adventures of the Enterprise and her crew, and sadly we’d all have to wait until 2013 to see them. That’s the downfall of movies over a TV series, we can’t check in weekly to see what the crew’s up to. It’s particularly tough because that’s a pattern most Trek fans are used to, sure there were movies before but they was also a series running at the same time. I don’t think I need to tell you we won’t be seeing Chris Pine or Zachary Quinto starring in a weekly Trek series on CBS anytime soon, but how about supplying the voices?
In his interview with Trek Movie, Roberto Orci touched on the topic of a Star Trek animated series, here’s their exchange,
TrekMovie.com: Is there some kind of handshake — or possibly written — agreement between Paramount and CBS for CBS to not do a live-action Star TrekTV series while there is a feature film in development or until after JJ Abrams produces three movies?
Roberto Orci: I don’t know how specific that is. I do know there is an conversation where all parties agree to do what is best for Trek. And sometimes that means leaving space for the movie and it may turn into “maybe we can do both.” I don’t think there is a hard and fast rule where if there is a movie you can’t do it. It means let’s be aware of whether or not we are cannibalizing Trek. Let’s be aware of not saturating the audience and having them not be tired of it but hungry for it.
TrekMovie.com: But do you agree with me that an animated series is…
Roberto Orci: Yes. It is less cannibalizing. I would like to see an animated series the most. When I think about it, it is the most different than what we are doing and still in the most in line with it. So I would like to see an animated series.
TrekMovie.com: An animated series done like the new comic books and game you guys are currently overseeing — set in the movie universe with the same characters, having adventures in between the films?
Roberto Orci: Yes, exactly.
An animated series following the adventures of the new Enterprise crew? I am so there. Seeing how wonderful a show like The Clone Wars is and how much it enhances the Star Wars universe, I would love nothing more than for Star Trek to have its own ‘toon. What do you think? Would love to see a Star Trek animated series, or should they just stick with the films? Come on, we could get more M’Ress!
In the meantime, if you haven’t ever seen the 60s Star Trek animated series in where all the original cast reprised their roles, please check it out. It’s campy, psychedelic, and even with its meager budget, a fun show. I do believe you can stream all the episodes on either Netflix or from CBS’ website.