Get Excited for the New Star Trek Series with these CBS Shows (No, really!)
Star Trek is coming!
Next September brings the 50th anniversary of the premiere of Star Trek (the original series). Today brings reports that a new series is in the works! Since the reboot films reignited mainstream interest in the franchise there have been rumors and rumblings, petitions and think pieces, but no studio support until now. My reaction is:
However the show won’t be coming to television per se — while the pilot is set to be broadcast on air, the rest of the season will be streaming on CBS All Access, the studio’s subscription service. This news was met with a bit (a lot) of grumbling from fans who don’t want to pay for a network series that should be available for ‘free’. But I’m already subscribed to CBS All Access, so I thought I’d share the positives as I see them.
First of all, CBS All Access offers live tv to some areas, including mine. So even though I don’t have cable, I can watch CBS television at the same time as those who do, instead of a day later (Hulu) or when the season is over/DVD is released (Netflix, Amazon). If you live outside the live bubble you still get access to the series mere hours after broadcast, and access to previous episodes and seasons (and series!) whenever you want. Second, it’s not free but it is only $6/month, which is less than all the others (HBO Now is $15 because it’s still considered a premium channel). Third, you’re not just paying for Star Trek: To Be Titled, you get access to all the CBS series. So.
Hey Star Trek Fans! Let me introduce you to the rest of CBS (All Access)!
If you like The Original Series try: Person of Interest or Mom
You thought you knew what you were getting from this series but as it builds, it becomes something you never expected to care so much about. A procedural series that abandons its procedure. Quirky characters that somehow escape being the cookie cutters they might appear on paper. Try it, you might just be surprised.
Also for fans of: Holodeck adventures, Tom Paris, The Rikers
If you like The Next Generation try: Supergirl
Supergirl takes a well known, beloved icon who hasn’t been seen in a while and reinvents her. But beyond that cheeky comparison, Kara and her cast of overachievers would fit in well on the Enterprise-D. Both series are built on the ideals of hope and being the best version of yourself.
Also for fans of: Ezri Dax, Kes, Data
If you like Deep Space Nine try: The Good Wife
Stay with me. The Good Wife holds the ‘prestige drama’ title for CBS (and Network TV in general) and Deep Space Nine is widely considered the Trek with the most depth. Law and love, faith and family, politics and policy are all addressed in both series. But what really links them is the idea that no one is an intransigent hero, villain, victim, or victor — everybody has strengths and everybody has flaws. They all win sometimes, and they all lose sometimes.
Also for fans of: Trek trial episodes, NuTrek
If you like Voyager try: Madam Secretary
Madam Secretary is about: a woman in a position of power, the fine art of negotiation and/or battle, spies, family. Not necessarily in that order. While Voyager takes place thousands of light years away and hundreds of years in the future, its themes are the same. Elizabeth McCord is not as ride or die as Kathryn Janeway but they have very similar political ideals. And Henry McCord is a religious scholar/vigilante spy which could just as easily describe Chakotay or Tuvok.
Also for fans of: Commander Shelby, Trek politics
If you like Enterprise try: Elementary
Neither series is as bad as its detractors think, nor as good as its potential. But the central relationships are solid and the ideas enjoyable even when they veer off into melodrama. Plus, the cast of Elementary is just stacked.
Also for fans of: Data’s adventures as Sherlock Holmes, Spock & McCoy