The 2017 new Star Trek CBS TV series is on its way with writer Nicholas Meyer. There’s some nostalgia factor here as he’s brought to his fans the appreciated experiences that date back to the 80s with The Undiscovered Country and the iconic Wrath of Khan. A recent phone interview via Den of Geek brought forth Meyer’s take and his reaction being brought back to the 20th Century.
It was ascertained that it was because of Meyer’s work on Wrath of Khan that J.J. Abrams was able to bring into existence the 2009 Star Trek movie and without Meyer, there could possibly not exist a universe in which the Abrams film would ever exist. But how will the new CBS TV series be portrayed and to what reality?
“Nicholas Meyer is the reason why Star Trek made it out of the ’80s,” said Ryan Britt from Den of Geek.
It was Wrath of Khan that moved forward the success of the franchise that could have fizzled out of the “timeline” into a dead end. Apparently, it was the personality of the crew that was developed as well as emotion. No one can forget the iconic, vengeful, and emotional banter between Kirk and Khan as they battled it out with each other.
Star Trek movies aren’t without their memorable scenes. Wrath of Khan is highly known for the scene between Spock and Kirk when Spock sacrifices himself to save the crew and the disturbing event that occurred when Chekov and Terrell had their heads invaded with “alien earwigs” or Ceti Eels.
Decider writer Joe Reid decided to take advantage of revisiting the movie on Netflix, watched it in full, and recounted the disturbing scene from his childhood. This nightmare fueled event and many other scenes had been directed by Meyer and Reid stated, “my ears still hurt”, according to the title of the piece.
“So, upon the occasion of it finally streaming on Netflix, I sat down to finally watch Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, from 1982, directed by Nicholas Meyer. I’d tried to watch it once before, when I was a kid, watching with my dad. I made it as far as the part where Chekhov gets the bug placed inside his ear before I found something else to do. That scene couldn’t possibly be as harrowing as 6-year-old me remembered it. Could it?”
In the new TV series, how disturbing will things get via Nicholas Meyer’s creative works?
Star Trek: The Motion Picture was seen in retrospect as lacking in the aforementioned as a TIME Magazine critique by Harold Livingston stated the following, via a Wikipedia entry.
“The film consisted of spaceships that ‘take an unconscionable amount of time to get anywhere, and nothing of dramatic or human interest happens along the way’.”
It looks like the new CBS TV series writer, Nicholas, indeed picked the franchise back up off the mat in the second movie.
Meyer also contributed to Star Trek: The Voyage Home by peppering the film with comedic scenes and other such witticisms as the crew floundered their way to Alameda, Calif. in search for the “nuclear wessels” per Chekov’s Russian-to-American pronunciation.
A nod to Alameda is actually given in Abrams’ alternate Star Trek Into Darkness, which is seen on a graphical map in Admiral Pike’s office.
That’s just an example of Meyer’s quirkiness/flare added to the movie. What kind if witty amusements shall the new CBS TV series writer have in store for fans?
The interview was brief, likely due to Meyer’s inability to say the particulars regarding the new TV series, but he did give unto Den of Geek some interesting information involving the presentation of the Star Trek show. Whether it will be “self-contained” or have “season-long arcs.”
“I think it’s going to be a different Star Trek. It will go in a different direction. And I think that is probably good.”
Then Nicholas revealed something that troubles him in regards to “re-treads” and he seems to imply that “fooling around” allows for things to be lively and fun.
“Because the thing that mainly troubles me about Star Trek is the fear of it being maybe re-treads of itself. And to the degree that I had any influence on the thing [Star Trek] at all was that at least while I was there, we were fooling around. And if you’re not fooling around, then things can become stale.”
The discussion continued in regards to the return of Meyer’s literary references of which he claimed to be “free-associating” at that point and there’s the issue of politics of Star Trek IV and Star Trek VI. Meyer noted Fuller’s fondness for that movie.
In conclusion, the CBS Star Trek writer is still in waiting to get the ball rolling on the scribing and asks fans to “cross their fingers” for the new TV series which is said to debut in 2017 and is to be directed by Bryan Fuller.
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