In an earlier post today I made the comment that the Star Trek franchise was dead. Since then I’ve got some comments and email from people protesting that I said it. But honeslty folks… it’s true.
When a franchise reaches a point where it’s starting to lose some of its old fans… and yet at the same time not making any new fans… well… that’s death.
Star Trek (as much as I have loved it) is dead in its current incarnation. It has no where left to go, and I’m apparently not the only one who knows it.
A couple of people have raised a good point to me. An email said "John, how can you call Star Trek dead when it stil has million upon millions of devoted fans still here in the US alone". That’s a fair question. But in a response to someone in the comments section who raised a similar point I said this:
Zillions of Trekkies?
Ok, so where were these "zillions" of Trekkies?
Star Trek Nemesis: $43 million (YIKES! it’s Dead Jim!)
First Contact: $93 million
Insurrection: $70 million
Generations: $75 million
Undiscovered Country: $74 million
Hell… Superman Returns has made more money than any of the "recent" Star Trek films did in just 6 days!
I ask again… where are these "zillions" of trekkies?
I’m a huge Sci-Fi fan… and yes that includes Star Trek. But just because I love it doesn’t change the fact that it is indeed dead. I was out for dinner with Darren and his wife last night after the Audio Edition, and Darren brought up a reat idea…
They should "restart" Star Trek, much in the same way they restarted Battlestar Galactica. Recast it, reinvision it. Just redo everything. Make Scotty a hot blonde or something. Just start the story over. i think that’s the only way you can resurect this franchise. In its curent form it’s just stale and old with no where left to go.
Just just my opinion… but I’m sticking with it.