Earlier this week, it was announced that the fourth installment of the J.J. Abrams-produced Star Trek films, tentatively titled Star Trek 4, has reportedly been shelved. This news drops a couple of months after Chris Pine (James T. Kirk) and Chris “I-probably-won’t-be-Thor anymore” Hemsworth, who was supposed to return to the series as Kirk’s father, George, along with the departure of director S.J. Clarkson after she opted to work on HBO’s Game of Thrones spin-off. The announcement comes to the slight dismay of many Trek fans.
Personally as a fan myself, I’m glad.
Some of you probably just read that last line and started thinking “Bruh, you’re actually glad about that? Guess you hated the reboot films that much.” That couldn’t further from the truth. However, in the wake of the film’s cancellation, Star Trek is currently living its best TV life since Kate Mulgrew graced our small screens as the U.S.S.Voyager’s Kathryn Janeway.
This best TV life began early last year with the first season of Star Trek: Discovery on CBS All Access, along with subsequent short films that take place around the same time frame of that story. Also, to the delight of nearly every Trekkie on the planet, another series (produced by Alex Kurtzman) starring none other Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard is currently in production, picking up 20 years after the ending of the film Star Trek: Nemesis, along with the announcement of the first Trek animated series since the last one ended waaaaaaaay back in 1974.
To close this out for all of us Trekkies (casual and hardcore Starfleet Academy level), don’t fret about the possibility of not seeing strange new worlds on the big screen — you’ll just see them boldly going — err, streaming on a smaller one with just as much clarity.
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