Rethinking Star TrekThere's an interesting article on movie site Ain't It Cool News. If the concept of story spoilers bothers you, then realize that there might be some here - or not. But if you can get over knowing a potential detail about a possible new Star Trek movie, then this is a must read because of the intriguing way someone might reinvigorate a story line that you might have sworn would have to be played out.
When Star Trek was cancelled in the 60s, fans howled but everyone else thought it was over and gone. They were wrong to the tune of at least four more television series and how many movies? I would have thought there was only so much you could mine, but someone is at least tossing out an interesting idea. As it's a science fiction series, have someone go back in time, alter the timeline, and then you have lots of material in a newly constructed universe that still allows everything that went before to remain.
Even if not what's really in the works, what an intriguing concept! You shake things up, create a rationale that many of the faithful might buy into eventually, and offer lots of new branching out points for different series. The question I have is are the circumstances surrounding Star Trek so singular that this wouldn't work for another series? You'd need people who wanted more stories as well as an established story line that could allow some form of time travel to shake things up. I'm not sure that the results would be satisfying if done in some other genre, where the approach would have to be, "What if Mr. Darcy hadn't been taken with Elizabeth Bennett?"