Since its debut in 1966, Gene Roddenberry’s sci-fi spectacular – Star Trek – has had to change with the times. Series, films, video games and more have all bore the Star Trek logo in the fifty years since its debut, and while one would think that this need to evolve is a ubiquitous trait of pop-culture everywhere, there are those out there who feel, for whatever reason, that Star Trek has lost its way.
Except it hasn’t.
The Trek of today is just as representative of the Roddenberry concept as The Original Series, and while there are certain traits that would intimate that Star Trek isn’t what it used to be, the changes that have taken place have only enhanced those older works. In a literal sense, then, yes, Star Trek isn’t Star Trek anymore. But there’s a reason for that, and while all those changes haven’t always worked, Star Trek – like any other franchise – has had to adapt to survive and, more recently, thrive.
This isn’t an attempt to admonish the Trek of old, but it’s equally true that both CBS and Paramount’s most recent efforts have managed to reinvigorate a declining franchise. It’s a new style of Star Trek, and even if it isn’t like the old one, there’s a real reason for it.
It’s Trek, but not quite as we know it. And while there are both positives and negatives to be gleaned, it’s clear that the Trek of today, is vastly different to the Trek of old.