Ever since the 2009 revival of Star Trek in theaters, fans have hoping that its newfound popularity would lead to a return to the small screen as well.
Of course, there’s never a shortage of rumors on the internet about a potential new series, with a new crew, a new ship, and a new era in Starfleet history, but nothing ever comes of it. GEEK even talked about what it would take to make a great new Star Trek series in our Star Trek Summit round table a few months back, but even for people who used to make Star Trek shows, it’s still only a dream.
Of course, whenever a new Trek show gets created, we all know it’ll involve the bridge crew of the Enterprise or another Starfleet ship/space station. While the bridge crew is always fun, they’re also not the only ones on the ship.
It’s a given that the bridge crew of the Enterprise are going to have great and dangerous adventures. However, they aren’t the only ones that have to deal with deadly creatures and unique problems, and frankly, those crewmembers should get the same amount of recognition that Kirk and Spock get on a daily basis. Below are five ideas for shows about the Enterprise that actually have nothing to do with the Captain and his immediate crew, and everything to do with the other members who keep the ship running as smoothly as possible.
Can you imagine the perils the cooking staff of the Enterprise must go through on a daily basis? You might not think they are in the same danger as the bridge crew, but just think of handling some deadly, foreign animal or plant, not to mention deadly Earthly animals like puffer fish. Even the workload would be difficult—a cooking staff in Starfleet would have to cater to different Earthly cuisines as well as different alien cuisines—cuisines that have alien measurements, alien cookery and alien preparations, all of which the Starfleet chefs will have to be well-versed in.
With as much as we as a nation love our doctor procedurals, it would be a great idea to film the goings-on of the Enterprise through the eyes of the medical staff. Wouldn’t it be awesome to follow Dr. McCoy, Nurse Chapel and the rest of McCoy’s staff as they solve medical conundrums, analyze alien diseases and figure out cures that could save not only those on the Enterprise, but others throughout the galaxy. It’d be like House in space, and I think most of us can co-sign on that idea.
An aside—I know McCoy is thought of as part of the bridge crew because he’s a main character, but technically, he isn’t. As the head of the medical staff, he’s got to stay in the sick bay most of the time.
The Red Shirts
We all know the “Red Shirts” have the toughest time on the ship. I wonder what it would be like to have a show centered around them and their plight. Granted, it might be a very sad, very depressing show, but, it could also give the best existential drama the television industry has ever seen. Or, it could be ridiculously campy, portraying the Red Shirts like the lemmings they are. Either way, it’ll be highly entertaining.
COPS was almost everyone’s favorite show back in the 1990s and, if you polled people, it would probably still be on tons of people’s top ten television show lists. So why not take what was great about COPS—the reality show aspect of following police officers on crazy calls—and put it toward Starfleet’s police force (because if our Amred Forces each have their own police force, surely Starfleet has one). Thankfully, COPS isn’t the only show that has laid the groundwork for an Enterprise police force show; scripted shows like JAG and NCIS have already taken the procedural route with the Navy, and shows like The Office have shown that scripted shows can successfully imitate the style of reality shows.
Can you imagine the types of junk the janitors on the Enterprise have to deal with? One thing is for sure—you have to have gone through Starfleet Academy to be able to handle the type of alien waste the janitors on the Enterprise have to deal with. Similar to the Enterprise Police idea, having a reality-esque COPS style show with the cleaning crew of the ship would give a hilarious and highly unique take on what it’s like to work in space.
With these concepts, everyone gets their moment in the sun! What little-thought-of crewmembers would you like to see get their own show? Let us know in the comments below!
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