Recently CBS has been stirring up speculation around the upcoming Star Trek television show set to air in January 2017. So far no casting and no story have been announced, and fans are speculating like crazy. To add to the hype Paramount announced that the show will in fact take place in the "prime" universe, and not the rebooted Abrams-verse that the new film trilogy has taken place. This appeases the long-time fans, such as myself, because it preserves the long Trek history that we grew up on. The other half of the announcement is that the show will likely be an anthology. Meaning each season could be inclusive with new characters, stories and even new centuries. If this were true we could jump decades or more between seasons and see all new eras and locations in Trek! It would be much less repetitive, and it could keep the show from getting stale.
If we do get the anthology, and we get to jump around, here are my top 5 choices for eras and and stories that I'd like to see
1. Captain Sulu Series
In the 80s, as Paramount moved towards creating The Next Generation, there was some strong rumors that George Takei would take center stage as Captain of the new television series. When it didn't pan out, we instead saw Sulu take command of the USS Excelsior during Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country in 1991, and again in the Voyager episode "Flashback" in 1996.
A "Captain Sulu" show would be a great first season, and a great jumping off point, for the new Star Trek. It would be that lost time between The Original Series and The Next Generation. It could also bridge the gap for the new fans of the Abrams films because the show would focus on a character they're already familiar with.
The difficult part would obviously be that George Takei is no longer an age to play a young Captain Sulu. I would love for John Cho to return as the Hikaru Sulu he plays in the new films. The man is an incredible actor who has done exceptionally with the Sulu character so far, and was in three of my favorite gone-too-soon shows: Go On, Flashforward and Selfie. Paramount could even pay homage to George Takei by bringing him in for a cameo and having him portray Sulu's father (Admiral Sulu maybe?). The hard part would be getting fans to understand that even though it's John Cho, it's actually the "prime" Trek-verse, and not the one from the new trilogy. Even with that minor problem I think a Captain Sulu series could be epic, and it would be fun to have something take place between the best two shows of the franchise.
2. Deep Space Series
There have been hundreds of "deep space" missions in the history of Starfleet. At one time Captain Kirk and the original Enterprise were considered a "deep space" mission even though all Trek shows since have traveled further than he ever did. Voyager traveled nearly 75 years from Earth, even though she was against their will.
Voyager would have taken seventy-five years to return to Earth from where they were taken when the ship was abducted. They were alone in that quadrant of the galaxy, and Starfleet officially declared the ship and crew lost and deceased. Four years into their journey they finally made contact with Earth and set the record straight. Once regular contact was established Admiral Paris mentioned that several deep space vessels had been re-directed to rendezvous with Voyager so that their journey back wouldn't be made alone. Unfortunately for these ships Voyager made it back on their own through Borg TransWarp Hub. What happened to this small fleet? Did they turn around and just go back the way they came? It would be very exciting to find out what species and planets they encountered in that corner of the Delta Quadrant that Voyager missed!
If we did see a show about these ships, one ship I would love to see further explored would be the USS Prometheus. This ship was an experimental Federation starship only seen in the episode "Message in a Bottle" where Voyager first made contact with Starfleet. This large ship was made for deep space travel, and had the awesome ability to split into three smaller ships as needed as part of her "multi-vector assault mode." They could do this for exploration purposes or defense! This ship has so much experimental tech that would be awesome to see fully explored and explained.
3. Captain Worf Series
Worf is easily one of the most popular and most recognized faces of Star Trek. He was a series regular in seven seasons of The Next Generation as well as four seasons of Deep Space Nine. For the last few years Michael Dorn, who portrayed the character in all eleven seasons, and four films, has been trying to get a Captain Worf series off the ground. Fans have been behind him and have been hugely responsible for the amount of media this idea has received, but unfortunately, Dorn confirmed he would not be returning as Worf in January 2017 for our new Trek.
If we don't get a Captain Worf solo series, but we get an anthology Trek that is different each season with different characters, it's conceivable that we could eventually receive a season or two revolving around characters fans already know and love. What better way to create buzz and bring back an already existing fan base? Since Dorn is already behind the idea, and he's someone fans largely love, he is the most logical choice to head a series. However, until something is confirmed, it's merely speculation, but personally I would love to see Worf return as Captain in a post-Dominion war series!
4. Post Dominion War Series
Much of Deep Space Nine revolved around the newly discovered wormhole that led to the other side of the galaxy where they encountered the dangerous Dominion. These shape-shifting aliens bred warriors and built ships faster than Starfleet could, and when they and their allies, the Cardassians, declared war on the Alpha Quadrant it was an extremely grim time for the Federation. Both the Klingon and Romulan Empires allied with Starfleet to fight the Dominion, and eventually the Cardassians switched sides.
Even though they won the war the Alpha Quadrant was brutally damaged, the Cardassian people became refugees as much of their planet burned. The Federation, Klingon and Romulan worlds had lost so much of their fleets that even their victory seemed like defeat. This era in Federation history would make for an amazing story! What happened on Deep Space Nine after Sisko was "killed"? Did Bajor ever join the Federation alliance? Voyager returned home a year later, what happened to the crew? Was Picard ever made an Admiral? This era of stories would appeal to the majority of long-time fans because it could start where we left off in 2001, and we could potentially see the return of so many beloved characters!
5. 31st Century Federation Series
On Star Trek Enterprise, an ongoing arc was their fight with the Xindi. The Xindi attacked Earth based on information from the future that if they didn't destroy all of humankind, humankind would destroy them. The information was false, and had been coming from enemies of the Federation far in the future. They knew that if they could break up any chance of an alliance between the Xindi and Earth, and destroy Earth, that no one would stand against them in the 31st century where they'd been defeated.
Agent Daniels from that distant future brought Captain Archer to the 31st century to the Enterprise-J to witness the destruction of these villains. During their visit Daniels mentioned that the Federation consisted of hundreds of species including Humans, Vulcans, Andorians, Xindi and Klingons. It would be very fun to set a Trek series so far in the future, so far from what we already know, with former villains such as the Klingons now a part of the Federation. The technology would be far superior as well as their chances for new exploration. The new stories that could be told would be so much fun, and so different from previous Treks!
While speculation will run rampant until anything is officially announced by CBS and Paramount, I do think the anthology series could be a wonderful and fresh idea. It could give us chances to see not only many different eras within the Star Trek universe, but also allow for both new and old aliens to come into the mythology of Star Trek.