Orci feels that ‘Star Trek’ has a philosophy that some of its movies tend to overlook. However, with a television series, the ongoing saga allows viewers to better understand the ideology of the ‘Star Trek‘ world.
“I saw a Next Generation movie, I won’t say which, but I thought ‘Ahh, it’s slightly succumb to the trappings of movie making. A lot of action and not enough philosophy.’ It’s interesting to read that criticism of some of the stuff we’ve done in the last two [films]. TV affords you [philosophy]. “
Orci also feels that ‘Star Trek’ is better-equipped for home viewing. After all, that’s how many of us embarked on our own personal Starfleet journeys. Perhaps because watching television is more intimate, we have a better, maybe even a more personal, connection into the world of ‘Star Trek’. Movies, on the other hand, are more epic and are less likely to take us on such a complicated, yet still emotional, journey.
“When I saw ‘Star Wars’, explains Orci, “I remember thinking, ‘yeah ‘Star Wars’ is amazing, but I can’t watch it at home. I can watch ‘Star Trek’ at home. I remember thinking [about Trek], ‘wow, this is a whole universe,’ where as ‘Star Wars’ seemed like a one-off.”
Because ‘Star Trek’ is such a well-formed universe, Orci feels we can continue to enjoy the series on a variety of mediums.
“’Star Trek’ ain’t going anywhere. It’s going to outlive all of us. And it’s going to be translated into every kind of delivery system you can imagine. It’s not going away from TV either. It just depends on when it comes back and how it’s programmed against the movies.”
What do you think? Do you think ‘Star Trek’ is more suitable for TV or the movies? Would you like to see ‘Star Trek’ return to the small screen?