So for those not in the know, there has always been a marked difference between the ‘Star Trek’ you find in the movies, and the ‘Star Trek’ you can watch on television. For perfectly legit reasons, of course, TV budgets just are not the same as a movie budget, and you can clearly tell, especially in the early days of the franchise. However, ‘Star Trek’ has not always been about the flashy special effects, instead, its true fans have been able to appreciate the thought provoking and smart writing that worked regardless of whether the special effects looked all that great. However, that may not be the case with the latest entry for ‘Star Trek.’
During an interview with Collider, producer Alex Kurtzman spoke on the old differences in quality between TV and film:
“Look, here’s the other thing that’s happening, and you know this to be true. The line between film and television is utterly blurred. Not just at a storytelling level, but visually now. What we’re doing on Star Trek right now, that’s not that different from what we’re doing in the movies. I think that’s what people expect when they pay for Netflix, or for HBO, or whatever they’re going to pay for. That actually makes, as a storyteller, it makes it, in the many ways, you’re not limited by oh, we could never really do that on television scope wise because now, take a look at Game of Thrones. That’s a movie.”
And now we come to the crux of the matter, because if ‘Star Trek: Discovery‘ truly is capable of having the smart writing of the former series’ TV shows, and have the amazing visuals of the movies, then yeah, that is something worth paying for. And good thing too, because you literally will have to pay, as the series will be exclusive to the CBS All Access app, but with this news, at least there’s a good chance it will be well worth your money.
What are your thoughts here? Are you worried that if they are spending too much time on those visual effects and trying to emulate the look of the movie they might lose some of the magic that always made the ‘Star Trek’ TV series’ great? Share your thoughts in the comments below!