Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Star Trek Franchise -- Movie or TV show - Which is best to tell Stories in the Existential Future?

Great Storytelling leads an audience to emotionally invest in the Narrative. The story being told can last 60 seconds... 120 minutes… or 1200 minutes.  
But to be successful, the Storyteller must tell his tale in a way that not only captures the audience’s attention, but keeps everyone engaged until the end of the story. 
In the modern world, it also helps if the story being told gets the audience to share their experience with others.  

Right now, the best Stories being told are on TV. 
It’s likely that this is also the medium where the best storytellers currently ply their trade.  
I’m excited to see the new Star Trek Beyond theatrical movie, but perhaps the most important development in the Star Trek franchise occurred in San Diego at Comic Con... which was all about the new Star Trek... TV Series.

Fans of the Franchise got a chance to hear from Bryan Fuller, the filmmaker who will have the burden of creating the new Star Trek TV series scheduled to debut on the new CBS streaming network in 2017.  I’m very optimistic that Fuller is the right man for the job. 
My optimism is largely based on the fact that he’s already faced the intimidation of making his creative mark in the shadow of another iconic Franchise – the series of books and movies based on the serial killing adventures of Hannibal Lector.   
Fuller was the creative brain that guided the innovative TV series “Hannibal” that aired on the NBC network  for three seasons. Fuller's effort on "Hannibal" ended up being both creatively daring and reverent, a yin and yang approach that any filmmaker must adhere to when dealing with a popular entertainment franchise.  

The big reveal coming out of San Diego is Fuller’s intention to break from the tradition of past Star Trek TV series –  

“It’s not going to be episodic. We’re going to be telling stories like a novel.” 
His vision to go deeper rather than episodic is probably one of the reasons he was chosen as the show runner. Deeper is better for modern audiences. Even with a series set in space. The second
incarnation of "Battlestar Gallatica" on Syfy proved this to be true. And there shouldn't be a rough transition for the hardcore fan base because the previous incarnations of Star Trek on TV always nibbled at the edges of continuity regarding the interactions of the main characters. Yes, Fuller totally looks like the smart choice as the next caretaker of the Franchise, the one bold enough to update the Star Trek storytelling to the 21st century.