Star Trek fans have been asking for a return to television for years, and it looks like their demands may be met.
The popular character Lieutenant Worf, played by Michael Dorn, has earned himself a promotion as Captain Worf aboard a new star ship in the upcoming show Star Trek: Captain Worf.
Worf is known as being the first Klingon character to become a regular cast member on the show. Dorn and his furrowed brow character not only appeared in all seven Star Trek: The Next Generation series, but also became a main character in the last four seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space 9.
“I had come up with the idea because I love Warf and I think he’s a character that hasn’t been fully developed and fully realized,” Dorn told Trek News.
Dorn added he’s been in contact with many individuals who are very interested in jumping on board for the project.
Work on the show has already begun by Dorn and his creative team, although he admits there are certainly some hurdles to overcome before they can move forward.
“Also, there’s all the political stuff going on with the new movies, with J.J. Abrams and Paramount and all that stuff, which I have no clue about and what it all entails, but that’s where it is right now,” Dorn said.
Dorn assured that the project was rolling, even amidst the chaos. He knows it’s the type of show that CBS or Paramount are going to pounce on.
“It’s a very viable thing,” he said.
Add in the fact that Star Trek: TNG is approaching its 25th anniversary, there’s no better time to bring one of the original science fiction giants back to television.
While the news of a television revamp has most fans scavenging through their TNG DVDs in anticipation, some have expressed concern over the direction of the show. Star Trek, while flashy, was always a political beast. It focused on the relationships between species and the universe they inhabited.
In recent years, the Star Trek franchise has become a film for action aficionados – i.e. less politicking and more making famous landmarks explode. Plus, there’s been an awful lot of lens flare (something J.J. Abrams has finally apologized for). On Twitter, conversation steered away from how great the new series will be, to how awful the series could become.
In his interview with Trek News, Dorn admitted that he wasn’t blown away by the new Star Trek series, and he himself has always been a fan of the socioeconomic themes within the show.
“The whole thing about how the politics work, I think is really interesting … They’re not all these warrior vicious people and I think the politics is what I found really interesting. I think that Klingon battles and living on a ship, being out there, same as with The Next Generation and the Enterprise, I think that’s a fascinating thing.”
The show has not been officially greenlit, but if Dorn’s plans work out, fans could see the first Star Trek television series since Star Trek: Enterprise ended in 2005, relatively soon.
Space may be the final frontier, but its most beloved series is far from over.