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If the name David Gerrold rings a bell, it should, he was responsible for The Trouble with Tribbles, and various Animated Trek stores too. He recently was intereviewd in Australia’s Courier Mail newspaper. He has written a new book about the original series called ‘Boarding the Enterprise‘. In the interview Gerrold speaks in favor of a "reboot" much like Batman and Superman have recently been given.
Wipe the blackboard clean and you go back to Kirk, Spock and McCoy and the Enterprise, with new actors to find different interpretations of the characters. And I think there’s a possibility, just as we’ve see different interpretations of Superman and Batman, maybe that’s how Star Trek is gonna survive.
He even gets in a little kudos for TOS Remastered:
They’re not embarrassingly bad any more; there’s the same starship, the same shot, but they’re smoother, they’re more realistic
Gerrold also tells the paper why he thinks TOS worked so well, why the spin off’s weren’t so sucesfull at being compelling:
(With the spin-offs) you’ve got all these great special effects – great, because the original Star Trek had zero special effects, we had plastic rocket ships, for God’s sake! – and you’ve got all these great costumes, but all we had was some velours with emblems on them.
So it’s not the costumes, and it’s not the props, and it’s not the special effects, and it’s not these million-dollar sound stage sets, it’s not any of that stuff – it’s in the storytelling. Storytelling has to be about the human adventure.
There is much more in the full interview at The Australia Courier Mail.