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Bruce Greenwood: ‘Content’ With Pike’s Role In Star Trek sequel February 9, 2012

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Celebrity,Sci-Fi,ST09 Cast,Star Trek Into Darkness , trackback

Bruce Greenwood made no secret of the fact that he wanted to return to the role of Christopher Pike for the Star Trek sequel. And last month we revealed he got his wish. In a new interview promoting his new show The River, Greenwood talked about returning to Trek and how he is "content" with Pike’s role in the sequel.


Greenwood content with Pike’s role in Star Trek sequel

Here is the interview snippet from Crave Online (note it appears the interview was conducted in mid January).

Crave Online: How is [Star Trek] going?

Bruce Greenwood: It’s great. It’s great to be back with the gang again. It’s really very fun, it’s a good script. I can’t say anything about it.

Crave Online: Are you happy with the way Captain Pike is being handled?

Bruce Greenwood: Of course, yeah. I’m really content with it so it’s a great script.

Crave Online: Is the cast more of a whole now that they’ve done the first movie together?

Bruce Greenwood: Yeah, it’s a family.

When we last saw Christopher Pike he had been promoted to Admiral and was in a wheelchair due to his injuries suffered from being tortured by Nero. The wheelchair was an homage to the episode "The Menagerie" where we see Pike confined to a chair (although in that version he could only use beeps to communicate). No word yet on if he is up and about in the sequel, but in the past Greenwood has said he would prefer to not be in the chair in the sequel.

Admiral Pike from the Star Trek 2009 movie

Go to for more from Greenwood, including details on his role in ABC’s The River.

The River is ABC’s new show about mysteries in the Amazon. The first season focuses on the search for Emmet Cole, played by Bruce Greenwood. The actor appears in flashbacks and video clips, like this one:

The River airs on Tuesday’s at 9PM on ABC. You can watch this week’s two-hour pilot at


1. Killamarshtrek - February 9, 2012

I’m currently enjoying his work as ‘Overlord’ in Modern Warfare 3!

2. Mike - February 9, 2012

Glad that Greenwood is in the sequel. For me, he was one of the best things about the 2009 film.

3. MONGO - February 9, 2012

Mongo happy Pike mans in sequel. Mongo hope Pike mans not have “beep” and “beep, beep” be only line. Mongo think Greenwood mans deliver “beep” with great thespian flourish though.

Mongo not see river. Mongo not want get burn again by TV show with promise but turn out be dud. Like dinosaur TV show. Mongo wonder if dinosaur show still on TV? Mongo not really care.

Mongo rather have Star Trek TV show back. And BSG. Mongo like those show.

4. Jonathan - February 9, 2012

I think Terra Nova was renewed for a second season. Finally watched the season finale last night.

Mongo has good taste.

5. Michael Hall - February 9, 2012

Pike (and his uniform) are just about the only things I like in that picture.

6. Buzz Cagney - February 9, 2012

It must have been a real problem for the writers. On the one hand we have Kirk who has to remain the central hero of the piece, but on the other hand we have a more than worthy equal in Pike.
How they are going to juggle this will be very interesting indeed.

7. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - February 9, 2012

I’m very happy that Greenwood is in the new movie. I hope he get’s some good screen time like he did in Trek 09. he is a great role model for Kirk and that would help Kirk un his years as a Capt.

8. Brett Campbell - February 9, 2012

“The River” was FAR from being the scare-fest ABC has hyped it to be.

9. Basement Blogger - February 9, 2012


I agree with you Mongo. I try to avoid serial story telling because I got burned by “Lost.” Season Six was terrible as it turned from science fiction into the Ghost Whisperer.

Hey Mongo I left three questions for you on the Bob Orci is developing Anne Rice film. It’s number 19.

10. AJ - February 9, 2012

They could make Pike go out honorably by saving all those cadets from the Delta rays, etc. and so forth.

11. Driftwood - February 9, 2012

I’ve always liked Bruce Greenwood and thought he was perfect as Pike. He’s a great fit for Trek generally. I’m thrilled they’re including him in the new movie.

12. VZX - February 9, 2012

Awesome. So Greenwood obviously accepted the offer. Cool. Looking forward to it…

13. Hat Rick - February 9, 2012

According to the article, Greenwood actually said, “really content,” which I think is even better than “content.” :-)

14. pkRaiden - February 9, 2012


somebody clearly watches botchamania….

15. Bruce Davidson - February 9, 2012

The River was a stinkfest!

16. Buzz Cagney - February 9, 2012

Talking of Captain’s, here’s a Sir Patrick interview that may interest you…

17. Daoud - February 9, 2012

Glad Greenwood might be out of the chair…. Two and a half years as chief of Starfleet Operations might make him a little bit rusty…. hahah.

18. Craiger - February 9, 2012

I wonder if the sequel is going to be a remake of the The Menagerie Parts 1 and 2? Maybe they could do a twist on it and Pike becomes the Villain? Pike could have that accident on board that training vessel and get disfigured but not as much as in the original episode. Maybe Cumberbatch would also be on that vessel survive and becomes Pike’s henchmen? They then go against the Federation and allign with the Klingons to take on the Federation for what happened to him?

19. pilotfred - February 9, 2012

so glad he is back
pike is a great character and Bruce is a good actor what can go wrong !!!
i some ways i hope he is in a chair and is giving kirk orders maybe he is still healing and if they is a another film then he is out of it and wanting the enterprise back maybe he flips and takes on kirk(this type of story did happen in the ordinal program)

20. CmdrR - February 9, 2012

The River’s first two eps were great.

Glad Greenwood is in the sequel. He’s a big plus to any project.

Still trying to pick my jaw off the ground after his performance in Mao’s Last Dancer.

21. denny cranium - February 9, 2012

Trek is lucky to have him.
Content with his role?
Maybe Pike buys the farm in this one?

22. AJ - February 9, 2012



Bob Orci wrote here that there was a story written for Pike if Greenwood accepted the role. I doubt it was the main villain.

23. Brevard - February 9, 2012

Folks, I think we have the next ST series right here. Why not do a show that focuses on Pike in the new universe? He gets another command and the adventure continues. He really was one of the best things in ST ’09. Liked him much better than Chris Pine as Captain Kirk. Of course, I always felt that Chris Hemsworth would have made a much finer Capt James T. Kirk that Chris Pine, anyway.

24. Phil - February 9, 2012

Come on, guys, Pike had about 20 minutes of screen time in the last movie. There is little to suggest he isn’t doing anything other then settling into his desk job at Starfleet somewhere. I doubt that management is going to divide the focus of this movie by developing a “What’s Pike Doing” subplot….

25. Jim Nightshade - February 9, 2012

whats botchamania? i remember mongo from blazing saddles mongo only pawn in game of life…i liked the terra nova finale…would be nice to see more..the river..blah..

26. Factchecker - February 9, 2012

Still a little amazed that the TMP Admiral’s uniform made a comeback.

Always liked those duds.

27. Nony - February 9, 2012

Hope he doesn’t go the ‘hero’s older, wiser mentor’ route and get killed off. I have concerns.

28. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - February 9, 2012

Very happy greenwood is apart of the eppic second movie!

29. Aurore - February 9, 2012

Bruce Greenwood: Of course, yeah. I’m really content with it so it’s a great script.

So….. “it’s a *great * script.”

‘Hear that, Phil?

What is actually newsworthy, here, evidently, is that, Bruce Greenwood HIMSELF, just gave you your birthday present, a few days in advance.

How about THAT?!

30. Khan 2.0 - February 9, 2012

WTF? Patrick Stewart in Die Hard 5?

31. crazydaystrom - February 9, 2012

Greenwood’s great. I’ve been a big fan of his since his ‘St. Elsewhere/Nowhere Man/Sweet Hereafter’ days. He’s a great fit for Trek. His Pike is an favorite of mine.

32. Shaun - February 9, 2012

mongo knows “thespian”? interesting…

brevard, i like your idea of a pike series. he owned that chair when he was in command of the enterprise. that is what i want to see from kirk in the new film.

33. NCM - February 9, 2012

I can’t see any reason why they’d feel compelled to snuff out Pike in this film. Fans obviously love the character and he can be kept around, to play Admiral roles as needed–might even leave open some creatively promising doors.

Glad he’s ‘content,’ and very pleased to hear what sounds like real enthusiasm for the script.

34. Shamelord - February 9, 2012

Glad Bruce Greenwood is in the new movie. He was one the delights in the previous one.

35. Bob Tompkins - February 9, 2012

No word on Terra Nova yet, but the cancellation of House probably cements the Fox Monday schedule with Akcatraz and Terra Nova, which had lower- than- anticipated ratings still turned a profit for Fox.
The longer we go without word on Fringe the more likely we will at least get a partial season next year…

36. Bob Tompkins - February 9, 2012

In answer to —-4. Jonathan – February 9, 2012

37. Thorny - February 9, 2012

Mr. Greenwood is the only reason to tune in to “The River” next week. The rest of the cast was awful, and the writing left a lot to be desired. Another overhyped/under-delivering genre show. Both “River” and “Alcatraz” look to be as mind-numbingly slowly plotted as “Flashforward” and we know how THAT turned out.

38. Keachick - rose pinenut (F) - February 9, 2012

Why kill off Pike? He shouldn’t be a main character but there are interesting possibilities as to what his character may get to do – like become overseer/administrator of a brand new space station, complete with spas, built on the edge of Menosian space and that strange spacial *ocean*…

or… I am pleased that Bruce Greenwood is back to play Pike again. At least I have had one of my own wishes granted. Thank you, Bob Orci, et al.

39. Thorny - February 9, 2012

35… Fox is having trouble with the slow decline of “American Idol” starting to hurt its long-time programming philosophy. I think the jury is still very much in doubt for “Fringe”, “Alcatraz”, and especially the ultra-expensive “Terra Nova”. My guess is “The Finder”, “Fringe”, and “Terra Nova” won’t be back while “Alcatraz” and “Touch” will return. The other holes will be filled by new shows.

40. Christopher Roberts - February 9, 2012

Fantastic. In a word.

41. Khan was Framed! - February 9, 2012

I sincerely hope the next movie has Pike slowly degenerating in the chair form neurological damage caused by the Centaurian Slugs.

I think it would a much stronger approach to the “new movie-verse” if for the sequel, we see some elements such as that which more solidly connect it to the Prime Universe.

The writers need to establish that in some circumstances, fate is playing a role here & that even though Pike wasn’t in the same accident as the he was in the Prime Universe, he still ends up incapacitated in the chair.

You can’t cheat fate with time travel. Sorry, Marty!

42. Dee - lvs moon' surface - February 9, 2012

#38. Keachick …

Yes it’s great that he’s back … and certainly he does not have much to say or can not … as well as Captain Fine can not add much about it, too …


;-) :-)

43. pock meared - February 9, 2012

one of the best conceits of the 2009 film was the casting of “JFK” (as audiences know greenwood) as pike. the cultural nod to the era that trek was born in (corvette anyone?) was very much a sweet move, and a tribute the that rod generbodden guy…

i look forward to the next film, but believe its success depends largely in whether or not we see uhura’s space tits in 3D (b’orci?) but that goes without saying, of course.

just reminding you all that michael jackson and khan were wearing one glove at the same time while bob marley’s “one love” was a hit. coincidence?

44. Mike C. - February 9, 2012

“CONTENT”…? Doesn’t sound like he was happy at first about it. Perhaps it is even smaller than in ’09? Strange adjective.

45. Shilliam Watner - February 9, 2012

Make Bruce Greenwood the captain of a ship in a new Star Trek series.

46. Trekker5 - February 9, 2012

This is awesome!! :) Don’t guess Bob would tell us if Pike is still in that chair or no? I know,I know!! But what can I say?! I’m a dreamer!! :)

47. Chrispikeswheelchair - February 9, 2012

I’m a bit sad and hurt that he doesn’t want to sit in me for the sequel……….still great to have the Admiral back though! Beep

48. Bruce Banner - February 9, 2012

If Pike is in the movie, then Spock must blurt out his famous catchphrase……..The Women!

49. Adam E - February 9, 2012

Do we know for sure that Pike is in a wheelchair because of his time on the Narada? We don’t know how much time has passed between the destruction of the Narada and Pike’s and Kirk’s promotions. Pike could also be in the wheelchair temporarily while recovers from the events on the Narada or some other event, accident, or even surgery.

50. 750 Mang - February 9, 2012

Keep Pike in the chair. It’s the timeline trying to heal itself.

51. Sebastian S. - February 9, 2012

Welcome back, Bruce Greenwood. ;-)

I loved his Pike, and I was also a fan of “Nowhere Man”; a great show.
A 1990s answer to another favorite show of mine, “The Prisoner” (1967).

52. N - February 9, 2012

49 I assumed it was a result of the slug latching itself to his brain stem, it’d make sense if he never walked again…but not a lot about this universe makes sense so who knows.
Greenwood’s a good actor though, shame he had the “I dare you to do better” line.

53. Cygnus-X1 - February 9, 2012

Very pleased to learn that Bruce Greenwood is in the sequel. He brings class, sophistication and refinement to the project.

54. AJ - February 9, 2012



“…shame he had the “I dare you to do better” line”

That’s just basic motivational speaking. He knew that if young Jim was anything like his dad, he’d take it as a challenge, and show up at the docks the next morning. He also knew young Kirk was primed to get out of bumf*ck, and get a real life.

The time it takes to go through all of that in the film is quite short, but I think it is handled well, both as written and shot, and does well to move him to SFA pronto, and allow the action to move forward.

55. Gorn Captain - February 10, 2012

Would be nice to see Number One at Pike’s side, even if it’s just a cameo.

56. Aurore - February 10, 2012

Number One in the sequel….

Yes. I would love to see that.

Of course, she would have a name….She would not just be “Number One”…


57. Spockchick - February 10, 2012

@23. Brevard, and @45 Shilliam Watner

A series with Greenwood’s Pike would be awesome, really awesome. I can’t see why that couldn’t start after the next movie, but before the 3rd one, since it would be an earlier Pike as Captain and therefore a previous crew.

58. Charla - February 10, 2012

52 N

I too liked the line, “dare you to do better”- Like AJ said, it was meant for motivation for young Kirk. Greenwood handled it very well, like a true authoritive figure who cares about his recruits.

59. VulcanFilmCritic - February 10, 2012

@44 “CONTENT???” He’s just “content” or even “really content?” Not thrilled, overjoyed or even happy with his new role.
I agree, Mike C., this does not bode well for Pike fans.

I know I’m going to be sitting in this movie with a knot in my stomach waiting for the “timeline to heal itself” by Pike getting blasted with something and nobly becoming a kind of good Darth Vader man-machine, just as I sat in the theater decades ago anxiously waiting for Spock to die.
If you’re really going to re-boot the franchise, do something big. Keep the only hopeful heroic presence in the new Star Trek, Pike.

As for the wheelchair, this is totally anachronistic and just plain stupid and lazy thinking. In a world that has anti-gravs and can make the brain-dead Spock walk, what is a bleepin’ wheelchair doing in the 23rd Century? Heck, even today, spinal cord injuries can be healed (in the lab) and electronic stimulation can get paraplegics to stand and take a few steps.

I just got finished reading about the making of 2001: A Space Odyssey. The care that went into making sure that real science was behind the science fiction was stupendous. Even Star Trek consulted scientific advisors to make prognostications about future technology of the future and much of it was mind-blowing. Too bad the new franchise doesn’t have time for such things.

60. - February 10, 2012

Although i liked that it was Pike who got Kirk into Starfleet it was Spock who had the emotional bond with Pike and i would like to think that was somehow made clear now that he is back.

Not asking for that to be elaborated upon but something that suggest there is a connection would be nice.

61. Douglas - February 10, 2012

Greenwood was great in Star Trek and I’m glad he’s in the follow-up. He’s a fine actor. He does well in The River, as he’s a real pro, but man, the script on that one has some awful stuff. One of the most cringe worthy lines I’ve heard in a long time is spoken by the ship’s engineer in that show.
“I know God hates me. He made my daughter so beautiful”
That girl doesn’t speak English unless possessed by an evil spirit, and, oh, she senses things around her as others just stare at her with blank expressions when she does her halloween-style warnings in Spanish, with English subtitles. Uggg! It’s a mess. I’m glad Greenwood has a great resume and better things coming up.

62. CmdrR - February 10, 2012


63. Trekker5 - February 10, 2012

#56,Aurore,I think Aurore would be a nice name for Number One don’t you? :) Oh,and hi! :)

64. Thorny - February 10, 2012

62… Looks like a bear with a fish in its mouth.

65. Janice - February 10, 2012

I’m SO HAPPY that Bruce Greenwood is back as Pike!
Thank You Bob Orci and anyone else that made this happen.
For me, Pike was the best thing about the 2009 movie and I do hope Pike will be back for the next Star Trek movie in a few years time.

I loved The River!! Emmet Cole (Bruce’s character) will be on the show more as the episodes continue. Spooky and creepy show for sure and I hope it continues on for more that the 8 eppys they filmed.

66. Aurore - February 10, 2012

“I think Aurore would be a nice name for Number One don’t you? :) ”

…And, at some point in the story, she would in mild derision, mockingly refer to Christopher ( Pike) as Sugar Plum…..

Can you see it, DamOn???

Hi, Olivia!

67. paustin - February 10, 2012

Nowhere Man

68. Hephaestion - February 10, 2012

@20. CmdrR
“. . . his performance in Mao’s Last Dancer.”

Greenwood was excellent in that. Very good actor.

69. CmdrR - February 10, 2012

68 – He is indeed good. I’d read the book and didn’t expect to take the coach character to that level. But, Greenwood is a good actor.

70. Red Dead Ryan - February 10, 2012


I seem to recall that guest characters Admiral Jamison (TNG) and Lieutenant Melora (DS9) both used wheelchairs.

71. MONGO - February 10, 2012

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72. Phil - February 10, 2012

@59. Not sure why wheelchairs would be a museum piece by the 23rd century. When human tissue is damaged even when it heals functionality is never quite the same. Also, it’s possible someone could have incurred enough damage that limbs may never be functional again. Even if 23rd century medicine had advanced to a point where nerve tissues were replaced, it may be easier to use the chair, of have the chair function as sort of a base that allows the patient some level of mobility. We still need to avoid this “technology fixes everything” mindset. If antigravity were functional to the point where it could make a crippled man walk, or mobile, well, why wouldn’t everyone have one. Instead of walking to the store, float on over. The unit would still require power, what happens when the batteries run out?

73. Azrael - February 10, 2012

Plus your talking about a spinal injury, and Federation Medical Science hasn’t perfected that yet by the 24th century. Or do people not remember the incredibly dangerous experimental treatment Worf undertook to become mobile again. Or the fact that he died on the table.

Someone mentioned making Spock’s body walk. The same tech used for that purpose was later offered to Worf as an alternative to to ritual suicide, he chose death.

74. Schultz - February 10, 2012

I repeat myself, but gladly: Greenwood alone is reason enough to buy a film ticket.

75. La Reyne d'Epee - February 10, 2012

More Silver Fox. Yes please

76. N - February 10, 2012

74 so are Pine and Quinto, but clarke is reason enough not to watch it at all (I do love Doctor Who’s season 4 finale but skip/mute it whenever he talks :P), mixed signals…

77. ACpilot - February 10, 2012

Of course Star Trek is better with Bruce Greenwood – He is a Canadian after all!

He follows those other great Canadians who have been a major part of Trek – William Shatner and James Doohan for instance.

78. Keachick - rose pinenut - February 10, 2012

I would think that wheelchairs might still be around in the 23rd century, though not as antiquated looking as the one Pike was in. Even if people are not incapable of walking, they may be too weak to walk from one point to another. Winona Kirk, while in labour, was wheeled into the shuttlecraft. Wheelchairs are a very useful (temporary) aid, especially if they can be manually operated. It really depends on who is using the chair and why.

79. N - February 10, 2012

He could have a hover chair

80. VulcanFilmCritic - February 10, 2012

@72,73,78. People who say mechanical wheelchairs are just fine have apparently never been in one. Despite the world class athletes who are capable of great feats in a wheelchair there are just some things people who can walk would never consider.

Simply being able to rise up to the level of someone speaking and looking them in the eye is very important psychologically, not to mention things like getting up or down ladders and stairs, navigating tight spaces and uneven ground.

I’m not wheelchair-bound but many of my patients are. Even those in the latest motorized chairs are still at a disadvantage. This was brought home to me on an emotional level when I was in medical school. As part of our elective course on Rehab Medicine, we had to spend an entire afternoon in a wheelchair. And not in the hospital either. We had to go outside and navigate traffic and streets and stores. It was quite an eye opener.

An anti-grav platform seat would be much more useful than a device which has hardly changed since the 19th Century. And as for battery life, I wouldn’t worry about it. Pacemakers have batteries.

81. Jack - February 10, 2012

3. Howdy, Mongo. Ever watch Fringe? I didn’t love the first season (it took a while for the characters to grow on me and for me to get over my “hey! this is the x-files!” silliness) and now I’m pretty hooked — a neat mix of serial mythology and mostly-stand-alone episodes.

59. Wasn’t the wheelchair simply a nod to The Menagerie? Maybe there are ramps everywhere for species who need them (ramps). But, yeah, I’d like to see some thoughtful, elegant, smart, innovative, problem-solving future tech without it being Back to the Future II goofy (self-lacing sneakers etc.). Thoughtful post on wheelchairs, btw.

I know my friend with MS has a tough time getting around in one (especially because of accessibility) when his legs aren’t working — better than the alternative (not getting around), I suppose, but there’s definitely room for improvement.

82. NCM - February 10, 2012

60. – February 10, 2012

“Although i liked that it was Pike who got Kirk into Starfleet it was Spock who had the emotional bond with Pike and i would like to think that was somehow made clear now that he is back… Not asking for that to be elaborated upon but something that suggest there is a connection would be nice.”

I agree. Spock kinda got cheated. Yes, he ‘got the girl,’ but he lost his mom, his planet, his cool and his position on the bridge–public humiliation in the extreme:-/, and he apparently received no medal/recognition for his Kamikaze disabling of the Narada.

83. NCM - February 10, 2012

80. VulcanFilmCritic – February 10, 2012

Many years ago, my husband saw a talk show guest demonstrate an upright wheelchair that could climb curbs, stairs, and cover uneven ground. Probably too expensive to market, still, but I have to think the future will see such gains before we no longer need them. Not an absolute idealist, but I think researchers are already predicting regenerative therapies to restore walking for paraplegic individuals.

You’re right about the inconvenience of being wheelchair bound. My mother must pay for special transport to get to doctor appts. When I take her shopping, I can’t transport her electric wheelchair, so we load the portable and I have to get another family member to join us–someone to push the cart; another to push the chair. Despite ADA, clothing racks do not admit wheelchairs and most buildings do not have automatic doors. Couldn’t get her into a dentist’s office, recently, until I found someone who could help–no curb cutaway. Our car seats six, but we lose the two back seats to accommodate the chair; which means we can take mom, or her chair, or leave behind one of the kids:[

84. Peter Loader - February 11, 2012

Greenwood has presence just standing still. Would like to see him in Trek series based around him as Commander of Starfleet Academy.

85. Keachick - rose pinenut - February 11, 2012

I am not saying that wheelchairs are great and need no improvement, however they are surely better than nothing and there still might be a place for them in the 23rd century. I see them being used on a temporary basis, eg where Winona was being wheeled into the shuttlecraft. Since she was in labour and obviously the contractions were coming closer together and were more severe, trying to get her to walk to shuttle would have been a lot slower and time was of the essence, hence the wheelchair.

I think that a good wheelchair could still be an option among many options in the 23rd century where a person’s mobility is an issue.

86. Bucky - February 11, 2012

I’m fairly certain by the 23rd century they’ll give him some cool robo-legs. Hopefully exactly like what Robocop had.

87. jwillis84 - February 12, 2012

Perhaps a Life is traded for a Life?

In Kirks original timeline his father lived to see him assume command of the Enterprise. In this timeline Pike assumed that role.. but since he isn’t actually his father.. perhaps Pikes life is altered for the better.

Pike’s command may have only been one in a series and his promotion may have been a logical stepping stone to something grandeur. He’s needed at Star Fleet command to architect the future.. perpare for the coming Romulan Wars.. though he has no idea yet.. more likely he’s investigating the sudden silence of far distant outposts. Since this isn’t the future we’re familar with, but a seedier timeline a more cautious Federation wary of sneak attacks.. it more likely they launched a battle group to investigate the area surrounding the unknown borders of the Romulan Empire. He could play a pivotal role. (that) would make a great spinoff TV series… independent of canon.

As for Cumberbatch.. he looks like he could easily fill the role of a Vulcan, Romulan or that creepy puppet from the First Federation. Here’s hoping he isn’t a derranged Vulcan trying to re-write the timeline to save Vulcan.

88. jwillis84 - February 12, 2012

Just another thought.

A spinoff TV series along the lines of playing off the Admiral as a vehicle to introduce us to a new ship or ships in a similar timeline toTOS.

Would easily solve the problems of Paramount versus CBS and get us back to Star Trek on the small screen much faster. The movies could continue to focus on the characters from the original series, bigger and bolder. Where as the TV series could focus on a smaller isolated deep space group of vessels mapping and exploring, supporting colonies and seeking answers to unexplained things like the destroyed or missing outposts. Crossovers with the Movie versions of the original characters could be rarer.. but they’d support each other.

It’s 40 years later and we have a much better point of view of our place in the Galaxy and the Universe. I would hope the modernization of the stories would include this and mention some of it. Put the Klingons, Romulans and Vulcans more firmly on the map of stars we can see in our night sky. Rather than just refer to a two dimensional border, they could throw up a three dimensional map complete with “dragons be here” or regions marked as “unexplored” or “destination”.

89. Keachick - rose pinenut - February 12, 2012

Why does this alternate timeline need to be a seedier one than the prime universe? A lot of what we get already could be described as somewhat “seedy” – I guess it is easier for writers and others to think/imagine “seedy” – as in unsavoury, morally corrupt/ing/ible, brutal, ugly and presenting downright stupidity, like vengefulness.

Oh for a little beauty and sanity!

90. Randall - February 13, 2012

I still say give THIS guy his own Star Trek TV show. He’s fantastic, likeable as hell, and he looks the heroic part. (Greenwood I mean, of course).

91. MONGO - February 13, 2012

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Mongo just wish for Star Trek be back on TV.

92. jake - May 26, 2012

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