Star Trek turns 50 next year. Yet it feels like it’s at a nadir in its cultural importance. A movie every few years just isn’t enough. Iconic cinematic franchises continue to churn out movie after movie: Harry Potter, DC, Marvel, Hunger Games, Marvel, Star Wars, Marvel, Fast & Furious, Marvel. Michael Chang Gummelt, creator of fan-made story Star Trek Beyond (coincidentally the same name chosen for the new Star Trek feature film) and owner of www.StarTrekBeyond.com, takes a look at the state of the franchise through the eyes of a fan creator in the below essay. UPDATE: The project is now officially titled “Star Trek Uncharted” and is hosted at www.StarTrekUncharted.com.