According to George Takei, the original Mr. Sulu, there is a reason why the newer Star Trek films aren’t as good as the original series.
Takei believes that the films are missing something important. “They’re all great action-adventure space operas,” he said. “But it’s missing that Gene Roddenberry element – using science fiction as a metaphor to address issues of importance to our society.”
For example, in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, the movie dealt with an important issue, but did so in an “engaging, entertaining way, but also in a very enlightening way” said Takei. “So the big screen can tell it just as well as on the small screen. It’s just how you do it. It’s the writer’s talent.”
Takei expects to see that kind of storytelling on Star Trek Discovery. Bryan Fuller has “the opportunity now to deal more specifically with issues of our time,” he said.
“The potential for storytelling in the new TV version is going to be enormous and absolutely tantalizing. I’m sure with Bryan Fuller at the helm of the TV series; it’s going to have that Gene Roddenberry element.”
Source: Digital Spy