The original series’ Walter Koenig recently shared his opinion on modern Star Trek, including the three recent movies and Star Trek: Discovery.
The J.J. Abrams movies have created a new audience, according to Koenig. “[Abrams] changed the format to compete with the other multi-hundred million dollar projects that use computer-graphics sensibly,” he said. “It’s now more of a phenomenon – a visual, sensory experience, rather than an emotional experience. These new Star Trek followers are there for the thrill and that’s fine, but it seems like they’re not necessarily looking for something that speaks to their sense of humanity and a sense of personal investment in the statement of an optimistic world that the audiences in the ’60s did when we were relying almost exclusively on story and relationships. I don’t what percentage these new fans represent, but they are certainly now a dynamic in terms of the franchise’s popularity.”
Koenig didn’t have as much to say about the latest Star Trek series, Star Trek: Discovery. Koenig hasn’t watched the series, “because my philosophy on life is to look ahead,” he said.