New 'Deeper Side of Trek' column

By Amy
November 8, 2000 - 6:32 AM

Over at, Jamahl Epsicokhan, Star Trek: Hypertext reviewer, has posted the latest of his bi-weekly 'Deeper Side of Trek' columns. In this week's edition, entitled 'Franchise at the Crossroads', Jammer looks at the short-term future of Trek, Series V and how it needs to send Trek in a new direction or suffer from the impending franchise burn-out.

Paramount sources have been incredibly tight-lipped, promising to release information about the show "soon." Every subsequent interview, however, reads just like the last. Has Paramount even approved a pilot premise? Everyone seems to be tap-dancing around specifics in favor of vague promises that seem to read, "We don't know what it is yet, but it's gonna be great!"

So what's the deal? Are we being hooked for a huge surprise? Are there conceptual problems that have led to ideas being thrown out over and over again? Is there a working premise or not?

Ultimately, at this moment in time, it's irrelevant. But it seems that the trust between the fan base and the people running the franchise has eroded. Personally -- and I doubt I'm alone -- my feelings on the matter of Series V are "I'll believe it when I see it" -- and I'm talking merely about the existence of such a series, not even the question of whether it will be fresh enough to justify a premiere immediately after Voyager goes away.

To read Jammer's full two-page article, click here and visit

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