by Billie Doux
New Star Trek. Bryan Fuller. Discuss.
Come on. Six television series, thirteen movies, conventions, millions of fans around the world -- with all of the revival fever lately, it was inevitable that the suits would get around to Star Trek, and not just on the silver screen. Star Trek: Enterprise ended with a whimper back in 2005, and I went on a not-typical-for-me diatribe about why Enterprise lost its audience before it hit its stride.
In a nutshell, it was the writing. By the time Enterprise launched back in 2001, other series were taking big risks, while Paramount kept too tight a leash on their cash cow. The fans were divided -- many just wanted Star Trek to stay the way it was, forever and ever, but others desperately wanted them to boldly go in new directions and try new things. (And the latter, that would be me.) There's so much potential for great storytelling lying about in the Star Trek universe. Just look at all of the original novels and fan fiction. I thought back then that they should hire the guy who wrote the best original Star Trek novels -- that would be Peter David -- and give him and a bunch of other talented writers some creative freedom. I bet they could boldly take us where Star Trek has never gone before.
Interestingly, that might be what's happening now. Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies), whose writing career began with Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager, has been crowned as the new Star Trek show runner. I'm sorry to admit that I didn't like Pushing Daisies, and the premise of Hannibal creeped me out to the point where I could never make myself try it. So I'm pleased that Bryan Fuller is obviously talented, creative and innovative, but worried that since I haven't connected to his other stuff, I won't like his version of the new Star Trek.
Along with some apprehension about Bryan Fuller, I'm also unhappy that we're going to have to pay for new Trek. The show will debut on CBS in January 2017, but all subsequent new episodes will air on CBS's live streaming service, CBS All Access. Which means we'll have to pay for it. I'll probably pay for it. But I'll resent that I have to.
I asked the Agents of D.O.U.X. (our writers here at Doux Reviews) what they thought of Bryan Fuller as the Star Trek showrunner:
-- Joseph Santini, who reviews Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, said, "This is hopeful. We might get a Star Trek which attempts to engage with society again instead of what's lately been generalized scifi plot retreads. Too harsh? Aiee."
-- Heather, who reviewed all of Bryan Fuller's show Hannibal, said, "Yes, I do love Fuller but am not a Star Trek fan! I'm very excited to see anything he does but do not have a good sense of what this means for the series. But there isn't another showrunner out there who'd be capable of converting me to the fandom more than Bryan Fuller."
-- Juliette, who reviews Star Trek: Voyager, said, "I'm pleased, he was involved with Voyager and it's my favourite so hopefully this is good news!"
-- J.D. Balthazar, who is part of the Star Trek: The Next Generation review team, said, "Fuller is creative and has Star Trek cred, so he could be good. There are a lot of worse choices. Like Michael Bay. He'd somehow get the American flag into every episode."
-- Mark Greig, who is also part of the Next Gen review team, said, "I don't have a quote but I do have an image that sums up my feelings perfectly." (see below)
What do you guys think?
TV's greatest villains
I was late to Doctor Who. I never watched the original Doctor Who (1963-1989) and wasn't that interested in the 2005 reboot... until Buffy fans I knew kept telling me to catch James Marsters' guest spot on Torchwood, and my curiosity about John Barrowman's Captain Jack Harkness finally got me to try new Who. I'm talking 2008 here. 1963... 2008. Sometimes it takes me awhile.
This was my long, round-about way of getting to the fact that we all have our favorite Doctors, and David Tennant has always been mine. His work as the villain Kilgrave on the recent Netflix series Jessica Jones was chilling, and it got him on Rolling Stone's recent list of the 40 Greatest TV Villains of All Time.
Check it out. I was hoping for some of my favorites and they were there:
-- John Lithgow as the Trinity Killer, Dexter (number 34)
(For me, it was the Ice Truck Killer in season one. But Trinity was a close second.)
-- The Gentlemen, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (33)
(I was hoping for either Angel or the Mayor, but okay.)
-- The Cigarette Smoking Man, The X-Files (21)
-- Number Two, The Prisoner (17)
-- Head Six, whom we all called Harvey Six here on Doux Reviews, Battlestar Galactica (15)
-- Boyd Crowder, Justified (14)
-- The Borg, Star Trek: The Next Generation (9)
-- Gus Fring, Breaking Bad (7)
-- Al Swearengen, Deadwood (6)
And I absolutely agree with their number one: Benjamin Linus on Lost, played by Michael Emerson. The moment Emerson joined Lost, it became a different series. Or maybe the same series, but turned up to eleven.
But come on. The Governor on The Walking Dead (19)? He had potential but I think they threw that potential away. And Thomas Barrow on Downton Abbey (38)? He's just misunderstood.
Agree? Disagree? Who are your favorites on the list? Who do you think Rolling Stone left out?
The Good Wife ends
The Good Wife is ending this season, and I'm okay with that -- even though I just discovered the show a couple of seasons ago. Seven seasons is a nice long run, plus they're losing their showrunners. Have you noticed how so many shows either end too soon or go on too long?
Turns out all three of Rory's love interests will be returning to the Gilmore Girls revival: Matt Czuchry, Milo Ventimiglia, and Jared Padalecki. Plus practically everyone else. I'm very excited. And Josie, I'm pretty sure there will be plenty mother/daughter stuff, too. There'd better be.
Agent Carter update
Many of us here at Doux absolutely love Agent Carter. Unfortunately, the ratings aren't so good. And now Hayley Atwell has gotten the lead in an ABC drama called Conviction. Yes, it's just a pilot, and we're told that if it goes to series and Agent Carter gets a third season, Hayley Atwell will do both. But it's still possibly a bit ominous for Agent Carter.
Everybody's a critic
Heather, one of our Agents of D.O.U.X., recommends a New York Times article entitled Everybody's a Critic. And That's How It Should Be by A.O. Scott. Wow, is that us. Especially the part about how pointless the Oscars have become. Heather said, "I like how it encourages us to cultivate our own feelings about film and TV which might mean going against the critical mass. That consensus doesn't have to effect how we like or don't like what we truly do."
This Week in Cosmonauts
(Contributed by Josie Kafka)
Please watch Konstantin Bronzit’s “We Can’t Live Without Cosmos." You will love it:
Happy Valentine's Day!
Billie Doux loves good television, especially science fiction. She also loves cats. Okay, and chocolate. And holidays with chocolate.