Well, fellow sci-fi lovers, it appears that the Star Trek franchise is on ice for the time being. After the disappointing box-office of Nemesis (not bad, even slightly underrated, but not great either) and the premature cancellation of Enterprise (which had quite a few good episodes, but suffered from the same, shall we say, inconsistency as Voyager), it's anybody's guess as to when this beloved pop-culture institution will rise again. (Being the optimist I am, I say when, not if!) The question I now pose to my fellow fans is: How would you revive the franchise? What I would like to see from the next movie is a story that doesn't feel obligated to gather up the whole gang again and is therefore not obligated to shoehorn something in for everyone to do. (Of course, with the demise of Data, the TNG crew will never quite be the same again.) I think that the studio executives should allow the writers to tell a story using whatever characters from the Trek universe they like, whether it's Picard, Spock, Riker, Seven of Nine, or even Garak. That way, the storytelling would be far more organic and feel less forced. As for a television series, I personally wouldn't mind seeing Peter David's New Frontier series of novels turned into a show! Yeah, yeah, I know that's probably never ever going to happen. But I seriously think that David's work in Trek fiction would provide a good role model for TV writers, in terms of character development and as a study in how to sidestep all the usual cliches. So...what do you think??