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Remember how agonizing it was for us Star Trek: TNG fans to wait from May until September for new episodes to appear? Sure, you could watch Tasha Yar die in reruns forever and ever, but seeing brand new stories was something to get excited about.

Well, it’s been 10 years since Star Trek went off the air. I managed to stick with Enterprise more out of habit than anything else. I was actually one of the people that was glad when it was put down: it felt like an old dog that you loved, but it was getting sick and it was for the best of everyone if we just put it down for a while.

Now that time has passed, my appetite for a new Star Trek series is growing. And really, it’s a little insane that Star Trek isn’t on the air right now: special effects are a lot better and cheaper than they were twenty years ago. Television is much more open to serialized television and character arcs, something that Star Trek struggled with as it built a universe while telling standalone stories. And the general public is much more accepting of strange science-fictional ideas than it ever has been. One look at our smartphone/google glass culture and you realize that Star Trek fans aren’t the ostracized nerds they once were.

There are bigger questions that need to be answered before this Star Trek thing happens. That’s for a later post. For now I wanted to talk …