I’m not looking forward to the new All Access steaming, I mean streaming Star Trek series for a lot of reasons. For one, it’s once again set before the age of the Enterprise. Secondly it features a cast that looks nothing like myself. You know, male and white. Three, I’m more interested in seeing what happens after Voyager. Regardless, I’m not getting what I want.
None of that seems to matter to Alex Kurtzman, though, the main issue is what can a television show that a movie cannot, and vice versa. Bigger budget go to movies. More personal and intricate plots usually go to television series as they have the time to do it right. Kurtzman seems to believe that it does not matter if Discovery is a television show, or a movie, because they’re all the same now. Or some shit. As Kurtzman told Collider , these days you can pretty much forget about those old TV vs. movie distinctions:
Look, here’s the other thing that’s happening, and you know this to be true. The line between film and television is utterly blurred. Not just at a storytelling level, but visually now. What we’re doing on Star Trek right now, that’s not that different from what we’re doing in the movies. I think that’s what people expect when they pay for Netflix, or for HBO, or whatever they’re going to pay for. That actually makes, as a storyteller, it makes it, in the many ways, you’re not limited by oh, we could never really do that on television scope wise because now, take a look at Game of Thrones. That’s a movie.
My take: are you really going to trust the one-half of a brain that wrote Transformers 2007? Really, that movie, IIRC, had not one but two screenwriters and they still got it wrong. But more to the point, movies still have outrageous budgets, even if Sense8 was going for nine million an episode, or so I read, and television can still do enormous justice to a story that a two-hour movie cannot.