Firefly (and its follow-up film Serenity) is one other present that, on the floor, appears to be intentionally doing one thing totally different to Star Trek. Set sooner or later and following the crew of a spaceship, it has a Western-inspired vibe. The ship has a courtesan and a mercenary on board, and using Chinese language phrases scattered among the many English appears to be a response towards the perceived tendency of Star Trek and different collection to make the long run look very American (considerably unfairly, and Uhura’s native language could be very particularly established as Swahili in “The Changeling,” though she is admonished and advised to talk English which is particularly odd as all of them have Common Translators… however we digress).
However truly, Firefly could be very straight impressed by Star Trek, which was famously conceived by Gene Roddenberry as a “wagon prepare to the celebs.” Its much more well-known tag line describes area as “the ultimate frontier,” clearly positioning the present as mainly a Western in area. Firefly takes that primary concept however goes in a unique course with it. As a substitute of specializing in the exploration side of the motion of immigrants to America ever additional west within the nineteenth century, Firefly picks up on different parts of Westerns and Western tropes – notably the lawlessness in a frontier atmosphere with minimal legislation enforcement. It’s the yin to Star Trek’s yang.
WALL-E’s most evident and instant inspirations are the movies Silent Operating and 2001: A House Odyssey, however when you look intently, there’s a good little bit of Star Trek in there as properly. It’s, after all, largely set on a spaceship and one of many most important characters is the ship’s captain – to this point, so superficial.
However there are deeper connections to Star Trek right here. One of many issues that’s notable about WALL-E is simply how good and well-intentioned all the long run human characters are. The current-day human character performed by Fred Willard, and by implication all the opposite present-day people, are considerably horrible, however the entire future people we meet are good people who find themselves open to new experiences when they’re uncovered to them. Their sedentary, passive existence are merely what they’ve been taught and introduced up with. The best and briefest publicity to the world round them, even simply by being by chance toppled out of their cellular chairs, units them off on a journey of discovery, and the ship’s captain is thrilled and excited to study extra about Earth and about his personal ship’s true mission. That perspective is pure Star Trek – a ardour for discovery and exploration, even when it’s one which finally leads again to Earth once more.
There was some extent, round 2017-2019, when The Orville was well-known for being extra like Star Trek than Star Trek. This isn’t meant – by us anyway – as a criticism of Star Trek: Discovery, which is a superb present. However in its first two seasons, Discovery intentionally leaned away from a number of the Star Trek collection that had come earlier than, following a disgraced former mutineer as an alternative of a Captain or Commander, that includes a morally doubtful Captain who truly turned out to be “evil,” specializing in battle and trauma, and utilizing arc-based as an alternative of episodic storytelling. It was fairly much like Deep House 9 in some ways, however for followers of the extra upbeat, Planet of the Week, episodic storytelling of the Unique Sequence, The Subsequent Era, or Voyager, it was a little bit of a shock (Star Trek: Enterprise, like Discovery, re-tooled itself considerably midway by means of).
The Orville, however, mainly is Star Trek within the Nineties mould of Subsequent Gen or Voyager. Seven episodes of the present had been truly written by Brannon Braga along with his new writing companion, former scientific marketing consultant on Star Trek, André Bormanis. And sure, writers are after all able to writing various things, however though The Orville began out as a Star Trek spoof, just about the one distinction between the 2 by season 3 is that individuals on the Orville typically eat pot brownies.