Of course, Star Trek ditched the "space western" idea very early on its run, so if you want to go back to that idea you'd have to retool it a bit.
Indeed. I've always thought the Wagon Train
reference had more to do with the episodic format than any specific ties to the Western genre. Unlike Gunsmoke
, Wagon Train
was always on the move, with new settings, plot issues and guest stars every week, and then on to somewhere else. That gave the writers a lot of freedom, which I think was something that appealed to GR for his new show.
Some of the early S1 episodes have a Westernish, "settling the frontier" feel to them, though.