's next TV (or streaming) home will be cable (or Netflix). That guarantees a darker tone compared with what we've seen before, because the reason for the lighter tone was the demands of broadcast and the mass market.
Those days are gone and will not be back. What sort of "dark tone" Star Trek
will have in the future remains to be seen. It's one thing if Showtime does it, entirely different on FX or TNT. Will it be Game of Thrones
in space, or something much lighter, a la Falling Skies
, filled with violent action, but a sense of optimism regardless?
It is an adulty story that followed a unit of Starfleet Marines that had to take down an Orian crime syndicate who Kingpin was an intergaltic drug lord.
I could see cable doing something along those lines rather than stick solely with the old starship-based format.
will have to be adapted to new TV/streaming environments, just like JJ Abrams adapted it to the demands of the summer popcorn blockbuster. Some fans threw a fit and declared it's not Star Trek
, but unless it had been adapted to fit its new ecosystem, it would never exist at all.
I'd rather check out new adaptations and see how I like them than hide my head in the sand and refuse to admit that times have moved on.