Re: If big budget/shiny SFX space opera is out of the question...
I think the next Trek series will be a reboot. If it's an animated one, it'll be set in it's own continuity, (less Star Wars: The Clone Wars
and more like Transformers Prime, G.I Joe Renegades,
or Green Lantern: The Animated Series
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