It Looks Like Our Sci-Fi Future Won’t Be Including Star Trek

It may have stalled, but the tech it inspired lives on.

1. 20. 17 by Patrick Caughill
Star Staff
Image by Star Staff

Discovery Delayed…Again

Trekkies across the world once again have to endure some bad news regarding the Star Trek universe’s highly anticipated return to television. The Hollywood Reporter has received confirmation directly from CBS that the show is delayed indefinitely.

“This is an ambitious project; we will be flexible on a launch date if it’s best for the show. We’ve said from the beginning it’s more important to do this right than to do it fast. There is also added flexibility presenting on CBS All Access, which isn’t beholden to seasonal premieres or launch windows,” said a rep in a release to the Reporter. Hopefully, them worrying about getting it right more than getting it done can be a source of solace for fans.

Image source: CBS

More Than Just Pop Culture

Star Trek and its many stories have made an important impact on the world. And that impact is not just reserved for the arts; many scientific innovations have their roots in the series. Even the Star Trek vision of the future is something that we strive to achieve. One of the series’ most notable taglines is an inspiring call to action: “To boldly go where no man has gone before.”

There has been a ton of technology displayed on the Enterprise long before it was available in the real world. For just a taste of the embarrassment of riches that Star Trek may have had a hand in making real, take a look at this stem cell spraying gun used to help heal skin after severe burns similar to something a hypospray could accomplish, or the currently-in-development medical scanners being billed as actual tricorders.

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The technological capabilities of the spacecraft on the series are also finding their way into our reality. Virtual and augmented reality are burgeoning technologies and even in their infancy are allowing some pretty incredible experiences. Also, even photon torpedoes and warp drives are in the earliest stages of development.

So while we may have to wait longer for new episodes, we can have some solace in the profound impact this beloved universe has had on the world, and the future it has helped to make possible.


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