Star Trek is one of the world's most beloved franchises, not
only that, it's one of the longest running and most diverse (both in terms of
cultural representation and the sheer volume of entries in the franchise). The
series is going through a hell of a renaissance right now with the launch
of Picard, Discovery, Short Treks and the upcoming Lower Decks. Star Trek has
gathered juggernaut momentum and is flying into the 2020s at maximum warp.
But it hasn't always maintained a course towards success. In
its almost 55 year run Star Trek has had its ups and downs. In moments it's
found prime-time success with mainstream audiences, at other times it's been a
byword for social outcast nerdery (it defiantly still is, but being a nerd is a
good thing now).
It's hardly surprising that across six decades, nine different
TV series (including the anticipated Lower Decks), thirteen movies and a web
series; not to mention a vast expanded universe and fan-fiction entries, Star
Trek has had its wobbles. Star Trek has successfully navigated more than a few
franchise killers in its long run. And thank god, right!
At each of these ten moments, Star Trek could have