MY major effort for the day was the discussion on whnther or not the "Star Trek" franchise can be "saved." given that lately even TV Guide has begun to question its direction. I was surprised and pleased by how much weight my suggetions were given. The panelist pretty much agreed that the revision of Trek history done in the "Star Trek: Generations" film was an error, and that the entire "Enterprise" series has been a gross error that should be tossed out. Just one major flaw points out the dramatic problem the series has: WE KNOW THE FUTURE. Earth is NOT going to be destroyed, the Federation WILL continue, so who cares what happens?
My proposals were as follows: Set the next incarnation a hundred or so years after the end of "Voyager." Have some of the best and most creative writes get together and brainstorm what has happened in the intervening time with the Borg, Dominion, Cardassians, Romulans, etc. What is the status of androids and other A,I.s? Design new starcraft fully utilizing some of the under-used technology--with force fields, matter transporters/replicators and Holodeck technology, it shold be possible to have a spacecraft that is fully reconfigurable on the fly. Then work out an overall story arc for the series that would set some guidelines, such as "No Q," and "No time travel." One of the better things about past trek series is that relative outsiders could contribute scripts, and I would continue that, as long as they were writeable into the continuity.