Is a “Star Trek: The Musical Episode” Going to Happen?

Musical episodes have been a tv development for over twenty years. The tv episode typically credited for kicking off this development is “Once More With Feeling” from the late 90s/early 2000s science-fiction show “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” The episode aired in 2001, and it was extremely well-received by each critics and followers.

Soon, a number of extra well-liked tv exhibits began airing musical episodes. Doing a musical episode turned so commonplace that it is now its personal TV Trope.

There’s by no means been a musical episode of “Star Trek.” However, it’s one thing that the writers and showrunners have thought of. In a current look on The Pod Directive, present Trek showrunner Alex Kurtzman talked about his ideas on a “Star Trek: The Musical” episode.


Kurtzman Wants a Musical Episode

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Kurtzman dropped by The Pod Directive to talk with hosts Tawny Newsome and Paul F. Tompkins. At one level, the subject of a musical episode got here up in a joking method. However, Kurtzman revealed that he is utterly severe about making one.

“Nothing would make me happier. I’ve thought of this. And if we ever did [more] “Short Treks,” that might be the proper format for it. The factor is, if you are going to do a musical, it must be as sensible as “Once More, With Feeling” From “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” It has to have an idea that makes a musical essential, or you must provide you with a extremely, actually good cause for folks to begin breaking out in tune. And we’ve but to essentially discover that. But nothing would make me happier. I’d die to see that.”

Newsome and Tompkins agreed that they might be delighted to look at a musical episode of “Star Trek.”

This is not the primary time that Kurtzman has expressed his need to create a musical episode of “Star Trek.” In an interview with Gold Derby in August 2020, Kurtzman mentioned that he’d thought quite a bit about methods to make a musical episode of “Short Treks.”


A Trek Musical Episode Has Been Pitched Before

Ronald D Moore attends a photocall at Destination Star Trek London at ExCel on October 19, 2012 in London, England.

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Kurtzman is not the primary “Star Trek” producer to pitch a musical episode. In truth, the concept of a Trek musical episode has been round since “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” One of Trek’s most influential writers, Ronald D. Moore, began circulating the concept for a musical episode of TNG again within the 90s.

In an interview with IGN in 2003, Moore revealed that he needed to do a musical episode lengthy earlier than they have been mainstream.

“Oh, and I used to be agitating for a musical, man. On report, I needed to do a musical model ofTrek properly earlier than “Buffy” or “Chicago Hope.” I needed to do a musical episode, and no one would f***in’ do it.”

Moore has hinted that he’d pitched a musical episode for “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” as properly. In an AOL Q&A with followers, posted to Memory Alpha, a fan requested what story concepts Moore by no means received to do this he nonetheless needed to pursue.

He answered, “the DS9 Musical.”

So, the concept of a “Star Trek” musical episode has been round for an extremely very long time. Though one is not solidly within the works but, it sounds prefer it would possibly occur sooner or later.

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