Sadly, the Enterprise lost another crew member yesterday. Nichelle Nichols, known best as Lt. Nyota Uhura, passed away at age 89. Scotty, McCoy, Rand, Chapel, Spock, now Uhura. All we have left are Kirk, Sulu, and Chekov. Farewell Nichelle, you shall be missed.
[Spoiler Alert!] I have been a Trekkie since I was a child, having watched the Original Series shortly after it entered syndication in the late 1960’s/early 1970’s. It was a Saturday evening tradition at my grandparent’s house (along with The Bugs Bunny/Roadrunner Hour and Land of the Giants). But I haven’t always liked everything made in the franchise, and lately it has been less than enjoyable for me. But I have renewed faith with Strange New Worlds.
There are plenty of creators (writers, directors, composers, etc) who end up creating work within a existing universe. Think making Star Wars movies, or writing a Star Trek novel. Often the desire for the creator to put their own stamp on the work bumps up against the “rules” and history of the universe. But how should you approach creating something in a universe that already has rules and history?