Why Ron Moore says Star Trek's heart and soul demands a return to TV

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Feb 5, 2014, 2:22 PM EST

Ronald D. Moore thinks that the heart and soul of Star Trek demands that it returns to TV -- where many think it rightly belongs. But could he also be the right man for the job?

Speaking to WiG about his current Syfy show, Helix, Moore was grilled about possibly being involved in some way, shape or form on the long-awaited return of Star Trek to the small screen.

As most of you know, Moore is no stranger to Star Trek, having written for and been a producer on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager before successfully rebooting Battlestar Galactica, among many, many other sci-fi things.

This is what Moore had to say about J.J. Abrams' Star Trek movie reboots, why Star Trek belongs to TV and whether he’s the right dude for the job of bringing it back to our small screens:

"I think its home and its heart is really in television. That's really what Star Trek is - the core concept is really a TV show...I think the features are good and I really admire what JJ Abrams has done with the last two films - I think it's great - but the heart and soul of that franchise demands a return to television.
The kinds of stories that you'll tell in the features space are not the kinds of stories that made that show so popular. The features all have to be action-oriented. They all have to have enormous stakes - the Earth or the Federation or the universe has to be in jeopardy - and the features always have to surround the Captain...and maybe one other character.
The TV shows were morality plays, they were more thematic, they were examining society in different ways. Sometimes the stakes were just one crew member's life, sometimes the stakes were just one alien world or the Enterprise. You could do a story that was just about Data (Brent Spiner) or a story that was just about McCoy (DeForest Kelley) or about the characters who lived below decks on the Enterprise.
The TV show is really what Star Trek is to me. I think the features are great, but I think it has to return to TV if it's going to remain an ongoing franchise."

So obviously, Moore would LOVE to see Star Trek return to TV (so say we all!), but would he be ready to sit in the captain's chair and bring such an endeavor to full warp speed?

"I'd love to do Star Trek again, in all honesty," Moore said. "But I also don't have a great new Star Trek idea. I'm not saying I know exactly how to do a new TV show - I don't. Maybe I shouldn't do it until I have that great epiphany!"

We love Moore's honesty (and modesty) here, but here's us really praying for that epiphany. Do you guys think Moore could still be the right man for the job?

(via Digital Spy)