A new scripted Star Trek podcast focusing on the exploits of arch-villain Khan Noonien Singh has been announced by Paramount.
Star Trek: Khan – Ceti Alpha V will take place after Khan and his band of genetically-engineered villains were exiled in the classic episode Space Seed but before Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. More importantly, Trek auteur Nicholas Meyer will write and direct the long-awaited miniseries.
There are few creative figures who deserve more adoration from Trek fans than Meyer. The writer-director created The Wrath of Khan, which allegedly saved the series from obscurity. He went on to co-write The Voyage Home and direct The Undiscovered Country, which are three of the best Star Trek films ever made.
Indeed, one eminent Trek scholar stated that in order to make great Star Trek, two things must be done: hire Nicholas Meyer and then cut his budget in half.
Alex Kurtzman gave praise to Meyer, saying that “Nick made the definitive Trek movie when he made Wrath, and we’ve all been standing in its shadow since.” He added that Meyer has “come up with something as surprising, gripping and emotional as the original, and it’s a real honor to be able to let him tell the next chapter in this story exactly the way he wants to.”
When the revival of Star Trek began, Discovery’s original creator Bryan Fuller hired Meyer as a producer. Meyer previously stated in 2017 that talks had taken place for him to write a Khan mid-quel series covering his exile and bridging the gap between the classic series and the film.
The series may or may not have been canceled due to the complicated re-merger of Paramount and CBS, as well as the fact that it was only three episodes long. Meyer stated on stage that he was revising his drafts, presumably to make them more format-appropriate.
Unfortunately, no one knows who will star in the series (Ricardo Montalban died in 2009), and there’s no word on a release date or runtime. However, given that Paramount has a) hired Nicholas Meyer and b) reduced his budget by more than half, we can expect this podcast to be the best piece of Trek ever committed to audio.