George Takei is talking about the failed fan-fueled bid to launch a STAR TREK: EXCELSIOR TV series... and how he thinks the campaign may have inspired the coming ENTERPRISE.
While talking to Ian Spelling's Inside Trek & Sci Fi syndicated column, Takei waxed philosophically about the EXCELSIOR concept, saying, "The whole history of STAR TREK and Sulu has been a series of surprises and disappointments. I'd been campaigning for Captain Sulu since way back, and by the time of STAR TREK VI (1991) I had kind of given up on it ever happening. And then it happened.
"The EXCELSIOR campaign kept growing and growing and, thanks to the Internet, it had an international scope that astounded me. I believe in market economics, and the EXCELSIOR campaign seemed to indicate that there was a market for a Captain Sulu show. I thought Paramount might be influenced in some way, and I think they were."
Takei continues, comparing the potential of EXCELSIOR to the coming ENTERPRISE, saying, "Pardon the pun, but the main thrust of the [EXCELSIOR] campaign was to get back to Gene Roddenberry's vision of people working in concert and finding strength through diversity, and there are indications that those elements will be incorporated in the new series. The part that disappointed me is that it's going backward in time, and what made Gene's STAR TREK so engaging was the shock of the new-new technology, new civilizations and new ideas."