Let’s Reboot Star Trek: The Next Generation

Yeah, that’s a terrible idea.  But The Mary Sue already did it, and it turned out to be not so bad.  So because I’m astoundingly bored at the moment, I’m gonna try too.  I’ll be a little more free-wheeling with my choices in places though.  Let’s do it.

Jean-Luc Picard– Idris Elba or Eddie George

Idris Elba could play pretty much any role in this and own it.

Former star NFL running back, current small-time Shakespearean actor and occasional TV personality.  Also charismatic and looks good bald.

RikerMichael Shanks or Gina Torres

He has the look and the cred to bring the jack-of-all-trades second-in-command back to life.

Or how about a gender-swapped Riker? Gotta be Gina Torres of Firefly fame.

Geordi La ForgeDule Hill

Easiest. Casting choice. Ever.

DataMichael Emerson

Because I’d rather have Tom Hiddleston more-or-less reprise his Loki role as Q.

Dr. CrusherAlex Kingston

Also easiest casting choice ever.  Experience playing doctor on ER and cool enough equal footing with The Doctor hisself.

WorfMichael Clarke Duncan or Shad Gaspard

This is all about how you want to portray Worf. Michael Clarke Duncan would make him a much more seasoned badass…

… While former WWE star Shad Gaspard would likely be closer to the original character, if even more physically imposing at 6’7″, still finding his way.

Deanna TroiApril O’Neil

Just keep April O’Neil from the outstanding TNG porn parody. As you can see, she IS Troi.  Plus she’s a huge nerd in real life.  Make it so.

Wesley Crusher–  Taylor Swift

I don’t pay enough attention to really know any child actors, so we’ll both gender swap AND Dawson cast early-20s Taylor Swift, since she can play adorably awkward teenager so well.

Tasha YarMichelle Rodriguez or John Cena

Not obvious in looks, but pretty clear in personality. You need a tough chick to play Yar, and M-Rod fits the bill. And being Yar makes it easy to write her out if Ms. Rodriguez gets up to the off-set shenanigans.

If you’re going to gender-swap any character, Yar might be the one to do it with. John Cena can act competently and has toughness cred as a wrestling megastar, without being quite as obviously imposing as other casting choices, which is a pretty good way to gender swap a character, I think.

Miles O’BrienWil Wheaton

Grown up Wil seems to fit the mildly curmudgeonly everyman of the Federation rather well.  I also might currently bear a passing resemblance to him in this pic, so ha.

GuinanKeisha Castle-Hughes

I just like the idea of a super wizened and long-lived character looking physically young. And I think Keisha Castle-Hughes has the chops to play old in a young person body.

 Reg BarclayMasi Oka

After seeing Get Smart, I think Masi Oka is the right guy to play a background character that all manner of insane chaos befalls.

Ro LarenKaren Gillan

Eh, why not?

QTom Hiddleston


There ya go.  This call done been casted.  Back to the usual baseball card nonsense next.  Thanks for stopping by!

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