I won't sit here and pretend I love reboots. They're largely awful. But any opportunity to see the crew of the Enterprise-D reimagined would give great Oo-max. That was a Ferengi sex joke. Try and keep up here.
A few housecleaning items. Given the J.J.-verse's treatment of the classic crew's movie adventures, I will concede that my beloved characters would be a bit more cartoon-y than the original lauded series. I'll also be keeping in mind how the characters were presented in season one as they were fresh from Gene Roddenberry's show treatment versus how they evolved over time. Lastly, I don't want to propose dream casts as this is being written in late 2016 and who knows what amazing new talent could pop up between now and an inevitable reboot. We clear? Great. Engage!
Enterprise, gave us a pretty great template with their future-ier glimpse at the Enterprise-J. Not my favourite design but it certainly felt like a natural evolution of Starfleet's most infamous vessel and holds up well by today's standards.
And for God's sake, make the actor actually French this time!
For a movie, I would rather enjoy seeing him as he was originally portrayed which, coincidentally, was how Commander Shelby from the seminal The Best of Both Worlds episodes came across. Her bossiness, take-charge attitude and boundless ambition was a stark mirror on how comfortable Riker became serving on the Enterprise. Sparring his reckless energy off of the calm Picard would make for great chemistry and drama.
For a movie franchise's purposes, I again defer to her earlier appearances in the series. Marina Sirtis' Greek heritage and layered accents helped her stand apart. I'd love to see her as more exotic alien than human. Likewise, her insistence that, as a mental heathcare provider, she not wear a military uniform also ensured she visually popped against a sea of walking Crayons.
But most importantly, she had telepathic powers, was raised in a wildly liberal culture, and was in a position to speak frankly about mental illness. She could be spectacular as a voice of reason; the Big Momma in the room who tells you to sit down, son.
Spiner essentially killed the franchise when he admitted that while Data may be ageless, he himself is not and had to gracefully bow out. Since we're not on a TV budget here, I'd rather not see a dude in glittery body paint walking around on screen. Rather than go the CGI route I would love to see one of those hyper-realistic robots coming out of Japan play Data. Y'know how they look SO real but... there's just something not right about 'em? That. I want that. Essentially human but your eyes and brain just can't register them as such.
And, sadly, I'm going to do the same here.
A widow, a mother of young Wesley, and reluctant to serve aboard the ship commanded by the man who was both an old friend but also ordered her husband's death, she came in with a lot of intriguing baggage and history that was jettisoned quite casually. Her sexual chemistry with Picard was also renowned to the point where it was fan theorized that Wesley may indeed be a Picard/Crusher lovechild. Oooooh, the drama! Throw in her Bechdal-approved friendship with Troi and she's ready to really mix up the character dynamics!
And I lost ya.
Point is, he was "disabled" in the future which practically gave him super powers that weren't utilized enough. Throw in the fact that, especially earlier on, he was the funny, wide-eyed everyman we the audience saw ourselves in. So many eyesight puns. Too soon? Anyway, he's the Flash to TNG's Justice League. The glue that binds them together.
In the first movie alone, his uneasy ties to the Klingon Empire and loyalty to the Federation could propel the story featuring him caught in the middle of a coming war. Not to mention a certain promotion he inherits...
And y'know what? She's dead meat in the movies too. I give her half an hour. Tops.
If a TNG movie succeeds, who knows? Perhaps we could see more Romulans, more Ferengi, the Q Continuum watching intently, and inevitably MORE BORG!
So them's my thoughts on what character beats might work for an ensemble movie and what potentially fits within the J.J.-verse films' next incarnation. Trek fans tend to argue that the new films are more flash than substance but hell, let 'em! They're entertaining! They bring in the crowds and the money! And if they also bring new fans into the fold to discover the much more understated and brain-do-thinky-stuff television series, then so be it!
"So... five card stud, nothing wild. And the sky's the limit!"