The all-star episode starred the likes of Simpson, Jesse Plemons, Cristin Milioti, and even two sneaky cameos from Kirsten Dunst and Aaron Paul. As a nostalgic trip to the height of sci-fi as its own Star Trek homage, Charlie Brooker’s story charted the tragic plight of the fictional Space Fleet ship (Callister) as it was trapped in the nightmarish world of an angered web developer. However, as the episode came to a close, the crew escaped the clutches of Plemons’ Robert Daly and headed out into unknown territory with the perfect plot thread for a sequel or spinoff.
Since ‘USS Callister’ aired on Netflix, there has been fevered talk about whether the story could carry on as its own standalone. Even director Toby Haynes has said that he wants more, and Simpson is just the latest in a long line of people who approve of the idea. The Wrap reports that the Westworld star told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour that he would absolutely come back to the Callister:
“I’ve heard little buzzes. But I don’t believe anything until I’m working on set. I would love it.”
It may not be a concrete confirmation that Brooker and his team are firing up the spaceship engines again, but it does tease that the powers that be are at least mulling the idea over.
The likes of season 3’s ‘San Junipero’ may have already been tipped for a sequel, but ‘USS Callister’ is the first episode of the tech-terror to spark ideas of its own spinoff show. Some may be worried that the world of Star Trek-style shows could be saturated if Callister and Star Trek: Discovery share the same airwaves, but remember that Brooker’s meta take on the society we live in would be completely different to the spaceship genre than CBS’ popular prequel series. Also, with Simpson’s involvement season 2 of Westworld still unclear, he could have more than enough time on his hands to stick on a Star Fleet suit and take to the bridge of the Callister again.
Interestingly though, could he actually come back? While ‘USS Callister’ had a seemingly happy crew assembled on the bridge and released from Daly’s world into the cloud, there was no sign of Simpson’s Spock stand-in. His character Walton memorably sacrificed himself to save the rest of the crew, leaving a lingering question over whether he was deleted along with the villainous captain and his computer world. There are obviously ways around this, and Simpson would be more than welcome among the rest of the computer-generated crew if Callister went to full series order. Who knows, the premise of the first season could be ‘The Search for Walton.’ Either way, Simpson’s comments sound like he is more than happy to resurrect the heroic father from his grisly demise and blast off into the cosmos for more adventures in the online multiplayer world of Infinity.
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Source: The Wrap
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