Star Trek actor Michael Dorn says now would be the right time for a spinoff series centered on his TNG character, the Klingon warrior and Starfleet officer Worf. After disappearing from the small screen landscape for over a decade following the cancellation of Star Trek: Enterprise, Trek is back in a big way thanks to the growing streaming service CBS All Access.
The Trek TV renaissance kicked off with Star Trek: Discovery, a new adventure set years before the events of TOS, featuring a new starship and all new characters. The success of Discovery has now led All Access to go all-in on Trek, with future plans including a series centered on TNG Captain Jean-Luc Picard, as well as a second season of Discovery that will tie in more with the original Trek series. In addition, the network is developing an animated Trek series together with former Rick and Morty executive producer Mike McMahan. Overall, All Access wants Trek programming to go on year-round, making the streaming service a haven for Trekkies who can't get enough of their favorite sci-fi universe.
With Trek back in full-force, Dorn has an idea for yet another spinoff bringing back a TNG character. Speaking to Inverse, Dorn pitched the idea of a series centered on his own character Worf, the Klingon who became a Starfleet lieutenant (and later showed up on Deep Space Nine as well). As Dorn explained, now would be the perfect time for a Worf series set outside the confines of Starfleet, that would explore what things are really like for the Klingon Empire. Dorn said:
“This is, I think, perfectly timed and placed. You’re not stepping on anybody’s toes, and I always thought the Klingon Empire was a great empire to write about because it’s Shakespearean.”
Dorn thinks depicting a changing Klingon Empire, where isolationism is out and the doors have been opened to other races, would be an interesting reflection of our own ever-more-integrated global situation. He said:
“The Klingon Empire has had to evolve and change and they don’t like that and they’re fighting it every step of the way. They’ve had to introduce aliens into their society. Just like our world now is becoming a global world where it’s not just like, ‘Oh we’re Californians and that’s all that really matters.’ We’re talking about something here and it affects China.”
Of course, Dorn was careful to mention that the new show would have plenty of action to go with all the Klingon politics. He also says the show should be episodic, like TOS and TNG, instead of having a season-long arc like Discovery.
And if Dorn's Worf series never sees the light of day, the actor says he is indeed amenable to appearing on All Access' planned Picard series starring his old captain Patrick Stewart. However, Dorn says he would only do it if he has a substantial role and is not merely offered a cameo. With so many Star Trek offerings being developed by All Access, Dorn's idea for a non-Starfleet Klingon story seems like something Alex Kurtzman and CBS might actually consider. In the meantime, the Klingons will be back (without Worf) for season 2 of Discovery, and this time they will have hair.