Star Trek: The Animated Series already has the perfect character to fill Pavel Chekov’s role as the navigator of the USS Enterprise in Star Trek 4.
with Star Trek 4 with a 2023 release planned, the growing question of who might replace USS Enterprise navigator Pavel Chekov can be answered by Star Trek: The Animated Series. Out of respect for Anton Yelchin, JJ Abrams announced a sequel Star Trek: Beyond will not redo Chekov’s character. This is not the first time that a new character in the Star Trek had to assume the role of Chekhov’s navigator, as shown in the TAS.
Pavel Chekov’s last appearance on the Kelvin timeline is in Justin Lin’s Star Trek: Beyond. 27-year-old actor Anton Yelchin passed away in 2016, a month before the premiere of the film, in the credits of which the reverent “In memory of Yelchin” sounded. since then Star Trek directed by JJ Abrams stated that there will be no remake of Chekov’s character. “I would say that he cannot be replaced by anything. No rework. I can’t imagine it, and I think Anton deserves better.” (via Toronto Sun). A Russian navigator originally played by Walter Koenig Star Trek: The Original Series absent from Gene Roddenberry Star Trek: The Animated Series due to budget cuts. Having taken the position of Chekhov in the village TAS his navigation instructor, an Edo lieutenant named Arex.
Created by Gene Roddenberry Star Trek: The Animated Series to investigate the remainder of the Enterprise crew’s 5-year mission as TOS was canceled after 3 seasons. TAS couldn’t afford to bring back the entire cast as the budget was much smaller than its live-action predecessor. Walter Koenig was one of them Star Trek actors cannot return, so the show had to come up with an excuse for the character’s absence. U TAS, Chekov is said to have moved on to a new mission on a different ship. His position as primary navigator is occupied by an Edasian, an orange alien with 3 arms and 3 legs. Regarding the news that Chekov will not be remade star trek 4, it would have been practical for the creators to use a pre-existing explanation that could offer a perfect career reason for the Ensign’s departure from the Enterprise. Lt. Arex also has a history with Chekhov, which could help expand the ensign’s story in Kelvin’s timeline without remaking him against Abram’s wishes.
Why Arex is the perfect replacement for Chekhov in Star Trek 4
Apart from the perfect background Star Trek Canon to replace Chekov as navigator of the Enterprise, there are other compelling reasons why Lt. Arex should accept Chekhov’s place in the village Star Trek 4. Namely, the Arex species have not been shown in any live action Star Trek series or movie. An animated play appeared only recently Lower decks brought them back to the franchise in the form of an unnamed doctor. If Star Trek 4 replaces Chekov with Arex, the classic view can be expanded since little is known about Edosians other than their appearance. Although there has been some debate as to whether it should TAS is official canon, Arex could still be a valid callback. The nature of the Kelvin timeline proves that there are infinite parallel universes, and an animated universe could be one of them. The choice is also supported by Abrams Star Trek era, having access to better resources and a bigger budget. Arex’s inhuman design shouldn’t be a problem with how far CGI has come since then TAS aired for the first time.
Seeing how Star Trek 4 will have the opportunity and budget to show a never-before-seen live-action Endosian design, there’s little reason not to include the lieutenant. Although there is controversy over the fairness of the TAS canon, Gene Roddenberry envisioned Arex as the right character to take on the role of Chekov’s navigator. As a result, Star Trek 4 already has the perfect way to replace Chekov without remaking the incomparable Anton Yelchin.