The reason is that Sulu only got his Captain job towards the end of the run. Also IRL...The Shat was a baby and refused to allow the character of Sulu to leave the crew...
Huh....I thought it was because Star Trek was about the adventures of Captain Kirk and his crew (which included Sulu).
Really---Sulu didn't get promoted until the end of the line as George Takei would have had to be written out of the show/movie series, which neither he nor anyone else would have liked.
I, for one, would have liked to have seen a Captain Sulu movie/TV series, but it's probably too late now.
there was meant to be al line in V i think where kirk congratulats sulu on becoming a captain.
There was? I find that hard to believe, especially considering that Shatner co-wrote that film?
I've also seen some materials that suggest that Sulu was supposed to be off on his own since The Wrath of Kahn at the earliest, but Shatner protested (it's possible that it was originally inteneded to be Sulu, not Chekov, who encountered Kahn, but without more information, I'm just guessing). By Star Trek VI, Nimoy and Meyer told him that Sulu was going to be captain of the Excelsior and to quit whining.
It would of been better if they had done STAR TREK Excelsior then they did STAR TREK enterprise (2000-2005)
One of the reasons Gene Roddenberry said he was using new characters in The Next Generation was that the old crew were doing movies and they had become "too expensive" to feasibly feature them in weekly episodes again. The same would be true of both George Takei and Grace Lee Whitney today, especially Takei, who has a very successful voice acting career going for him.
I bet if they had done it right.. they could of had a new show after Star Trek Excelsior -- and still running today?
Star Trek Titan?
Same problem: both Jonathan Frakes and Marina Siritis have become too expensive for a weekly TV series.
My theories about the failure of Enterprise are two-fold: 1) Lack of planning on the part of the writers and 2) fatigue on the part of both writers and viewers.