"Let me prognosticate and say I don't think the new series will have anywhere near the original's impact. When Roddenberry did the series back in 1966, it was new and inventive. He wasn't afraid to put his ideas on film. Today, it's a bit old hat and I don't think the new series is that big of a deal."
-Morgan Woodward on Star Trek: The Next Generation in its first season infancy (Starlog Magazine #130, p.73)-
Looking back, to a degree, was Woodward right or wrong? Does he have a point despite the inevitable success of ST:TNG? The opinion may appear knee-jerk in retrospect but there still may be something to his assertion.
I would count myself among those who could argue, despite the weight of the classic Star Trek: The Original Series, that ST:TNG has undeniably achieved classic status in its own right today. Perhaps, as much as ST:TOS influenced the rebirth of Star Trek in film along with Star Wars, ST:TNG may have played as much of an instrumental role in generating a proliferation and endurance of the Star Trek franchise in television as the original.