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Trek - The Original Series
Originally touted as TV's first adult science fiction
series, creator Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek is the most popular and
influential science fiction series ever seen on American network television.
Unlike so many other sci-fi/fantasy programs, Star Trek favoured strong
characterizations and solid story values over gadgetry and monsters.
The program quickly attracted the best writers of the genre, among
them Richard Matheson, Theodore Sturgeon, Robert Bloch, David Gerrold
and Harlan Ellison. Even so, there were still plenty of special photographic
effects, which may seem a bit primitive when seen today but were sufficiently
impressive to earn an Emmy award at the time. Describing space as
'the final frontier' in the famous opening narration, Captain James
T. Kirk (William Shatner), commander of the starship U.S.S. Enterprise,
informed the viewer that his vessel's five-year mission was to 'seek
out new life forms and new civilizations', and 'to boldly go where
no man has gone before.' Presented in this fantastic collection is
the entire original series of the widely popular phenomenon.
Trek Door Chime
If youre a Sci-Fi fan, theres not a lot to be excited
about when it comes to door bells. We havent quite caught
up with Star Fleet technology, so you wont be getting beamed
up any time soon, but in the mean time you can feel a whole lot
closer to the bridge with the new Star
Trek Door Chime.
Star Trek: The Animated Series is often referred
to as Star Trek's "fourth season" because it was created
in 1973, four years after the third and final season of the original
series, and because most of the original cast provided the voices.
William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Nichelle
Nichols, George Takei, and Majel Barrett reprised their characters,
and some contributed other voices as well. The only major omission
was Walter Koenig's Chekov, who was replaced at the navigation console
by Lieutenant Arex, the three-armed alien who most prominently represented
the series' freedom to create non-humanoid characters. (Koenig did
write an episode.) And while the animation is crude at best, the stories
are solid sci-fi (penned by some of Star Trek's veteran writers including
DC Fontana and David Gerrold, all of whom received prominent opening
credits), explored the Star Trek mythos, and elevated the series above
typical Saturday-morning fare.
After Star Wars and the successful big-screen Star
Trek adventures, it's perhaps not so surprising that Gene Roddenberry
managed to convince purse string-wielding studio heads in the 1980s
that a Next Generation would be both possible and profitable. But
the political climate had changed considerably since the 1960s, the
Cold War had wound down, and we were now living in the Age of Greed.
To be successful a second time, Star Trek had to change too.
guide was composed with which to sell and define where the Trek
universe was in the 24th Century. The United Federation of Planets
was a more appealing ideology to an America keen to see where the
Reagan/Gorbachev faceoff was taking them. Starfleet's meritocratic
philosophy had always embraced all races and species. Now Earth's
utopian history, featuring the abolishment of poverty, was brandished
prominently and proudly.
new Enterprise, NCC 1701-D, was no longer a ship of war but an exploration
vessel carrying families. The ethical and ethnical flagship also
carried a former enemy (the Klingon Worf, played by Michael Dorn),
and its Chief Engineer (Geordi LaForge) was blind and black. From
every politically correct viewpoint, Paramount executives thought
the future looked just swell!
After the death of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry
in 1991, writers/producers Rick Berman and Michael Piller carried
on the Star Trek franchise with the second spinoff television series,
Deep Space Nine. Considered by many to be the best of the Star Trek
spinoffs, Deep Space Nine broke with its predecessors' peripatetic
tradition by centering the action in a single location--a space station
orbiting the war-torn planet of Bajor--thus allowing for a non-episodic
story arc and sophisticated character development. The series also
broke new ground with Star Trek's first African-American ship commander,
Captain Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks), who presided over a diverse
group of crew members that included an alien shapeshifter, Odo (Rene
Auberjonois), among its numbers. Dark, imaginative, and compelling,
Deep Space Nine is presented in its entirety with this seven-series
There were several ingredients that I would say
made `Star Trek: Voyager' one of the best Star Trek series (I can't
say it's the absolute best, since The Next Generation and Deep Space
9 are similarly superb), but Voyager was aided more than any other
Star Trek series by its incredible premise devised by Jeri Taylor.
A spaceship flung so far out in to space, as to be beyond the reach
of all that the crew know and love, and as a result of the actions
of an ethically-minded Captain who struggles with that decision for
the duration of the series, proved to be a goldmine of material for
the writers over seven fantastic seasons.
Set in the 22nd century, a hundred years before
James T. Kirk helmed the famous starship of the same name, Enterprise
takes place in an era when interstellar travel is still in its infancy.
Captain Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) has assembled a crew of brave
explorers to chart the galaxy on a revolutionary spacecraft: Enterprise
NX-01. As the first human beings to venture into deep space, these
pioneers will experience the wonder and mystery of the final frontier
as they seek out new life and new civilizations.