Star Trek chronicles the 23rd century adventures of the U.S.S. Enterprise, one of twelve state-of-the-art starships representing Starfleet, the exploration branch of the United Federation of Planets, an alliance of alien races including Earth, Vulcan, Tellar, and Andor. Captain James T. Kirk, the youngest starship captain in the Fleet, commands the Enterprise with a combination of brashness, authority, and imagination. The half-Vulcan/half-human Mr. Spock serves as his extremely logical and efficient First Officer and Science Officer. The ship's chief medical officer is Dr. Leonard McCoy, who has supreme medical authority on the ship and tends to the physical and mental needs of the Enterprise's crew of approximately 430.
Other ranking crew members include: Montgomery Scott, a man dedicated to his ship engines but not adverse to a bit of shore leave; Hikaru Sulu, helmsman and a man of many hobbies ranging from botany to fencing, Nyota Uhura, the extremely competent head of Communications, and Pavel Chekov, brash young navigator with a fierce pride in his native Russia.
Star Trek was created by producer Gene Roddenberry, who sold the series as a "Wagon Train to the Stars" to the executives at NBC, even though the final result bore very little resemblance to the initial sales pitch. Roddenberry first produced the 1964 pilot "The Cage," featuring Jeffrey Hunter as Enterprise captain Christopher Pike (early drafts listed him as Captain Spring and Winter). When NBC rejected that pilot, Roddenberry took the extraordinary step of producing a second pilot, "Where No Man Has Gone Before," recasting William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk. NBC was impressed and bought the series.
The series premiered on NBC on Thursday, September 8, 1966 in the 8:30-9:30 PM time slot with the episode "The Man Trap." Both of the pilots were originally aired, although "The Cage" was restructured as a flashback episode of sorts in the two-parter "The Menagerie." The show never received high ratings but gathered a small but devoted fan following. NBC considered canceling the series in its second year but a letter-writing campaign purportedly saved it. However, NBC moved the series to a later Friday night time slot and Roddenberry left his position as executive producer in protest. Since then Star Trek has run almost continuously in syndication and has inspired an animated series, six feature films, and four additional spin-off television shows as of 2007. The show has spawned a huge amount of merchandise, including novels, comic books, memorabilia, and games. Fans have created vast amount of fan fiction and even low-budget web episodes, some involving original creators. Despite its short network run, Star Trek has become one of the most successful shows in television history.
Yesterday, the world learned of Leonard Nimoy's sad passing. Known worldwide as the iconic Spock from the legendary sci-fi TV series Star Trek and the movie series that carried on the legacy, Leonard Nimoy succumbed to end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at the age of 83. He leaves behind a vast legacy, which will be honored by both Epix and Syfy this weekend.
EPIX pays tribute to the life of Leonard Nimoy all weekend long by airing A Conversation With Leonard Nimoy and Star Trek Into Darkness!Read More
We first reported on this proposed TV reboot back in March 2009, a few months before the first Star Trek was released in theaters. Even if this does come to fruition, it will still be a few more years before we see a new Star Trek on the small screen.Read More
SCIENCE celebrates the 45th anniversary of one of the greatest television franchises of all time, Star Trek, with the world-premiere two-hour event, Trek Nation. This tribute follows Gene Roddenberry's son, Rod Roddenberry, as he explores the deep impact of his father's singular vision for the future.
Through interviews with fans, including George Lucas, J.J. Abrams, Seth MacFarlane, and many notable Star Trek alums, Trek Nation chronicles a son's journey to discover his father's work that helped defined science fiction.Read More
Producer and Star Trek enthusiast Larry Nemecek is embarking on the documentary The Con of Wrath, which chronicles one of the most notorious Star Trek conventions ever held. Taking place June 19th-21st, the show took place shortly after the theatrical release of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and promised that the entire cast would be together for the first time on stage. It has been described as the original Star Trek "rock concert" arena convention that went from "meltdown to miracle"; an amazing save by fans, staff and Trek actors alike over three long days in 1982.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was released June 4th, 1982.Read More
You can relive the final season of a pioneering sci-fi TV series in high definition right in time for the holidays. Star Trek: The Original Series - Season 3 will be released on Blu-ray on December 15. We don't have any pricing details as of yet, but you can take a look at the special features below. The series starred William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley and James Doohan.
Space. The Final Frontier. The U.S.S. Enterprise embarks on a five year mission to explore the galaxy. The Enterprise is under the command of Captain James T. Kirk. The First Officer is Mr. Spock, from the planet Vulcan. The Chief Medical Officer is Dr. Leonard 'Bones' McCoy. With a determined crew, the Enterprise encounters Klingons, Romulans, time paradoxes, tribbles and genetic supermen lead by Khan Noonian Singh. Their mission is to explore strange new worlds, to seek new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.Read More