· Posted: 5 Apr 2006 13:56
I love Star Trek - I can't believe more people haven't said so. My favourite series is Deep Space nine, though I do really like the original series.
Posted: 8 May 2006 08:43:18
A new Star Trek film is being made. Paramount pictures have chucked out the directors of Star Trek, Brannon and Braga and brought in new people. But, unlike the past 4 films, this is not a ' next generation' movie with Picard etc. It is apparently set in the acadamy days of Kirk and Spock, the old crew. Paramount is trying to bring new life into Star Trek and get it as popular as it was in the 1990s. The most recent Star Trek series called 'Star Trek Enterprise was cancelled a few years ago for lack of funds and popularity.
And for those new to the whole Star Trek thing, here is a (rather large) summary. Set from the 22nd century to the 24th, Star Trek is a tv and movie phenomenon that is set in outer space. In most of the series' the Earth is a part of a huge 'United federation of planets' who are protected by 'Starfleet'. It was begun in the 1960s to today:
Star Trek - the Original series
1966-1969 (3 seasons)
Set in the 23rd century, it follows the adventures of the United federation starship U.S.S. Enterprise, and it's captain, James T. Kirk, along with first officer, the alien Spock as they boldly go to seek out new life and new civilisations... With the Klingons as the main baddies...
Star Trek the Animated adventures
1973-1974 (either 1 or 2 seasons)
An attempt to re-lift Star Trek. It features all the crew from the Original series, with the old ship, but in short, 20 minute episodes in dodgy animation. The producers soon dropped it and would later deny it's existence. Some claim that it is not canon.
Star trek the original series movies
1979-1991 (6 movies)
Six popular films featuring the crew from the original series. In the 3rd film, the U.S.S. Enterprise is destroyed so after that the crew use a new ship - the U.S.S. Enterprise-A.
Star Trek the Next Generation
1987-1994 (7 seasons)
Set in the 24th century, it shows the Federation flag ship, the U.S.S. Enterprise-D commanded by Captain Picard, basically having a new adventure weekly with the odd 2 parter. New bad aliens are introduced as in this time the Federation is allies with the Klingons. This was the most successfull of all the series'.
Star trek the Next Generation movies
1994-2002 (4 movies)
The crew from the next gen. series continue, although after there old ship is destroyed, they are given the USS Enterprise-E.
Star Trek Deep Space Nine
1993-1999 (7 seasons)
The most critically acclaimed series, it is set in the 24th Century, on a far away former slave labour space station called Deep Space Nine which is controlled by a joint Federation/Bajoran force. The area is a hotbed between two species, the Bajorans, and the Cardasssians who have occupied Bajor for 100 years. To add to that, Commander Benjamin Sisko is declared the emissary of the highly spiritual Bajorans. After 3 seasons of one off stories, the series became about a war (of which the station was on the front line of) between the Federation and an alien empire on the other side of the galaxy called the Dominion who travel to our side on a wormhole.
Star Trek Voyager
1995-2001 (7 seasons)
Set in the 24th century, the federation ship, USS Voyager, led by Captain Catherine Janeway, is flung to the other side of our galaxy, where all alone, it must face new alien threats, on it's 75 year journey to home space.
Star Trek Enterprise
2001-2005 (4 seasons)
Set in the 22nd century, Earths' first warp powered ship, the Enterprise, led by captain Johnathan Archer, heads out into uknown space. It's journey and the alliances it makes will help create the united federation of planets, 14 years later. The show was cancelled after 4 seasons, causing it to have a hasty ending set in the future, although many claimed that the 4th series warranted a 5th being made.