Space – The final frontier…
Now, quickly: What other four-word expression is so commonly known in English-speaking cultures? What pop culture-based reference is so universally known, including by an entire generation who has never seen a first-run episode bearing Gene Roddenberry’s famous lines. In the future, perhaps in those shiny and sleek centuries of which the various Star Trek stories have made us ponder, the Star Trek series and movies will go down as 20th-century America’s key contribution to world entertainment, and “Space – the final frontier” is the USA’s “to be or not to be.”
StarTrekGuide is devoted to this all-time great American icon, its creators, its stars and its fandom. We love everything about Star Trek (OK, maybe not that one episode when Captain Janeway “evolves” into a slug) and, like proper fans, we want all the news and information on this greatest of all science-fiction stories. Our pages contain Star Trek news aggregated from around the web, as well as reviews of all 13 Star Trek movies and episode guides for each season of each series written by our lead writer and top ST geek (he refuses to call himself a Trekkie) Os Davis. Enjoy and, as always, live long and prosper!
The latest news on the TV series, movies, people and worlds of Star Trek
Star Trek films and television will soon be back under the same roof for the first time in 15 years...Source: comicbook.com
They have lots of fancy things in the future. Common sense most definitely is not one of them...Source: express.co.uk
Aside from the recent "Star Trek" trailers that dropped at New York Comic Con, it’s been about seven months since our last “Trek” fix, when the somewhat disappointing Season ...Source: space.com
Star Trek: Discovery is bringing back three prominent alien races from Deep Space Nine...Source: screenrant.com
Star Trek is setting a course for animation. Star Trek: Lower Decks, the franchise’s first animated comedy, is set to debut in 2020...Source: comicbook.com
Not even two weeks into the start of production on the live-action adaptation of the acclaimed Japanese anime Cowboy Bebop, Netflix has announced that filming on the series is ...Source: comingsoon.net
The origin behind the bright-white mask used by Michael Myers in Halloween is quite interesting...Source: screenrant.com
Hundreds of thousands of people marched through London on Saturday to demand a new Brexit referendum and celebrated as MPs in parliament voted to postpone Britain’s departure from the ...Source: irishtimes.com
In a futuristic universe, it makes sense that fashion would evolve and change over hundreds of years. Especially, of course, after so much cultural exchange with other species...Source: screenrant.com
While Star Trek is science fiction (emphasis on the fiction), it does take concepts that real scientists use even now...Source: screenrant.com
Is yet another familiar face lurking in the trailer for Star Trek: Picard? Due to premiere early next year on CBS All Access, Star Trek: Picard brings Patrick Stewart back ...Source: screenrant.com
Michael Giacchino is a widely respected film composer, with an Oscar and a Grammy for “Up” and an Emmy for “Lost,” as well as a Grammy for “Ratatouille...Source: variety.com
The network has given a script commitment to Bent, which centers on a Texas cop and her two very different father figures...Source: hollywoodreporter.com
There's no denying that El Camino is full of subtle – and not-so subtle – nods to Breaking Bad, but one Easter egg fans thought they had spotted isn't ...Source: digitalspy.com
A roller-coaster day for FTSE firms saw the London markets close higher despite tailing off slightly in afternoon trading as optimism over a new Brexit deal softened...Source: pressandjournal.co.uk
Lots of people have described Arrow's season 8 premiere as a love letter to the pilot, but for something so heartfelt, there sure was a lot of bloodshed too...Source: digitalspy.com
Galaxy Quest is about to celebrate its 20th anniversary. To commemorate, a new documentary is hitting theaters for one night only thanks to Fathom Events...Source: comicbook.com
Star Trek: Picardis playing the nostalgia card in its marketing campaign, but is that necessarily a bad thing in the wider context of the franchise? Jean-Luc Picard's solo ...Source: screenrant.com
As the first continuing series in the Star Trek franchise following the success of Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generationintroduced a "new generation" of fans to ...Source: screenrant.com
For those of you that like fan theories, they were swirling around this character decades before it was cool...Source: screenrant.com
The streaming service has renewed the Marc Cherry-created dramedy for a second season. The pickup comes just ahead of the show's first-season finale, which debuts Thursday...Source: hollywoodreporter.com
CBS Studios International has struck up a deal with Channel 4. The new licensing agreement is for the “linear television premiere” of Star Trek: Discovery...Source: thenerdstash.com
On Wednesday, Virgin Galactic, the company started by Richard Branson to take people to the edge of space aboard a rocket-powered plane, is unveiling sleek, high-tech garments that ...Source: nytimes.com
Star Trek Online: Awakening launches today for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One...Source: comicbook.com
These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise…
That’s the starship Enterprise, Enterprise-A, -B, -C, -D, -E and mark 1. Also the starships Voyager, Discovery, Defiant, Excelsior and Shenzhou. Since the days of cardboard backdrops and rubber monsters, Star Trek has expanded over a half-century to encompass what was subsequently been habitually called a “universe” of characters, places, mythology, politics and history. Through six television series and 13 feature films, the ST universe has grown like a malevolent nebula from the series, the franchise’s expansion across the globe similar to the story’s own Federation spreading throughout the galaxy.
Star Trek Guide realizes that we can’t scratch the surface of the massive depth that is Star Trek in the later 2010s; we just want to share some of the enthusiasm and interest that this apparently infinitely malleable creation affords its fans. On the pages of the website, we’ll bring you lots of ST-flavored goodness, including essays, writeups, news, mini-reviews of all 721 televised Star Trek episodes to date, full reviews of all 13 movies and thorough critiques of the Discovery episodes as they happen.
(For the record, yours truly, who will be writing over 97% of all content on Star Trek Guide, has seen every episode of Star Trek to date – all but about one-fifth of Voyager and Enterprise season 3 more than once, and every ST:TNG about 14 times each.)
Its continuing mission…
And in the 50th anniversary year of the original Star Trek series, a seventh TV series was launched; Star Trek: Discovery debuted its premiere episode in September 2017 to rope in old devotees, the burgeoning audience for TV science-fiction and a wider demographic in general. As this is written, the typical initial enthusiasm for a new ST series – even Enterprise drew decent attention at first – has yet to prove staying power, but the diehards should certainly be able to keep Discovery in the skies for a good few years.
To explore strange new worlds; to seek out new life and new civilizations…
Sure, trippy aliens and stunning spacescapes are often the grabber for a new Star Trek viewer but nearly any ST fan will happily tell you that most of the best stories are character-driven. Well beyond the concepts, ideas and even plot twists remain the idolism of Spock, Kirk, Picard, Data, Worf, Sisko, Kira, Odo, Janeway, Seven, the EMH, Archer, Tucker, T’Pol, the Vulcans, the Klingons and just dusting the surface with the most popular favorites here: The point: Often the “strange new worlds” and “new life” are inner.
To boldly go where no one has gone before…
Like Star Trek itself, the first TV show to elicit and sustain what we today call a “cult following.” Or how The Original Series was one of the few in US TV history to be resurrected by fan outcry – doing so twice, if you count the creation of the Animated Series. Like Star Trek: The Motion Picture, an American movie that represented the first time a television production had made the jump to the big screen (Yes, I know about the 1966 Batman, but this was shot and released in tandem with the TV show with a teleplay as shooting script.)
Or like Star Trek: The Next Generation, the first big-budget TV production to start in syndication, and the first to become no. 1 in syndication with its inaugural episode. Or Deep Space Nine, one of American TV’s most successful spinoffs, but more importantly the only show featuring an African-American lead on US airwaves at the time. Even Star Trek: Enterprise earned an interesting first as the first-ever prequel TV show.
Finally, in 2017, Star Trek: Discovery becomes the first mainstream network television program launched in online-only format.
Sometimes Star Trek Guide wonders if the Star Trek franchise will slowly disppear from the collective consciousness in the 21st century, the way former pop culture giants such as the Lone Ranger and Tarzan faded as relics of days gone by. The adaptation of this franchise to the times from the 1960s to present give one hope for Star Trek’s continuing vibrancy, but the excitement and satisfaction of fans really drives the show.
Fingers crossed for Discovery, and enjoy your time here at StarTrekGuide.com!