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
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The number of bomb attacks in Northern Ireland has dropped since the UK voted to leave the European Union, a DUP MP has said...Source: irishmirror.ie
Fresh off her Emmy nomination for Netflix’s “GLOW,” Betty Gilpin has found her next project...Source: variety.com
LeVar Burton inspired a generation of readers as the host of the educational television series Reading Rainbow from 1983 though the show’s end in 2006...Source: comicbook.com
Frakes, of course, is best known for his role of Commander William T. Riker in Star Trek: The Next Generation...Source: treknews.net
Today we celebrate the 98th birthday of the late Gene Roddenberry, the man who conceptualized Star Trek and brought it first to TV, and then the big screen – a legacy ...Source: treknews.net
On TLC, “Long Island Medium” star Theresa Caputo will appear sporting a ‘do that looks much like the one Florence Henderson’s Carol Brady wore in the earlier series...Source: variety.com
Ever since Viacom and CBS decided to merge into ViacomCBS, Star Trek has been talked about almost endlessly...Source: redshirtsalwaysdie.com
It’s been quite some time since Star Trek: The Next Generationwent off the air, but series veteran Jonathan Frakes has been keeping busy since we last saw Commander William ...Source: wegotthiscovered.com
One of the most immediate beneficiaries of the expected-to-be-finalized merger between CBS and Viacom is clearly the Star Trek universe...Source: bleedingcool.com
Captain James T...Source: screenrant.com
The unique and compelling writing of the Star Trek: The Original Seriesis what gave the show a dedicated fan following...Source: screenrant.com
All Starfleet officers with a PlayStation 4, report for duty. Star Trek: Bridge Crew is on deep discount in the PlayStation Store...Source: comicbook.com
While it may be really tempting to try, ViacomCBS should not try to replicate the Marvel Cinematic Universe playbook using Star Trek, at least not yet. When Robert Downey Jr...Source: redshirtsalwaysdie.com
LeVar Burton is known to generations as Kunte Kinte in Roots, Geordi La Forge in Star Trek: The Next Generation, and as the host of Reading Rainbow...Source: comicbook.com
Earlier this week, CBS and Viacom announced plans to merge...Source: comicbook.com
We’ve been introduced to dozens of fictional alien species in the Star Trek universe – Vulcans, Romulans, Tribbles, the Borg etc...Source: screenrant.com
It’s easy to argue that the most vital time in the history of the Star Trek franchise is the 1970s...Source: treknews.net
One of the more interesting results of the announced merger of CBS and Viacom is the reunion of the television and film components of the Star Trek franchise under a ...Source: cbr.com
Star Trek: The Next Generation arrived in 1987, decades after the original series of Star Trek aired...Source: screenrant.com
Here's how Spock portrayed by Zachary Quinto in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek films differs from Spock originated by Leonard Nimoy...Source: screenrant.com
It could be a brave new world for Trekkies, given some recent, major developments in the media world. While not as splashy as the $71...Source: movieweb.com
As CBS and Viacom put the pieces back together again and rejoin after nearly 15 years apart, it also means that the former Paramount TV studio assets will be back ...Source: variety.com
When the ambassadors see others on social media discussing the brutal working conditions at Amazon fulfillment centers, its anti-union actions or anything else unflattering about the company, they step ...Source: nytimes.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!