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
Fans of the Marvel Universe reacted emotionally to the news that Spider-Man was no longer going to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe...Source: cbr.com
Are we prepared for a possible encounter with alien life? That's the central question in author David Wellington's new science fictoin novel "The Last Astronaut," sci-fi horror ...Source: space.com
Milutin Sredojevic will not have had an easier start to any of his coaching stints at various clubs across Africa than the one he is certain to have with Zamalek ...Source: sowetanlive.co.za
The growing number of outlets for movies and television means that demand for qualified artisans is at an all-time high...Source: variety.com
ActiveCampaign, a US sales and marketing software company, is to create more than 200 jobs in Dublin over the next three years with the opening of a new European headquarters...Source: irishtimes.com
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
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
In a new interview with TrekCore, Wines That Rock‘s Spencer Brewer spoke about the new Trek-themed wines coming from the company...Source: trektoday.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
It’s the final frontier that President Trump says keeps some big-name billionaires filling the coffers of the U.S government...Source: foxbusiness.com
Almost every morning, I look at the news, and it becomes clear we are living in the darkest timeline...Source: themarysue.com
The latest trailer for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is promising the series will have an epic edge...Source: stuff.co.nz
A newly formed streaming giant is entering the ring as Viacom and CBS — now known as ViacomCBS — prepare to merge their content portfolios that include both paid subscription and free ...Source: variety.com
The Big Bang Theory’s Wil Wheaton has filed a lawsuit for ‘short of profits’ from a web series...Source: metro.co.uk
The daleks’ onscreen debut has been named the greatest sci-fi television moment of all time...Source: pressandjournal.co.uk
Hugh the Borg is returning in Star Trek: Picard, but how did the character first become associated with the famous Enterprise-D captain? Prior to San Diego Comic Con 2019, ...Source: screenrant.com
CBS All Access, the network’s subscription video service, can now be subscribed to and watched through the Apple TV app...Source: theverge.com
The existence of Section 31 in Star Trek canon has echoed throughout the franchise, but the organization generates split opinion from fans...Source: screenrant.com
As fall approaches, Hulu is revamping its collection with a slew of new titles...Source: variety.com
Despite its age, the developers of Cryptic Studios and Perfect World Entertainment‘s Star Trek Online continue to surprise with exciting, new weekly updates...Source: redshirtsalwaysdie.com
The world no longer needs your silence. Give us a scream or get the hell out of the way...Source: filmschoolrejects.com
There will be eighteen shows or appearances in August and September that will feature actors of interest to Star Trek fans...Source: trektoday.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!