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.”
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The latest news on the TV series, movies, people and worlds of Star Trek
Gwyneth Paltrow’s company, Goop, is taking wellness to sea with Celebrity Cruises. In August, cruisers will be able to experience “goop at Sea” on board Celebrity’s Apex ship...Source: variety.com
The 31st annual GLAAD Media Awards nominations were announced, with Watchmen, Supergirl and Batwoman scoring nominations in the television categories...Source: cbr.com
The core stage of NASA's new megarocket, the massive Space Launch System (SLS), ready to leave its New Orleans home for an epic journey culminating in a space voyage...Source: space.com
SALZBURG, Austria (Reuters) - Austria’s Greens on Saturday formally approved a coalition deal with conservatives led by Sebastian Kurz, backing their leader’s argument that it would keep the far ...Source: reuters.com
Jean-Luc Picard and the Cardassian Union had some run-ins over the years, but where are these alien villains in the era of Star Trek: Picard? Set towards the ...Source: screenrant.com
Visual artist and futurist Syd Mead, who helped shape the look of influential sci-fi films including “Blade Runner,” “Tron,” “Aliens” and “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” died Monday of ...Source: variety.com
Visual artist and futurist Syd Mead, who helped shape the look of influential sci-fi films including “Blade Runner,” “Tron,” “Aliens” and “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” died Monday of ...Source: foxnews.com
Visual artist Syd Mead, who worked on genre-defining films like Blade Runner, Tron, Alien and Star Trek: The Motion Picture,died on Monday, Dec...Source: cbr.com
Jan. 5: Actor Robert Duvall is 89. Singer-bassist Athol Guy of The Seekers is 80. Former talk-show host Charlie Rose is 78. Actress Diane Keaton is 74...Source: alaskahighwaynews.ca
Obi Ndefo is an actor who appeared on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as Drex, son of the Klingon leader Martok, in the episode "The Way of the Warrior...Source: comicbook.com
Who are the Tal Shiar, and what bearing could they have upon Star Trek: Picard? Catching up with the titular captain in his twilight years, Star Trek: Picard finds Jean-...Source: screenrant.com
The CW's "Crisis on Infinite Earths" features more DC cameos and references that one can count, and another one has just been revealed...Source: cbr.com
Dec. 15: Singer Cindy Birdsong of The Supremes is 80. Drummer Dave Clark of the Dave Clark Five is 77. Drummer Carmine Appice of Vanilla Fudge is 73...Source: toronto.citynews.ca
We are sad to share the news that actor René Auberjonois, best known to audiences as Odo on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, died today at the age of 79 ...Source: themarysue.com
The former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. said the flag stood for "service and sacrifice and heritage" before a gunman "hijacked" it during his 2015 rampage...Source: hollywoodreporter.com
Back in July, Wines That Rock revealed a pair of limited edition wines from Star Trek, both being released ahead of Picard...Source: bleedingcool.com
Colm Meaney may have flown in from the Irish Post Awards in London – having been before that in Majorca at one of his homes – but sitting in a Dublin hotel, ...Source: irishtimes.com
Volume 2 of the Star Trek: Voyager soundtrack collection from La-La Land Records will be released tomorrow, December 3...Source: trektoday.com
An official tie-in prequel comic for Star Trek: Picard has finally revealed why its hero lost faith in the Federation...Source: screenrant.com
A spokesperson for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Beis) said: "The UK has a world-leading space industry...Source: bbc.com
The $5.5 million construction of Atascocita Park will be complete early in 2020, said Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia...Source: chron.com
Batman and Robin to the Batmobile, their costumes having to put up for sale...Source: bleedingcool.com
This morning, William Shatner was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada, which is awarded “for achievement and merit of a high degree, especially service to Canada or ...Source: trektoday.com
In the opening issue, set just after Discovery jumping nine hundred years into the future and just before Spock popped to the barbers for a beard trim, we were shown ...Source: flickeringmyth.com
Have you seen the terrifying trailer for the up-and-coming Grudge reboot yet? If not, you should absolutely check it out...Source: wegotthiscovered.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!