History of Star Trek
The second pilot was used by NBC. It featured William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk, Leonard Nimoy as Spock, and Deforest Kelly as Doctor Leonard H. McCoy.
The show lasted three years (1966-1969). The show was canceled by NBC at the end of the third season. A massive fan-writing campaign saved it after the second season. The show was moved to Friday nights for the last season.
The show lived on in fan conventions. During the last part of the 1970s, a new Star Trek show was being developed, however, when Star Wars came out, the new show was gone. The pilot was rewritten for a movie for the big screen.
The movie came out and become a hit with the waiting fans. Five more movies came out featuring the original cast through the 1980s and early 1990s.
In 1987, a new show appeared, Star Trek: The Next Generation. The show lasted seven seasons (1987-1994). The show featured Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Jonathan Frakes as Commander William T. Riker, Michael Dorn as Worf, Brent Spiner as Data, and Gates McFadden as Doctor Beverly Crusher.
In 1991, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine appeared. The show's setting was on a once-Cardassian-owned space station that now belonged to the Federation. It featured Avery Brooks as Commander, later promoted to captain, Benjamin Lafayette Sisko. Terry Farrell (Jadzia Dax) left the show at the end of the sixth season and Nicole deBoer as the new Ezri Dax. The show leave the air at the end of this season.
In 1994, a seventh movie was produced, Star Trek: Generations using the crew members from the original series and The Next Generation. The plot featured was for Captains Picard and Kirk to stop Dr. Soran from killing millions of lives. James Kirk died near the end of the movie. The Enterprise-D was destroyed while crash-landing on a planet, battling a Klingon ship, and a warp core breach.
In 1995, Star Trek: Voyager appeared on the new United Paramount Network. The show took place in the Delta Quadrant, the first series to do so, The crew of Voyager had to deal with the Kazon and the Borg. The showed ended in 2001.
In 1996, Star Trek: First Contact came out on the big screen. The plot featured the newly commissioned Enterprise-E. The Borg went back into history to erase the history of the Federation. Data was kidnapped in the movie and Captain Picard must rescue him before he destroys the ship the first warp flight take place in. The Enterprise crew succeeds and Zefram Cochrane makes first contact with the Vulcans in 2061.
In 1998, Star Trek: Insurrection came out on the big screen. The plot featured an alien race fighting a civil war for a planet.
In 2001, Enterprise premiered on UPN. The show's timeframe was nearly 100 years before Star Trek. Another massive fan writing campaign took place during the ending half of the third season. The show was moved to Friday nights like The Original Series. The show's ratings were not enough for it to run seven years and was canceled in 2005. This marked for the first time in 18 years no Star Trek on television.
In 2002, Star Trek Nemesis premiered on the big screen.
The movie flopped on the box office taking in less then $50 million in the U.S.
Box Office. The plot featured Captain Picard meeting an evil twin of
himself bent on destroying Earth.
August 21, 1921- Gene Roddenberry born
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Page was last updated on May 25, 2014