Space, the Final Frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. It's five year mission; to explore strange worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before! These are the original television adventures of Captain Kirk, Science Officer Spock, and Doctor McCoy.
Star Trek was an American produced sci fi TV series starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and DeForest Kelley. Created by Gene Roddenberry, Star Trek was originally not very popular at all when it was on the air despite winning two Hugo Awards. It was ultimately cancelled after three seasons due to its lackluster ratings.
However, it gained a massive resurgence in popularity due to reruns and quickly became a part of pop culture and a cult phenomenon. It created a hugely popular and immensely successful and hugely influential Star Trek Franchise that has lasted for decades. Star Trek has been spoofed and lampooned by various other series including The Muppet Show; Saturday Night Live; and In Living Colorover the ensuing decades as well.
There has been a cartoon sequel series, Star Trek: The Animated Series and six movies directly based on the original series and characters. A seventh film, Star Trek: Generationsserved as a bridge between the original series and the sequel film series that focuses on a future crew approximately 100 years following the events of the original series.
At present, there have been five official TV spin-off series and a number of fan-based non-profit films and web series have also been created and released.
For this reason, Star Trek is retroactively referred to as Star Trek: The Original Series or Star Trek: TOS to differentiate between the original television series and the numerous other series and films that was inspired by it. The original series was subsequently digitally remastered with new updated and upgraded special effects and scenes in 2009.
Due to the commercial and critical failures of the last few Star Trek films and television series, the decision was made to reboot the entire franchise. The result was a new feature film in 2009, Star Trek which is based upon the original series which followed up with two sequels films which have ensured that the voyages of Kirk, Spock, and Dr. McCoy will continue.
The intrepid and dashing Captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise. Best friends with Spock and McCoy, he endures their bickering with good humor and makes his decisions based on his own instincts ... and occasionally a little logic and cheating, bluffing, and lying when the situation calls for it. He was portrayed by William Shatner.
Half Human. Half Vulcan. The stoic First Officer of the USS Enterprise, he also serves double duty as its science officer and is torn between his two people; the emotional driven piece of his humanity and the demands of the cold and impersonal logic of the Vulcan people. He was portrayed by the late Leonard Nimoy.
One of the most popular, pivotal, and important characters of the Star Trek Franchise; Spock inspired numerous fans and ranks among the most recognizable iconic characters of all time. The character has made significant appearances in a number of series of the Star Trek Franchise including Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Discovery as well as a critical role in the reboot film series as well.
The cantankerous and curmudgeonly doctor of the USS Enterprise. Suspicious of all of the high-tech and unfeeling technology, McCoy views himself as an 'old fashioned country doctor' and despises using the matter transporters for fear that one day, they will malfunction and scramble his molecules. He irascibly trades insults and barbs with the inhuman and often
coldly precise half-Vulcan first officer. He was portrayed by the late DeForest Kelley.
Kelley was originally intended as a secondary character on the show but his great comedic chemistry with the two primary leads of Shatner and Nimoy led to him being "graduated" and transforming the duo into a trio. As Doctor McCoy, he has several of the most famous and iconic catchphrases and memes in the Star Trek Franchise; "He's dead, Jim!" and "I'm a Doctor, not a(n)..." which is frequently used throughout the series and by fans.
The Chief Engineer of the Enterprise. He is overly devoted and protective of his beloved ship that those bloody idiots constantly insist on banging up and breaking. Scotty is well known as being a "miracle worker" for improvising last second fixes and inventive solutions to various engineering challenges. He was portrayed by the late James Doohan.
The character inspired the catchphrase meme of "Beam me up, Scotty!" in pop culture due to the fact that Scotty was the frequent operator of the matter transporters aboard the ship.
A brilliant linguist and translator, she acts as the ship's communications officer. She was portrayed by Nichelle Nichols.
Lt. Uhura is widely regarded as being one of the most groundbreaking TV characters of all time, being a female African-American on a major TV series as a multicultural and gender diverse crew. She inspiring a generation of young African-Americans to follow in her footsteps as astronauts and the occasional television and movie stars.
The beautiful Yeoman Janice Rand is an enlisted member of Starfleet serving under Captain Kirk as his personal secretary and aide. Her position puts her in close proximity to the dashing Captain whom she nurses an unrequited crush but their rank and professionalism prevents it. She was portrayed by the late Grace Lee Whitney.
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