“ When a destructive space entity is spotted approaching Earth, Admiral Kirk resumes command of the Starship Enterprise in order to intercept, examine, and hopefully stop it... „
8th September 1966...a curse is born. The first ever Star Trek episode was shown on a US television channel, it's writers little knowing that they were inviting viewers into a whole new era of obsession, from cult uniforms, to exotic languages destined to successes far beyond that of the doomed Esperanto, to one of the largest commercial markets the world has ever seen. It may not have turned out this way - the show was cancelled at the end of the third series due to poor viewer ratings - the Big Bosses hadn't counted on the popularity of the show by a rabidly obsessive minority, demanding reruns and a feature length film, which eventually materialised in the late seventies. Now there are five different incarnations of Star Trek, each containing between 3 and seven series, with up to 30 episodes per series. That's a lot of hours of people in uniforms, putting on uniformly bad performances. Apart from the two most famous characters - Mr Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and Captain Kirk (William Shatner) there are many other actors who have become well known through their appearance on Star Trek, such as Patrick Stewart, who plays Jean-Luc Picard and Kate Mulgrew (Captain Janeway). Again, as famous as they are, and despite the house-Trekkie's conviction that several Star Trek actors come from Shakesperean backgrounds, I simply cannot concede that the acting is of an acceptable level. In fact, it's so wooden, it would be well worthy of a place in my local amateur dramatics society. There have also been many cameo appearances on Star Trek by stars such as Christian Slater, Kirstie Alley, Imaan, Christopher Lloyd and Teri Hatcher, to name but a few. These are the the facts, this is the reality... My name is avitallly and I live with a Trekkie. I am going to marry a Trekkie. My children will have a Trekkie for a father. Right now, this Trekkie is at my side, badgering me to change the above mention of uniformly bad performances
. "They've won awards, you know!" he yells, in fierce defence of his beloved actors (in the widest meaning of the word). "It's the way Sci-Fi is MEANT to be acted!" he argues, unruffled by my calm conviction that however many awards one has won, if he's a bad actor, he cannae act. Yes, my friends, I admit it - I would never have known there was anything special about 8th September 1966, had such dates not been hurled at me on a regular basis for the last five years. Mm, what else have I learnt ... "SoS ghobe'" - a handy one for the kids, apparently, but I'll leave the fanatics among you to decipher. In this three walled room (the fourth is a dyke of Star Trek Videos) I have had to listen to the moralistic tales of wenches trapped in parallel universes, day trips to Klingon heaven and half hourly emergencies in which a lot of flashing lights indicate an emergency of the utmost terror, which will consistently be averted or overcome within three to ten minutes. For I have it on great authority that every single episode of Star Trek holds a moral. Each is a metaphorical Aesop's fable of the galactic kind. In fact, the original series was even compared to Swift's political message hidden in the pages of "Gulliver's Travels", where Lilliputians are chastised for eating their eggs from the wrong end. For example, the pilot episode, where the ship's captain gets locked up by an alien race really has the underlying message that it is wrong to cage animals for amusement only. Or so the big trekkies say, but I didn't get it until it was pointed out. On the other hand, sometimes the makers weren't quite subtle enough - in the original series an episode was banned in the UK for featuring the first inter-racial kiss on a television programme. Apart from the seemingly endless supply of Star Trek episodes, I have managed to cur
b excessive Trekkie lifestyle activities, such as conventions, uniforms, speaking in Klingon, and changing one's religion to Vulcan. Due to the terrible psychological withdrawal symptoms (which have been scientifically proven, I am assured) I have made a few allowances, in the form of Klingon Insignia badges, fridge magnets, a few posters, books and other paraphernelia which can be kept safely hidden behind closed doors. So next time I invite you for a tour of the house, but refuse to let you past the mysterious locked door, you'll know what you're missing. I expect many reprisals for such a thorough ragging of this awful programme, but please know that I realise this is dear to many of you, and I do sympathise greatly - especially with your partners :o) Seriously, if this is your cup of tea, then you enjoy it by all means - and I suppose everyone ought to watch at least one episode before condemning or endorsing. I've watched mine, and made my decision, now take a deep breath, my friends, and do the same. I'll be here for you on the other side.
How do you write an opinion on Star Trek without going over the same old ground? Everyone has seen the show and the characters, Captain Kirk, Mr Spock etc. have become cultural icons. It's all been said, well I thought I might give some information about the making of the original series and a few bits of trivia that I have come across rather than simply give the readers a straight review. So here goes with some trepidation, this is my first opinion on dooyou after all
***In the beginning?
The original idea for the series was put forward by Gene Roddenberry in1964. Rodenberry had been involved in TV work before and had some experience in Sci-fi. This was going to be different though. Roddenberry wanted to break new boundaries in TV Sci-fi. He wanted to make the production values much higher and the scripts much better. He had an idea of a futuristic world mapped out in his head, and he wanted to translate to the screen the type of Sci-fi that authors such as Asimov and Arthuir C Clarke had been writing about for years.
The series is set in the 24th century. Earth along with other alien civilizations has founded a United Federation of Planets. The story revolves around the adventures of the crew of the starship Enterprise one of the flagships of the federation on a five-year mission?'To seek out new life and civilizations-to boldly go where no man has gone before.'
Roddenberry presented his idea to NBC and a pilot episode was commissioned in September 1964. At a cost of $630,000 'The Cage' was one of the most expensive pilot's ever made and needed to be a big success in the ratings in order for a series to follow.
The star ship Enterprise is sent to sent to evacuate a scientific colony from a distant planetary outpost. On landing they find the colonist but soon after aliens kidnap the captain.
The Original crew was:
Captain Christopher Pike (Jeffrey Hunter)
The Executive Officer- known only as Number One (Majel Barrett)
Jose Tyler- Ship's Navigator (Peter Durea)
Dr Philip Boyce- Ship's Doctor (John Hoyt)
Mr. Spock- Science Officer (Leonard Nimoy)
As you can see NO Kirk, No McCoy, No Scotty, Spock is there but not the second in command and the first officer a woman. In fact you could say 'It's Star Trek Jim, but not as we know it!'
The production company didn't like it. They complained there wasn't enough action and the storyline was too cerebral. The project was due to be cancelled except so much money had been spent on the pilot that the money -men wanted something for their initial investment. Due in great part, to Roddenberry's fervent enthusiasm another pilot was commissioned.
However NBC wanted drastic changes made.
They got rid of the female first officer, as did Dr Boyle and Navigator Tyler. They also wanted to get rid of Spock the 'pointy eared guy' who they thought looked to 'devil like'. On this Roddenberry got his way and Spock stayed and was even promoted to first officer. A ship's engineer was included Montgomery Scott 'Scotty' (James Doohan). Dr Piper (Paul Fix) replaced Dr Boyce, Yeoman Smith (Andrea Dromm) and Physicist Sulu (George Takei) were also added but there was still no Captain Kirk!
***THE SECOND PILOT SHOW
Three possible scripts were proposed, 'The Omega Glory'','Mudd's Women' and. In the end 'Where No Man Has Gone Before' was chosen rather surprisingly since due to its plot it was likely to be the most expensive of the choices.
Filming was about to begin when Jeffrey Hunter, the actor playing the original Capt. Pike, withdrew. A relatively new actor to TV, William Shatner was brought in to Captain James T Kirk. Shatner had experience of TV Sci-fi having played in episodes of the Outer Limits but the bulk of his
experience was on stage. Special guest stars were also included; Dr Elizabeth Dehner (Sally Kellerman) and Lieutenant Commander Gary Mitchell (Gary Lockwood).
This time the pilot pleased NBC and a series was commissioned.
After a few more changes of personnel; Yeoman Smith is replaced by Yeoman Janice Rand (Grace Lee Whitney) and Dr Piper is replaced with Dr 'Bones' McCoy (DeForest Kelley), Lieutenant Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) was brought in and Sulu became Helmsman.- the Star Trek line up most people know was in place.
The first season was a success. The series was nominated for 5 Emmy Awards (TV's version of Oscars) including best supporting actor (Leonard Nimoy) and Best Special Effects.
The second season continued the success, 25 episodes were made and a new regular character Ensign Pavel Chekov (Walter Koenig) was introduced.
The third season started badly, the shows broadcast time was changed and it's ratings suffered.23 episodes were made and although the quality decreased, there were still some classics made?
Despite a strong cult following for the show the ratings started to fall during the third series, probably due to constant rescheduling of the show at less convenient times for its fans.
The show was cancelled at the end of the third season.
***NOW FOR SOME USELESS TRIVIA:
1.The first ever inter-racial kiss seen on TV was between Kirk and Uhura in the series 3 episode 'Plato's Stepchildren'.
2. Joan Collins appeared in the esisode- 'The City On The Edge Of Forever'
3. David Soul, later to become 'Hutch' in 'Starsky and Hutch', featured in one episode called 'The Apple'
4. In the original pilot episode hats were part of star fleet uniform
5. The T in James T Kirk stands for 'Tiberius'.
6.One of NASA space shuttle was named after the
7.The actress Majel Barrett (who went on to marry the Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry), has appeared in all the different series of Star Trek including the original pilot episode. She played the first officer in the pilot show, nurse Chappell in the first series, Lwaxana Troi in Star Trek TNG and Deep Space 9 and was the voice of the computer in Star Trek Voyager.
8.The 'Vulcan Nerve Pinch' was first used on Kirk in 'The Enemy Within'
9.The 'Jeffries' tubes were named after the original series art director, Matt Jeffries.
10.The first female Klingon was seen in episode 66 'The Day Of The Dove' in the third season.
***WHAT WAS GOOD ABOUT IT?
For its time it represented a huge step forward in the portrayal of Sci-fi on TV. It led the way to making serious Sci-fi acceptable. Relevant issues of the day were often included in the stories. At a time of cold war tension and interracial problems the audience could see black and white officers as well Russian and Americans working together in the crew of the Enterprise. A strong pacifist message was present in the series, in a way Star Trek was a Sci-Fi 'Morality Plays'.
As well as the themes in the show the series was outstanding for it's state of the art special effects (difficult to believe now!). No other sc-fi show had such high production values. The characters were an instant hit with the fans and developed in to more complex creations as the series progressed. Above all else the scripts were good. I think most modern Sci-fi show owe a big debt of gratitude to Roddenberry and his groundbreaking work on Star Trek.
I can clearly remember a the first time I watched a Next Generation Episode, my horror at the idea of a Klingon on the bridge, my scepticism of the plausability of having an Enterprise with no Mr Spock. I think, however, amongst people my age I am in a minority, of the few of my friends who watch Star Trek, most discovered the Next Generation first, then later tuned in to the original series and found it somewhat laughable. After all, times have changed, and the costume designers did seem to use a bit less material back then.... Having grown up with the original series (well the reruns anyway) I see past the occasional plot flaws and less realistic monsters, appreciating instead the chemistry between the characters and so on. For those who are used to the more sophisticated CGI etc of modern TV, however, it is perhaps more difficult to really appreciate the original series. I would argue, however, that the original series should be given a chance in it's own right and not compared with the later incarnations. I would recommend my favourite episode as a starting point to getting into the series. My all time favourite has to be "Operation Annihilate", and I think it illustrates some of the things which made the original series great. Captain Kirk and his crew beam down to a planet where it appears that madness has taken over. They find themselves assailed by some of the most unusual of all alien monsters Star Trek has ever produced (eating a fried egg will never be the same again!), and Spock's life is on the line. You get to see how the characters seem much more capable of making mistakes and putting their feelings first than perhaps is seen in the later Star Treks. Putting forward a favorite episode is certainly a personal opinion, and I'm sure that many would not agree with mine. If you are a DS9 fan, for example, you could try the crossover which ingeniously took the crew back to an original series episode "t
he Trouble with Tribbles" (probably one of the funniest of the original series). Alternatively going back to some of the original series films would give a taster of what the series could have been like with a modern TV budget. I would argue that every Star Trek series has something unique to offer, and all are worth watching, the original series excelled in creating memorable characters, the Next Generation had great storylines (I especially liked First Duty - although many would probably hate it, since it concerns a rather less popular character), DS9 in making the series more gritty and daring to play with the shows' conventions, Voyager in introducing a whole new set of species and throwing the characters into lots of ethical dilemmas (I would recommend any borg episode). I think all of them are well worth watching, and enjoyable, each having some stand out episodes.
I was introduced to Star Trek at a very early age, as small children should be, and grew up with it. Up until Voyager my favourite series was the original Star Trek and even though I prefer Voyager now I will still always be watching Mr Spock, Captain Kirk and Dr McCoy. Star Trek has obviously done very well, the first ever episode, 'The Cage' was filmed in 1964 and didn't have Kirk in it. Instead Captain Christopher Pike was in charge, he was replaced with Captain Kirk in the second episode and later appeared as a guest in another episode. When I watch the original series now it seems to be a bit cheesy with the polystyrene rocks etc. Compared with recent Star Trek episodes the set and special effects are nothing but they are still great to watch. There are some great storys and isn't the story more important than the effects anyway? My favourite character is Mr Spock, I guess he was the first alien to appear in Star Trek and was a bit 'different'. Dr McCoy adds humour into the series and is known for that classic line "I'm a doctor not a ......", fill in the blank! The relationship between Dr McCoy and Mr Spock can sometimes be hillarious, Voyager tried to recreate this between the doctor and Tuvok but it doesn't work as well. The original Star Trek will never die, it was the birth of a great program and many series and films have followed. Lets hope they never give up and Star Trek continues forever (sad life I've got isn't it).
Right let’s cut straight to the chase, I don’t like Star Trek in any of it’s myriad of forms and series. I’ve always laughed at Trekkies of Trekkers (or whatever in Swansea they call themselves), with their strange devotions and worship of an unbelievably popular television programme. I know I am going to receive the wrath of a legion of grown ups clasping onto the remnants of their childhood fantasies, but before I am thrown to the lions let me explain why Star Trek grates on my nerves more than any other sci-fi television programme. First off my biggest gripe with Star Trek is that the majority the alien races are humanoid. Come on evolution on Earth has produced a massive range of varied species so why does nearly every race in Star Trek walk up right, have two eyes and two hands, be they Klingon, Vulcan or Ferengi. Where are the fish based creatures or the reptilian evolved races, the aliens from planets with high gravity with the strange flat heads or the mole like creatures from the Planet with no syllables in it’s name. No all Star Trek offers is aliens who look like humans with strange growths or skin blemishes on their heads. You can say this is due to the fact that actors play all the parts, sure that limits some of your choices, but even Doctor Who with it’s infinitely smaller budget came up with some interesting ideas for alien races. Yes they may have looked a bit naff, but at least the ideas where there. Star Trek doesn’t even have the justification for making all it’s aliens human that Stargate has. Star Trek’s aliens suffer from lack of ideas and execution. Which brings me onto the next bone of contention with Star Trek, the Borg. Right here is this all-conquering race of cyborgs that are unstoppable in their galactic plans to assimilate all other races, who unable to defeat the crew of one spaceship. Well that’s the Cybermen from Doctor Who described now
lets move on to the Borgs. First of the name (Yes I know it’s an abbreviation of Cyborg) sounds either like the sound you make whilst coughing after a heavy night or it relates to a race of Swedish tennis players, hardly frightening for a race of all-powerful beings. The other thing if they are a highly technically evolved race, why do they suffer from the Frankenstein’s monster problem of walking so slowly. Look I’ve seen faster moving robots in Robot Wars, Star Trek is set hundreds of years in the future, surely the Borg would have learnt that wheels are far better than legs for movement. My next problem with the Borg is that they are a lame attempt for America to moralise about the dangers of socialism and communism, the Borgs you see are a collective and therefore anti all that Uncle Sam stands for. On the other hand the Enterprise (Capitalist culture icongraphed) is all that is good with American culture, freedom of choice, bettering ones self, equal opportunities for all races (the great American myth). It all seems to be so convenient for me. Giving the choice I would rather be assimilated better Borg than Shatner. Which again brings me nicely to my next problem with Star Trek. William Shatner. If God did create man equal then out there somewhere there is a someone who has been born with a double of amount of talent, because ol’ Bill is seriously short in that department. Shatner is an actor (I use this in the loosest possible terms) who is so wooden he makes Huw Grant seem like Al Pacino. Shatner is even out acted by the scenery in most of the early episodes of Star trek, he barely gets an upper hand in some of the later films. At least he saved his worst performances for TJ Hooker. The only saving grace for Mr Shatner is that his name can be used in a very amusing Star Trek joke. (Which I’m not going to repeat here) The final factor that makes Star Trek is one than is universal throughout the wh
ole of the new generation of Star Treks, which is the over moralisation of the stories. This make the Newer Star Treks seem like lessons in edutainment than the gung-ho Space Cowboy stories of the original series. Even though Patrick Stewart is a fine actor, when he plays the moralistic overlord that is Pickard I want to slap him with a wet fish and scream and him to stop spinning his overwrought fables of honour and justice. This links back to my argument about the Borgs and Communism, again the whole moral tone of Star Trek (especially New Generation) reeks of Americanisms. In particular it reminds me of those terrible American Sit-coms always shown during my school and university holidays about 10.30 (Anybody remember the Patrick Swayze vehicle Step by Step) with there happy endings and all round God loves America attitude. I don’t want morals in my Sci-fi; I want sex, death and big explosions. I could here launch into a big attack on the whole fan culture surrounding Star trek, from the people who dress up in uniforms and learn Klingon (The saddest thing being that an American university actually runs a course in Klingon) to the proliferation of Star Trek merchandise and junk. But I won’t because I am just as guilty as doing this with other programmes and films, and also because I’m a big fan of the Swedish Star Trek Electro-pop band S.P.O.C.K. What I just don’t understand is the idolising and worshipping of what is really a mediocre Sci-fi programme with grand ideas above it’s station. Set you phasers to kill, and hunt me down like the dog I am.
I can't for the life of me see why this series became so popular and is said to be so good. No one on the show can act to any great degree, especially William Shatner, who starred as Captain Kirk. He's made a living out of not being able to do things - he can't act yet he's made millions pretending to do so. He can't sing yet he has released some awful records. And he can't write yet he releases novels with his name on which have been written by other people. Then there's Leonard Nimoy. His character, Spock, has no emotions and so never has to show any. That's not acting. Uhura - the ethnic telephone operator, played by Nichelle Nichols, is simply on the set to make it look prettier - why else would she have to wear such short skirts? The stories on the show are cliched, with the worst being 'Spock's Brain', the special effects are terrible (if I see the Enterprise orbiting an Earth-like planet that isn't really the Earth one more time I think I'll go insane) and the programme is just plain boring. Get a life, Trekkies.
Before the Trek fans start moaning or click to get off this page, I am a Trek fan myself. However, I do feel that it is high time to address the issue of Paramount’s continual merry-go-round of releasing episodes in every format imaginable in order to keep the dollars rolling in. They realise and exploit the true fans who will buy on name not on quality for the satisfaction of owing all of the episodes/films. After years and years of waiting for a new series of Star Trek after The Original Series (TOS) ended we were given Star Trek – the Next Generation (TNG) which began very poorly as it was repeating what had been shown in TOS it was just a bit re-hashed with new characters. After a few teething problems TNG began to improve but as it approached the end of its run a decision was made to release another series; Star Trek Deep Space Nine (ST-DS9). DS9 was fine to begin with but gradually deteriorated, ratings dropped and interest waned. Instead of improving the series Paramount released Star Trek Voyager (ST – VOY) which again began well but followed in the footsteps of DS9 with many poor episodes and only a sprinkling of fresh ideas. If you are a die-hard fan you buy the videos and you buy the new movies. Unlike in the tradition of home video where the buyer usually benefits from extra footage, star interviews and ‘making ofs’ - in Star Trek this has not happened. Even with the arrival of DVD very few, if any, extras have been added to the movies been re-issued. Paramount are not taking into consideration the vast amount of fans who have been loyal to every series. The stoic Trek fans deserve a reward for lining the pockets of the Star Trek Franchise (Rick Berman & co.). Send away offers are not good enough - where is the feeling of value in buying 13 videos and sending a cheque for £20 in order to receive a t-shirt or mug? They are cashing in on the ‘collection
element’ without demonstrating any understanding that a ‘collection’ of this kind is something that the collector feels that he/she is building a valuable history of the sci-fi genre that is Star Trek. Is it time that Star Trek is laid to rest with some dignity intact in order that future generations can appreciate the vision of the Star Trek universe?
I have loved STAR TREK since I was a kid. I don't know what it is about this show - the ham acting from all the major stars, especially WIlliam Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, the cardboard planets which they always seemed to beam down to, or the general storylines. It's just great! The best thing I think though is the ship itself - the StarShip Enterprise. It always looks so graceful and I always thought 'wow, I'd love to work on that ship!' Guest stars always seemed to be enjoying it to and this always helps the viewer of an episodic series. Over the years, the show featured a number of guest stars who are still household names, including Joan Collins in what is perhaps the best episode of the series, THE CITY ON THE EDGE OF FOREVER. She plays Edith Keeler, who was one of Kirk's many love interests in the series. Although the show was cancelled in 1969, repeats of the show kept it in the public eye throughout the 1970s, until in the later years of that decade, work began on STAR TREK PHASE II - this would have been a new television series, but after the success of the movie STAR WARS, it was decided that the series should become a movie and thus STAR TREK - THE MOTION PICTURE was born.
The introduction of Star Trek took television into a totally new era. All previous space programs had tended to stick by the proven and accepted approach with the only changes being the type of alien. It is not surprising that it soon generated a cult following. Viewers were treated to a vast assortment of new technologies, new species and a well chosen selection of characters. The situation of the USS Enterprise on it's 10 year mission gave the opportunity of creating very different circumstances every episode. How could it possibly fail? To view the series now it appears very dated with poor and unrealistic props, but at the time it was years ahead of any competition. I seriously doubt if we will ever be fortunate enough to encounter a series so far advanced of the era in which it is created. There are programs produced today which fall behind.
The starship Enterprise boldly going where no man had gone before took us around the universe seeking out new life forms one of which was the science officer, Mr. Spock. (Some people have referred to him as Dr. Spock but that's some yank who published a book about bringing up kids) The intrepid crew were led by Captain James T Kirk ably assisted by his number one, Mr. Spock. Spock a half breed from Vulcan/Earth stock with his pointed ears (presumably to give him an alien look) possessed a mind of computer logic much to the chagrin of the ship's doctor, Dr. McCoy known to Jim as Bones. The good doctor spent as much time patching up injured crewmen as he did chiding Spock about his human half side and the non Vulcan emotions that came with it. A point to note is that if you watch some of the older black and white cowboy films, good old Bones turns up as a cowboy totting a six gun and riding the range as a baddie. Making up the quartet was the ship's engineer Scotty, the obligatory Scotsman who still preferred good old scotch to all the alien hooches that they came across. (Why is the ship's engineer always a Scot?) The glamour was supplied by Uhura and the odd yeoman standing around waiting for Kirk's attention. A handful of other characters like Sulu, of oriental descent, and Chekov a Russian who still thought that all inventions were made in Russia, graced our screens in the off world adventures and the only people to ever get killed off were the unfortunate security men. Chekov's Russian accent was straight out of fiction but then again Start Trek was fiction. With a re-run of the original series finding it's way onto BBC we can now see how wooden the acting was and how amateurish some of the gadgets were. The communicator looks like some 10 year old had made it out of a Mecchano set and a few resistors whilst at the other end of the scale the visual effects of the transporter were something new. First
time around Star Trek was something to organise your TV viewing life around. Second time around we can only cringe at the acting although most of the story lines were of a high enough calibre to survive the test of time. Pity they insisted on extolling the virtues of the "American way" though. I mean seriously do any Russians still believe that they invented everything? As the series progressed the acting got better and Spock's bushy eyebrows disappeared to be replaced by much more authentic looking streamlined ones. His "live long and prosper" quote became a craze for a while as did his Vulcan salutation that went with it. Spock's ability to immobilise a trouble maker by gripping his shoulder near the neck was an asset to the team in times of distress. Another alien characteristic of Spock's was his ability to "mind meld" with the subject by placing his outspread fingers around the subjects face. A useful attribute when dealing with aliens who didn't speak American or even at all. Although we can look back and point out all the many faults we should remember that at the time we, the sci fi fans, were thrilled with the series and lapped up every episode. One final thing. Captain Kirk nor anyone else ever said, "Beam me up Scotty." I wonder why they are showing the Star Trek Voyager picture for this category?
Star Trek, one of the most original shows ever, spawner of real ideas and technologies. Warp Speed? It's there. Communicators? Mobile phones to you and me. Aliens? Painted women swooning over the captain. The plots are excellent, and the characters are deep and memorable. So what's wrong? I'm ashamed to admit it. I've always loved the original Star Trek and I still watch it whenever it comes on. But it seems, well, a bit dated. There, I've said it. Today's technology makes the stilted-speaking computer silly and the tape it shoots out laughable. The effects of today's shows make the effects look pathetic. I really don't know if I would start watching Star Trek now if I hadn't grown up with it and fallen in love with it so long ago. It's like the best friend you have from childhood that you no longer have anything in common with.
Star Trek Voyager is the 4th Star Trek series, and is only series currently in production, although a new series of Star Trek is rumoured to be on the way, with an announcement expected on it soon. The story behind Voyager, which can be seen in the first ever episode, is that during its first mission Voyager was sent 70 million light years across the galaxy in to the Delta Quadrant, and with the caretaker array that brought them destroyed Voyager has no choice but to try to find another way home. Another human ship, from the marquis rebellion (enemies of Starfleet) is also stranded in the Delta Quadrant, but when this ship is destroyed in a battle they have no choice but to join Voyager. Early on in the show this is the cause of much friction between the crew, with the marquis finding it hard to accept the Starfleet rules. Voyager is also the first Star Trek show to have a female captain, proving that while Star Trek is supposed to be set in an unpredujiced world it is in reality a victim of the trends of its day. Now that womens rights are a big issue Star Trek finally jumps on the bandwagon with a female leader. Throughout its journey home Voyager meets many interesting, powerful and agressive races, and this provides a varied mix of episodes. More than any other Star Trek series yet Voyager has the potential for action, far from the influence of Starfleet, Voyager must, at times, leave rules behind and use ruthless tactics to keep its hope of returning home alive. And while it does provide the action, you always feel that their could be more, more battles, more phaser fights and less Starfleet moral. But then that could be said of all Star Trek series. In its journey home Voyager meets many new friends, and a few old ones. Some Ferengi stranded in th Delta Quadrant in The Next Generation are found masquerading as gods on primitive world, and Voyager has many meetings with the Borg. Infact, Voyager rescues one Borg Drone, know
n as Seven of Nine (or Seven to her friends!!!). Not only providing a good story line in Seven having to learn to be human again, they also chose a very attractive character to play her role, providing some eye candy for the male audience, and of course she does often wear tight lycra suits that clearly show off her assets. But hey, who's complaining....
I loved the original series with Captain James T. Kirk, Spock, Scotty & the rest, this was definitely the best of the old and original space travel series. (I used to watch nearly all of them!) It was highly original, believeable(!) and the plots worked well. Gripping stuff - keeping you on the edge of your seat all the way through while they travelled through the space, sorting out problems with other life forms, running into difficulties with their ship, The Enterprise, having space battles etc. Fortunately everything always turned out all right in the end. It may be looking a little dated now, but this has everything you need to keep you hooked! It's the one space travel series not to be missed. One thing that always amused me was the one predictable fact from program to program, that you always knew that when you saw any new crew members, that they were always the ones who ended up dead in the next scene! The first series was excellent and the films were brilliant - I was really sad when the it finally ended. The New Generation had a hard act to follow, but they have pulled it off successfully, with Captain Jean Luc Picard, Worf and all the new crew. It works extremely well, I'm glad that they brought in completely new characters, rather than model the new ones on the originals, I think that this is one of the reasons for its success. With new, more up to date plots, more stranger looking life forms and even better special effects, I like this almost as much as the original. (Should I sign up for Trekkies anon now?)
Come on, admit it, there have been a few times when since the first programme of Star trek was screened on BBC that you found yourself saying those memorable words? We all have at some time impersonated Captain Kirk, Bones or Scottie or maybe even done the Vulcan finger greeting to each other. Where would we have been in the playgrounds around the world, if we could not pretend we were Trekkies? The original idea was turned into many series of which have led to many different avenues and ideas. Toys, conventions, clothes, collectibles now catch a few pennies at auctions and the characters themselves are waxworks in many a museum. William Shatner and Leonard Nimmoy made a great a team as Scully and Mulder do today and will still be worth watching in another 25 years. I myself am still tuning into the repeats of that famous first series and relishing every moment of it, as are my husband and sons. Try it, a must for all Trekkies, old and new if you dare you can all shout “BEAM ME UP SCOTTIE!”