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Star Trek is an American science fiction entertainment franchise created by Gene Roddenberry and currently under the ownership of CBS. The franchise began in 1966 with the television series Star Trek, later referred to as Star Trek: The Original Series. This series, its spin-off shows: Star Trek: The Animated Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise, as well as the film series make up the core of the franchise's mythos. While the critical response to much of the franchise varies, many individual Star Trek episodes and films have won awards and honors including Emmy Awards, Hugo Awards and an Academy Award.

Westerns such as Wagon Train, along with the Horatio Hornblower novels and Gulliver's Travels, inspired Roddenberry when he created the first Star Trek. It followed the interstellar adventures of James T. Kirk and the crew of an exploration vessel of a 23rd century galactic "United Federation of Planets" — the Starship Enterprise. This first series, now referred to as "The Original Series", debuted in 1966 and ran for three seasons on NBC. These adventures continued in the short-lived Star Trek: The Animated Series and six feature films. Four spin-off television series were eventually produced: Star Trek: The Next Generation, followed the crew of a new Starship Enterprise set a century after the original series; Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager, set contemporaneously with The Next Generation; and Star Trek: Enterprise, set before the original series, in the early days of human interstellar travel. Four additional The Next Generation feature films were produced. In 2009, the prequel of the original series (set in an alternate timeline) Star Trek featuring a new cast portraying younger versions of the crew from the original Enterprise appeared. A sequel to this film, Star Trek Into Darkness, premiered on May 16, 2013.

Star Trek has been a cult phenomenon since its beginning. Fans of the franchise are called Trekkies or Trekkers. The franchise spans a wide range of spin-offs including games, figurines, novels, toys, and comics. Star Trek had a themed attraction in Las Vegas which opened in 1998 and closed in September 2008. At least two museum exhibits of props travel the world. The series even has its own full-fledged constructed language, Klingon. Several parodies have been made of Star Trek and its fans, despite the end of Star Trek episodes on TV, and several fan productions have been produced in that void.

Star Trek is noted for its influence on the world outside of science fiction. It has been cited as an inspiration for several technological inventions such as the cell phone. Moreover, the show is noted for its progressive civil rights stances. The original series included one of television's first multiracial casts, and the first televised inter-racial kiss. Star Trek references can be found throughout popular culture from movies such as the submarine thriller Crimson Tide to the cartoon series South Park.

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Denise Crosby in 2003
"Skin of Evil" is the 23rd episode of the first season of the science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, and originally aired on April 25, 1988 in broadcast syndication. The story premise was written by Joseph Stefano, and the screenplay was re-written by Hannah Louise Shearer. The episode was directed by Joseph L. Scanlan. In this episode, the Enterprise races to rescue Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis) from a crashed shuttle, which is being held captive by an alien life form called Armus (Mart McChesney, voiced by Ron Gans). In investigating the crash, Lieutenant Tasha Yar (Denise Crosby) is killed by Armus, and Troi is eventually rescued after Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) distracts the alien. Yar's death in the episode was the result of Crosby asking to be released from her contract, although her last filmed episode was actually "Symbiosis" as it was filmed subsequent to "Skin of Evil". The manner of her death was intended to be typical of the threat posed to a security officer, and was what the show's creator Gene Roddenberry had intended. The reception of the episode has been poor overall from critics who have reviewed the episode following the end of the series, especially the manner of Yar's death and the Armus creature in general.

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Spock, standing in front of a shuttlecraft and holding a phaser.
Credit: Desilu Productions/NBC Television

Spock was the only alien character on the main cast in the Star Trek: The Original Series.

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Jonathan Frakes in 2005

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The emblem of the USS Enterprise, as seen in The Original Series
Star Trek is an American science fiction entertainment franchise spanning five live-action and one animated television series and twelve live-action motion pictures. It was created by Gene Roddenberry, who was inspired by westerns such as Wagon Train, describing Star Trek: The Original Series in early pitches as "a wagon train to the stars". That first series ran for three seasons on NBC between 1966-69, before it was cancelled. In broadcast syndication the series became popular, and so in the late 1970s, development resulted in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Following the production of more films, a second series entitled Star Trek: The Next Generation was created, followed by Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise. In 2009, the franchise was reset and taken into an alternative timeline with the JJ Abrams directed Star Trek and Star Trek into Darkness (2013). The franchise has a cult following, with fans being called Trekkies or Trekkers. It has been noted for the inspirational effect on technology in the late 20th and early 21st century, and has influenced the mobile phone as well as the Tricorder X PRIZE. The show is also noted for progressing civil rights, and references to the franchise are found throughout popular culture.

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Nichelle Nichols, actress, portrayed Communications Officer Uhura on Star Trek: The Original Series and subsequent movies

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