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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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Ethan Phillips, who portrays Neelix, and was originally considered to portray the merged character of Tuvix.
"Tuvix" is the fortieth episode of the television series Star Trek: Voyager, the 24th episode of the second series. It was first broadcast on UPN on May 6, 1996. In the plot, the characters of Neelix (Ethan Phillips) and Tuvok (Tim Russ) are accidentally merged following a transporter accident to become Tuvix (Tom Wright). The creation of the new person and the "death" of the other two polarises the crew onboard Voyager. The Doctor develops a process to separate the two back to their original personas, but Tuvix doesn't want to go through with it as he will "die" instead, forcing Captain Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) to make the decision instead. The episode was originally devised as a comedy plot, but was later refined into a moralistic tale. Phillips was originally intended to portray Tuvix, but decided that he would be too easy for the audience to identify. Instead, Wright sought to merge the mannerisms of the two characters into a single whole. The episode was described as the most thought-provoking of Voyager‍‍ '​‍s run, and a great deal of fan mail was received by the crew concerning it. The critical response to the episode was mostly positive, with praise directed at the ability to create a serious episode despite a "silly" premise.

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US Navy aircraft carrier Enterprise crew members alongside Starfleet Enterprise cre wmembers
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Crew members from the United States aircraft carrier Enterprise chosen as the sailors of the year, pose with Scott Bakula and Connor Trinneer on set for the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Desert Crossing".

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Actor David Warner was given Klingon makeup designed to subtly suggest Melville's Ahab and President Abraham Lincoln.
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country is the sixth feature film in the Star Trek science fiction franchise. It was released in 1991 by Paramount Pictures, and is the last of the Star Trek films to include the entire core cast of the 1960s Star Trek television series. After an ecological disaster leads to two longstanding enemies—the Federation and the Klingon Empire—brokering a tenuous truce, the crew of the USS Enterprise-A must prevent war from breaking out on the eve of universal peace. Denny Martin Flinn and Nicholas Meyer, the director of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, wrote a script based on a suggestion from Leonard Nimoy about what would happen if "the wall came down in space", touching on the contemporary topic of the Cold War. Principal photography took place between April 1991 and September 1991. The production budget was smaller than anticipated due to the critical and commercial failure of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. Due to a lack of sound stage space on the Paramount Pictures lots, many scenes were filmed around Hollywood. The film garnered positive reviews, with publications praising the lighthearted acting and tongue-in-cheek references. The film performed strongly at the box office, and earned two Academy Award nominations.

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