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Logo as it appears in The Original Series

Star Trek is an American space opera media franchise based on the science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry. The first television series, simply called Star Trek and now referred to as "The Original Series", debuted in 1966 and aired for three seasons on the television network NBC. It followed the interstellar adventures of Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and his crew aboard the starship USS Enterprise, a space exploration vessel, built by the United Federation of Planets in the twenty-third century. The Star Trek canon of the franchise includes The Original Series, an animated series, five spin-off television series, the film franchise, and further adaptations in several media.

In creating Star Trek, Roddenberry was inspired by the Horatio Hornblower novels, the satirical book Gulliver's Travels, and by works of western genre such as the television series Wagon Train. These adventures continued in the 22-episode 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. The most recent Star Trek TV series, entitled Star Trek: Discovery, premiered on CBS and was later made available exclusively on the digital platform CBS All Access. The adventures of The Next Generation crew continued in four additional feature films. In 2009, the film franchise underwent a "reboot" set in an alternate timeline, or "Kelvin Timeline," entitled simply Star Trek. This film featured a new cast portraying younger versions of the crew from the original show; their adventures were continued in the sequel film, Star Trek Into Darkness (2013). The thirteenth film feature and sequel, Star Trek Beyond (2016), was released to coincide with the franchise's 50th anniversary.

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John de Lancie, made his Star Trek debut in "Encounter at Farpoint" as Q.
"Encounter at Farpoint" was the first episode of the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, and was originally aired in broadcast syndication on September 28, 1987. The episode introduced the crew of the USS Enterprise-D and the recurring character of Q (John de Lancie) who would go on to appear in every season of The Next Generation except for one and both Deep Space Nine and Voyager. In the plot, the ship is sent to Farpoint Station to investigate it, and after being intercepted by Q and placed on trial for the crimes of humanity, Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and the crew manage to reveal the truth about the station. The plot was developed from a story which originally saw the Enterprise encounter an alien lifeform the size of a space ship which had been enslaved by an alien race, and the crew attempts to free it. The plot was re-written and Q added in order to lengthen it to a double-length episode. DeForest Kelley made a guest appearance as Admiral Leonard McCoy in the episode. The episode was broadcast on 98 independent stations and 112 network affiliates, gaining a viewing audience of 27 million and the series was immediately called the "highest-rated syndicated one-hour drama series on television". Reviews at the time was mixed and compared the episode to The Original Series, while later reviewers mostly praised it.

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Eric Bana, photographed in 2009
Eric Bana (born 9 August 1968), is an Australian film and television actor. He began his career as a comedian in the sketch comedy series Full Frontal before gaining critical recognition in the biographical film Chopper (2000). After a decade of roles in Australian TV shows and films, Bana gained Hollywood's attention by playing the lead role as Bruce Banner in the Ang Lee directed film Hulk (2003). He has since played Hector in the movie Troy (2004), the lead in Steven Spielberg's Munich (2005), and the Romulan villain Nero in JJ Abrams' science-fiction film Star Trek (2009). His character attempts to exact revenge on Spock, whom he blames for the destruction of his homeworld and its inhabitants. The film was a critical success and grossed over US$380 million worldwide. Bana is an accomplished dramatic actor and comedian, he received Australia's highest film and television awards for his performances in Chopper, Full Frontal and Romulus, My Father. Bana has performed across a wide spectrum of leading roles in a variety of low-budget and major studio films, ranging from romantic comedies and drama to science fiction and action thrillers. He has also been involved in charity work, in a variety of campaigns across the youth and medical sectors.

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Zachary Quinto, actor, portrayed Science Officer Spock in Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness

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Television series: The Original Series (episodes) • The Animated Series (episodes) • The Next Generation (episodes) • Deep Space Nine (episodes) • Voyager (episodes) • Enterprise (episodes) • Star Trek: Discovery (Season 1, 2)

Feature films: The Motion PictureThe Wrath of KhanThe Search for SpockThe Voyage HomeThe Final FrontierThe Undiscovered CountryGenerationsFirst ContactInsurrectionNemesisStar TrekInto DarknessBeyond

Fictional elements: Alien racesCharactersDeep Space NinePrime DirectiveStardatesStarfleetTimelineStarship EnterpriseUnited Federation of PlanetsUSS DefiantUSS VoyagerWeapons

Other topics: CanonComicsCultural influenceFan productionsFandomGamesMemory AlphaNovelsPhysicsReference booksSexualityStar Trek: The ExperienceStar Trek: Phase II

Production staff: J. J. AbramsIra Steven BehrRick BermanBrannon BragaManny CotoDamon LindelofRonald D. MooreMichael OkudaMichael PillerGene RoddenberryJeri Taylor

Major Characters: James T. KirkJean-Luc PicardBenjamin SiskoKathryn JanewayJonathan ArcherMichael Burnham


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