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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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The Big Show in 2011
"Borderland" is the fourth episode of the fourth season of the science fiction television series Star Trek: Enterprise that originally aired on October 29, 2004, on UPN. The script was written by Ken LaZebnik, and was directed by David Livingston. The episode featured the first appearance of Star Trek: The Next Generation actor Brent Spiner in Enterprise, and the last appearance of J. G. Hertzler in the Star Trek franchise. It also featured guest appearances by Bobbi Sue Luther and WWE wrestler Big Show. In this episode, genetically engineered humans called "augments" capture a Klingon vessel, and the Enterprise is sent to find them. They retrieve the augments' creator, Dr. Arik Soong (Brent Spiner), and head in pursuit. After being attacked by Orions and rescuing their crew members, the ship is attacked by the augments who retrieve their creator. The episode is the first of a three episode arc, followed by "Cold Station 12", and "The Augments". It also featured the first appearance of male members of the Orion species, despite female members appearing in the first pilot of The Original Series. The reception from critics was mixed, with Spiner's performance generally praised. The episode was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Stunt Coordination.

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Glenn Cote and Brent Spiner on the set of Star Trek: Nemesis

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Having directed several episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Jonathan Frakes made his feature film directorial debut with First Contact.
Star Trek: First Contact is a 1996 American science fiction film released by Paramount Pictures. It is the eighth feature film in the Star Trek science fiction franchise and the first film to feature only cast members from Star Trek: The Next Generation television series, to which Alice Krige, Neal McDonough, James Cromwell and Alfre Woodard were added. In the film's plot, the crew of the USS Enterprise-E travel to the 21st century after the cybernetic Borg conquered Earth by changing the timeline. Writers Brannon Braga and Ronald D. Moore wanted to feature the Borg in the plot, while Rick Berman wanted a story involving time travel. Cast member Jonathan Frakes was chosen to direct to make sure the task fell to someone who understood Star Trek. The Borg were redesigned; the new makeup sessions took four times as long as on the television series. Traditional optical effects techniques were supplemented with computer-generated imagery. The film made a worldwide total of $146 million. Critical reception was mostly positive; critics including Roger Ebert considered it one of the best Star Trek films. The Borg and the special effects were lauded, while characterization was less evenly received. First Contact was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Makeup and won three Saturn Awards.

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