Star Trek – A Galaxy in its Own
In 1966, a screenwriter from El Paso, Texas, named Gene Roddenberry started a television show that would change Science Fiction forever.
Star Trek is an iconic franchise that began in 1966 with its first television show, only to be canceled in 1969. Since then, it has grown into a science fiction and fantasy empire. It even has its own language – Klingon. With 13 movies and countless television episodes across six series reinventions to date, Star Trek has become a worldwide empire.
The Star Trek series centers around the adventures of aliens and humans who serve on the Starfleet, a humanitarian and peacekeeping armada of the United Federation of Planets. The television shows and movies follow the many different experiences of captains and crew on various planets. Members of Starfleet have altruistic values and use this way of life to overcome difficult situations throughout the series.
In 1966, a young William Shatner played Captain James Kirk in Star Trek: The Original Series. Shatner also voiced Kirk in Star Trek: The Animated Series in 1973 and 1974 and starred in seven Star Trek movies, creating the standard for all Starfleet captains to come. Since Shatner, there have been four Star Trek Starfleet captains. Chris Pine is the most recent, playing Captain James T. Kirk in the Star Trek film series reboot from 2009 to the present.
Over the last 50 years, Star Trek has grown an immense fan base, called Trekkies. Trekkies are devout fans of the Star Trek series, from Star Trek: The Original Series through the modern Star Trek movies. These fans travel to conventions and wear Star Trek costumes, or cosplay. Conventions for Star Trek include costume contests and panels with current and former cast members of the various Starfleet crews.
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