On September 8th 1966 Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek released it’s first episode “The Man Trap” Starring William Shatner as Captain James T Kirk, Leonard Nemoy as Mr Spock, DeForrest Kellyas Dr. McCoy, George Takei as Sulu and Nichelle Nichols as Uhura.
The Man Trap: “Dr. McCoy discovers his old flame is not what she seems after crew members begin dying from a sudden lack of salt in their bodies.”
This was in fact the second Pilot for the series after “The Cage” was shown to NBC in February of 1965 with Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Pike leading the USS Enterprise. However it was September 8th 1966 that lunched the series to the public.
Key cast members like James Doohan’sScotty only appeared in voice not appearing on screen until the next episode. Walter Koenig‘s neclear wessel loving Chekov didn’t appear until Season 2, Epsidoe 1 “Amok Time”. Brought in to attract a younger audience to the show and give girls a Davy Jones type love interest.
So to say Happy Birthday we leave you with a great little number from Captain Picard
Five television series, each with their own crews, spanning seven hundred and twenty six episodes and twelve movies (About six good ones), and countless fan-made stories from 1966 and still going strong, Star Trek can be daunting to get into. It came back into focus in 2009 when JJ Abrams released his reboot movie, Star Trek. The movie helped create a new generation of Trekkies, but the sheer enormity of the Universe and source material makes it difficult to take in exactly what the Star Trek Universe is all about. I will be giving a crash course in the most important parts of Star Trek, starting with the most fundamental aspects and working towards the base details.
At a very basic level, The Federation is the Space United Nations. It is an alliance of planets, sharing personnel and knowledge, with the primary goal to seek out new cultures and map the Galaxy. The Federation has several different aspects to it, including a military presence, though it has always maintained its primary mission is one of peace. There are dozens of species, and hundreds, if not thousands, of planets, in the Federation. Each planet has its own contribution to the group, whether with ships, technology or resources. Those who do not wish to join, or are not yet warp capable, are left alone. this is the most important rule in the entirety of The Federation: the Prime Directive.
The Federation is usually portrayed in a positive light, showing the potential Humanity has for ultimate good in the Future. There are very few, if any, internal struggles among humans, there is no economy as money has been eliminated, and gender equality is certainly all sorted by the 24th century. The Federation is not above forming treaties with other species without assimilating them into the larger group. The Federation has non aggression pacts with the Klingons and the Romulans, a result of wars with both their species, and has even allied with them before, most notably in the war with the Dominion.
Starfleet is the military and exploration division of the Federation. It consists of multiple fleets of Starships deployed throughout Federation controlled, or unexplored areas of Space near the Federation border. The primary mission of all ships in Starfleet is to seek out new life and new civilisations, though all their ships are also equipped to defend themselves. Starfleet was founded in 2161 with the Federation by four races; Humans, Vulcans, Tellarites and Andorians. Its purpose was to provide protection against aggressive species such as the Klingons.
The military might of Starfleet has been tested several times, to a point where, within the space of just six months, they were challenged by the Borg, the Dominion and the Klingons. These battles, and especially the war with The Dominion (Which I will touch on in a later article) led Starfleet to rapidly develop more advanced weaponry and defences for their ships.
The Federation are, simply put, the “Good Guys”. They’re the ones you are supposed to root for and the ones you’re supposed to aspire to be. Even more than that, they are what humanity could be should we find ourselves not to be alone in the Universe. A galactic Governing body which humans have a great hand in running, and are responsible for helping create. I leave you with the famous monologue which lives on in the hearts of Trekkies everywhere.
News has broke that Patrick Stewart’s son Daniel will be reuniting with him on his new comedy Show Blunt Talk. Father and son famously appearedtogether on Star Trek The Next Generation episode “The Inner Light”.
Patrick Stewart and his son Daniel are reuniting on the elder Stewart’s new Starz comedy series, Blunt Talk. Star Trek: The Next Generation fans will remember that Daniel played Batai, the son of Patrick’s Kamin, in the acclaimed episode “The Inner Light.” Daniel also co-starred with his father in the film Death Train. Daniel will make his Blunt Talk debut on September 26 in the episode “Goodnight, My Someone.” In it, blowhard Walter Blunt (Patrick Stewart) reconnects with his estranged boxer son, Rafe (Daniel Stewart).
“Daniel has a wonderful talent for comedy, particularly wacky comedy,” Patrick Stewart told USA Today last week. “So we shared an episode. Hopefully we’ll be sharing many more.”
Patrick Stewart added, “I think it’s a great thing that we’re both in the same profession. It has so brought so much into both our lives that we can share and enjoy talking about. It’s terrific.”
You can now see the complete full Star Trek Renegades on Youtube for free. It’s been released by the official channel.
Star Trek: Renegades
Star Trek Renegades is an independent fan funded and supported Internet television Series, produced by Sky Conway.
Our pilot episode is completed and will be released to supporters in the very near future. Renegades features a combination of familiar Star Trek character and actors, plus a collection of hot, new rising actors.
When a seemingly unstoppable new enemy threatens the very existence of the Earth, Admiral Pavel Chekov (Walter Koenig) is forced to work outside the boundaries of Starfleet’s rules to combat this deadly new foe.
When planet after planet winks out of existence, yet Starfleet refuses to act, Chekov turns to Commander Tuvok (Tim Russ, who also directs), the new head of Starfleet’s covert operations division, Section 31. Together, they assemble a new elite strike-force, consisting of rogues, outcasts and criminals, led by the fearless yet haunted Lexxa Singh (Adrienne Wilkinson).
The Renegades’ mission is simple: take on an army and stop their leader, Borrada (Bruce Young), from destroying the Earth. Outnumbered and outgunned, the ragtag crew is in an adrenaline-pumping race against time and space. But they soon find their foes are the least of their concerns: the real trouble may be coming from within!
Star Trek: Renegades stars Walter Koenig (reprising his role as Admiral Chekov), Adrienne Wilkinson, Sean Young, Manu Intiraymi, Gary Graham, Robert Picardo, Corin Nemec, Bruce Young, Tim Russ, Chasty Ballesteros, Edward Furlong, Courtney Peldon, Larissa Gomes, Richard Herd and Herbert Jefferson Jr., and introducing Crystal Conway.
Star Trek: Renegades – boldly going where no Trek has gone before!
Hope you all enjoy this fan film look at the extended universe of Star Trek.
William Shatner has said he’s going to write a biography about his Star Trek co-star and longtime friend, Leonard Nimoy, giving us an inside look at the man and the relationship between the two actors.
According to Showbiz 411, Shatner is already writing the book tentatively titled, Leonard: A 50 Year Friendship which is due for publication in 2016.