Star Trek franchise
Star Trek is an American TV series created by Gene Roddenberry, which premiered on NBC September 8th, 1966 and ended June 3rd, 1969/ The show featured a crew of space explorers traveling around the galaxy in a Constitution-class starship called the USS Enterprise NCC-1701, set in the 23rd century. It never caught on with late night viewers and was cancelled due to low ratings, but soon established a strong following in syndication that saw the show become much more popular than it had ever been in its original run. The original TV show became a franchise. Many different spin-offs of the original program have now been made, the last of which was a prequel with the original 'Enterprise' space ship.
|Series Name||Star Trek: The Original Series (TOS)||Star Trek: The Animated Series (TAS)||Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG)||Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9)||Star Trek: Voyager (VOY)||Star Trek: Enterprise (ENT)|
|Original Air Dates||1966-1969||1973-1974||1987-1994||1993-1999||1995-2001||2001-2005|
|Number Of Episodes||80||22||178||176||172||98|
|Movie Name||Star Trek: The Motion Picture||Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan||Star Trek III: The Search for Spock||Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home||Star Trek V: The Final Frontier||Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country||Star Trek: Generations||Star Trek: First Contact||Star Trek: Insurrection||Star Trek: Nemesis|
|Year of Release||1979||1982||1984||1986||1989||1991||1994||1996||1998||2002|
The drama of the shows typically arises from the crew's contact with various forms of extraterrestrial life, mostly humanoid but not all (e.g. the "Crystalline Entity"). In various ways, the premise of the ancient astronaut theory is used to assert the seeding of life throughout the galaxy as brought up in the TNG. (However, not to the overt extent of the later TV series, Stargate SG-1.)
Comments on Religion
Star Trek: The Next Generation has one major example of anti-religion bias. 3rd season episode entitled "Who Watches the Watchers," where it is implied that an alien culture discarding religious beliefs is a positive development. Religious parents may wish to be wary if their children watch "Who Watches the Watchers,". In the episode "Tapestry", Captain Picard dies and goes to the "afterlife" he makes a comment "The Universe is not so badly run." This suggests that perhaps the Captain believed there was a deity but he had never been exposed to a formal religion. However the majority of episodes remain agnostic on religion.
Star Trek: Deep Space 9 was heavily influenced by religion. The one of the major religions was; The Bajoran profets (sometimes called Wormhole Aliens), who existed in the celestial temple (normally called the Wormhole). Their purpose was to protect the Bajorans, and fight the evil spirits called Pah-wraiths. In the dominion the founders (shape-shifters) were believed to be (and treated as) gods (in the episode "The Ship" and many others). For klingons there was Sto-vo-kor (what they called heaven). Klingons coming to Sto-vo-kor meant that they had fought as honorable warriors in their life (as is seen in "Image in the Sand" and many others). The Ferangi had a religion in The Great River (as shown in "Faith, Treachery and The Great River"), which was similar to "The invisible hand" a phrase coined by Adam Smith.
The Prime Directive
Starfleet had The Prime Directive which said that they should not interfere with the natural progression of a species. It was a conservative idea but it was often ignored by Starfleet officers for moral reasons. There was also a Temporal Prime Directive which said that when going into the past (by various means) they should not try to alter the course of history. When someone from Starfleet (or not from starfleet) violated the directive officers were justified in working to stop, them as long as they did not violate the directive themselves.
The Original Series
The main characters from the original series were: