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Star Trek

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Collette Commodore

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Transcript of Star Trek

By Collette Commodore How the Star Trek franchise
has been rebooted for the 21st Century. The world of Star Trek The Original Series and motion pictures The Crew... Reflecting American Society at that time Captain James T. Kirk played by William Shatner commands the U.S.S. Enterprise with his science officer and half Vulcan, Spock played by Leonard Nimoy. Dr Leonard "Bones" McCoy who was played by DeForest Kelley was Kirk's second-in-command. The Enterprise's Scottish chief engineer was Montgomery Scott played by James Doohan and it's African American communications officer was Lieutenant Nyota Uhura played by Nichelle Nichols. The Japanese helmsman was Lieutenant Hikari Sulu played by George Takei and the Russian navigator was Ensign Chekov played by Walter Koenig. Roddenbury wanted a racially mixed cast as he wanted to exemplify the series' belief that racism and prejudice would be eradicated in the future. Since it's inception in 1966, Star Trek has been running strong and have a devoted fan base which is still increasing to this day. But how has it sustained such a large following? In 1966 Gene Roddenbury created something that had never been seen on television before.. In the third season's episode "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield," two men hate each other because of the colour of their skin. They are both split down the middle, hald black and half white but the colours are on different sides. The Next Generation In 1987, Roddenbury was asked to created something new to add to the already thriving franchise as now was the time to move back to television. Just like the Original Series, the crew contained a variety of ethnicity's and even a Klingon as crew member. Captain Jean-Luc Picard, played by Patrick Stewart was much different to Kirk. Roddenbury wanted him to be a thinker and a diplomat. This is the uniform badge which doubled as a communicator and this helped set the Next Generation apart from the Original Series. The franchise returned in 1987 with a more philosophical approach and introduced a new antagonist called Q, played by John de Lancie. There were many recurring appearances from Q and fittingly, the seven season run ended with a final encounter with this villain. From 1994 to 2002, four feature films with the TNG cast were made. The final one "Nemesis,"was the darkest of the four and starred Tom Hardy as Shinzon, Picard's tortured clone. The return of the Original Crew in Star Trek (2009) 2009 saw the return of the original crew but with a young and fresh cast. This film is set before the Original Series and contain features that will remind fans of the old films. Such as The Wrath of Khan. "Star trek has been re-imagined with an alternate timeline. The alternate timeline was created in an effort to free the film and the franchise from established continuity constraints while simultaneously preserving original story elements. It also served to reinvigorate the franchise with a younger edgier cast." Alternate Timeline Romulan miner Nero, played by Eric Bana is seeking revenge against the people he thinks are responsible for the destruction of Romulus. Because of the appearance of Spock Prime, Leonard Nimoy stars in the film as his old character to help save his younger self and the rest of the Federation. Star Trek Into Darkness Later this year, the sequal to Star Trek (2009), “Into Darkness,” will be released on 17th May. In the trailer we can see that this film will be more focused on Earth which no other Star Trek film has done since “First Contact.” Director J.J. Abrams and his writers have denied that this film is a rebooted version of Wrath of Khan. However in the trailer we see Kirk and Spock touching hands against glass which we also see in Wrath of Khan.
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