What started as a space science fiction television series in 1966 has grown into one of the biggest multi-media franchise in the entertainment industry. The original series is set in the 23rd Century which follows the quest of Captain James Kirk and his crew aboard the USS Enterprise.
The story is set a time when humans and aliens learn to live alongside each other. The Starfleet crew has been tasked by the Federation of Planets to explore where no one has been before to discover new civilizations and other living beings.
Just like any other stories, the plot includes tests of character, tests of relationships, love stories, deceptions, and conflict. The popularity of the original series, which lasted for three seasons, has since spawned an animated series, four spin-off shows, launched 13 movies and a new TV series titled Star Trek: Discovery which will premiere on September 24, 2017 on CBS.
The creator of the franchise is Gene Roddenberry who remained involved in the franchise until his death in 1991. Roddenberry was a World War II fighter pilot veteran before writing for TV became his profession.
The franchise has popularized many phrases, such as “resistance is futile,” “live long and prosper” and “beam me up.” Star Trek is noted for its early exercises in diversity, which has only been expanded upon with the most recent outings.
The upcoming TV series is co-created by Alex Kurtzman and Bryan Fuller. Stars of the show include Jason Isaacs, Doug Jones, Shazad Latif, Sonequa Martin-Green, Maulik Pancholy, Anthony Rapp, Michelle Yeoh, Kenneth Mitchell, Clare McConnell, Damon Runyan, Terry Serpico, Rekha Sharma, Sam Vartholomeos and Mary Wiseman.