History Franchise / StarTrek

10th Feb '17 1:25:28 PM StFan
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* June 1, 1984 - '''''[[Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock Star Trek III: The Search For Spock]]''''' (2285) -- The crew find that for Vulcans, DeathIsCheap. Kirk and crew risk everything to get Spock back.
* November 26, 1986 - '''''[[Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home]]''''' (2286/1986) -- To save Earth from a destructive, silent alien probe, Kirk and crew TimeTravel to TheEighties and [[FreeTheFrogs save the whales]]. Also, they need nuclear wessels.
* June 9, 1989 - '''''[[Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier Star Trek V: The Final Frontier]]''''' (2287) -- After a botched attempt to rescue hostages, the ''Enterprise'' is commandeered by a radical Vulcan who intends to find God.
* December 6, 1991 - '''''[[Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country]]''''' (2293) -- Klingons sue for peace in a near perfect recreation of the Cold War finale. Quite blatantly a rip on the Cold War and its concurrent real-life end, precipitated by a lunar equivalent to the Chernobyl explosion. (In)Famously establishes Klingon blood to be a lovely lilac colour, but only for this installment.

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* June 1, 1984 - '''''[[Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock Star Trek III: The Search For Spock]]''''' '''''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock''''' (2285) -- The crew find that for Vulcans, DeathIsCheap. Kirk and crew risk everything to get Spock back.
* November 26, 1986 - '''''[[Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home]]''''' '''''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome''''' (2286/1986) -- To save Earth from a destructive, silent alien probe, Kirk and crew TimeTravel to TheEighties and [[FreeTheFrogs save the whales]]. Also, they need nuclear wessels.
* June 9, 1989 - '''''[[Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier Star Trek V: The Final Frontier]]''''' '''''Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier''''' (2287) -- After a botched attempt to rescue hostages, the ''Enterprise'' is commandeered by a radical Vulcan who intends to find God.
* December 6, 1991 - '''''[[Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country]]''''' '''''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry''''' (2293) -- Klingons sue for peace in a near perfect recreation of the Cold War finale. Quite blatantly a rip on the Cold War and its concurrent real-life end, precipitated by a lunar equivalent to the Chernobyl explosion. (In)Famously establishes Klingon blood to be a lovely lilac colour, but only for this installment.



** The Klingons (being a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy proud warrior race]] and all) have their moments of this, provided they don't let HonorBeforeReason get in the way and nobody [[StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry turns the gravity off]]. During the [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Dominion War]] their ships tore through enemy fleets like tissue paper and, due to some ship-disabling technobabble, briefly held the ''entire'' front line while the Federation and Romulans figured out a solution.

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** The Klingons (being a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy proud warrior race]] and all) have their moments of this, provided they don't let HonorBeforeReason get in the way and nobody [[StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry [[Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry turns the gravity off]]. During the [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Dominion War]] their ships tore through enemy fleets like tissue paper and, due to some ship-disabling technobabble, briefly held the ''entire'' front line while the Federation and Romulans figured out a solution.
9th Feb '17 5:45:40 PM C2
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** Ironically, this later success ended up jeopardizing the series' future. When news hit of ''TNG'', fans were up in arms, and the original cast members weren't shy about voicing their displeasure either. The show flailed about for two seasons trying--and failing--to distinguish itself from its parents series, recycling plots and characters, having actors defect and leave the show, and nearly losing ''Patrick Stewart'' (who saw the shadows lengthening and opted [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere not to renew his contract]]). Were it not for the cliffhanger ending in "The Best of Both Worlds", TNG might not have been renewed and the franchise would have ended there.

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** Ironically, this later success ended up jeopardizing the series' future. When news hit of ''TNG'', fans were up in arms, and the original cast members weren't shy about voicing their displeasure either. The show flailed about for two seasons trying--and failing--to distinguish itself from its parents parent series, recycling plots and characters, having actors defect and leave the show, and nearly losing ''Patrick Stewart'' (who saw the shadows lengthening and opted [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere not to renew his contract]]). Were it not for the cliffhanger ending in "The Best of Both Worlds", TNG might not have been renewed and the franchise would have ended there.
9th Feb '17 5:35:29 PM C2
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* AlternateHistory: In ''Star Trek'', the 1980s and late 1990s were genetic renaissance. During this time, [[BioAugmentation superhuman products of genetic manipulation]] turned against the rest of humanity in the genetic equivalent of a RobotWar and threw mankind into a dark age. However, thanks to a genius human building the first [[FasterThanLightTravel Warp Drive]] out of an un-launched nuclear missile, the testing of that system got the attention of a passing Vulcan starship. The Vulcans assisted Humanity in recovering, and Humanity's technology began to advance extremely quickly. All the shows take place after this.

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* AlternateHistory: In ''Star Trek'', the 1980s and late 1990s were a genetic renaissance. During this time, [[BioAugmentation superhuman products of genetic manipulation]] turned against the rest of humanity in the genetic equivalent of a RobotWar and threw mankind into a dark age. However, thanks to a genius human building the first [[FasterThanLightTravel Warp Drive]] out of an un-launched nuclear missile, the testing of that system got the attention of a passing Vulcan starship. The Vulcans assisted Humanity in recovering, and Humanity's technology began to advance extremely quickly. All the shows take place after this.
9th Feb '17 5:33:53 PM C2
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* MinovskyPhysics: ''Franchise/StarTrek'' has a [[http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Materials_and_substances very long list of fictional substances and their properties.]] Very rarely is any material given new abilities to fill a plot need: instead, the writers invent entirely new materials. Whenever a material is reused in a later story, it retains it's specific properties.

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* MinovskyPhysics: ''Franchise/StarTrek'' has a [[http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Materials_and_substances very long list of fictional substances and their properties.]] Very rarely is any material given new abilities to fill a plot need: instead, the writers invent entirely new materials. Whenever a material is reused in a later story, it retains it's its specific properties.
29th Jan '17 8:11:35 PM Darth_Rasputin32898
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The setting in every series is a collection of broadly similar [[RubberForeheadAliens rubber-foreheaded]] polities spanning roughly a quarter to half the Milky Way galaxy, with the stories centered around [[EarthIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse an Earth-based interstellar government]] called [[TheFederation the United Federation of Planets]] and the exploits of its fleet of starships, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Starfleet]]. Every series dealt with a particular crew, mostly of various ships named ''[[LegacyCharacter Enterprise]]''. As originally envisioned by its creator, Creator/GeneRoddenberry, the science fiction nature of the series was just a method to address many social issues of the time that could not have been done in a normal drama. As such, it was not above being {{Anvilicious}} or engaging in thinly-veiled social satire, but considering its origin during the 60's, [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped some anvils needed to be dropped]].

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The setting in every series is a collection of broadly similar [[RubberForeheadAliens rubber-foreheaded]] polities spanning roughly a quarter to half (fairly small) segments of the so-called 'quadrants' of the Milky Way galaxy, with the stories centered around [[EarthIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse an Earth-based interstellar government]] called [[TheFederation the United Federation of Planets]] and the exploits of its fleet of starships, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Starfleet]]. Every series dealt with a particular crew, mostly of various ships named ''[[LegacyCharacter Enterprise]]''. As originally envisioned by its creator, Creator/GeneRoddenberry, the science fiction nature of the series was just a method to address many social issues of the time that could not have been done in a normal drama. As such, it was not above being {{Anvilicious}} or engaging in thinly-veiled social satire, but considering its origin during the 60's, [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped some anvils needed to be dropped]].
24th Jan '17 10:03:51 AM Wixelt
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The official canonicity of this series has gone back and forth, but at least some elements have bled over into the rest of the franchise (most notably, identifying the "T" in [[TheKirk James T. Kirk]] to stand for [[EmbarrassingMiddleName "Tiberius"]]) and the addition of the [[CatFolk cat-like]] Caitians to the mythos (see ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'').

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The official canonicity of this series has gone back and forth, forth[[note]]The official ''Star Trek'' website currently considers it canon, though Gene Roddenberry, prior to his passing, apparently didn't.[[/note]], but at least some elements have bled over into the rest of the franchise (most notably, identifying the "T" in [[TheKirk James T. Kirk]] to stand for [[EmbarrassingMiddleName "Tiberius"]]) and the addition of the [[CatFolk cat-like]] Caitians to the mythos (see ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'').
15th Jan '17 2:15:08 AM TheDireFlamingohawkrobin
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** The Earth-Romulan War, which dates all the way back to TOS's first season. ENT was building up to it but [[WhatCouldHaveBeen tragically got cancelled first]].

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** The Earth-Romulan War, which dates was first mentioned all the way back to in TOS's first season. ENT was building up to it but [[WhatCouldHaveBeen tragically got cancelled first]].
15th Jan '17 2:03:43 AM TheDireFlamingohawkrobin
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* AuthorAppeal: Gene Roddenberry made Star Trek as diverse and inclusive (and [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/EveryoneHasLotsOfSex sexually liberated]]) as he could make it within the constraints of [=Sixties/Eighties=] broadcast standards, because he truly felt things should be that way. The sex stuff and the miniskirts, well, those came about because he was a notorious (but harmless) DirtyOldMan.

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* AuthorAppeal: Gene Roddenberry made Star Trek as diverse and inclusive (and [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/EveryoneHasLotsOfSex [[EveryoneHasLotsOfSex sexually liberated]]) as he could make it within the constraints of [=Sixties/Eighties=] broadcast standards, because he truly felt things should be that way. The sex stuff and the miniskirts, well, those came about because he was a notorious (but harmless) DirtyOldMan.
15th Jan '17 2:03:13 AM TheDireFlamingohawkrobin
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* AuthorAppeal: Rick Berman has admitted that he is the one mostly responsible for so much TimeTravel in the various shows. He just loves the time paradox of "this is the reason this happened [[TimeyWimeyBall but that is the origin of that event and here is where we have to make a choice as to whether this or that occurs]]..."

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* AuthorAppeal: Gene Roddenberry made Star Trek as diverse and inclusive (and [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/EveryoneHasLotsOfSex sexually liberated]]) as he could make it within the constraints of [=Sixties/Eighties=] broadcast standards, because he truly felt things should be that way. The sex stuff and the miniskirts, well, those came about because he was a notorious (but harmless) DirtyOldMan.
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Rick Berman has admitted that he is the one mostly responsible for so much TimeTravel in the various shows. He just loves the time paradox of "this is the reason this happened [[TimeyWimeyBall but that is the origin of that event and here is where we have to make a choice as to whether this or that occurs]]..."
13th Jan '17 7:26:46 AM MarcoPolo250
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'''''Series/StarTrekDiscovery''''' ("DSC", 2017--) is the upcoming live action prequel series set in the prime timeline roughly 10 years before ''The Original Series''. In November 2015, Creator/{{CBS}} [[http://www.startrek.com/article/new-star-trek-series-premieres-january-2017 announced]] that a new ''Star Trek'' series would premiere in January 2017. The project will be executive produced by Alex Kurtzman, who contributed to the first two Creator/JJAbrams films, and showran by Creator/BryanFuller, who wrote for ''[=DS9=]'' and ''VOY''. In the US, the first episode will be previewed on broadcast TV; afterwards, the series will move primarily to CBS All Access, the network's on demand/streaming service, while also airing in syndication in the same way ''TNG'' did. In Canada, the series will be available on [=CraveTV=]. In every other country worldwide, [[NoExportForYou except Mainland China]], the series will be streamed to {{Netflix}}.

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'''''Series/StarTrekDiscovery''''' ("DSC", 2017--) is the upcoming live action prequel series set in the prime timeline roughly 10 years before ''The Original Series''. In November 2015, Creator/{{CBS}} [[http://www.startrek.com/article/new-star-trek-series-premieres-january-2017 announced]] that a new ''Star Trek'' series would premiere in January 2017. The project will be executive produced by Alex Kurtzman, who contributed to the first two Creator/JJAbrams films, and showran by Creator/BryanFuller, who wrote for ''[=DS9=]'' and ''VOY''. In the US, the first episode will be previewed on broadcast TV; afterwards, the series will move primarily to CBS All Access, the network's on demand/streaming service, while also airing in syndication in the same way ''TNG'' did. In Canada, the series will be available on [=CraveTV=].[=CraveTV=] and air on Creator/SpaceChannel. In every other country worldwide, [[NoExportForYou except Mainland China]], the series will be streamed to {{Netflix}}.
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