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18th May '16 11:59:27 AM Generality
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* TheManInFrontOfTheMan: In "Patterns of Force", a society of HumanAliens has emulated the regime of Nazi Germany, complete with atrocities committed in for racial and cultural motives. The officers of the regime carry out the orders of their Fuhrer, who they only see via television broadcast. It turns out later that the Fuhrer was drugged and under the control of his Deputy. It was the Deputy Fuhrer who was really responsible for giving orders to the Nazi forces, while the true Fuhrer had good intentions all along.
9th May '16 3:31:07 PM HeroGal2347
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* FriendsAreChosenFamilyArent: Spock has a very good relationship with his crewmates (particularly [[TheNotLoveInterest Kirk]] and [[VitriolicBestBuds McCoy]]), considering he's culturally required to be TheStoic, but he has severe issues with his father, to the point where they didn't speak to one another as family for almost two decades. Stories involving his family show a different and troubled side to Spock.
15th Apr '16 2:48:24 AM Peteman
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* AntagonisticGovernor: Kodos the Executioner, who was governor of a human colony that was facing starvation because of an exotic fungus. He executed 4,000 citizens in order to see to it that the other 2,000 wouldn't starve. He later disappeared, presumed dead, but in reality, had changed his name and was living life as an actor.

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* AntagonisticGovernor: Kodos the Executioner, who was governor of a human colony that was facing starvation because of an exotic fungus. He executed 4,000 citizens in order to see to it that the other 2,000 4,000 wouldn't starve. He later disappeared, presumed dead, but in reality, had changed his name and was living life as an actor.
22nd Mar '16 7:18:18 PM HeroGal2347
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* RudeHeroNiceSidekick: {{Inverted|Trope}}; Captain Kirk is a charming OfficerAndAGentleman. By contrast, his first officer, Spock, is more tactless and ruthlessly pragmatic. The fact that he's also TheStoic when he does these things probably doesn't do his image any favors.
26th Feb '16 12:05:01 PM slvstrChung
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While troublesome to produce, it was a major TropeMaker, especially in ScienceFiction (each of the three main characters has a trope named after them, and that's just for starters!). The cast was a dynamic mix of ethnicities and cultures, and while the focus was nearly always on [[TheKirk Kirk]], [[TheSpock Spock]] and [[TheMcCoy [=McCoy=]]] they still had a [[TokenEnemyMinority Russian]], [[YellowPeril an Asian]] and [[HumansAreWhite a black African]] [[TwoferTokenMinority woman]] in positions of responsibility, authority and respect. It has been discussed by the cast members that near ''everyone'' in Hollywood wanted to be a part of ''Star Trek'' because of the steps forward it was making. In particular George Takei said that almost every Asian actor wanted to be Sulu because it was said Sulu would not be required to use an Asian accent or engage in Asian martial arts, instead breaking cultural stigma by being a practitioner of European fencing.[[note]]Takei put down fencing on his resume (despite not actually knowing how to fence) so he wouldn't be given a Samurai sword; once it came up in the script, he got a crash course the weekend before filming.[[/note]] This also resulted in attracting multiple high-profile guest stars and guest writers, including Creator/HarlanEllison, Creator/TheodoreSturgeon and Creator/RichardMatheson.

In some ways the show was [[FairForItsDay way ahead of its time]]; in others, hopelessly mired in TheSixties. [[ValuesDissonance The women wore go-go boots and miniskirts]], and often upsweep hairstyles, and usually [[StayInTheKitchen only appeared in the roles of assistants and secretaries]] (although at least some of that was due to ExecutiveMeddling, and Grace Lee Whitney, who played Yeoman Rand on the series, has stated that the female regulars objected to initial efforts to have them wear pants because they preferred showing off their legs as fit the fashions of the day). And while the visual design was ambitious, the actual production quality has not aged well.

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While troublesome to produce, it was a major TropeMaker, especially in ScienceFiction (each of the three main characters has a trope named after them, and that's just for starters!). The cast was a dynamic mix of ethnicities and cultures, and while the focus was nearly always on [[TheKirk Kirk]], [[TheSpock Spock]] and [[TheMcCoy [=McCoy=]]] McCoy]], they still had a [[TokenEnemyMinority Russian]], [[YellowPeril an Asian]] and [[HumansAreWhite a black African]] [[TwoferTokenMinority woman]] in positions of responsibility, authority and respect. It has been discussed by respect, despite [[WorldWarII recent]], [[ColdWar brewing]] or [[UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement ongoing]] conflicts concerning RealLife people of those ethnicities. According to the cast members that members, near ''everyone'' in Hollywood wanted to be a part of ''Star Trek'' because of the steps forward it was making. In particular George Takei said that almost every Asian actor wanted to be Sulu because it was said Sulu would not they wouldn't be required to use an Asian accent or engage in Asian martial arts, instead breaking cultural stigma by being a practitioner of European fencing.[[note]]Takei facetiously put down fencing on his resume (despite not actually knowing how to fence) so he wouldn't be given a Samurai sword; katana; once it came up in the script, he got a crash course the weekend before filming.[[/note]] This also resulted in attracting multiple high-profile guest stars and guest writers, including Creator/HarlanEllison, Creator/TheodoreSturgeon and Creator/RichardMatheson.

In some ways the show was [[FairForItsDay way ahead of its time]]; in others, hopelessly mired in TheSixties. [[ValuesDissonance The women wore go-go boots and miniskirts]], and often upsweep hairstyles, and usually [[StayInTheKitchen only appeared in the roles of assistants and secretaries]] (although at least some of that was due to ExecutiveMeddling, and ExecutiveMeddling; additionally, Grace Lee Whitney, who played Yeoman Rand on the series, Whitney has stated mentioned that the female regulars objected to initial efforts to have them wear pants because they preferred [[ShesGotLegs showing off their legs as fit the fashions of the day).legs]]). And while the visual design was ambitious, the actual production quality has not aged well.
14th Feb '16 10:38:41 AM hamza678
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* The Replicators were major antagonists on ''Series/StargateSG1'', being an insect-like GreyGoo (or, rather, blocks) working to consume as much material as possible to replicate. They're powerful enough to bring the [[HigherTechSpecies Asgard]] civilization to the brink of extinction, and have nearly conquered multiple galaxies.
14th Feb '16 10:37:47 AM hamza678
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* MechanicalAbomination
** The Doomsday Machine is a planet-eating, extragalactic superweapon hypothesized to have destroyed its creators, and is now moving through the Federation's part of the galaxy. It's practically indestructible, and has an anti-proton beam capable of easily obliterating most starships, and consumes entire planets. In the end, it isn't even destroyed, just shut down due to internal damage.
** Nomad is a hybrid of human and alien probes which travels through space on a mission to "sterilize" planets, i.e. kill all organic life forms for no other reason than they are imperfect. It was first encountered after killing ''four billion people'', is powerful enough to easily outgun the ''Enterprise'' despite only being about five feet long, and can bring the dead back to life. It was only beaten [[LogicBomb by showing it that it, too, was imperfect]], motivating it to self-destruct.
* The Replicators were major antagonists on ''Series/StargateSG1'', being an insect-like GreyGoo (or, rather, blocks) working to consume as much material as possible to replicate. They're powerful enough to bring the [[HigherTechSpecies Asgard]] civilization to the brink of extinction, and have nearly conquered multiple galaxies.
1st Feb '16 4:33:35 AM Morgenthaler
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* JustForFun/TropesExaminedByTheMythbusters:
** They took on the homemade cannon from "Arena." [[spoiler:Sadly, they busted it. But it was, nevertheless, ridiculously awesome: particularly the Build Team's glee and Grant's "''Enterprise''. Four to beam up."]]
** Though it came years before ''Series/MythBusters'', a ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' Novel involving the Gorn revealed that, over the years, many a Starfleet cadet had tried to duplicate Kirk's cannon, often to extremely mixed results. Injuries were not uncommon.
** In fairness, in the episode it was ''alien'' bamboo. [[spoiler:This still doesn't address the main problem that ''Series/MythBusters'' came across, though, that it simply would not be possible to hand-mix the proper ratio of ingredients needed to make a properly explosive black powder in any amount of time, let alone in those time constraints.]]
9th Jan '16 12:26:18 PM CaptEquinox
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In some ways the show was [[FairForItsDay way ahead of its time]]; in others, hopelessly mired in TheSixties. [[ValuesDissonance The women wore go-go boots and miniskirts]], and usually [[StayInTheKitchen only appeared in the roles of assistants and secretaries]] (although at least some of that was due to ExecutiveMeddling, and Grace Lee Whitney, who played Yeoman Rand on the series, has stated that the female regulars objected to initial efforts to have them wear pants because they preferred showing off their legs as fit the fashions of the day). And while the visual design was ambitious, the actual production quality has not aged well.

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In some ways the show was [[FairForItsDay way ahead of its time]]; in others, hopelessly mired in TheSixties. [[ValuesDissonance The women wore go-go boots and miniskirts]], and often upsweep hairstyles, and usually [[StayInTheKitchen only appeared in the roles of assistants and secretaries]] (although at least some of that was due to ExecutiveMeddling, and Grace Lee Whitney, who played Yeoman Rand on the series, has stated that the female regulars objected to initial efforts to have them wear pants because they preferred showing off their legs as fit the fashions of the day). And while the visual design was ambitious, the actual production quality has not aged well.



While the show was considered popular with general audiences, the Nielsen ratings branded it a flop, barely managing out three seasons before being officially canceled, with a [[UnCanceled close call on the second season]]. Within a few weeks of its cancellation was [[UsefulNotes/TheSpaceRace the monumental first Moon Landing]], and as a result the subsequent reruns of ''Star Trek'' were [[VindicatedByHistory more popular than the original run]]. Television was also changing at the time, starting to account for {{demographics}} along with overall ratings, and found that ''Star Trek'' snagged the most coveted 1835 male group that nearly every show aimed for. ''Star Trek'' conventions were jammed with thousands of dedicated fans, and seeing the potential for a revisit led into production for a new TV series. The first attempt was ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'', which may have suffered from {{Creator/Filmation}}'s cheapo production values, but more than compensated by having most of the original writers and cast, producing a great series that earned the franchise's first Emmy Award. Later, in the hope of creating a television network, a new ''Star Trek'' series was developed, eventually turning into the first ''Star Trek'' [[Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture film]] in 1979, after the monumental success of ''Franchise/StarWars''. The success of the films led to the SequelSeries in 1987, ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', and another 18 straight years of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' on television.

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While the show was considered popular with general audiences, audiences[[note]]the actors and studio were flooded with mail, and there was a huge amount of tie-in merchandise almost immediately[[/note]], the Nielsen ratings branded it a flop, barely managing out three seasons before being officially canceled, with a [[UnCanceled close call on the second season]]. Within a few weeks of its cancellation was [[UsefulNotes/TheSpaceRace the monumental first Moon Landing]], and as a result the subsequent reruns of ''Star Trek'' were [[VindicatedByHistory more popular than the original run]]. Television was also changing at the time, starting to account for {{demographics}} along with overall ratings, and found that ''Star Trek'' snagged the most coveted 1835 male group that nearly every show aimed for. ''Star Trek'' conventions were jammed with thousands of dedicated fans, and seeing the potential for a revisit led into production for a new TV series. The first attempt was ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'', which may have suffered from {{Creator/Filmation}}'s cheapo production values, but more than compensated by having most of the original writers and cast, producing a great series that earned the franchise's first Emmy Award. Later, in the hope of creating a television network, a new ''Star Trek'' series was developed, eventually turning into the first ''Star Trek'' [[Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture film]] in 1979, after the monumental success of ''Franchise/StarWars''. The success of the films led to the SequelSeries in 1987, ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', and another 18 straight years of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' on television.



* Uhura (Creator/NichelleNichols): TwoferTokenMinority and the original BridgeBunny. Serving as the CommunicationsOfficer, she was essentially a glorified telephone operator and didn't even have a first name until an [[Film/StarTrek alternate timeline]] claimed that it was Nyota. Nonetheless, at the time this was almost unthinkable authority to place in the hands of a woman ''or'' a minority, and when Nichols considered leaving the show she was talked out of it by none other than [[UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement Martin Luther King, Jr.]]

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* Uhura (Creator/NichelleNichols): TwoferTokenMinority and the original BridgeBunny. Serving as the CommunicationsOfficer, she was essentially a glorified telephone operator and didn't even have a canon first name until an [[Film/StarTrek alternate timeline]] claimed that it was Nyota. Nyota.[[note]]The name "Nyota" goes back to 1982 when Creator/WilliamRotsler used it for ''Star Trek II Biographies'' and Nichelle Nichols enthusiastically approved it -- it's the Swahili word for "star." Nichols used the name everywhere and anywhere possible from then on.[[/note]] Nonetheless, at the time this was almost unthinkable authority to place in the hands of a woman ''or'' a minority, and when Nichols considered leaving the show she was talked out of it by none other than [[UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement Martin Luther King, Jr.]]



--->'''Sulu:''' ''[grabbing Uhura]'' I'll protect you, fair maiden!\\

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--->'''Sulu:''' ''[grabbing Uhura]'' I'll protect you, Aha, fair maiden!\\



** ''Star Trek'' did show [[http://mystartrekscrapbook.blogspot.com/2009/07/sttmp-comes-to-tv.html the first televised interracial kiss]] between Uhura and Chapel in the first season, albeit as just a brief congratulatory peck on the cheek between two sisterly colleagues.

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** ''Star Trek'' did show [[http://mystartrekscrapbook.blogspot.com/2009/07/sttmp-comes-to-tv.html the first televised interracial kiss]] between Uhura and Chapel in the first season, season episode "What Are Little Girls Made Of", albeit as just a brief congratulatory peck on the cheek between two sisterly colleagues.



** In "Return of the Archons" Spock decks somebody with an ordinary punch and Kirk says "Isn't that a little old-fashioned?"



** Parodied in a line given to Kirk in one of the classic fan songs: "WeComeInPeaceShootToKill," which was in turn inspired by a scene in one episode where Kirk declares, "We come in peace!" while pointing his phaser at the alien.

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** Parodied in a line given to Kirk in one of the classic fan songs: songs, "Star Trekkin'" -- "WeComeInPeaceShootToKill," which was in turn inspired by a scene in one episode where Kirk declares, "We come in peace!" while pointing his phaser at the alien.alien. He [[BeamMeUpScotty never actually said those words]].


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** Uhura's normal place on the bridge was directly behind the captain's seat, the center of attention and focus. Many, many shots of Kirk included her. "[[Creator/WhoopiGoldberg There's a black lady on TV]]", indeed.
8th Jan '16 2:06:03 AM TheDireFlamingohawkrobin
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The 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' film, directed by Creator/JJAbrams, was an attempt to [[ContinuityReboot reboot]] the franchise by [[AlternateContinuity revisiting]] these same characters (of course played by new actors) with a new spin. It updates and modifies the general look and premise of the original series with modern special effects. The film has been a commercial and critical success (becoming the first ''Star Trek'' film to win an Oscar), but amongst the fans it has [[BrokenBase provoked debates]]. A sequel, ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', was released in 2013, with another (Film/StarTrekBeyond) to follow in 2016.

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The 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' film, directed by Creator/JJAbrams, was an attempt to [[ContinuityReboot reboot]] the franchise by [[AlternateContinuity revisiting]] these same characters (of course played by new actors) with a new spin. It updates and modifies the general look and premise of the original series with modern special effects. The film has been a commercial and critical success (becoming the first ''Star Trek'' film to win an Oscar), but amongst the fans it has [[BrokenBase provoked debates]]. A sequel, ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', was released in 2013, with another (Film/StarTrekBeyond) (''Film/StarTrekBeyond'') to follow in 2016.
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