TekWar began as an idea of William Shatners. He turned to Ron Goulart, who took this idea and ghost-wrote nine novels. While those books were being published, TekWar was developed for television by Stephen Roloff and four made-for-TV films were created. The first three films, TekWar, TekLords and TekLab were adaptations of the first three novels, while the fourth film, TekJustice, was an original story. After those four films were made, the story continued as one eighteen episode television season. Sometimes the four films are regarded as Season 1, and the eighteen episodes are seen as Season 2. Other works related to TekWar include TekWorld, a comic book series, and William Shatners TekWar, a video game made by Capstone and released on the Build Engine.
The plot to the series is as follows: Police officer Jake Cardigan is framed for murder, and dealing in Tek, a highly addictive computer chip that alters the users perception of the world. Cardigan is sentenced to serve fifteen years in cryo-imprisonment. Four years into his sentence he is released by Walter Bascom (Shatner), head of Cosmos, a private security firm. He gives Cardigan the choice of either working for him, or going back to the freezer. Reluctantly, Cardigan agrees and begins his looking for one of Bascoms missing scientists. One who was working on something that seems to have attracted the attention of the drug lords who make Tek.
The TekWar movies and TV series contain examples of the following tropes:
- 20 Minutes into the Future: The year of 2045 features androids that look just like people, cyberspace, and "Tek," a narcotic in the form of a computer chip that interfaces with the users brain.
- Action Bomb: On two separate occasions, androids are used as suicide bombers to get close to their target and then explode.
- Cyberspace: "Computer Jocks" jack into cyberspace to locate information, but risk being caught by the authorities and having their brains fried.
- Hologram: TekLord Sonny Hokori uses a hologram to speak with Cardigan. During the conversation the hologram keeps disappearing and reappearing all over the area to taunt Cardigan. Cardigan then chases the hologram up a series of staircases and a ladder.
- Human Popsicle: In the world of TekWar, criminals are frozen instead of placed in prison.
- Magic Plastic Surgery: When a doctors life is in jeopardy she undergoes a process to totaly change her appearance. She mentions getting completely new skin and worries that sunlight might damage it.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: Androids that look and act just like humans are commonplace in this setting. They are often referred to as "Mechs," though they dont like that term.
- Robot Athlete: A robot hockey player is used to try and kill Cardigan at one point.
- Robot Me: During his investigation, Cardigan meets a Beth Kittridge who is an android duplicate of the original, with all her memories.