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Star Trek: The Original Series


TV: Star Trek: The Original Series

Creator: Gene Roddenberry


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I was 12 yrs.old, living in a frozen-tundra-of-an-airbase where my father was stationed. TV and books were our entertainment, and there wasn't much on ...
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As with all the classic sci fi shows I was a nipper.
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I remember being a small child and probably watching the original series (Dad was an early Trekker) and Baloc and others scared the c*ap out of me at ...
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Star Trek: The Original Series

From humble beginnings, Gene Roddenberry's space opera has grown into a worldwide phenomenon and unstoppable cult.

Still a TV staple even now, Star Trek's optimistic futurism has served as many a fan's introduction to the world of science fiction. Creator Gene Roddenberry unwittingly provided the bedrock for decades' worth of space-borne clichés - in films and TV series from Star Wars to Firefly. These elements include the ship (the USS Enterprise), the seemingly aimless progress (their mission to go where no man has gone before), the common enemy (the Klingon), the dogged captain (Kirk) and his tight-knit crew.

Despite its seeming ubiquity nowadays, the original series ran for only three years, and initial response to it was lukewarm; it was accused of simplistic moralising and tokenism, among other things. However, just as repeat showings in the UK brought more and more people to the ways of the Federation, re-runs in the USA saw a cult of Trekkies (or Trekkers, as some die-hard fans prefer) grow to such an extent that, at the end of the 1970s, a feature film was deemed a good idea. The original series' legacy would go on to include an animated sequel, eight films (so far), no less than four spin-off series, games, books, and lots and lots of merchandise.

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Science fiction fan and My Science Fiction Life website contributor

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Creator of a flat modelled on the Enterprise

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Space physicist

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Science fiction fan and My Science Fiction Life website contributor

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