Although Gene Roddenberry was an Army Air Corps pilot in the second World War, his dream was to write and produce television shows. All through his Army function and afterward, when he at last was able to stop flying for American Airlines as a commercial pilot, he wrote and submitted stories and poetry to magazines and publishers. Finally he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career as a television writer. After spending years writing for successful shows such as, Have Gun Will Travel, Dragnet and West Point, he wrote and submitted Star Trek to NBC. The idea of a Wagon Train style space adventure was rebuffed as being too intellectual for TV. Only a few years later, in 1966, Gene attempted once again to submit his script and in September of that year the Star Trek crew flew the U.S.S. Enterprise ‘to boldly go where no man has gone before.’ Immediately Star Trek attracted a loyal following of Trekkies. Seventy-nine installments later the show was canceled.
But Star Trek was far from over. By 1975, thanks to re-runs and animated versions, it was revived. Gene Roddenberry was requested to write Star Trek- Phase II. The first Star Trek film for theaters was released in 1979, Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Despite being integrated with amazing special effects it was not completely a favorable outcome. Although five sequels followed, Roddenberry was only an adviser with limited collaboration.
The chronology began with Star Trek, The Original Series, leading to The Animated Series, then The Next Generation. Appearing as Captain Kirk, William Shatner led the ships crew through the Milky Way in the mid 2260s. Each show began with Shatner’s voice over: ” Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. It’s five year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life, and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.”
The Animated Series, also known as The Animated Adventures of Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek, or simply Star Trek, in 1973 and 1974 celebrated the Star Trek Universe by following the original episodes from the 60s. Reawakening Trekkies interest, this led to the movie Star Trek:The Next Generation, which was often referred to as TNG. Twenty-one years after the first science fiction primary development, the Enterprise has been in the Milky Way location 100 years. Patrick Stewart portrayed the Captain in a two hour pilot that captured the attention of over 27 million viewers. As life has it’s ups and downs, in 1987, Gene was the executive director on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Spin-offs followed, the series became wildly popular, returning year after year, from 1987-1994.
Again, Star Trek enjoyed another regeneration with three series, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,1993 to 1999. Trailing this were, Star Trek:Voyager, 1995 to 2001, then from 2001 to 2005 the Star Trek Enterprise. These three completed a series of ten films, pursued by video games and comic books, as well as novels. Approval awards were bestowed for Star Trek: The Next Generation in a Best Dramatic Series endowed Emmy. Altogether, the series was granted eighteen Emmys, 2 Hugo Awards, 5 Saturn Awards and a Peabody Award. Star Trek:The Next Generation was the first and only syndicated series nominated for an Emmy for the best dramatic series.
As Star Trek continued in the Milky Way Galaxy in 2369-2375, the crew moved to a space station. Even though the Starship USS Defiant had been initiated in the third season, the space station was the dominant location. With less space exploration and more drama involving attributes of war, Deep Space Nine was a hit with viewers, but not nearly as much as its predecessors, or .the Voyager series.
For many generations now fans have been referred to as a cult phenomenon. The franchise of Star Trek does not end with television or movies, museums around the world have embraced Star Trek exhibits. Trekkies patronize meetings and conventions with all the gusto expected of true devotees. Offspring of Star Trek include games, books, toys and figurines as well as comics.
Actually, Star Trek is noted for its insight and motivation of inventions such as the cell phone. The civil rights posture and one of television’s first multi-racial casts, set the show apart as a pioneer. The shows included contemporary developmental struggles, while illustrating real problems and solutions of the audience. Racial equality, religion, sexism, feminism and politics were just some of the reality addressed in the show. Ideas for humanity and progress of the better part of the population was the goal of Gene Roddenbery in the Star Trek franchise. Roddenberry died in 1991, but the essence of his legacy and influence continues.
An awesome array of Star Trek memorabilia, toys and keepsakes is available in the form of Christmas gifts, Christmas ornaments and more. Special gifts for the fan in your life besides the official shirts and tee shirts; a Universal Remote in a Star Trek Original Phaser is absolutely laudable. For the Trekkie chef, have you seen a Star Trek Captain Kirk Apron with a representation of the Captain’s body holding his phaser? How about a set of Spock Ears, you never know when they will come in handy. If jewelry is on your list, the Star Trek Stainless Steel and Black Spinner Band with the logo is very nice, perhaps the lady Trekkie in your life would enjoy a pair of Star Trek Vulcan Salute Earrings. The always popular Star Trek Star Fleet Academy Command Mug is a keeper. You know your canine Trekkie fan would love a Star Trek Uniform Shirt or a Star Trek Warp Drive Plush Chew Toy, how cute! Don’t forget Christmas ornaments.
Collectibles for the family golfer include a Star Trek Divot Tool and a set of Star Trek Gold Command Golf Balls, Star Trek Red Engineering Golf Balls, or the Blue Star Trek Science Golf Balls. A huge array of wall clings are comprised of all the most famous of the crew with life sized Real.Big. Fat-Head Wall Decals; Captain James T. Kirk, Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Spock and Commander William T. Riker. Each of the wall clings carry a variety of a phaser, a communicator, Starfleet Insignia, the USS Enterprise and a digitalized portrait or other appropriate habiliments.
It is great to shop for Christmas gifts all year round, and DVD’s are always popular with fans. Choose a movie or a whole season of your faves, a Star Trek calendar, Star Trek books or a How to Speak Klingon book. If you can imagine the Star Trek item that would please you or your special someone, there is no doubt it is waiting for you. Online is such a fun way to shop at a Star Trek devoted site.