Star Trek - The Addiction

Sales of video games have exploded on the internet with science fiction leading the way. This is all due to the popularity of Star Trek some 45 years ago.

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Star Trek first began its historic run on television in 1966 and lasted for a period of three short years. Today, there are millions of Trekkies around the globe of which I am one. There has never been a television series since to touch the imaginations of so many. Everyone wondered when and if the Star Trek saga would ever continue. It wasn't until September 26, 1987 that another series surfaced. Creator Gene Roddenberry had been working on "The Next Generation" which once again brought millions of Trek fans to the surface and solidified its hold on followers around the globe. There was no turning back now.

The original characters , Kirk, Spock and McCoy would never be forgotton and The Next Generation aroused a whole new following making James T. Kirk and the Starship Enterprise even more popular than ever before. The second captain of the Enterprise to come onto the scene, Captain Jean-Luc Picard was portrayed by Patrick Stewart and his acting ability was absolutely brilliant. Many Trekkies consider Picard to be the better character but a whole new generation had been born that had never witnessed first hand the role played by William Shatner as James T. Kirk until the re-runs in later years.

The original series in 1966 had such a huge following that I still to this day cannot figure out how such a popular show could have been cancelled from the airwaves but that was a different era and today is now the 21st century. I doubt very much if inventions such as the Space Shuttle, cell phone and even the Apple Ipad would even be around today if Gene Roddenberry hadn't imagined such a futuristic world some fourty odd years ago. The original series in the 1960's had all these inventions and more, and all it took was a llitle ingenuity, imagination and thought to bring them to reality decades later.

The 1970's again brought the imagination of the future to the forefront and it was this particular series of movies that began the wheels turning once again for Gene Roddenberry. The enormous interest in Space had been established with the first followers in 1966 and it was only a matter of time before George Lucas created one of the all time blockbusters on the big screen --"Star Wars."

Less than a decade later from the mind of Gene Roddenberry came Picard, Data and William T. Riker to the small screen and this time, network producers weren't going to give up on Space programming so fast. The Next Generation series would last seven years. Others would follow with Captain Kathryn Janeway ( Kate Mulgrew ) and "Voyager" in 1995 - 2001. Again, a stellar crew from Earth's Starfleet Academy would have Trekkies drooling for more each week. The imagination of the writers for these shows were becoming even more vivid with the Introduction of the Holladeck and the Emergency Medical Hologram Mark I (or EMH for short), Voyagers doctor played by Robert Picardo, who was outstanding. The actors who were brought in week after week for these television shows couldn't have been better and many careers were launched from this Star Trek platform.

The last and final Trek series to date died out with a whimper -- Enterprise. I was really hoping that this show would go on much longer than it did but the acting was not there as it was in the other three series. Captain Jonathan Archer ( Scott Bakula ) of the U.S.S. Enterprise just could not capture my imagination nor the imagination of millions and the show was eventually cancelled after a gruelling 4 year run. This was a prequel series, set 100 years before the original Star Trek series, which focused on the early years of Starfleet, leading up to the formation of the Federation, but it was doomed from the start as it lacked imagination, role playing and the furturistic patterns that we had become so used to from the Star Trek series. Rather than going ahead in time, this show drifted in the past and ultimately became a dismal failure.

However, not a week goes by that I don't watch the re-runs with Picard and Janeway. Being a Trekkie is an addiction and there's no cure - luckily.

I will never forget the two most famous phrases that captured the imagination of every single Trekkie on the planet Earth:

"This is James T. Kirk of the U.S.S. Starship Enterprise."

"Live long and Prosper."

Kirk Out!


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