“Space, the final frontier….”. This article, as well as upcoming ones, will beam us up into the Star Trek universe. We’ll meet Vulcans, Klingons, Romulans, Ferengi, Cardassians, Humans, and Borg.
A Star Trek franchise is probably the most important SF franchise of all times (maybe Star Wars fans wouldn’t agree on this statement). In this article, we’ll cover some general facts regardless of single series or movies, while in upcoming articles we’ll focus more on single series and some other details.
1966 is the year when it all started. Gene Roddenberry is the father of the whole franchise. The first television series was called simply Star Trek and was filmed from 1966 to 1969. This series had and still has an enormous impact on SF in general and who knows what kind of SF stuff we would watch today if it hadn’t existed!? I would bet that, without it, we would watch less quality series and movies today.
Back to 1966. USS Enterprise, commanded by Capitan James T. Kirk (William Shatner) went where nobody went before. Some notable members of his crew were Spock (Leonard Nimoy), Montgomery "Scotty" Scott (James Doohan) - yup the one "Beam me up, Scotty", Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy (DeForest Kelley), Uhura (Nichelle Nichols), Hikaru Sulu (George Takei) and Pavel Chekov (Walter Koenig). As you can expect, they went where nobody went before and thus had some adventures nobody had before. We’ll go more detailed into that in the article devoted to the original series.
Celebrate the Century, 1960s - The Rebellious Sixties and Man on the Moon
USA – 1999/09/17
1 of 10 stamp sheets issued by USPS depicting most important motifs of each decade
1st row: Martin Luther King, Woodstock Music and Art Fair, Moon landing, Green Bay Packers, Star Trek
2nd row: Peace Corps, Vietnam War, Ford Mustang, Barbie, Integrated circuit
3rd row: Laser, AFL-NFL, Peace symbol
4th row: Roger Maris, The Beatles
Denomination: 33 USD cents
After more than 50 years, the Star Trek franchise is pretty much alive these days. There were some great and some not so great series and movies along the way. Let’s remind ourselves of a few of them.
Let’s start with listing all series filmed so far:
and continue with all movies:
Technology in the series and movies changes a lot. Filming technology and special effects also experienced many improvements. Still, one thing stayed the same. That is the vision of the utopian and idealistic society where everybody gets everything they need (hm, this sounds familiar ) and where peace, collaboration, and exploration are the most important values. But still, if needed, we’re ready to fight to defend that perfect society. And, of course, we do it.
USA – 2016/09/02
The USPS “celebrates the television show Star Trek on the 50th anniversary of its premiere.”
“the Starship Enterprise inside the outline of a Starfleet insignia against a gold background”
“the silhouette of a crewman in a transporter against a red background”
“the silhouette of the Enterprise from above against a green background”
“the Vulcan salute (Spock’s iconic hand gesture) against a blue background”
Denomination: Forever (equal in the value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce price)
"This is how the Jewish Cohanim (Priests) would bless the congregation when the Temple stood in Jerusalem (between the years 530 BC and 70 AC). This gesture is still used today by the descendants of the Cohanim (normally those named Cohen, Kahane, Katz, and many other family names are direct descendants of the original family that started with Aharon). The Priestly blessing is regularly recited during the prayer service and is a very special moment of spiritual unity and peace."
Canada – 2017/04/27
Star Trek captains with their ships/stations and their greatest villains in the background
James T. Kirk (William Shatner) & USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) & That'd be Khan (Ricardo Montalban) - The Original Series (1966–1969)
Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) & USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) & Locutus of Borg (Patrick Stewart) - The Next Generation (1987–1994)
Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks) & & Dukat (Marc Alaimo) - Deep Space Nine (1993–1999)
Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) & USS Voyager & the Borg Queen (Alice Krige) – Voyager (1995–2001)
Jonathan Archer (Scott Bakula) & Enterprise NX-01 & Dolim (Scott MacDonald) – Enterprise (2001-2005)
Denomination: 1.00, 1.20, 1.80, 2.50 CAD and P (PERMANENT = can be used to mail a letter (weighing up to 30 grams) anywhere in Canada)
In 2020, the Royal Mail issued 12 + 6 stamps devoted to (mostly) British actors in Star Trek.
Star Trek (television series characters)
mostly played by British actors
Captains: James T. Kirk, Jean-Luc Picard, Benjamin Sisko, Katheryn Janeway, Jonathan Archer, Gabriel Lorca,
Spock, Counselor Deanna Troi, Doctor Julian Bashir, Lieutenant Malcolm Reed, Commander Michael Burnham, Lieutenant Ash Tyler
UK – Royal Mail – 2020/11/13
Star Trek (movies characters)
played by British actors
Simon Pegg as Montgomery Scott, Tom Hardy as Shinzon,
Malcolm McDowell as Tolian Soran, David Warner as Chancellor Gorkon,
Alice Eve as Carol Marcus, Idris Elba as Krall
UK – Royal Mail – 2020/11/13