The iconic series Star Trek follows the crew of the starship U.S.S. Enterprise as it completes its missions in space in the 23rd century. Captain James T. Kirk -- along with half- human/half-Vulcan science officer Spock, ship Dr. "Bones" McCoy, Ensign Pavel Chekov, communications officer Lt. Nyota Uhura, helmsman Lt. Hikaru Zulu and chief engineer Lt. Cmdr. "Scotty" Scott -- confront strange alien races, friendly and hostile alike, as they explore unknown worlds.
Q & A
Q: What are the differences between the different “Star Trek” series?
Star Trek is officially 50 years old, and has come a long way from the bright colors and low-budget goofiness of The Original Series.
Q: How does “Star Trek Beyond” measure up to our expectations of “Star Trek,” both the old and rebooted?
"Star Trek Beyond" tries to be a blockbuster movies of ideas, saluting the thematic core of the original series while remaining in summer action movie territory.
Q: In “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” why does Khan so strongly dislike Kirk?
Khan's hatred of Spock stems from an episode of The Original Series entitled "Space Seed," where Kirk maroons Khan on a remote planet as punishment for a failed takeover of the Enterprise.
Q: What inspired Rihanna to write “Sledgehammer” for “Star Trek Beyond”?
Rihanna says her new song for "Star Trek Beyond" is a truly personal effort.
Q: What is the significance of the different colored uniforms in “Star Trek”?
Starfleet uniforms are color-coded by the field in which the wearer works. They change between series and films but serve to identify a person's responsibilities, rank, and facilitate their comfort and success at their given tasks.
Q: What is the origin of the Vulcan hand greeting in “Star Trek”?
The famous Vulcan "V" was coined by Leonard Nimoy in an attempt to give the Vulcans some sociological credibility. He drew upon his Jewish childhood for inspiration.
Q: Why don’t “Star Trek” uniforms have any pockets?
"Star Trek" uniforms are often free of pockets because it adds to their futuristic look.
Q: How do Vulcans get in the mood for sex if they are emotionless?
Vulcans originated as an extremely emotional race, and have merely learned to suppress their feelings after centuries of practice.
Q: What does “impulse power” mean in “Star Trek”?
In "Star Trek," the impulse drive is the method of propulsion that starships and other spacecraft use when they are travelling below the speed of light. Typically powered by deuterium fusion reactors, impulse engines let ships travel interplanetary distances with ease.
Q: How was the Klingon language developed?
The creation of Klingon was commissioned for Star Trek III and established by linguist Marc Okrand. Since then, it has been expanded into a fully-formed language complete with its own alphabet.
Q: Why do some “Star Trek” fans enjoy pairing Kirk and Spock as lovers?
"Star Trek" fans have long enjoyed the theory that Kirk and Spock are lovers. Kirk/Spock is most popular among straight females, and a gender binary is at the heart of its appeal.
Q: Why do many people identify as a “Star Wars” or a “Star Trek” fan? Does it have to be either/or?
Why do people align with either "Star Trek" or "Star Wars?" Can the fandom not cross over?
Q: How did “Star Trek” aim to be progressive with its casting choices?
During the tension of the Cold War and civil rights, "Star Trek" featured a lead cast that contained a Japanese-American, a Russian, and a black woman in positions of power.
Q: How did “Star Trek” reflect 1960s sentiments about war, peace, and other social issues?
"Star Trek" was a series rooted in the actual events of the 1960s, including the Vietnam War, Cold War, the Space Race, racial issues, and feminism.
Q: What was “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry’s vision for the series?
In "Star Trek," every episode is both a suspenseful action story and a morality tale, set out to simultaneously entertain and provide enriching thought material for the viewer via classical mythological style.
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