Star Trek was a US science-fiction show created by Gene Rodenberry for NBC. It ran for three seasons and spawned several films and an animated spin-off, as well as four live-action shows: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise.
Captain James T Kirk (William Shatner) guides the USS starship Enterprise on a five-year mission to boldly go where no man has gone before, uncovering new life and new civilisations, and dealing with all manner of strange threats along the way. He is joined by Spock (Leonard Nimoy), a half-Vulcan science officer; Bones (DeForest Kelley), the ship's chief medical officer; Scotty (James Doohan), its chief engineer; Uhura (Nichelle Nichols), the communications officer; helmsman Sulu (George Takei), and ensign Chekov (Walter Koenig).
The series is notable for its progressive attitude towards matters of sex and race, with black and Asian crewmembers sharing the spotlight with white characters (and the first screening of an interracial kiss on US television), and a Russian crewmember despite the series being made during the Cold War.
Westphall connections to Star TrekEdit
- In the Red Dwarf episode "Psirens", the crew of Red Dwarf fly over a planet full of spaceship debris. Among the crashed ships are an Eagle ship from Space: 1999, a Weyland-Yutani ship from Aliens (Weyland-Utani being in several Westphall shows), and a Klingon Bird of Prey from Star Trek.
- In the Star Trek episode "The Changeling", Kirk and the crew have to deal with Nomad, a space probe from the 21st century created by artificial intelligence pioneer Dr Jackson Roykirk. Dr Roykirk subsequently appeared as a character in the Team Knight Rider episode "Apocalypse Maybe".
- Four live-action shows spun out of Star Trek. The first was Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994), which had a similar concept to the original series but with an all-new cast and crew. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993-1999) was set in a space station outside a wormhole to a distant quadrant of the known galaxy. Star Trek: Voyager (1995-2001) focused on a ship that had been pulled through the wormhole and had to travel back home over several years. And Star Trek: Enterprise (2001-2005) focused on the crew of the first-ever Enterprise, and was set before the original Star Trek series.
- An animated spin-off, Star Trek: The Animated Series, ran from 1973-1974. It featured many of the same cast members as the live-action show, but animated series are not included in the Westphall multiverse.