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Video:Overview of Star Trek Movies

with Jim Flink

Star Trek has infiltrated itself deep into the most remote corners of American pop culture. Learn about the iconic TV series and film franchise, Star Trek, in this video from About.com.See Transcript

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Transcript:Overview of Star Trek Movies

Hi, I'm Jim Flink and today, we're going where no man has gone before, discussing the making of Star Trek Movies. All good Trekkies know, the television series, Star Trek, was the impetus for many pop culture references.  From phasers to photons, Klingons to Captain Kirk, Star Trek terms and phrases have permeated the American lexicon. 

The Star Trek TV Series

It all originated with the TV series Star Trek, developed by Gene Rodenberry, which aired from 1966-1969, until it went off the air due to poor ratings.  That didn't keep the series from shining in syndication.  William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and company became household fixtures.  Trekkies became a cult phenomenon.  Phrases like, "Live long and prosper," or "Beam me up Scottie" were worked into everyday conversation.  Success in syndication gave Paramount Pictures an idea:  Perhaps, just maybe, Star Trek could be even bigger on the big screen.

The Star Trek Films

After a few false starts, and some efforts to develop movies on the small screen, Paramount launched Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 1979.  That led to five more films:

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Star Trek III:  The Search for Spock

Star Trek IV:  The Voyage Home

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Then came another TV series, Star Trek: The Next Generation which led to four new Star Trek movies:  Generations, First Contact, Insurrection, and Nemesis. Then, there was a prequel, released in 2009, simply entitled Star Trek.  That movie collected $385 million at the box office, ranking it in the top 62 films of all-time.

Awards & Achievements

In all, there have been 12 scheduled Star Trek films on the big-screen, and collectively they have earned more than $1.45 billion dollars at the box office. Along the way, Star Trek has won 14 Academy Awards, mainly in the areas of make-up, music, and set design and sound.

Future

In 2009, the Star Trek producers set to work on a sequel. Star Trek Into Darkness is scheduled for release of June of 2013.

And that's a short look at the Star Trek series in motion pictures.  Successful to say the least. I'm Jim Flink. For more information, be sure to check out About.com.

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