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Star Trek

Rob Miller | Tuesday April 24, 2012

Categories: Film, Action, Action Adventure, Science Fiction, Hot Entries

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Cultural capital would be relevant in terms of intertextual references to the Star Trek television series and significant Star Trek film franchise (8 films) including Star Trek (1979), The Wrath of Kahn (1982), The Search for Spock (1984) and Nemesis (2001). All films were distributed by Paramount Studios, and written and produced by Gene Roddenberry, who created the original 1966 TV Series made by Paramount TV. These are characters of which Star Trek (2009) brings back to life, through younger actors and more contemporary representations.

After Captain James T Kirk and First Officer Spock (William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy) introduced audiences to Roddenberry’s particular brand of Science Fiction, the second TV series was produced in 1987: Next Generations. Over four decades, the TV series ran alongside the film franchise. After Captain Jean-Luc Picard ran the bridge of the USS Enterprise in Generations, the next TV series was Deep Space Nine in 1993 -  which in terms of more pluralistic representations, saw a black USS Enterprise captain. Voyager in 1995 introduced audiences to the first female federation Starfleet captain, followed by Enterprise (2001). Star Trek has become globally iconic with fans and remains one of the most successful franchises in cinema and television history.

Issues of synergy are apparent in relation to the Computer Game, that has been marketed with the films, and merchandising has been particularly successful with audiences over the years. The obsessive fans are known as ‘Trekkies’, who regularly attend Star Trek conventions, and in terms of Blumler and Katz’s 1974 Uses and Gratifications model of active consumption, enjoy the key appeals of Diversion (Escapism), Surveillance (some Science Fiction has become Science Fact). Romulans, the enemy of the Star Trek fleet and frequent antagonists of the Starship Enterprise and the Federation have their own language which is not widely spoken, apart from...


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