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The Death and Life of Star Trek’s Utopian Fantasy

There’s a reason why Star Trek fans love to play dress-up, and it’s not just because we’re a bunch of nerds. Much of the appeal of Star Trek comes from the fantasy of Starfleet, the service of brave explorers around which most of the franchise’s 778 episodes and films are…

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To Boldly Flow: Star Trek’s Complex Relationship With Pop Music

Over the course of its 50-plus-year history, Star Trek has had a complex relationship with library music. Being set in our future, Trek can plausibly appropriate any piece of music that exists in our world to use in the context of a scene. Our history, for the most part, is…

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A Star Trek: Discovery Primer to Get You Ready for Season 3

The Star Trek franchise is currently in the throes of an aggressive expansion, with plans to juggle as many as six ongoing series at a time to keep fans subscribed to CBS All Access all year round. And while the new Star Trek: Picard has attracted a lot of attention,…

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A Guide to the Rough Early Seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation

With the new series Star Trek: Picard now in full swing, it’s only natural that viewers might want to check out its predecessor, Star Trek: The Next Generation. Premiering in first-run syndication from 1987 to 1994, The Next Generation (or TNG) was the first Star Trek TV series to become…

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A Cynic’s Guide to Star Trek: Voyager

The years haven’t been terribly kind to Star Trek: Voyager, which marked its 25th anniversary this month. It’s sort of the Weezer “Green Album” to Deep Space Nine’s Pinkerton. Both shows were follow-ups to the beloved Star Trek: The Next Generation — Deep Space Nine struggled in first-run syndication while…

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Get Ready for ‘Picard’ With Our Star Trek Primer

Before Star Trek: The Next Generation debuted in 1987, the idea of making a Star Trek without any of the original cast or characters was laughable. Fans were perplexed to learn that TNG, the first live-action Trek series on television since the original was canceled in 1969, would be led not…

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