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Expanded Universe: there are no two words that cause such controversy among Star Wars fans as these, with the exception, maybe of “Jar Jar”.  Some date the beginning of the Expanded Universe as far back as Del Rey’s “Splinter of  A Mind’s Eye” in 1978.  Other’s cite Brian Daley’s “Han Solo Trilogy” while others hold out for Timothy Zahn’s “Heir to the Empire”.  Whatever you consider the beginning of the EU, the fact is that it is exists and it’s here to stay.  There is also another unspoken fact about the EU:

Star Wars isn’t the only one that has it.

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Star Trek 2009

Star Trek 2009

Ba-Bang! Last one.

There was a lot going on in the world in 2001.  As for Star Trek, 2001 was also a big year. Voyager was coming to an end and, unlike other “trying to get home” series like Battlestar Galactica and Space: 1999, this good ship would actually make it.   In its seven year journey, Star Trek: Voyager had become more like the original Star Trek than either TNG or DS9.

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It’s fall of 1994 and on my television set is a preview for the next Star Trek: The Next Generation adventure. There is one crucial difference between this adventure and the usual episode: it can only be seen at a theater near you.

Star Trek Generations

On November 18, 1994, Star Trek Generations premiered in movie theaters.  It was the first Trek series not to be canceled. It had been decided to move these characters from small screen to silver screen. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was in its third season.  The word on the street was that come the new year, a third spin-off (the fourth Star Trek series) called Star Trek: Voyager would be premiering.

For the first time in history, there was a LOT of Star Trek.

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As I write this, summer is coming to a close.  Outside there is the slightest crisp of autumn in the air. JJ Abram’s Star Trek is out of theatres and we can only wait for the DVD release this fall. Holy Frak — It’s September and I haven’t updated my series retrospective on Star Trek!!

Let’s delay no longer. When we last left our intrepid heroes, the original crew of Star Trek had moved on to a series of movies and signed off with The Undiscovered Country in 1991.

But let’s step back about four years to 1987.  Before making peace with the Klingons, Kirk and crew, in a commandeered Bird-of-Prey had just left the 20th century and saved the Earth from a mysterious probe  by bringing back Humpback Whales from extinction.  It was a high time for Star Trek.  Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home turned out to be the most mainstream success of all the Star Trek movies.  (more…)

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As we continue through our series of looking back at Trek history we come to 1979 and the debut of the movies with Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

As we said in part one with the Original Series, there was no other Star Trek around in 1979.  We had a brief resurgence with the Animated Series in the early 70’s. James Blish Novelizations, Photonovels and a spat of novels depicting new adventures were all we had.   There was a brief moment there when we thought we were going to have a new live action series called Star Trek: Phase Two, but that was it.  By this point, we had come to love Star Trek warts and all.  We were in the driest period imaginable and there had been plenty of room to just live with these characters as they existed in the 3/5 year mission. We were starving for more! (more…)

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Trekmovie.com talks with Leonard Nimoy about the future of Star Trek and the role of Spock Prime in it.

What do you think of Spock Prime appearing again? An assett or hinderance?

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Star Trek is dead.

That’s been  the common consensus since 2005 when Star Trek: Enterprise was canceled.  Since 1987, there had been four spin-off series and six feature films without respite. The feeling was that there was too much mediocre Star Trek out there and not enough interest. The situation was grim.

Then in 2008 something happened. In the darkened theatre we witnessed the first Star Trek movie teaser since 2002’s Star Trek: Nemesis.  I won’t go into the fan debate and uproar that pervaded the proceeding year, but we all know what it led to:

Star Trek is back!

I was one to agree that there was a little too much Trek going on back in 2005 (Gasp!).  But was Trek actually “bad” or even “mediocre”??  I’ve always held a theory that Star Trek is like a fine wine.  It needs to age. It needs some air. It needs some time in order to be fully appreciated and enjoyed.   The implication since 2005 was that Trek used to be AMAZING and now it’s not. Spaghetti is my favorite, but if I had it night after night I would want  a break from it too.

So I wanted to test my theory. (That, and I needed an excuse to pop in my Trek DVDs again). I’ve sat down and revisited all the Trek series since TOS.  My goal was to watch it again with two simple differences since that last time I watched it:

1. The new movie was a resounding success.

2. It’s been some time since we had any new Star Trek and there probably won’t be any more for at least 2 years.

So we have age, air and time. Let’s take a look back.

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