The original Star Trek series came to TV in 1966. It would air on Friday nights at 10 pm. For some of us, because of that late time, we would come to know the show in reruns. Star Trek is the creation of the late Gene Roddenberry.
I don't believe when Mr. Roddenberry was putting together Star Trek that he truly realized just what he was creating when he first put his words on paper. Star Trek is an institution. It created the cell phone industry. It had the first inter-racial cast for TV. It has truly sent us to boldly go where we haven't gone before.
This tribute is for the original stars of the series: Captain Kirk (William Shatner), Spock (Leornard Nimoy), Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley), Chief Engineer Scott (James Doohan), Chekov (Walter Koenig), Sulu (George Takei), and Uhura (Nichelle Nichols). You actors probably looked at this show as a paycheck. You didn't realize when the last original episode aired in 1969 that you would ever reprise your roles again. What you didn't realize is that you seven people started an industry. You started a separate culture of people known as Trekkie's. You influenced the minds of a generation of people to strive, to go farther than they had before.
So readers sit back and enjoy this list of movies that the original crew were involved in. Oh you had some who would go on and guest appear in other Star Trek movies and shows but these are your six movies and I hope everyone enjoys the look back.
1. Star Trek: The Motion Picture - The Enterprise is in dry-dock getting refitted. It has a new Captain, Decker (Stephen Collins) who has taken over the reins of the ship from Admiral Kirk (William Shatner). Three years has passed since Kirk has been at the helm of the Enterprise. A disturbance has entered our galaxy and is headed towards Earth. It has taken out everything in it's path. Starfleet has given the ship back to Kirk to investigate what is coming.
Spock (Leonard Nimoy) has been on Vulcan to purge all his emotions using the Kohlinahr Ritual. When at the very last minute he is told to look for his destiny elsewhere. He heads for the Enterprise to see what this disturbance is all about.
Back in dry dock, the crew of the Enterprise is arriving aboard ship. Dr. McCoy (Deforest Kelly) arrives complaining about the transporter. Scotty (James Doohan) is in engineering trying to outfit the Enterprise to take off. Dr. Chapel (Majel Barrett) has been in charge of sickbay until McCoy arrives. Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) is back at communications. Sulu (George Takei) and Chekov (Walter Koenig) are back at their positions.
Scotty finally alerts the Capt. Kirk that the ship is ready. Kirk calls for all the crew to gather on deck to be told what they are up against. Traveling out of our solar system Kirk orders the ship to warp speed and throw it into a wormhole. Decker has to countermand an order of Kirk's that shows the lack of space time on the former Captain's part. A new member to the crew is Ilia (Persis Khambatta) a Deltan that Decker had a thing with years ago. Spock eventually catches up with the Enterprise and is welcomed aboard.
The ship reaches the cloud and realizes that there is more to this than just a gas cloud. There is something inside that is carrying out all the trouble.Ilia is probed by the alien and is beamed back to the center of the cloud. She will later come back as a probe.
The Enterprise will eventually find out the truth of the cloud and it enlighten us as to what we may be doing even now. The movie is very familiar to the TV show and thanks to Director Robert Wise many Trekkie's are very thankful. This was the first of 'Star Trek' movies, arriving in theaters way back in 1979. It is an enjoyable trip down memory lane and I know if you haven't seen it you certainly will want to.
2. Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan - Khan (Ricardo Montalban) is back and he is on the warpath. What's funny is that it wasn't by accident we would ever have seen him again. You scientists are trying to bring a dead planet back to life through a device called Genesis. Carol (Bibi Besch) and her son David (Merritt Butrick) are scientists who are in charge of the project.
Chekov (Walter Koenig) was aboard a vessel that was in search of a dead planet. They thought they had found one but instead they found Kahn. Kahn takes over the ship and when he finds out about Genesis he wants to have it.
The federation sends the U.S.S. Enterprise and it's crew to stop him. The Enterprise crew consists of Admiral Kirk (William Shatner), Science Officer Spock (Leornard Nimoy) , Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley), Chief Engineer Scott (James Doohan), Lts. Sulu and Uhura (George Takei and Nichelle Nichols).
Kirk and Kahn have battled before and Kahn has a big chip on his soldier when it comes to Kirk. This movie is written with a human touch to it. You find out more about Kirk than you ever have before. The ending has to be the best in all the Star Trek television series or movies.
Director Nicholas Meyer does an extremely excellent job in what has to be the best Star Trek movie of all time. It is very hard to believe that any Trekkie would ever disagree. If you have never seen this movie it needs to be seen.
3. Star Trek III: The Search For Spock - Spock (Leornard Nimoy) is dead. He died saving the crew in 'Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan'. His body is on the planet that was created through the Genesis Project. This was the seeding of life on a dead planet with the intent of creating a new planet full of life.
Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley) has been acting very weirdly. He has been showing signs of some of the things that Spock used to do. Sarak (Mark Lenard) Spock's father comes to see Admiral Kirk (William Shatner). He wants to know if Spock had the opportunity to transfer his subconscious to another being. It is thought that McCoy might be the recipient of Spock's thoughts.
A plan is hatched where Kirk and his crew Scotty (James Doohan), Chekov (Walter Koenig), Sulu (George Takei), and Uhuru (Nichelle Nichols), are going to the Genesis planet to bring Spock's body back to Vulcan. The idea is to put the body and the thoughts back together so that possibly Spock can live again. They do this at great peril to their careers and their lives, but they do it for their friend.
Kirk's son David (Memitt Butrick) and another ship have been monitoring the progress of the Genesis planet. A Klingon by the name of Kruge (Christopher Lloyd) wants the secret of the Genesis as he thinks it is a weapon. In his search he destroys the ship that was with David. Only David and a Vulcan by the name of Saavik (Robin Curtis) are the survivors.
When all arrive at the planet there are many answers to many questions but you will not find them here. You must watch the movie if you wish to know if Spock will live. Director Leonard Nimoy does an excellent job with this movie. He is able to step behind the camera and bring a memorable story to the big screen.
4. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home - We last saw the crew of the Star Ship Enterprise on Vulcan. They had just brought Spock (Leonard Nimoy) back to his home world to go through the procedure to bring him and conscious back together. The crew Captain Kirk (William Shatner), Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelly), Scotty (James Doohan), Chekov (Walter Koenig), Sulu (George Takei), and Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) are all wanted criminals. They stole the ship to get Spock and they are wanted by Star fleet. We have a problem though a device has come to Earth and is sending a signal and unfortunately there is no one still on Earth to send the message back. I don't mean there are no humans on Earth. I mean there are no Whales on Earth. Yes that's right Whales. They were hunted to extinction and there hadn't been any for quite some time.
Kirk and his crew including Capt. Spock were on their way back to Earth to answer all charges when they heard the news of what was going on back home. Of course they head back to 20th century Earth to pick up some whales. What's even better they are doing it with the captured Klingon ship from the planet Genesis.
They do make it back and they even find some whales but getting them back to 23rd century Earth is not going to be easy. They also find a caretaker for the whales in Gillian (Catherine Hicks)a marine biologist.
Okay this is not your ordinary Star Trek movie. Spock is cussing throughout the whole movie. He is not totally himself yet. This is fun. This movie is simply an enjoyable step back to what we use to see in the original series. This is one of Director Leornard Nimoy's best Star Trek movies and it is one of those movies that when all is said and done you walk away happy and cheerful. So take the time and watch this classic Star Trek Adventure.
5. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier - One of the questions that has been bugging man since the beginning of time is who created us. Sybok (Laurence Luckinbill), a Vulcan has been bothered with this question and wants the answer. He kidnaps General Korrd (Charles Cooper) a Klingon, Caithlin Dar (Cynthia Gouw) a Romulan, and St. John Talbot (David Warner) a human, and holds them for ransom on Nimbus III, the planet of Galactic Peace.
Now Sybok believes that he knows where to find the planet of Sha-Ka-Ree the planet that all life was created on. It is in the Great Barrier, a place traveled before by the crew of the Enterprise. Yes that's right the universe needs to be saved by the Enterprise and it's crew once again.
The crew consisting of Captain Kirk (William Shatner), Science Officer Spock (Leornard Nimoy), Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley), Chief Engineer Scott (James Doohan), and Lt.'s Chekov, Sulu, and Uhura ( Walter Koenig, George Takei, and Nichelle Nichols) . These brave souls who time and again have faced death more than any can ever face.
The crew attempts to capture Sybok and his followers but this backfires on Captain Kirk. The people that were kidnapped are now followers of Sybok and also wish to find the beginnings of life and Sha-Ka-Ree.
Director William Shatner tries in this film to answer questions that we have always wanted answered on both Star Trek the television series and the movies, but he just leaves us kind of disappointed through out the movie. As Leornard Nimoy who directed Star Trek 3 and 4 did such a wonderful job, Shatner on 5 showed that he needs to stay in front of the camera rather than behind it. The movie is always good because it's Star Trek but it could have been better.
6. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country - The Klingon moon Praxis explodes. This causes the Klingon home world to look at making peace with the federation due to the fact that in 50 years they will have no more air. The ship chosen to escort the Klingon Chancellor Gordon (David Warner) is the Enterprise. The crew of the Enterprise includes Captain Kirk (William Shatner), Science officer Spock (Leornard Nimoy), Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley), Scotty (James Doohan), Chekov (Walter Koenig), Sulu (George Takei), and Uhura (Nichelle Nichols). This crew has been together for many a mission and it was an honor to be chosen to do this or was it. Not everyone was happy with the upcoming peace talks. Captain Kirk was definitely not a fan especially after a Klingon killed his boy.
The two ships were traveling along when the Klingon cruiser was attacked and Gordon was killed. Kirk and McCoy were on the Klingon cruiser and they were arrested for the murder. All the facts were pointing at the Enterprise and so the two were sent to prison.
Spock knew that they didn't kill the Chancellor and he started an investigation. His findings were that it was an inside job. Romulans and Federation both didn't want to make peace and there was an effort to derail the peace talks. There were even those from the Klingon Empire who didn't want to make peace. So do they get Kirk and McCoy out of Prison? Do they save the peace talks? you must watch the end of the movie to find out.
Director Nicholas Meyer does an excellent job in this final mission for the original crew of the Enterprise. It has been a long ride for this crew and they brought us into the a world of imagination that no one had ever done before. Thank You!
Finally, on a personal note I loved Star Trek. From the original series to the younger new version of the original crew. I don't consider myself to be a Trekkie as I have never been to a convention. I do consider myself a follower. I want to thank personally Gene Roddenberry and all the original crew for the many hours of entertainment over the years. I want to thank you for how you all carried yourselves in public. Yes there have been squabbles over the years but you find that in any family. You truly are a family that were put together to make a living and created a separate world for some. You will always be fondly talked of and remembered and I pray that you all Live Long And Prosper.