On This Day … 08 September

Events 1966 – The landmark American science fiction television series Star Trek premieres with its first-aired episode, “The Man Trap“. Star Trek Star Trek is an American science-fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry that follows the adventures of the starship USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) and its crew. It later acquired the retronym of Star Trek:… Read More

What is an Expanded Universe?

Introduction The term expanded universe, sometimes called an extended universe, is generally used to denote the ‘extension’ of a media franchise (like a television programme or a series of feature films) with other media, generally comics and original novels. This typically involves new stories for existing characters already developed within the franchise, but in some… Read More

Women in Motion (2019)

Introduction A 2019 documentary about NASA. Outline Nichelle Nichols’ daunting task to launch a national blitz for NASA, recruiting 8,000 of the nation’s best and brightest, including the trailblazing astronauts who became the first African American, Asian and Latino men and women to fly in space. Production & Filming Details Director(s): Todd Thompson. Producer(s): Brent… Read More

What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek Deep Space Nine (2019)

Introduction Ira Steven Behr explores the legacy of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Outline To commemorate 25 years of `Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’, an exploration of the film’s legacy. Full interviews as well as behind-the-scenes stories with the original team and actors will be presented and revisited. Production & Filming Details Director(s): Ira Steven… Read More

Star Trek: Trek Nation (2011)

Introduction Trek Nation is a 2011 documentary film directed by Scott Colthorp examining the positive impact that Star Trek and creator Gene Roddenberry may have had on people’s lives as seen through the eyes of his son, Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry, Jr.. It includes interviews with castmembers and crew from all five Star Trek incarnations as… Read More

Star Trek: The Truth is in the Stars (2017)

Introduction William Shatner sits down with scientists, innovators and celebrities to discuss how the optimism of “Star Trek” influenced multiple generations. Outline Do we, as a society, have the capacity to live up to “Star Trek”‘s optimistic, inclusive vision for humanity’s future? William Shatner takes us on a lyrical journey to find out whether art… Read More

The Science of Star Trek (1995)

Introduction How real is the ‘science’ in Star Trek? Outline How real is the ‘science’ in Star Trek? Production & Filming Details Producer(s): Sandy Krawitz, Bill Kurtis, Ed Menaker, and Barry Stoner. Music: David Huizenga. Cinematography: Rob LaRussa. Editor(s): Mark Augustine. Production: A+E Networks, BBC, Kurtis Productions, and The Chiacgo Production Center. Distributor(s): New Explorers.… Read More