The Motion Pictures
During the mid-1970s, Gene Roddenberry and Paramount Pictures began plans to resurrect the starship Enterprise and her crew a second time. Over the next few years, there were flip-flops back and forth between plans to start a new weekly television series or to start a series of periodic television movies. Eventually, a series of feature films was produced.
The premise for the originally-planned television series, to be called "Star Trek II," was that the Enterprise, with most of her original crew, would begin a new five-year mission. Three major crew changes were to take place on the Enterprise for the new series: Spock would have been replaced by Xon, a full-blooded Vulcan, as the Science Officer; William Decker, the son of Starfleet Commodore Matthew Decker, would have been the ship's new First Officer; and Ilia, a Deltan female, would have been added to the crew.
The series of feature films that was actually produced maintained all of the major characters from the original series. The basic premise for the first film was that after completing her five-year mission, the Enterprise spent about three years in spacedock undergoing a major refit. In the meantime, James Kirk had been promoted to Admiral and was Starfleet's Chief of Operations, Spock had returned to Vulcan to purge himself of his emotions, and McCoy had resigned from Starfleet and gone off to do research. The later films developed the characters' stories from there. By the seventh film, most of the crew of the original starship Enterprise had retired, and several were participating in the christening of the newest starship to be named Enterprise when Captain James T. Kirk met his end. The movies series carries on, now based on the adventures of the Next Generation crew.
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The Main Casts
Star Trek: The Motion Picture 12/07/79 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn 06/04/82 Star Trek III: The Search for Spock 06/01/84 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home 11/26/86 Star Trek V: The Final Frontier 06/09/89 Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country 12/06/91 Star Trek: Generations 11/18/94 Star Trek: First Contact 11/22/96 Star Trek: Insurrection 12/11/98 Star Trek: Nemesis 12/13/02 Star Trek (Reboot) 05/08/09 Star Trek Into Darkness 05/17/13
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