The book is organized into three sections, dealing with firstly, the context of production, the history and economics of Star Trek from the original series (1966-1969) to its final television incarnation in Enterprise (2002-2005).
Author: Roberta Pearson
Publisher: Univ of California Press
At the heart of one of the most successful transmedia franchises of all time, Star Trek, lies an initially unsuccessful 1960s television production, Star Trek: The Original Series. In Star Trek and American Television, Pearson and Messenger Davies, take their cue from the words of the program’s first captain, William Shatner, in an interview with the authors: "It’s a television show." In focusing on Star Trek as a television show, the authors argue that the program has to be seen in the context of the changing economic conditions of American television throughout the more than four decades of Star Trek’s existence as a transmedia phenomenon that includes several films as well as the various television series. The book is organized into three sections, dealing with firstly, the context of production, the history and economics of Star Trek from the original series (1966-1969) to its final television incarnation in Enterprise (2002-2005). Secondly, it focuses on the interrelationships between different levels of production and production workers, drawing on uniquely original material, including interviews with star captains William Shatner and Sir Patrick Stewart, and with production workers ranging from set-builders to executive producers, to examine the tensions between commercial constraints and creative autonomy. These interviews were primarily carried out in Hollywood during the making of the film Nemesis (2002) and the first series of Star Trek: Enterprise. Thirdly, the authors employ textual analysis to study the narrative "storyworld" of the Star Trek television corpus and also to discuss the concept and importance of character in television drama. The book is a deft historical and critical study that is bound to appeal to television and media studies scholars, students, and Star Trek fans the world over. With a foreword by Sir Patrick Stewart, Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
A full-length analysis of the popular phenomenon of American science fiction television argues that the genre has replaced the Western in the American cultural imagination; explores common themes in science fiction--including politics, ...
Author: Jan Johnson-Smith
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
A full-length analysis of the popular phenomenon of American science fiction television argues that the genre has replaced the Western in the American cultural imagination; explores common themes in science fiction--including politics, ideology, ethnicity, gender, and militarism--and examines narrative patterns and visual styles as exemplified by key science fiction series. Original.
It is a specific American utopia, which may appear to be a contradiction in terms,
for a utopia is not a place. But Star Trek is a place and space in the American
imagination, and as such it embodies that which is missing, lacking, and absent
Author: Lincoln Geraghty
When the first season of Star Trek opened to American television viewers in 1966, the thematically insightful sci-fi story line presented audiences with the exciting vision of a bold voyage into the final frontiers of space and strange, new galactic worlds. Perpetuating this enchanting vision, the story has become one of the longest running and most multifaceted franchises in television history. Moreover, it has presented an inspiring message for the future, addressing everything from social, political, philosophical, and ethical issues to progressive and humanist representations of race, gender, and class. This book contends that Star Trek is not just a set of television series, but has become a pervasive part of the identity of the millions of people who watch, read and consume the films, television episodes, network specials, novelizations, and fan stories. Examining Star Trek from various critical angles, the essays in this collection provide vital new insights into the myriad ways that the franchise has affected the culture it represents, the people who watch the series, and the industry that created it.
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review-into-the-forest-i-go. ... 'Luke Cage as Postpost-9/11 TV: Spatial
Negotiations of Race in Contemporary U.S. Television', Current Objectives in
Author: Sabrina Mittermeier
The first two seasons of Star Trek: Discovery, the newest instalment in the long-running and influential Star Trek franchise, received media and academic attention from the moment they arrived on screen. Discovery makes several key changes to Star Trek's well-known narrative formulae, particularly the use of more serialized storytelling, appealing to audiences' changed viewing habits in the streaming age - and yet the storylines, in their topical nature and the broad range of socio-political issues they engage with, continue in the political vein of the series' megatext. This volume brings together eighteen essays and one interview about the series, with contributions from a variety of disciplines including cultural studies, literary studies, media studies, fandom studies, history and political science. They explore representations of gender, sexuality and race, as well as topics such as shifts in storytelling and depictions of diplomacy. Examining Discovery alongside older entries into the Star Trek canon and tracing emerging continuities and changes, this volume will be an invaluable resource for all those interested in Star Trek and science fiction in the franchise era.
Introduction 'The Americanization of Cultures' is an interesting and equally
important topic, but very complex as it includes ... I decided to analyze the
science-fiction series Star Trek, a successful American television series that
reaches a large ...
Author: Mieke Schüller
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
Seminar paper from the year 2001 in the subject American Studies - Culture and Applied Geography, grade: 2,0, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (Seminar für Englische Philologie: Forschungs- und Lehrbereich Amerikanistik), course: The Americanization of Cultures, 17 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: ‘The Americanization of Cultures’ is an interesting and equally important topic, but very complex as it includes many different aspects. Americanization influences nearly every sector of life, at least in most European countries. Often enough, the process of Americanization is not even noticed as such anymore. Americanization means the influence of, or the adaptation to, American values and moral ideals, to the American political system, to the American way of life, to American popular culture, and so on. Obviously, the media, and especially the medium of television, plays an important part in the process of Americanization, as American productions such as Hollywood movies, television series, soap operas, and talk shows are broadcasted in countries all over the world. As the influence of the media cannot be overestimated, I decided to analyze the science-fiction seriesStar Trek,a successful American television series that reaches a large audience in many countries.Star Trekattracts viewers from very different social background, viewers of different age, and of different nationalities. Therefore, an examination ofStar Trekas an example of American popular culture is interesting; as the series is an American production, it can be assumed that the series conveys American values and reflects the situation of the U.S. in many respects. My intention is to analyze what is American about the future described inStar Trek,what American ideals the series disseminates, what messages it conveys, and why this idea of the future not only proves to be popular in the U.S., but is a success worldwide. Of course, a distinction has to be made between the originalStar Trekseries of the 1960s, and the later seriesStar Trek: The Next Generation(1980s),Deep Space NineandStar Trek: Voyager(1990s). I will concentrate onStar Trek,the original series, andStar Trek: The Next Generation.These two series differ significantly from each other in their presentation of political and social issues. That is the reason whyStar Trekis suited for the analysis of U.S. society and the change of American values over a long period of time. To the seriesDeep Space NineandStar Trek: VoyagerI will refer only in a few sentences.
Nichols first worked with Gene Roddenberry , the father of the Star Trek empire ,
in 1963 while appearing in an episode of his earlier television series , The
Lieutenant ( 1963 – 1964 ) . While he was devising and refining his Star Trek
Author: Denise Lowe
Publisher: Abc-Clio Incorporated
Presents more than four hundred entries on writers, directors, actors, programs, and other topics related to women in the television industry.
Drawing on a number of methodologies and disciplinary perspectives, this book boldly goes where none has gone before by focusing on the interplay between Star Trek, religion, and American culture as revealed in the four different Trek ...
Author: Jennifer E. Porter
Publisher: SUNY Press
Offers a multidisciplinary examination of Star Trek, religion, and American culture.
Given the expanding use of past media texts not only in the United States, but also in virtually every media-rich society, this book addresses a critical facet of everyday life.
Author: Derek Kompare
Rerun Nation is a fascinating approach to television history and theory through the ubiquitous yet overlooked phenomenon of reruns. Kompare covers both historical and conceptual ground, weaving together a refresher course in the history of television with a critical analysis of how reruns have shaped the cultural, economic, and legal terrains of American television. Given the expanding use of past media texts not only in the United States, but also in virtually every media-rich society, this book addresses a critical facet of everyday life.
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Portrait of America, 161 Power of Myth, The. ... 187 Star Games, 395 Starsky and
Hutch, 308 Star Trek. ... 252 Wagon Train, TELEVISION PROGRAMMING INDEX.
Author: Gary Richard Edgerton
Richly researched and engaging, The Columbia History of American Television tracks the growth of TV into a convergent technology, a global industry, a social catalyst, a viable art form, and a complex and dynamic reflection of the American mind and character. Renowned media historian Gary R. Edgerton follows the technological progress and increasing cultural relevance of television from its prehistory (before 1947) to the Network Era (1948-1975) and the Cable Era (1976-1994). He considers the remodeling of television's look and purpose during World War II; the gender, racial, and ethnic components of its early broadcasts and audiences; its transformation of postwar America; and its function in the political life of the country. In conclusion, Edgerton takes a discerning look at our current Digital Era and the new forms of instantaneous communication that continue to change America's social, political, and economic landscape.
It is a black After rumours of a new TV Star Trek proved Pontiac TransAm , armed
with missiles , tear - gas unfounded ... Nicholas rather juvenile American
television series Meyer ) , Star Trek MI : The Search for Spock Knight Rider (
1982–6 ) .
Author: David Pringle
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing
A new edition of the who's who of over 1,400 fictional characters whose names are sometimes so familiar it's difficult to remember they're imaginary. Included in the biographical parade is Ben Casey, Casper, and Fitzwilliam Darcy, a compendium of high, low, and no brow at all, each exactly recorded with a snippet of biographical anecdote. The reference is as equally useful for scholarly work as it is for killing time in aimless pursuits of information. Distributed by Ashgate. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Ensemble television shows soon began to feature African American performers :
Otis Young appeared in “ The Outcast ; " Greg Morris starred in “ Mission
Impossible ; " and Nicelle Nicholas was featured in “ Star Trek . ” However , the
Author: Jessie Carney Smith
Presents information on all aspects of African-American life including politics, employment and income, education, religion, literature, performing arts, science and medicine, and sports.
The Star Trek franchise of series serves as a fascinating episode in North
American television and popular culture history . They are series that do in fact
address gender , economic , and racial issues , often in illuminating and
thoughtful ways .
Author: Michael Berman
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Pub
The Everyday Fantastic is an anthology born in love. The love is for science fiction, in all its myriad forms: novels, television, movies, music, art, etc. Many writers from a plurality of disciplines, professions and walks of life share this disposition. This attitude cuts across national boundaries and has even outlasted the vagaries of popular culture fads. This collection of essays draws upon these feelings in terms of the different ways science fiction is engaged in different disciplines, viewing the genre beyond mere entertainment. The papers collected here engage the fundamental questions explored in science fiction. Many of the essays were originally presented at an interdisciplinary conference in October 2005 at Brock University, highlighted by Robert J. Sawyers engaging keynote address. Additional chapters were in part inspired by these presentations. These essays represent a wide array of voices from the humanities, social sciences and sciences, and address a comparable range of topics and the media that use the science fiction genre.
Provides a chronological, in-depth survey of American science fiction television series from the 1950s through the present day.
Author: M. Keith Booker
Publisher: Penn State Press
Provides a chronological, in-depth survey of American science fiction television series from the 1950s through the present day.
Shortly after the first ( and hugely successful ) Star Trek convention in 1972 , and
with reruns on 145 American TV stations , Paramount and creator Gene
Roddenberry discussed reviving the series . A Star Trek II series was almost
Author: Frank Garcia
Publisher: McFarland Publishing
"This is a detailed examination, from creation to cancellation, of 58 science fiction television series produced between 1990 and 2004, from The X-Files to Star Trek (from The Next Generation onward). A chapter on each series includes essential production information; a history of the series; critical commentary; and interviews with the creators, actors, writers and directors"--Provided by publisher.