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.
Annotation From Star Trek to Farscape and Stargate SG-1, and the epic series Babylon 5, Jan Johnson-Smith shows how, in line with national political upheavals in the 1960s, this vibrant and perplexing genre set about developing the myth of ...
Author: Jan Johnson-Smith
Annotation From Star Trek to Farscape and Stargate SG-1, and the epic series Babylon 5, Jan Johnson-Smith shows how, in line with national political upheavals in the 1960s, this vibrant and perplexing genre set about developing the myth of the Western frontier into deep space. Looking at the sense of wonder that infuses science fiction, she traces the genre back to the heroic journeys of the Classical epic as well as to the notion of the sublime so deeply embedded in the American consciousness. Drawing on Caldwell's notion of televisuality, she show how sfx and cgi technologies have made it possible to visually render whole new worlds - and so deliver whole new stories.
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, ...
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.
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.
Explorations of Star Trek, Religion, and American Culture Jennifer E. Porter,
Darcee L. McLaren ... of egalitarian community epitomized, in fan perceptions, by
the model of relationships found with the Star Trek television series themselves.
Author: Jennifer E. Porter
Publisher: SUNY Press
Offers a multidisciplinary examination of Star Trek, religion, and American culture.
To say that Star Trek was just a television show is akin to saying Shakespeare
just wrote plays. ... It should not surprise us, then, that a 1992 article in the
University of Toledo Law Review on the legal issues of Star Trek: The Next
Author: Robert H. Chaires
Publisher: University of North Texas Press
Star Trek Visions of Law and Justice collects fourteen articles connecting popular media with academic inquiry, illustrating the connections between the future world ofStar Trek and current issues in international law, law and justice, and the American legal system. It makes an ideal text to teach students interdisciplinary academic concepts using a familiar, popular media phenomenon.
At its worst—which it sinks to no more often than any other American television
production—Star Trek is still an agreeable visit with old friends. At its best—which
it achieves no less often that any other American television production—Star Trek
Author: Mike W. Barr
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
MERE ANARCHY A new six-part epic covering thirty years of Star Trek ® history, continuing with an adventure that takes place during the historic five-year mission! Book 2: THE CENTRE CANNOT HOLD A few years after the disaster on Mestiko, the Payav are struggling to rebuild in the wake of the pulsar's damage. The Starship Enterprise returns with a plan to help restore the planet's atmosphere. But the Klingon Empire has also taken an interest in Mestiko, and has come to the aid of one of the world's many factions. Captain James T. Kirk finds himself once again pitted against the Klingon commander Kor, with the fate of Mestiko at stake.
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.
Dark Horse enters the adult coloring book market in their ususal grand style with popular licensed properties and all-new original art. This is one of two Star Trek titles in the Dark Horse adult coloring book line.
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
This beautiful adult colouring book features 45 stunningly detailed, black and white images to colour in any way you choose! With all brand new original illustrations by an amazing crew of artists, this is a must-have collectible for Star Trek fans everywhere!
... Advancement of Colored People) honors positive images of African Americans
in film, television, music, and literature. ... that year the following series were
among those honored: I Spy, Hogan's Heroes, Star Trek, and Mission Impossible.
Author: Kathleen Fearn-Banks
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
This second edition covers the history of African Americans on television from the beginning of national television through the present day including: chronology; introductory essay appendixes bibliography over 1000 cross-referenced entries on actors, performers, producers, directors, news and sports journalists
Star. Trek. Fans often recognized John for his vast appearances in television and
film. However, his guest appearance on ... Trek is one of the most famous and
legendary science fiction television programs in the history of American television
Author: Elizabeth Messina
What s His Name? John Fiedler The Man The Face The Voice highlights the captivating life and work of character and voice actor John Fiedler. Most people are familiar with John s voice work as Winnie the Pooh s best friend, Piglet. John was hand-picked by Mr. Walt Disney, and worked for the Disney Company, providing the voice of Piglet, for 37 years (1968 2005). In addition to John s wonderful voice acting career, he had a lucrative career in television and film. John is known for his roles in memorable films such as 12 Angry Men, A Raisin in the Sun, The Odd Couple, True Grit, That Touch of Mink, and A Fine Madness. John has the special distinction of entering television during its inception, riding the ever changing current of TV for nearly 60 years. John is remembered for his notable guest appearances in television shows such as The Bob Newhart Show, The Odd Couple, The Twilight Zone, The Munsters, Star Trek, Bewitched, Get Smart, Three s Company, The Golden Girls, Cheers, and many more. John spent the later portion of the 1940s and the entire 1950s in New York, relocated to California during the 1960s and 1970s, and returned to New York in 1980, where he would remain for the duration of his life. John certainly had an impressive career, spanning nearly six decades. John s work and creations will continue to live on in the hearts of millions.
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.
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.
In Social Movements and the Collective Identity of the Star Trek Fandom: Boldly Going Where No Fans Have Gone Before, David G. LoConto explores the development of the Star Trek fandom from its tough beginnings in the 1960s to its popularity ...
Author: David G Loconto
Since it first aired in 1966, Star Trek led American television into a more progressive era by presenting a diverse cast interacting as equals, demonstrating expertise and efficiency as they lead a starship across the galaxy. To this day, the Star Trek franchise strives to inspire viewers to find beauty in diversity and progress. In Social Movements and the Collective Identity of the Star Trek Fandom: Boldly Going Where No Fans Have Gone Before, David G. LoConto explores the development of the Star Trek fandom from its tough beginnings in the 1960s to its popularity explosion in the 1990s and its triumphant return in 2017. LoConto analyzes the cultural phenomena of Star Trek through a social psychological approach, using symbolic interaction theory and strategic ritualization theory as well as ideas from Habermas and Foucault to track the fandom's movements, values, and evolution.
The earlier series of Star Trek shows a faith in science and rationalism, and in a benign, liberal leadership.
Author: Michèle Barrett
Publisher: Psychology Press
The earlier series of Star Trek shows a faith in science and rationalism, and in a benign, liberal leadership. This modern order is now in decline. This book addresses these issues in philosophical, literary, historical and cultural contexts.
The second half of the book analyzes the principal recurring characters in each "Star Trek" series and their relationships with other characters, as well as the specific racial themes of certain episodes, and how these episodes represent ...
Author: Micheal C. Pounds
Drawing on autobiographical, biographical, historical, and rare archival materials, author Micheal Pounds explores the relationship between "Star Trek" and ethnic equality, one of America's most enduring social issues. Using two television series formed around a common vision and produced by the same studio and executive producer (Gene Roddenberry), Race in Space determines the extent to which social attitudes, values, and beliefs about ethnicity have changed during the more than twenty years that separate them. The book begins by examining the history of American television, both as a business and a social institution faced with confronting the civil rights movement-centered demands for reform of employment and images of the African-American. The second half of the book analyzes the principal recurring characters in each "Star Trek" series and their relationships with other characters, as well as the specific racial themes of certain episodes, and how these episodes represent ethnicity and cultural attitudes both as part of the series, in the contemporary world, and in the larger vision of the future that the series portrays.
Johnson, Catherine. Telefantasy. London: BFI, 2005. Johnson, William, ed. Focus
on the Science Fiction Film. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1972. Johnson-
Smith, Jan. American Science Fiction TV: Star Trek, Stargate and Beyond.
Author: J.P. Telotte
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Exploring early hits such as The Twilight Zone and Star Trek, as well as more recent successes such as Battlestar Galactica and Lost, The Essential Science Fiction Television Reader illuminates the history, narrative approaches, and themes of the genre. The book discusses science fiction television from its early years when shows attempted to recreate the allure of science fiction cinema, to its current status as a sophisticated genre with a popularity all its own. J. P. Telotte has assembled a wideranging volume rich in theoretical scholarship yet fully accessible to science fiction fans. The book supplies readers with valuable historical context, analyses of essential science fiction series, and an understanding of the key issues in science fiction television.
Djoymi Baker* The original series of Star Trek first aired on U.S. television in
1966 and was cancelled by NBC in 1969. Despite the program's low official
Nielsen rat- ings, a large and dedicated fan following of the series developed
during, but ...
Author: Matthew Wilhelm Kapell
In the past, the examination of myth has traditionally been the study of the “Primitive” or the “Other.” More recently, myth has been increasingly employed in movies and in television productions. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the Star Trek television and movie franchise. This collection of essays on Star Trek brings together perspectives from scholars in fields including film, anthropology, history, American studies and biblical scholarship. Together the essays examine the symbolism, religious implications, heroic and gender archetypes, and lasting effects of the Star Trek “mythscape.”
The scenically-drawn and elegantly choreographed warmongering behind Star Trek in general and the new Picard series in particular is questioned to determine who stands to benefit from this pro-military position common to symbolic science ...
Author: Anna Faktorovich
This issue includes seven essays from the Editor, Anna Faktorovich, on what American CBS television series are saying about America's and the world's modern cultural values. Star Trek: Short Treks is explained as a compressed series of storyline formulas that are designed to serve a propagandistic version of what represents moral behaviors. Star Trek: Discovery is analyzed in terms of its failure to position a rare strong female hero in a positive or independent light, instead repeatedly stressing her dependence on her parents and on society to do her favors to escape from self-perpetrated illegalities. The scenically-drawn and elegantly choreographed warmongering behind Star Trek in general and the new Picard series in particular is questioned to determine who stands to benefit from this pro-military position common to symbolic science fiction narratives. To understand how the same pro-war messages are portrayed in claimed to be reality-based military shows, SEAL Team is analyzed for how it presents or avoids explaining the motives and perspectives of the foreigners or aliens being hunted by the Navy. If the Other does not have a voice in the narrative, the Other's annihilation can be presented as a supreme "good" without hearing a defense that explains how this Other side came to the same conclusion about the "good" Team. Bull is used as an example of how America's media turns the corruption of the judicial system with hacked evidence, jury tempering and other paid-for manipulations into seemingly positive stories of victories in favor of attractive and innovative tricksters. A study of the new version of MacGyver questions the ethics of an unsanctioned or secretive agency taking upon itself to execute undisclosed assassination missions that are justified by vague references to the evilness of those killed via accusations of common international crimes without the assurance of the accuracy of this evidence in a trial. On a lighter note, The Open Road with Dr. Chris is described as an example of how documentaries can find the good in the world if they turn towards species other than humans for their subjects. And Susie Gharib offers her regular set of film reviews that help us grasp our current human predicaments.