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Star Trek was the brain child of Gene Roddenberry, a World War II veteran and former L.A. policeman and later on a successful television writer and producer. He wanted to create a serious and thoughtful science fiction drama to be telecast on the air. It started up under the name of “Wagon Train to the Stars” and after a few initial hiccups become a prime time television show on NBC in 1966. Its popularity soon became phenomenal and it spawned a huge fan following and achieved an iconic status in America and eventually a world wide television phenomenon.
The story, set in the 23rd century, is a series of adventures of the Star ship Enterprise and its crew captained by James A Kirk played by William Shatner and his First Officer Mr. Spock played by Leonard Nimov.
The purpose of the star ship Enterprise, according to the legendary introduction provided by William Shatner, was to explore the "Space...the Final Frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission was: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.”
The story contains the legendary exploits of Captain Kirk and his crew, mostly human but diverse. They keep facing bizarre situations involving tremendous stakes and ultimately end up solving them with integrity, courage, passion and dedication. The confront shape shifting monsters, planet eating behemoths, non-corporeal entities who feed off fear, highly evolved beings who feel compelled to pass judgment on fellow human beings gone astray in course of their voyage. The crew of the Enterprise remains steadfast in its values and constant in their determination to push ahead into the unknown galaxies.
Captain James T Kirk leads the crew by his strength of character, presence of mind and shrewdness. His greatest strength is his ability to weigh the opposing options and voices of logic and conflicting emotions from his two trusted friends: his half-Vulcan first officer Commander Spock and his opinionated and passionate chief medical officer, Dr. Leonard H. "Bones" McCoy.