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Star Trek - The Next Generation

They only made three Star Trek series, the other two years are classified I guess. The third Star Trek series was only made because of pressure by Star Trek fans, known as either Trekkies or Trekkers. It was not until the arrival of Star Wars in 1977 that interest picked up again and the first Star Trek movie was made. A new series was green lit eventually and The Next Generation series was made in the eighties with Captain Jean-Luc Picard, a Frenchman played by an Englishman in charge of the Enterprise. The word introduction was only slightly different from the original, no mention of five year missions. The Next Generation had seven years of missions.

Space... The final frontier... These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: To explore strange new worlds... To seek out new life; new civilisations... To boldly go where no one has gone before!

Along with a new cast, the crew of USS Enterprise NCC 1701D was introduced to new aliens such as the Borg, Q, Cardassians and Ferengi to name a few. The original series aliens were also back, Klingons, Vulcans and Romulans. The Enterprise now had a Klingon, a once feared alien race of the Federation, now amongst its loyal crew. Also in the crew was a humanoid robot who wanted to be human like the tin man in the Wizard of Oz story. There were a number of Star Trek Stories revolved around the holodesk, the latest in 24th Century entertainment where you run into Professor Moriarty from the Sherlock Holmes books.

The series ran for seven years, they removed any indication of how many years the mission would last for, after all the original series only lasted for three of the five years.

Whoopi Goldberg begged producers to be on the show and her persistance paid off and she appeared as re-occurring El-Aurian character called Guinan. Whoopi's character worked in the ships bar/cafeteria area where she would occasionally give words of advice. However the main ships councillor was Deanna Troi, a Betazoid who only differ from humans by the fact that they can read the minds of other people.

The Enterprise had a humanoid robot called Lieutenant Commander Data who was trying to learn how to be human. His attempts at being human sometimes took things to far by pushing Doctor Bev Crusher into the water in Star Trek VII, Generations. Data had an older twin brother called Lore. Lore was scheming and manipulative and was a re-occurring character in the series.

The crew was frequently harassed by an Omnipotent known as Q. He saw humans as being evil and torturers based on what he had seen of them in the pilot episode (Encounter at Farpoint) where humans had made an alien transform into a base. Q was a god-like being that was able to disappear and reappear at a whim. He was able to transport the Enterprise to another part of the galaxy to introduce them to the Borg. Q also appeared in the spin off series (Star Trek - Voyager and Star Trek - Deep Space Nine).

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I like everybody. And the show. My first major scifi show. I like Worf and Deanna Troi, but I also like Worf and Riker's friendship. Nice energetic guy, Riker! Picard was excellently played by Patrick Stewart. All the actors are talented, I've seen them in other movies too. I like the Klingons, as a culture, even if it seems crueler or fiercer. And the Betaziods too. A masterpiece of scifi.
Alain N
Hi, About the reason why Klingons in the original series look more like "humans" whereas in the Next Generation they look more alien, is explained in Star Trek: Enterprise (season 4, if memory serves), the very first Starfleet ship (the Federation doesn't exist yet), starring Scott Bakula from Code Quantum. The story takes about 50 years after first contact with the Vulcan, so about a 100 year before the Original serie with Kirk. The Enterprise is the very first deep space starship of Earth. It is only capable of warp 5 max, got no shields, no tractor beam... well not very sophisticated. Anyway, the reason is because the Klingons tried to enhanced their race by tempering wiht their genes. The reason of this is because a bird of prey was hijacked only 2 humans augments (genetically enhanced humans), who managed to overcome an entire crew of Klingons ! After the incident, the Klingon High Council decided to do some research in this area and took as a template some human augments gene samples. Unfortunately, their experiment didn't quite worked out and in the process, they also developped an new lethal disease. Fortunately the Enterprise Doctor and captain Archer managed to save the day for the Klingons. But all the klingons who were exposed to the experiment would lose their ridges and look like humans and they passed on these features to their descendants for a few generations, because the genetic alteration is only temporary. Of course, augments research is banned on Earth after the Eugenic war. All augments were thought to be dead. That was without taking into account their "father", Dr Soong (whose later work led to the ceation of the android Data, in ST: The Next Gen.) has hidden a few embryos...
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