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Infinte Diversity in Infinite Combinations - BA Dissertation

Infinte Diversity in Infinite Combinations - BA Dissertation

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'Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations' How and why have fans creative responses changed from the 1970's shortge of, to the current abundance of Star Trek?

My BA Film Studies dissertation
'Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations' How and why have fans creative responses changed from the 1970's shortge of, to the current abundance of Star Trek?

My BA Film Studies dissertation

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‘Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations’ 
 How and why have fans creative responseschanged from the 1970’s shortage of, to thecurrent abundance of
Star Trek 
?
 
If Spock were here, hed say that Iwas an irrational, illogical human beingfor going on a mission like this.Sounds like fun!”
 
- James T. Kirk,
Star Trek: Generations
icoomber@hotmail.comIan Coomber - 03180614University Of Wales, AberystwythDepartment Of Theatre, Film And Television Studies
 
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Contents:Introduction - 3Literary Review - 8Early Fan-fiction - 13Recent Fan-fiction - 19Fan Films - 26Conclusion - 28Bibliography - 32Overall word count: 9,336
 
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Introduction
In the 1960s, Gene Roddenberry pitched an idea for a show that he saw as ‘
Wagon Train
to TheStars’.
1
Following on from the popularity of the western, Roddenberry developed the idea for aseries where explorers would travel ‘the final frontier’ of space, where they, and the audience athome, would encounter a different adventure each week.
2
This was a science fiction seriesthrough which Roddenberry not only hoped to entertain his audience, but also reach out to them inway that no other series had previously done. Hidden through the use of distant planets andstrange looking aliens, Roddenberry would be able to use metaphors with which he could talk about issues that would be censored by networks if depicted in any other way. Although a pilotepisode ‘The Cage’ was made by Desilu Studios, NBC initially decided not to commission aseries. Instead, a second pilot was produced, from which a series was commissioned, and on 8
th
 September 1966,
Star Trek 
(NBC 1966-69) made its television debut.More than just a science fiction series however, in producing
Star Trek 
, Roddenberry had createda show that not only produced several innovations in television, he had also created and shared avision of a utopian future that explored ‘[his] own statement of who and what this species of oursreally is, where we are now and something of where we may be going.’
3
This was a vision manyhave taken and helped shape, and one that countless others have followed as a possibility of aviable future.In the four following decades, the love of the fans has helped Trek to overcome many obstacles,and led to an animated and four live action spinoff series and ten feature films being produced, as
1
Roddenberry, referencing
Wagon Train
(NBC, 1957-65).
2
First used in
Star Trek 
(1966-69).
3
Roddenberry,
The New Voyages
, ix.

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