Ezine "Excellere" Number 76.
January- february 2010.Casa Juillet . Chile. English Version.
The Whole World of Star trek ..........By Director Shafer.
1. WHAT IS STAR TREK?For those among us living in a cave the last 40 years, Star Trek was atelevision science fictionshowthat aired on NBC television for threeseasons, from 1966, until 1969, and which chronicled the adventures ofthe StarshipEnterprise, a paramilitary exploration vessel sent out byan organization known as Starfleet Command to explore strangenewworlds on behalf of the United Federation of Planets. It has become,in the interceding years, a global phenomenon,withsequels andprequels made of the original show. There are now Star Trek books,movies, comics, cartoons, games, etc. andtheyall spawned from theoriginal television series.Because Star Trek has ingrained itself in so many areas ofentertainment and culture, those discussions can be far afield,soalmost everything is on topic here, since almost everything can beconnected to Star Trek. A reference to the relevancetoStar Trek isusually appreciated in all subjects discussed here.-------------------------------------------II. TREK SLANGUAGE 4. THAT'S ALL WELL AND GOOD, BUT I SEE ALL THESE STAR TREKRELATEDWORDS AND ACRONYMS BEING THROWN ABOUT.WHAT DO THEY MEAN?As with any culture, Star Trek has created a bit of its own language.Here are some of thephrases that arepart of the world of Star Trek. B&B: Everywhere else, this stands for "Bed & Breakfast". Here, itrefers to the last initialsof the two men, Rick Berman and BrannonBraga, that have been in charge of the Star Trek franchise sincemidwaythrough TheNext Generation's run. Sometimes not held in highesteem by fans of TOS, because of perceived lack of respect forthatshow,but they take heat from fans of all the shows. CANON: Short dictionary definition of Canon: "A body of works orwritingsrecognized as approved or official." In Star Trek "Canon" isa word thrown about to indicate absolute truths about whathappened onthe show. Thus, what constitutes canon is the actual content of theepisodes of the various Star Trek televisionshows and theatricalfeatures. For obvious reasons, this excludes fanfic. It also excludesthe novels, technical manuals, andother products such as the comicbooks from Gold Key, Marvel, and DC, despite the fact that these are"officially licensed"products. In addition, the half-hour animatedtelevision series featuring the voices of most of the cast of StarTrek (TAS) isgenerally excluded from canon as well, possibly becauseit was produced by Filmation, rather than Paramount, thoughnoofficialreason has been given. Interpretations of Canon create a lotof the discussions in alt.tv.star-trek.tos. CLASSIC TREK:Another name for The Original Series, which was used inthe late 80's, after the premier of The Next Generation, when the"NewCoke" fiasco was fresh in everyone's mind, the idea being that TheNext Generation was to New Coke what TheOriginalSeries was to Coca-Cola Classic. A few wits went so far as to apply the nickname "DietTrek" to the Animated Series.With theadvent of the internet, thename "Classic Trek" gradually gave way to the easier-to-type "TOS".Nowadays, the term"ClassicTrek" can be taken to loosely refer to theentire onscreen adventures of the original crew, namely the originalSeries, theAnimated Series, and the first 6 "Star Trek" movies. DS9: Abbreviation for the fourth Star Trek series, "Star Trek:DeepSpace Nine", which appeared as a syndicated show from 1993 to 1999.This was the first show to not feature the
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