FOR THOSE WHO'VE BEEN LIVING UNDER A ROCK FOR THE PAST 50 YEARS...
... You are without honor and we therefore sentence you to a lifelong imprisonment with forced labor in the dilithium mines of Rura Penthe
This year — 2016 as I'm writing this — marks the 50th anniversary
of the Star Trek franchise
created by the late Gene Roddenberry
, which apart from the original series
also spawned several theatrical motion pictures, three sequel series set roughly 100 years into the future from the events of the original series
, two prequel series — one of which is set to air in 2017 — as well as an animated series and several novels.
The franchise was rebooted
in 2009 by J.J. Abrams
by way of a theatrical motion picture, simply named "Star Trek"
. This reboot has in itself also already spawned two sequel movies — "Star Trek Into Darkness"
and "Star Trek Beyond"
, both also produced by J.J. Abrams
. However, the rebooted franchise takes place on another time line — called "the Kelvin time line"
by its producers — and is therefore not consistent with the characterizations and canon from the original franchise. The only original cast member who appeared in (the first two movies of) the rebooted franchise was the recently deceased Leonard Nimoy
, portraying the elder version of Spock
, who had been thrown back in time from the future and onto the Kelvin time line
of the rebooted franchise, where he would then also come to meet the alternate time line version of his younger self, played by Zachary Quinto
Several actors from the original franchise have in the meantime also created an independent and crowd-funded new (mini-)series, called Renegades
— originally called "Star Trek: Renegades"
— of which the full-length pilot episode can be watched here at The One Truth
. This series takes place in the 24th century, 10 years after the return of the starship USS Voyager
from the Delta Quadrant.
THE 2016 LAS VEGAS 50th ANNIVERSARY CONVENTION