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Logo as it appears in The Original Series

Star Trek is an American space opera media franchise based on the science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry. The first television series, simply called Star Trek and now referred to as "The Original Series", debuted in 1966 and aired for three seasons on the television network NBC. It followed the interstellar adventures of Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and his crew aboard the starship USS Enterprise, a space exploration vessel, built by the United Federation of Planets in the twenty-third century. The Star Trek canon of the franchise includes The Original Series, an animated series, five spin-off television series, the film franchise, and further adaptations in several media.

In creating Star Trek, Roddenberry was inspired by the Horatio Hornblower novels, the satirical book Gulliver's Travels, and by works of western genre such as the television series Wagon Train. These adventures continued in the 22-episode Star Trek: The Animated Series and six feature films. Four spin-off television series were eventually produced: Star Trek: The Next Generation followed the crew of a new starship Enterprise set a century after the original series; Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager set contemporaneously with The Next Generation; and Star Trek: Enterprise set before the original series in the early days of human interstellar travel. The most recent Star Trek TV series, entitled Star Trek: Discovery, premiered on CBS and was later made available exclusively on the digital platform CBS All Access. The adventures of The Next Generation crew continued in four additional feature films. In 2009, the film franchise underwent a "reboot" set in an alternate timeline, or "Kelvin Timeline," entitled simply Star Trek. This film featured a new cast portraying younger versions of the crew from the original show; their adventures were continued in the sequel film, Star Trek Into Darkness (2013). The thirteenth film feature and sequel, Star Trek Beyond (2016), was released to coincide with the franchise's 50th anniversary.

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Patrick Stewart, photographed in 2013
"Devil's Due" is the thirteenth episode of the fourth season of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, originally aired on February 4, 1991 in broadcast syndication in the United States. Based on an episode written by William Douglas Lansford for the planned Star Trek: Phase II (1978) television series, it was adapted for The Next Generation by Philip Lazebnik and directed by Tom Benko. Numerous changes were made from the original Phase II script, with only the general theme of the episode remaining. In the plot, the crew of the Enterprise confront an individual claiming to be Ardra (Marta DuBois), a mythological entity from the planet Ventax II. She claims that the planet, and the orbiting Enterprise, are her legal property due to an agreement signed a thousand years earlier. Together, Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and the crew reveal Ardra to be a con artist, leading to her arrest by the Ventaxian authorities. The episode was originally pitched for use during season three, following changes made it was added to season four. Critical reception of the episode has been mixed, with it generally being thought to be very reminiscent of Star Trek: The Original Series.

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The emblem of the USS Enterprise, as seen in The Original Series
Star Trek is an American science fiction entertainment franchise spanning five live-action and one animated television series and twelve live-action motion pictures. It was created by Gene Roddenberry, who was inspired by westerns such as Wagon Train, describing Star Trek: The Original Series in early pitches as "a wagon train to the stars". That first series ran for three seasons on NBC between 1966-69, before it was cancelled. In broadcast syndication the series became popular, and so in the late 1970s, development resulted in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Following the production of more films, a second series entitled Star Trek: The Next Generation was created, followed by Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise. In 2009, the franchise was reset and taken into an alternative timeline with the JJ Abrams directed Star Trek and Star Trek into Darkness (2013). The franchise has a cult following, with fans being called Trekkies or Trekkers. It has been noted for the inspirational effect on technology in the late 20th and early 21st century, and has influenced the mobile phone as well as the Tricorder X PRIZE. The show is also noted for progressing civil rights, and references to the franchise are found throughout popular culture.

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Leonard Nimoy as Spock in 1967

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Television series: The Original Series (episodes) • The Animated Series (episodes) • The Next Generation (episodes) • Deep Space Nine (episodes) • Voyager (episodes) • Enterprise (episodes) • Star Trek: Discovery (Season 1, 2)

Feature films: The Motion PictureThe Wrath of KhanThe Search for SpockThe Voyage HomeThe Final FrontierThe Undiscovered CountryGenerationsFirst ContactInsurrectionNemesisStar TrekInto DarknessBeyond

Fictional elements: Alien racesCharactersDeep Space NinePrime DirectiveStardatesStarfleetTimelineStarship EnterpriseUnited Federation of PlanetsUSS DefiantUSS VoyagerWeapons

Other topics: CanonComicsCultural influenceFan productionsFandomGamesMemory AlphaNovelsPhysicsReference booksSexualityStar Trek: The ExperienceStar Trek: Phase II

Production staff: J. J. AbramsIra Steven BehrRick BermanBrannon BragaManny CotoDamon LindelofRonald D. MooreMichael OkudaMichael PillerGene RoddenberryJeri Taylor

Major Characters: James T. KirkJean-Luc PicardBenjamin SiskoKathryn JanewayJonathan ArcherMichael Burnham


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