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Star Trek is an American science fiction entertainment franchise created by Gene Roddenberry and currently under the ownership of CBS. The franchise began in 1966 with the television series Star Trek, later referred to as Star Trek: The Original Series. This series, its spin-off shows: Star Trek: The Animated Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise, as well as the film series make up the core of the franchise's mythos. While the critical response to much of the franchise varies, many individual Star Trek episodes and films have won awards and honors including Emmy Awards, Hugo Awards and an Academy Award.

Westerns such as Wagon Train, along with the Horatio Hornblower novels and Gulliver's Travels, inspired Roddenberry when he created the first Star Trek. It followed the interstellar adventures of James T. Kirk and the crew of an exploration vessel of a 23rd century galactic "United Federation of Planets" — the Starship Enterprise. This first series, now referred to as "The Original Series", debuted in 1966 and ran for three seasons on NBC. These adventures continued in the short-lived 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. Four additional The Next Generation feature films were produced. In 2009, the prequel of the original series (set in an alternate timeline) Star Trek featuring a new cast portraying younger versions of the crew from the original Enterprise appeared. A sequel to this film, Star Trek Into Darkness, premiered on May 16, 2013.

Star Trek has been a cult phenomenon since its beginning. Fans of the franchise are called Trekkies or Trekkers. The franchise spans a wide range of spin-offs including games, figurines, novels, toys, and comics. Star Trek had a themed attraction in Las Vegas which opened in 1998 and closed in September 2008. At least two museum exhibits of props travel the world. The series even has its own full-fledged constructed language, Klingon. Several parodies have been made of Star Trek and its fans, despite the end of Star Trek episodes on TV, and several fan productions have been produced in that void.

Star Trek is noted for its influence on the world outside of science fiction. It has been cited as an inspiration for several technological inventions such as the cell phone. Moreover, the show is noted for its progressive civil rights stances. The original series included one of television's first multiracial casts, and the first inter-racial kiss in a drama series on American television. Star Trek references can be found throughout popular culture from movies such as the submarine thriller Crimson Tide to the cartoon series South Park.

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"The Battle" is the ninth episode of the first season of the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. The episode was first shown in broadcast syndication on November 16, 1987. In the plot, Captain Jean-Luc Picard's (Patrick Stewart) former vessel, the USS Stargazer is returned to him by DaiMon Bok (Frank Corsentino), a Ferengi captain whose son was killed by Picard in the Battle of Maxia. Picard is tormented by a mind controlled device and forced to attack the Enterprise with the Stargazer. The episode marked the second appearance of the Ferengi, but executive producer Rick Berman was unsatisfied with the new aliens. The Stargazer was originally intended to be a Constitution-class starship using the prop of the movie-era Enterprise, but was instead redesigned to match to the model previously seen in Picard's ready room with the class named Constitution so that it could be dubbed into the episode. The actual model of the Stargazer was built by kitbashing Ertl model kits, using parts from other models such as the VF-1 Valkyrie to add detail. The term "Picard Maneuver" originated in this episode, and was later used by the cast to refer to Stewart's habit of tugging his uniform tunic down. Critical reception was mixed, but Patrick Stewart's performance was particularly praised.

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Actor James Doohan became well known for his portrayal of Chief engineer Montgomery Scott. Here he is discussing the M2-F2 lifting body with NASA pilot Bruce Peterson.

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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is a 1982 American science fiction film released by Paramount Pictures. The film is the second feature based on the Star Trek franchise. The plot features James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and the crew of the starship USS Enterprise facing off against the genetically-engineered tyrant Khan Noonian Singh (Ricardo Montalbán), a character who first appeared in the 1967 television series episode "Space Seed". The film concludes with the death of Spock (Leonard Nimoy), beginning a story arc that continues with the following two films in the franchise. Gene Roddenberry was forced out of the film's production after the poor performance of the previous film. Leonard Nimoy only reprised his role as Spock because the character's death was intended to be irrevocable. Negative test audience reaction to Spock's death led to revisions of the ending over Meyer's objections. It is the first feature film to contain a complete sequence created with computer-generated graphics. The film was released in North America on June 4, 1982. It was a box office success, earning US$97 million worldwide and setting a world record for first-day gross. Critical reaction to the film was positive; it is generally considered to be the best film of the Star Trek series.

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