“These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission—to explore strange new worlds—to seek out new life and new civilizations—to boldly go where no man has gone before.”
From its origins in Gene Rodenberry’s 1966-69 television series, Star Trek has grown into one of the world’s largest franchises, inspiring fans around the world for over 50 years, through hundreds of novels and comics, at least 13 feature films, 7 TV series, and countless spinoffs beyond.
We reached out to some famous and avid Trekkies (or Trekkers), and got a glimpse of a few unique journeys this rich canon has created.
My first memory of Star Trek
‘The animated series which I watched in the early 70s. When I did watch the original series ages 5 or 6, the closing credits used to frighten me, because they would usually include a still of Balok from The Corbomite Manoeuvre. That creepy alien face haunted my dreams!’
Simon Pegg, Co-Writer and Star, Star Trek Beyond
‘I was a huge fan of the original series as a kid. In fact, so much so, that I actually had the nerve to wear a RED Star Trek shirt on my first day of school when I was in fourth grade.’
Michael Giacchino, Composer
‘My earliest memory is being a young child. I’d go downstairs and make up some excuse why I couldn’t sleep, so I could watch The Next Generation with them.’
Sam Darragh, Co-Founder, Trekkie Girls
‘I was about 6 or 7 when ‘Best of Both Worlds Part 2’ (1990) aired on BBC for the first time – I walked into the kitchen and saw Picard as Locutus and was terrified!’
Fiv Scholarios, Star Trek Podcaster
Why I love Star Trek
‘The dream that we might get that far and be better for it. It’s a beautiful, optimistic idea of a future we will be lucky to know as a species.’
‘Why I love Star Trek: I found the idea of space travel fascinating and loved the way they didn’t bother to explain the ‘science’ behind travelling at warp speed, or being ‘beamed’ about. Some of the plots were completely mad (‘The Trouble with Tribbles, Star Trek, 1967) but others were almost Shakespearian in their depth – for example, the episode where the alien race encountered speaks only in allegory and metaphor (‘Darmok’, Star Trek: The Next Generation, 1991). Brilliant.’
Julie Hope, Secretary to the Corporation, Royal Albert Hall
‘Star Trek has been an important part of my life. It has helped me during some dark times and I’ve met my closest friends through Trek, but most of all it shows that if we put aside petty concerns, we can become more and do more together.’
Michael Clark, Co-Founder, Visionary Trek
‘It seems cheesy, but I love how inclusive it is – to see a bridge of a starship filled with characters of different genders, races and species all working together. There is always someone to relate to, root for, and be inspired by in Star Trek.’
Caleb Beldom, Feature Writer, Visionary Trek
‘Star Base Yorktown in Star Trek Beyond is named after the original idea for the ship that would take Kirk and crew on their adventures. It was changed to Enterprise at the last moment.’
‘Spock’s ears and eyebrows were airbrushed out of the first adverts and trailers as the company thought that they would put people off.’
‘This goes all the way back to the original series: Star Trek was the first show to be allowed a second pilot. ‘The Cage’ impressed the network, but they weren’t quite sure, before airing ‘Where No Man Has Gone Before’.’ The rest is history!
‘It would take more than 3 weeks to watch all 726 episodes, including spin-offs and movies, back to back.’
Roslyn Scholarios, Star Trek Podcaster
Favourite Star Trek Quote
‘“I will not sacrifice the Enterprise. We’ve made too many compromises already; too many retreats! They invade our space and we fall back——They assimilate entire worlds and we fall back! Not again! The line must be drawn here——This far, no further! And ‘I’ will make them pay for what they’ve done!” – Captain Picard, Star Trek: First Contact (1996)’
Jon Taylor, News Editor, Visionary Trek
‘“Make it so” – Captain Picard, “Encounter at Farpoint”, Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987)’
Kellie Collister, Winner, Royal Albert Hall Klingon-Speak Competition
‘Captain Picard once said “Things are only impossible until they are not”. I quote this all the time.’
“Live now. Make now always the most precious time. Now will never come again.” – Captain Picard, ‘The Inner Light’, Star Trek: The Next Generation (1992).
FILMS IN CONCERT: STAR TREK & STAR TREK BEYOND
Saturday 2 – Sunday 3 June
Star Trek – In Concert returns to the Royal Albert Hall as part of a Star Trek weekend also featuring Star Trek Beyond – In Concert, with Michael Giacchino’s score performed live by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra conducted by Ernst van Tiel.