From series regulars and recurring roles down to the folks who just did guest spots, thousands of actors have brought the characters of Star Trek to life. Hear them describe what it's like on their side of the camera lens.
Plagued by fledgling UPN's underperformance, Enterprise's premise (a prequel about the Federation's founding) is undercut by the decision to make the third season a reaction to 9/11.
Kirk, Spock, Picard, Data: The list of great Trek characters is incomplete without the Enterprise, Starfleet's flagship vessel. But Enterprise isn't alone—there's a whole list of Federation vessels that aren't appreciated enough.
1995 brought another Trek series. This one featured a new starship, a return to episodic storytelling and Trek's first female Captain, Kathryn Janeway. It was also the flagship for Paramount's new television network, United Paramount Network.
After Gene Roddenberry's death, Trek ventured into yet another incarnation. Deep Space Nine was different from its predecessor. Its 1993 debut featured an African American Captain and heavily serialized story arcs—both firsts. This was new Trek.
In 1987, Paramount decided Trek should return to its roots: television. ST: The Next Generation would become the first hour-long scripted show sold directly to the syndicated television market. Paramount's gamble paid off.
The 1980s saw Paramount release three linked Star Trek movies to huge box-office success. The first, The Wrath of Khan, saw Ricardo Montalban as Khan, a villain from the original series, return.
Paramount wanted to launch a fourth network with the new Star Trek series Phase II as its flagship. It initially appeared doomed—until Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind proved box-office hits.
The cartoon version of Star Trek in the early 1970s was great, and had creator Gene Roddenberry, writer D.C. Fontana and all the series’ original stars on board.