Star Trek 101
Author: Terry J. Erdmann
Table of Contents
one STAR TREK two STAR TREK: THE ANIMATED SERIES three STAR TREK: THE NEXT
GENERATION four STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINEfive STAR TREK: VOYAGERsixTHE FEATURE
FILMS seven STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE INDEXEPISODE INDEX
In the future, a heroic captain and his crew explore the Galaxy in a really fast spacecraft. The crew's
standing orders are:"...to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly
go where no man has gone before."™Simple, straightforward -- that's Star Trek.® So what's all the fuss?
Why do news crews always seem to find someone, somewhere dressed up in a Star Trek costume?
What could be so interesting to so many people?Star Trek 101 is the answer. You'll learn just a little
about the heroes (Captain Kirk believes that man wasn't meant to live in paradise), the villains (Klingons
have a thirst for conquest), and the important aliens (Vulcans live their lives by logic). In the handy recaps
for all things Star Trek, you'll discover that the television shows and movies run the gamut from action-
adventure to comedy. Just want to sample? The ten essential episodes are offered for your consideration.
Star Trek 101 is a quick primer of the television shows and movies that carry the Star Trek name.
ONESTAR TREK79 hour-long episodes, 1966-1969"Wagon Train to the Stars"SERIES PREMISEA few
hundred years in the future, a heroic captain and his crew explore the galaxy in a really fast spacecraft
known as the Starship Enterprise. The crew's standing orders from Starfleet are recited by the captain at
the beginning of each episode:Space, the final frontier. 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.THE SHIPThe U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 is an interstellar spacecraft
with a crew complement of 430 men and women. The ship is powered by warp-drive engines that allow it
to travel many times faster than the speed of light, covering great distances within a practical time frame.
(You don't really need to know this to enjoy the show; just assume you'll be visiting an average of one
planet per week.)Because the ship is large and a bit ungainly, the Enterprise never lands. It wasn't
designed for it. Whenever the ship arrives at a strange new world, it stays in orbit while a "landing party"
either pilots a small craft down to the surface or uses the transporter to "beam" there (this will be
explained later). The transporter, like warp drive, is a great time-saving device; Starfleet clearly employs a
lot of efficiency experts.THE MAIN CHARACTERSJAMES T. KIRK (William Shatner), captainRisk is our
business. That's what this starship is all about. That's why we're aboard her. -- "RETURN TO
TOMORROW"Kirk is the quintessential Starfleet officer, a man among men and a hero for the ages. His
adventures are legendary. He has earned the admiration of his peers, the grudging respect of his
opponents, and a chest full of commendations for valor. Cunning, courageous, and confident, Kirk is
renowned for his ability to think outside the box, manipulating seemingly impossible situations like a
master chess player. If he has one flaw, it is his tendency to ignore Starfleet regulations when he feels
the end justifies the means. Kirk's unique style of "cowboy diplomacy" has served him well in countless
close encounters.Kirk was born on Earth in Iowa. He proved a very serious student at Starfleet Academy,
remembered by a classmate as a "stack of books with legs." As a Starfleet officer, he is a study in
contrasts. He depends on the state-ofthe-art twenty-third-century technology that surrounds him but
prefers resolving difficult situations with a hands-on approach -- bareknuckle brawling or bamboozling
sophisticated alien computers with his glib tongue. Kirk openly deplores humankind's ancient instinct for
war and killing but has a deep-seated distrust of apparent peace and tranquillity. He dreams of "a beach
to walk on" with a beautiful woman but firmly believes that man wasn't meant to live in paradise. Although
Kirk has quite a reputation as a ladies' man, no woman has ever come between him and his career; his
passion for the Enterprise always comes first. His most serious relationship was with Edith Keeler, a
forward-thinking but ill-fated social worker whom Kirk met when he traveled into Earth's past.Key Kirk
Episodes "The Enemy Within"• "Court Martial"