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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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Brent Spiner portrayed both Data and Lore in Datalore
"Datalore" is the thirteenth episode of the first season of the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. The episode first aired in broadcast syndication on January 18, 1988. In the plot, the crew of the Enterprise-D discover Data's "brother" Lore at the site of a disappeared colony. He is brought on board and re-assembled, where he incapacitates Data and attempts to take his place in order to sacrifice the crew to the same Crystalline Entity which destroyed the colony. The original story for the episode would have introduced a love story for Data, but an evil twin story was instead suggested by Brent Spiner, who portrayed the character. "Datalore" introduced the character of Lore, who returned to the series twice more in later seasons. The script continued to be edited during the filming of the episode, and the subsequent characterisations were criticised by the cast although the look of the episode was praised. It was watched by 10.3 million viewers on first broadcast, and the response by reviewers was mixed with criticism directed at the quality of the script but with praise reserved for Spiner. To celebrate the Blu-ray release of the first season, the episode received a theatrical release alongside "Where No One Has Gone Before".

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John Cho is the second person to portray Hikaru Sulu on screen, following in the footsteps of George Takei.

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Nighthawk, is a flying roller coaster in California's Great America which originally opened as Stealth on April 1, 2000. It was subsequently decided to re-locate the roller coaster, and it was moved to Carowinds in South Carolina where it replaced the Carolina Sternwheeler Riverboat. It reopened on March 20, 2004 as the Borg Assimilator having been repainted grey and green - the first coaster in the world to be themed for the Star Trek franchise. The intention was to allow the riders to have an unobstructed view of the surrounding theme park. The track is 2,760 feet (840 m) in length and the height of the lift is approximately 115 feet (35 m). The coaster takes 48 passengers at a time, with each of the two trains carrying 24 passengers across six cars each. The coaster includes five inversions, including a double corkscrew and a vertical loop. An incident occurred in 2007 when seven employees received minor injuries during a pre-season run. After Cedar Fair purchased the park, the Paramount theming was removed, with the coaster renamed to Nighthawk and repainted prior to the 2008 season. The coaster is one of only three Flying Dutchman models in existence which were built by Vekoma.

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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)

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

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