Friday, July 16, 2010

'Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy welcomes fans to new website

The official Star Trek website has been relaunched "with newcomers and longtime fans alike in mind" following the 2009 movie reboot and Leonard Nimoy, who played the half-Vulcan Spock in the original 1960s series as well as the film, welcomes fans to boldly go where millions are set to go.

"I couldn't have imagined -- no one could have, really -- that the TV shows we did so long ago would find a new audience today, that the films would continue, and that there would be so many spin-offs," Nimoy, 79, says in a posted message.

"For those of you who are new to Star Trek, who are discovering it through the recent movie and are about to explore the franchise in its infinite diversity... welcome," he said. "Come aboard and enjoy. And to all, Live Long and Prosper!"

The new website features video downloads, a giant database of Star Trek facts, character bios from every adaptation of the franchise and is touted as the most reliable source of future Star Trek news.

Several movies based on the original Star Trek series, which starred William Shatner as Captain James Tiberias Kirk, have been produced. Spin-off shows with different main characters include the 1980s series Star Trek: The Next Generation with Sir Patrick Stewart, which has also spurred its own films.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine came out in the 1990s and was often referred to as a "space opera" due to the majority of the events taking place on board a space station. Star Trek: Voyager began in 1995 and featured the most prominent female captain seen on the show, Kathryn Janeway, played by Kate Mulgrew Star Trek: Enterprise, with Scott Bakula at the helm, followed in 2001 and ended in 2005.

Through its various on-screen adaptations, Star Trek has gained millions of new fans throughout the years and the franchise is known for breaking the media taboos of its time, including one of the first interracial on-screen kisses of the 1960s.

The show has even been said to have inspired innovations in real-life technology, such as automatic sliding doors, wireless communication devices and personal laptop computers. Even the tablet devices used on the original 1960s series appear similar to one of today's most sought-after devices - the iPad.

The 2009 Star Trek film, which starred Chris Pine as Kirk, has grossed more than $385 million worldwide since its release, takes viewers back to the younger days of the characters on the original U.S.S. Enterprise star ship.

Through a series of events that disrupt the show's famed "Spacetime Continuum," the crew is thrust into an alternate reality, essentially giving screenwriters the creative freedom to allow the characters to act and do things differently then they had on the series and on the movies, and more importantly for die-hard "Trekkie", this means the original story lines can remain in tact.