The original Star trek series wasn't highly thought of in its time, but did at least try, although it did have a cowboys in space feel to it.
Following the starship Enterprise on their mission to boldly go where no man has been before, they discovered aliens, intelligent gas clouds, new bars and the womens toilet. Captain Kirk often tried harder than anyone else to go where no man had been before by trying to get it on with alien women. He certainly crossed the line that few men had crossed before, interspecies sex. Sometimes called beastiality, its a crime in most current countries. Still, it didn't deter him, I might point out that monkeys and apes are also humanoid, who knows what he did on shore leave? and if he wasn't trying to shag it, he was usually shooting at it. Still, it was a laugh.
After that it all got a bit dodgy. In the films and later series people still tried to get jiggy with anything bipedal, but also started spreading their dubious social ethic to what ever poor species was unable to defend it self, and sometimes going to war if they said "hang on here, we've been quite happy without this crap for the last 3 billion years, don't come round here with your shit, sod off". There is more intergration of aliens into the crew, but only if they are good, complient alien. God help anyone who questions the federations ideas.
PLot lines were generally terrible, and often involved inventing an new fundamental particle in last five minutes to get out of trouble. This is on a par with the "it was all a dream" type ending that children sometimes use when they can't be arsed to finish their homework, and generally caused much head shaking in the real sci-fi community. The shows have not helped sci-fi's image much at all.
Picard: "Riker, pull out of that chimp and get to the bridge immediatly, we need to invent a sciency sounding particle to get out of this giant space borne hummingbirds arse"
Riker: "Aye Captain"
Chimp: "Oooooooooook ahhhhh"
enterprise d i drew this cool huh?
Klingon flagship, class: Negh' var
Devoties of star trek are known as (i) Treckies or (ii) Trekkers.
(i) Treckies are often fans of the show but tend not to too heavily engage in the geekyer aspects of it such as conventions or creating their own uniform, righting fan scripts. Still likely to own plenty of DVD/PC Games on the subject buts that’s about it
(ii) Trekkers on the other hand tend to be much more devoted/fanatical and noticeably geekier, oftern sporting uniforms from the show in public with out much reason. Speaking Klingon to their friends (though most Treckies know the odd phrase her or there) and having hundreds of pounds (yes, not dollars) worth of Star Trek memorabilia. Trekkers can be described as 'moving with the show' though a week definition it show quite nicely the considerably amounts of involvement Trekkers with the show have over the passive engagement of Treckies
Star Trek: The Original Series concept was later to be formed in to several spin-of series; "Star Trek: The Next Generation" in the 80's, the 90's saw "Star Trek: Voyager" and "Star Trek: Deep Space 9" and the 00's saw "Star Trek: Enterprise" (prequel series to the Original Series) grace our screen. There have been 10 film incarnations also with another one on the way. Though Gene Roddenberry passed away during the filming of one of the later series of ST:The Next Generation, much of his vision was still continued in the continuing series and movies. Most notably however, was that Gene’s model of standalone episodes was was scrapped, star trek could now have story archers that spanned over many episodes (as in Star Trek: Deep space 9 Series 7, the closing of that series have a 5 episode story line).
I'm a Treckie - love the show, and have all the DVD's
I'm a Trekkers - this show is real, one day i shall be Captin of the Enterprose, in the mean time im going to go around dressed as such!